The Board of Directors is the executive decision-making body of the Association
Representing the Government of the United Kingdom
This is the Ms. Fontaine’s first term on the Board of Directors.
Representing the Government of Switzerland
Frederic Chenais is Policy Advisor at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs where he is in charge of matters related to commodities and human rights, with a special focus on the UNGP, the VP and ICOCA. Previously, Frederic worked as Principal Advisor on communities relations for the Simandou project at Rio Tinto. He also headed the mission of the International Organization for Migrations in Guinea, in Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. He holds a Master’s Degree in Ethnology and in Management of International Organizations.
This is Mr. Chenais’ 2nd consecutive term on the Board of Directors.
|Susan R. Benda
Representing the Government of the United States of America
Ms. Benda is a Deputy Legal Adviser at the United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining the U.S. Mission, Ms. Benda was an Attorney Adviser at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser in Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years, during which time she provided legal advice to Department officers on a broad range of matters, including private security contractors, and international criminal law, including extradition and human trafficking. Ms. Benda received a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from McGill University.
This is Ms. Benda’s first term on the Board of Directors.
Representing Middle East, Asia and Australia
Jo Anthoine is Senior Director Risk, Insurance and Welfare for GardaWorld, the world’s largest privately owned security services company. She is responsible for corporate risk management and the broad subject of welfare, including crisis response, mental health, family liaison and clinical governance. Jo has over 15 years’ experience working in the PSC industry and has used it to develop a bespoke approach to post incident welfare, based on research and best practice. Before joining GardaWorld, Jo spent nine years working for Aegis Defence Service and prior to that worked for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. She has a BA Hons degree in International Business with French, and has trained extensively in trauma focused post-incident support. As well as working for GardaWorld, Jo acts as a trustee for 3Pillars Project, a charity working with prisoners and young offenders.
Ms. Anthoine was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director in October 2020.
|Frank P Amoyaw
Mr. Amoyaw is privileged to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Security (LMS). He has spent nearly fourteen years in Africa and with the private sector, engaged in the mining sector with focus on CSR/CSI, health security, participating in high level dialogue with host governments, multilateral donors, including over ten years working in the private security industry in governance and strategic oversight roles.
He has attained a wealth of experience and expertise in understanding the African context, developing and executing successful strategies, and building resilient relationships with stakeholders across multiple sectors in such a resource-rich but often complex environment.
He holds a master’s degree and leadership certificate in International and European Security from the University of Geneva and Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) respectively; has a deep understanding of security and global public health issues, with an MPH from the University of Ghana, and a continuing study in Defence and International Politics at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
Mr. Amoyaw remains committed to encouraging dialogue and consultations between the public and private sector to further the development of innovative and effective security policies and global initiatives to promote responsible security on the African continent.
Mr. Amoyaw was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director in December 2022.
Representing UK & Europe
Mr. Kennedy was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director in December 2022.
Representing the Americas
Michelle Quinn is Vice President, Business Development at Constellis. Michelle recently joined Constellis, a great, mission-focused organization providing a broad scope of security, operational, Logistics, and training solutions for the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Energy and others. At Constellis, Michelle supports efforts to capture, bid, and execute work on critical USG missions and programs, both CONUS and OCONUS.
Previously, Michelle has served as Senior V.P. at Patriot Group International; V.P. at VxL Enterprises; V.P. of International Programs at A-T Solutions; Operations Manager for a multi-agency Counter-Terrorism program at the FBI National Lab; and Manager of Operations and Training for DOS’ Worldwide Protective Services Programs at DynCorp International. Michelle has also worked on Capitol Hill, supporting the House Banking Committee on legislation tied to work and funding of USAID, IMF, World Bank; at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and at several private family philanthropies.
Michelle holds the Americas Security Industry Pillar/seat of ICoCA. She also serves on the Board of Eagle Online Academy and Friends of the American University of Afghanistan, supporting the educational needs and dreams of Afghan women and girls. Michelle is the former the Chairman of the Board of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), and currently chairs ISOA’s Women, Peace, and Security Working Group.
Ms. Quinn was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director in April 2020.
