Catherine Habasque - President and founder

Catherine Habasque studied Ballet and French literature in Paris. She danced as a soloist and Principal Dancer in leading companies including Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Compañia Nacional de Danza and Ballet Basel, worked with, and danced pieces from, Maurice Béjart, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kilian, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin and others.

She was nominated as Best Dancer of the Year in the German Critics Association Survey 2007. She is also an independent choreographer and producer of her own work and stages Nacho Duato’s work worldwide. Her project “Crystal Tears” with Andreas Scholl was a finalist in the Fedora Prizes 2014 for Opera and Ballet.

Jos Verbeek

Jos Verbeek is former Manager at World Bank group (WBG). He was the WBG Special Representative to the UN and the WTO in Geneva until July 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Verbeek was appointed Adviser and tasked with providing inputs in the WBG’s approach to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He worked for over 27 years for the World Bank across the globe.

Julie Godignon - Fundraising

Julie Godignon has been working as a Program manager for media development and press freedom in developing countries for more than 10 years. She joined DFW in March 2020 to support fundraising, new development, and impact measurement of activities.

Alexander Hartmann - Sponsoring

After a career in finances, Alexander started working the past years with children and adolescents displaying learning problems and/or behavioural disorders.

He holds a bachelor degree in Social Work and in Business Administration and a master degree in Applied Ethics.

He joined DFW in March 2018. He presently directs the care management department at the University Children’s Hospital in Basel (UKBB).

Jean-Philippe Dousset - Consultant Humanitarian and Logistics

As a doctor, Jean-Philippe has been working for more than 20 years in Cambodgia and South-Est Asia with Médecin sans Frontières, Médecins du Monde, FHI 360.

His long clinical experience brought him to concentrate on project management and lately on the development of new health plans.

Olivia Streater Lavirazzi - Law and human rights consultant

Olivia Streater Lavizzari is a freelance dancer and a dance movement psychotherapist.

In her first life, she was a lawyer and worked as a human rights researcher and campaigner for over ten years for NGOs including Amnesty International, Liberty, the Association for the Prevention of Torture and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

The Dancers and their Missions with DFW