Céline Yvon

Former Deputy Director Trafigura Foundation

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Céline has a 20-year track record across the full spectrum of social change, venture philanthropy and international cooperation. As the Deputy Director of the Trafigura Foundation, she oversees a global portfolio of partnerships geared towards improving the living conditions of vulnerable communities in countries where the Trafigura Group is active. The Trafigura Foundation joins forces with experienced organisations on the ground to achieve long-lasting impact with programmes tailored to local realities – protecting vulnerable people against health and safety risks, strengthening their career prospects and creating jobs. Since 2018, the Trafigura Foundation has supported almost 100 partners in 80 countries, positively impacting more than 500,000 people.

Céline has developed innovative approaches to foster human development with a particular reference to contexts affected by war and poverty. She started her career at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs before joining the HD Centre, an organisation working discretely beyond the frontiers of traditional diplomacy; it engages governments, non-state armed groups, opposition parties and private sector actors to reduce violent conflict and limit the human suffering caused by war. Céline has extensive field experience including in Iraq, Libya, the Central African Republic, Mozambique and Tajikistan.

In addition to working with the government and non-for-profit sector, Céline was also employed by a global management consultancy firm where she specialised in change management processes in multinational corporations. Céline holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Certificate in Innovation & Sustainability from Harvard University.