The ICoCA Secretariat manages the day-to-day running of the Association
As Executive Director, Jamie Williamson heads the Secretariat of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA). Jamie brings to the ICoCA a wealth of international, legal and security experience and joined the ICoCA in October 2017 after several years as the Head of the Relations with Arms Carriers Unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In that capacity, Jamie led a team of over 50 delegates worldwide, and was responsible for the strategic orientation and implementation of core programs, advising and training State and non-State weapons bearers, including multinational forces and private military and security contractors.
Previously, from 2008 until 2011, Jamie Williamson served as the ICRC Legal Advisor at the ICRC Delegation in Washington D.C., providing legal support to the ICRC activities in the U.S. and Canada, with particular focus on Guantanamo and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2005 to 2008, he brought his experience and commitment to humanitarian law and justice to the ICRC as regional legal advisor based in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, he assisted State Authorities and international organizations on the implementation of weapons treaties, and continued to advocate for and successfully legislate international humanitarian law.
Before joining the ICRC, Jamie Williamson was with the UN ad hoc international criminal tribunals in Tanzania and the Netherlands, and Sierra Leone, for nearly 9 years, where he worked on the first international judgments on genocide and war crimes in non-international armed conflicts. Jamie has published numerous papers on repression of war crimes, international justice, and the challenges to international humanitarian law in modern day conflicts and is on the summer faculty of the Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University, in Washington D.C.
Finance and Administrative Officer
As Finance and Administrative Officer, Alexandra Garzotto deals with budget proposals, budget follow-up, reporting to donors, accounting accuracy and other finance functions.
Prior to joining ICoCA, Alexandra Garzotto worked 5 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditor and audit manager in Luxembourg, and then for two years as Finance Officer in a private Geneva bank. In 2014, she joined the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), where she worked 4 years as Finance Officer. She was responsible for budget proposals, budget follow-up, reporting to donors, analytical costs allocation, financial statements and audits coordination.
Alexandra Garzotto studied in Business School in Nancy and holds a Master in management with a finance specialization.
As a Project Officer, Anaïs Laigle provides analytical and policy development support for the development and execution of the Association’s governance and oversight roles. Since late 2015, she has focused particularly on the development of the ICoCA’s Certification function and in supporting the Membership.
Prior to joining the ICoCA, Anaïs Laigle worked as an Attaché to the Permanent Representation of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, with a special focus on conventional arms control. Before that, she worked as a Program Assistant at the Paris office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS), a think tank dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation.
Anaïs Laigle holds a BA in Political Science and Administration from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) of Bordeaux (France) and the University of Granada (Spain), and an MA in International Relations (specialised in Defence and Security) from the IEP of Bordeaux.
Head of Communications & Outreach
As Head of Communications & Outreach, Chris leads the Association’s outreach and communications strategy and develops the Association’s funding base among states and private foundations.
Chris Galvin has over twenty years of experience working in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Chris previously oversaw grant-making to a range of non-profit organisations around the world as a Programme Officer at the Oak Foundation in Geneva. Prior to this he was Head of Outreach for Executive Education at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, where he was responsible for all communications, marketing and business development for the division. From 2005 to 2015 Chris held various positions at Yale University managing public affairs, communications, community engagement, and fundraising. In his last role as Managing Director of Alumni Relations at the Yale School of Management, he managed the school’s Alumni Association and oversaw engagement with the school’s alumni.
Prior to transitioning to the non-profit sector, Chris Galvin worked in offshore finance and as a headhunter in London. He was educated in the UK and has Masters degrees from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex and the University of Edinburgh.
Executive HR Assistant
As an Executive HR Assistant, Dina Chantre deals with the Association’s administrative and office management functions.
Prior to joining the ICoCA, Dina Chantra held various positions in the private sector. Among others, she worked for more than six years at a prestigious Geneva spa where she managed reception activities, and supporting the Director in human resources and administrative functions.
Dina Chantra has an educational background in Administration, human resources management and accounting (Federal Certificate of Proficiency (CFC) In Commercial Business).
As a Project Officer, Gina Menghini provides analytical and policy development support for the development and execution of the Association’s governance and oversight roles. She particularly works on the development of the ICoCA Monitoring and Complaints functions and the implementation of a secure and user-friendly Information Management system.
Prior to joining the ICoCA, Gina Menghini worked for the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) as a Junior Programme Officer on mine action standards and language outreach programs. Before that, Gina held various positions with a focus on diplomacy, private security, human rights and international humanitarian law. Her prior experiences also include supporting the Geneva Centre on the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) with a market analysis on private security companies.
Gina Menghini holds a BA in Political Science and Public Law from the University of Zurich and an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
As Monitoring Officer, Giuseppe Scirocco supports the development and implementation of the Association’s monitoring activities and the provision of thematic guidance to ICoCA Member Companies.
Before joining the ICoCA, Giuseppe Scirocco interned at the Ethics Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, the Citizenship and Ethics Cluster of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg, and the Legal Pro Bono Service of Advocates for International Development (A4ID) in London.
Giuseppe Scirocco holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham, a Master in Diplomatic Studies from the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), and a Master’s Degree of Law from the University of Naples ‘Federico II’.
Stephan Coute joined the ICoCA Secretariat as a Project Officer in January 2019 and is responsible for Training and Capacity Building.
He has over 20 years of varied work experience as a police officer at the International Cooperation Department of the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, the SWAT Unit and the Close Protection Department.
Prior his re-assignment to the French Government, Stephan Coute lived in New York City, and contributed to the delivery of more than 10 United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping courses with a sub-contractor of the US Department of State (Camber Corp), in Asia, (2011-2013), certifying over 300 senior military personnel. He also successfully completed 18 months of service with the UN in MINURCAT (Chad), as a Security Officer, where he contributed to the draft security plan for the mission and aided in the management of an emergency evacuation of the mission in February 2008.
Stephan Coute also successfully completed two years of service with the UN in MINUSTAH (Haiti), as Security Advisor to the Haitian President, the Haitian Prime Minister, the Haitian Head of Police. At the same time, he also served as the Chief of the UN Police VIP Close Protection Unit, managing more than 40 UN Police Officers (UNPOL) from all over the world, plus the training and operation of over 800 Haitian National Police Officers and local security personnel. While working at the Prime Minister’s Office, Stephan has created and developed the Close Protection Department of the Haitian National Police.
Stephan Coute graduated from the National Police Academy and holds different awards such as the Medal of Honor of the Haitian National Police and the Medal of the International Cooperation Department of the French Ministry of Internal Affairs.