Civil Society Pillar
Representing Civil Society
Beatrice Godefroy brings to the Board of Directors of the ICOCA 20 years of experience working in conflict settings at the intersection of security, civil society, and research. She worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for many years, including as Deputy Executive Director of MSF in Switzerland, and as MSF’ humanitarian diplomacy team in charge of carrying MSF’s advocacy and policy efforts vis-a-vis states, multilateral organizations, non-state actors, and civil society networks. Most recently, Mrs. Godefroy served as Europe Director at Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), where she oversaw CIVIC’s activities in Ukraine, while engaging European governments, the European Union, and NATO – in view of strengthening the European leadership in the protection of civilians. Mrs. Godefroy has managed emergency operations in a number of fragile and unstable contexts such as the Great Lakes region, the Sahel, Darfur, Ukraine, Haïti, West Africa, and the Middle East. Her areas of expertise include civilian harm mitigation, hybrid warfare, security force assistance, high intensity conflicts, and the privatization of war. Mrs. Godefroy holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University, and graduated from Sciences Po Paris.
Ms. Godefroy was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director in December 2021.
Representing Civil Society
Joel Bisina is the founder and Executive Director of the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa). He is a renowned analyst, writer and mediator on issues of business and human rights, environmental degradation and ccommunal conflicts as well as an astute mediator, facilitator, leadership and organizational development coach and mentor. Mr. Bisina is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Public Policy and Administration with concentration in Terrorism, Peace, and Mediation at the Walden University – Minneapolis Minnesota, USA.
He is member of the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA), American Chartered Institute of Strategic Managementand a recipient of the United States Golden Key and Pi Alpha National Distinguished Honour of Academic Excellence. He is was a former Board Member, Voluntary Principle Association, Netherlands and former co–chair of the Nigerian Working Group on the Voluntary Principles Initiative and a former Commissioner for Special Duties, Abuja for Delta state and a senior consultant to the Federal Government of Nigeria on Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Mr. Bisina was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in December 2020.
|Carmen Rosa De León
Representing Civil Society
Carmen Rosa De León is a Guatemalan Sociologist. Since 1996 she has been the Executive Director of the Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (IEPADES) and consults for national and international entities on social civil issues including; Security Sector and Justice Reform; Citizen Security; Small Arms Control; Armed Violence and Development; Civil Intelligenc; Gangs and Youth Violence, Gender and Security (Gender and Organized Crime; Gender and Private Security). She has more than 30 publications (as author and co-author).
Ms. De León is a participant in the Guatemala Peace negotiations, as a delegate of the Civil Society Assembly. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of BANRURAL (Private Bank) since 1998. Titular member of the Civil Society Security Advisory Council for the Presidency of the Republic since 2004 and coordinator of this from 2009 to July 2011. Member of the Consultative Council of Civil Society of UN-Women (2014-2017). Member of the National Commission for the Reform of Drug Policy in Guatemala (2014-2015).
Previous positions have included: General Director of Bilateral International Relations and Director of Central American Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Guatemala; President of the Special Commission for Attention to Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons of Guatemala; and in charge of the National Program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR in Guatemala.
Ms. De León is currently part of the Working Group on Voluntary Principles of Human Rights and Private Security in Guatemala, in which the embassies of ICoCA’s member countries, Private Security Companies, Private Companies, and Human Rights NGO, are part.
With a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University Complutense of Madrid; Master in Sociology of Development of Ibero-America and Master in Security Studies and Criminology, Ms. De León is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Sciences and International Relations at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
Ms. De León was elected to serve a first 3-year term as a Board Director at the Annual General Assembly in December 2020.
Representing Civil Society
Caleb Wanga is Coordinator of Usalama Reforms Forum. An advocate of social justice with wide experience in community organizing, peace building, conflict management, community safety, access to justice and environmental conservation, he has over 15 years in active engagement in policy and community oriented programmes through different organizations. Caleb has participated in the establishment of several networks like Usalama Forum and is also the regional coordinator of PeaceNet Kenya Nairobi region.He is a graduate in Diplomacy & International Relations from United States International University-Africa. He is a visiting trainer at the Kenya School of Government Crime and Violence training programme.
Mr. Wanga was elected to serve a second 3-year term as a Board Director in December 2022.