The Secretariat

The ICoCA Secretariat manages the day-to-day running of the Association

Vincent Bernard
Senior Policy Advisor

Vincent Bernard has extensive experience in law and policy advocacy in complex environments. From 2010 to 2019, he was editor in chief of the International Review of the Red Cross, a leading academic journal on humanitarian law, policy and action, published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Cambridge University Press and head of the Law and Policy Forum, which led ICRC’s engagement with expert audiences interested in humanitarian law, policy and action. As head of the ICRC’s field communication set-up from 2006 to 2010 he travelled and worked in most of todays’ conflict zones. He worked in humanitarian operations for 6 years in Dakar, Nairobi and Jerusalem.

Vincent studied political science, law and international relations at the Political Science Institute and Law Faculty in Strasburg, The King’s College, London and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He taught law and political sciences at the University of Marmara in Istanbul and is now visiting lecturer in several universities and executive in residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy.


Dina Chantre
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 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 has an educational background in Administration, human resources management and accounting (Federal Certificate of Proficiency (CFC) In Commercial Business).


Christopher Galvin
Head of Communications & Outreach

As Head of Communications & Outreach, Chris Galvin leads the Association’s outreach and communications strategy and develops the Association’s funding base among states and private foundations.

Chris 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.

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.


Florie Barbotte
Communications and Marketing Officer

As Communications and Marketing Officer, Florie Barbotte supports the development and execution of a communications and marketing strategy, elevating the Association’s profile with key stakeholder groups.

Florie has gained experience in the Tech Industry as an Account Manager and a Project Manager, focusing on content creation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from EDHEC Business School (France), and in Integrated Marketing Communication from Queensland University of Technology (Australia).


Alexandra Garzotto
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 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 studied in Business School in Nancy and holds a Master in management with a finance specialization.


Juliette Jourde
Membership & Training Officer

As Membership & Training Officer, Juliette Jourde helps develop online training courses and oversees the corporate membership process. Juliette joined ICoCA in 2021 as Project & Outreach Assistant, supporting training projects and outreach on responsible private security contracting, with a particular focus on the humanitarian sector.

Before joining ICoCA, Juliette interned at ACTED in Paris, at the Organization of the American States in Bogotá and at the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights in Buenos Aires.

Juliette holds a bachelor in Political Science and a Master in International Security with a specialization in Human Rights and Latin America from Sciences Po Paris.


Tom Mather
Compliance Manager

As Compliance Manager, Tom Mather oversees monitoring, certification and training at the Association.

Tom has over 15 years of experience in the security field, working primarily in the humanitarian sector as an operational security manager. Tom has on-the-ground security management experience in more than 20 countries, including conflict, post-conflict and fragile environments.

Tom holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University (US).


Valentina Potapova
Membership & Development Officer

As Membership and Development Officer, Valentina Potapova focuses on supporting and growing ICoCA’s membership, from engaging with potential ICoCA members to managing their onboarding, and supporting members once they have joined the Association.

Valentina has solid experience in private sector (business development) and multilateral cooperation (humanitarian projects). She holds a bachelor in Modern History and Masters in International Relations and Cooperation for Development.


Giuseppe Scirocco
Monitoring Officer

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 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 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’.


Antoine Perret
Civil Society Organization (CSO) Development Manager 

Dr. Antoine Perret joined ICoCA in a newly created role as Civil Society Organization (CSO) Development Manager. His remit is to grow the Civil Society Pillar and support CSO Members, developing capacity for effective accountability mechanisms and advocating for responsible private security. Prior to joining ICoCa, Antoine worked at the Business and Security Division at the Geneva Center for Security Governance (DCAF) managing projects and leading research on private security governance. Before that, he was based in Panama working on anti-money laundering and terrorism financing and leading a regional project on mapping organized crime activities in Latin America. Antoine started his career in academic circles as associate researcher at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia); research fellow at Columbia University (New York, USA), and American University (Washington DC, USA). He taught at Universidad Externado de Colombia and collaborated with UN agencies on security and human rights issues.

Antoine holds a PhD in law and LLM from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy); a Master in International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) – in collaboration with Columbia University and Science Po, Paris; and a License in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He has published several books and articles on private security regulation.


Jamie Williamson
Executive Director

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 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 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.


Rong Yuan
Research  Outreach Assistant

Rong first joined ICoCA in 2021 as a Security & Human Rights Intern. As a Research & Outreach Assistant, Rong supports ICoCA’s outreach endeavors in East Asia and contributes to other research topics on the private security industry.

Rong received her first Master’s degree in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute Geneva and a second one in International Politics from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in diplomatic history at Leiden University.