DNDi is committed to creating a respectful, positive, and harmonious workplace for all its employees. DNDi strives to ensure that all employees are treated with dignity and respect, and that no employee is subjected to harassment.
DNDi has appointed Ombudspersons to help facilitate good communications, understanding, and trust within the organization and with outside persons. The Ombudspersons are independent, neutral, impartial external persons appointed by DNDi and offers various forms of support for handling disputes related to workplace issues, including any allegations of sexual misconduct, bullying, and discrimination. These forms of support can include facilitation of dialogue, coaching, and mediation. The Ombudspersons are independent from management and governance, and report to DNDi’s Board of Directors.
The Ombudspersons will help to explore possible options and mutually acceptable outcomes during the reporting process and provide support without violating any identities or information received in confidence.
DNDi currently has two Ombudspersons: Jeremy Lack and Dr Fernanda Salina.
Jeremy Lack is an Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Neutral and Attorney at Law specialized in international dispute prevention and resolution processes and an independent lawyer specialised in new technologies, start ups and intellectual Property. He is a Vice Chair of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute (IMI), the President of the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation (Section Romandie), and a panellist with several international ADR institutions. Jeremy Lack qualified as an English barrister in 1989, as a US Attorney at Law in 1990/1, and is admitted to the Geneva Bar since 2003 as a foreign lawyer.
Dr Fernanda Salina is an international lawyer, lecturer, and consultant based in Geneva. Her main interest is to empower and enhance the potential of individuals and organizations in the prevention, management, and settlement of their conflicts and disputes. She is a former in-house lawyer with more than 20 years of international experience as a researcher, lecturer and trainer in the fields of International Law, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Dr Fernanda Salina is an accredited mediator and Executive Board Member at the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation. She holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the Graduate Institute, Geneva; a Masters in International Studies, Peace, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, Australia; an LL.M. in Public International Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; a Bar Admission in Rosario, Argentina, and a Professional Law degree from Universidad Católica Argentina.