Our Team

Renate Tenbusch

Director / FES Geneva Office

As the director of the FES Geneva office, Renate Tenbusch is responsible for all programs and activities related to this office. Previously, she headed the foundation's offices in Brussels / Belgium, Johannesburg / South Africa, and New Delhi / India.

Yvonne Bartmann

Senior Program Officer / Trade and Development, Employment and Social Policy

Yvonne Bartmann holds a Master's Degree in Political Science, studied also economics and public law at the universities of Tübingen (Germany), Lille (France) and Potsdam (Germany). She completed several internships in the area of political education, journalism and women empowerment in Sub-Sahara Africa. Yvonne has worked for a Member of Parliament in Germany and at the World Health Organization.

Salome Lienert

Program Officer / Human Rights and Development

Salome Lienert holds a Doctoral Degree in history from the University of Basel (Switzerland), and a Master’s Degree in political science and English literature from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). She has a broad experience in issues on women’s rights and gender and previously worked for a Swiss Human Rights NGO.

Ira Gibson

Program Officer / Human Rights and Development

Ira Gibson moved into the role as Program Officer at FES Geneva in March 2019, after joining the office in November 2016. She holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne (Germany) and completed a postgraduate distance study in Sustainable Development Cooperation at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany). She has a broad variety of experience gained working in both the private and non-profit sectors.

Claudia Manns

Finance and Administration Manager

Claudia Manns holds a Master's Degree in art history, history and media science from the Philipps-University of Marburg (Germany) and the University of Cagliari (Italy). She joined FES Geneva as Office Manager in July 2013 where she is responsible for all administrative, financial and IT matters. Before moving to Geneva she worked several years as Project Manager for Digital Design in Manchester.

Matthias Pesch

Assitant Program Officer / Human Rights and Development

Matthias Pesch holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn (Germany). He gained experiences working for several civil society actors in the field of Development Policy and the United Nations in Germany before joining FES Geneva in February 2019.

Sabine Dörfler

Assistant Program Officer / Trade and Development, Employment and Social Policy

Sabine Dörfler holds a Master's Degree in translation in Spanish and Portuguese. She studied linguistics, Latin American studies and political science in Berlin, Germersheim (Germany) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). After working at the world exhibitions in Seville, Lisbon and Hanover, at Siemens, a publishing house and a university of applied sciences, she has held various positions at the FES in Berlin and Santiago de Chile since 2004. She joined FES Geneva in March 2022.

Geneva Office

42 Chemin du Pommier
1218 Grand-Saconnex

+41 (0)22 733 34 50
+41 (0)22 733 35 45