Trustbuilding: A forgotten factor in today’s divided world?

26 June 2019

The Caux Forum Opening Ceremony is an event open to all and free of charge, kicking off the summer season and offering a preview of the upcoming conferences and programmes as well as a chance to discover the Caux Palace and its rich history.

Trustbuilding as a soft skill is often overlooked, but a determining factor for human relationships on the personal and professional level and for successful humanitarian, peace and development work. But what does it take to build trust? Join us for an exceptional afternoon to experience success stories from all over the world and across generations in an innovative and entertaining format.

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Caux Palace, be inspired by music, and connect with an amazing diversity of people while having refreshments on the terrace with a magnificent view on Lake Geneva and the Alps.

Make this a family outing and come with your children! They'll enjoy some tailored activities. 


Christine Beerli
President IofC Switzerland
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Christine Beerli was appointed as the new President of the Council of the Foundation in November 2018. She was the Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). A member of a law firm in Biel, Ms Beerli began her political career on that city's municipal council, where she served from 1980 to 1983. From 1986 to 1991 she was a member of the legislative assembly of the Canton of Bern. In 1991 she was elected to the upper house of the Swiss parliament, where she remained until 2003, chairing the foreign affairs committee (1998-1999) and the committee for social security and health (2000-2001). Ms Beerli chaired the caucus of the Free Democratic Party in Switzerland's federal assembly from 1996 to 2003. She also served on committees dealing with security policy and economic and legal affairs. She retired from politics in 2003. 2006-2017 she headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. She is former director of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Bern University of Applied Sciences. In January 2008, Ms Beerli was appointed permanent Vice-President of the ICRC. As such she was a member of the ICRC Assembly – the institution's supreme governing body – as well as the Assembly Council and the Presidency, where she worked closely with the President and deputized for him whenever necessary.
Stéphane Rey
Deputy Head, Human Security Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
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Stéphane Rey assumed his position as Deputy Head of the Human Security Division in November 2017. He leads the geographic and thematic peace policy sections. From 2014 until the end of October 2017, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which has been representing the interests of the United States in Iran since 1981. Stéphane also led the Political Affairs, Peace & Security Team at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in New York, where he chaired the Group of Friends of the Protection of Civilians. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of the Security Council and Political Affairs Unit in the UN Division in Bern. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Stéphane also worked in the field as a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone) and as a policy officer with the UN Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in New York. He has completed certificates in humanitarian diplomacy and in modern Middle Eastern languages.
Fatima Zaman
Young Leader of the Kofi Annan Foundations’ Extremely Together Initiative
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Laurent Wehrli
Mayor of Montreux
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Laurent Wehrli, member of the PLR.Les Libéraux-Radicaux, was elected Municipal Councilor (executive) for the Commune de Montreux in 2001 and became its mayor in 2011. Member of the legislative assembly (Grand Conseil) of the Canton of Vaud from 2002 to 2015, he joined the Swiss National Council in 2015, where he sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a former editor-in-chief of a monthly business magazine and he owns a project management company which operates internationally. Born in 1965, he is married and has five children and two grand-children.
Oana Dinea
Concert Pianist
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Oana Dinea is a concert pianist from Romania, currently based in Geneva where she is teaching at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique de Genève. As a participant in the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme in 2018, she experienced that story sharing, mixing arts and bringing our humanity in a safe space connects us with ourselves. To open herself to the audience and to share her own authentic perspective, she hence initiated the “C L O S E R concert Connection”. “I feel that nothing is more beautiful than the art that we are doing each day in our life. That one that appears in our humanity.”



When: 26 June 2019

Where: Caux Conference and Seminar Centre, Caux, Switzerland


Wednesday, 26 June

12:30 - 13:30

Optional paying lunch (CHF 20.- for adults, 10.- for children 6-12, free for children under 6)

13:00 - 13:30

Arrivals and Welcome Drinks

13:45 - 15:30

Storysharing and music by concert pianist Oana Dinea.

Welcome remarks by Laurent Wehrli, Mayor of Montreux.

Conversation with:

  • Christine Beerli, President of Initiatives of Change Switzerland
  • Stéphane Rey, Deputy Head, Human Security Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affaires (FDFA)
  • Fatima Zaman, Young Leader of the Kofi Annan Foundations' Extremely Together Initiative

Stories from young peacebuilders from across the world who are participating in the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme and the Caux Scholars Program, in an interactive human library format

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Tea

16:00 - 17:30

Intergenerational guided tour through the Caux Palace and its history and future

17:30 - 18:30

Departures and farewell drinks

18:30 - 19:30

Optional paying dinner (CHF 20.- for adults, 10.- for children 6-12, free for children under 6)

Please note that this programme is subject to change