Kilian Kleinschmidt

Radical change made reality


Kilian Kleinschmidt


Kilian has over 25 years hands-on experience in international development, emergency response, resource mobilization, and political/regional cooperation in a wide range of organizations (UN, NGOs), countries and programs.

Previous assignments include Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Deputy Representative for UNHCR in Kenya, Deputy to the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Assistance to Pakistan.

In his recent position as the UNHCR Mafraq Head of Sub-Office and Camp Manager for Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, the world’s second-largest refugee camp and the largest camp for Syrian refugees, he has exceeded all expectations and has achieved the impossible, transforming Za’atari from a chaotic and crime-ridden place to a thriving and stable community ready for its transition to the next phase of its development.


Matt Byrne

Senior Consultant

Matt Byrne is a humanitarian emergency response and human rights specialist. He was Country Director for the Danish Refugee Council in The Islamic Republic of Iran, established the emergency response in the Mariupol, East of Ukraine also for DRC. He has UN emergency response experience with the UN Refugee Agency in South Sudan, Myanmar and Jordan. Prior to that he has field experience in human rights programming in Colombia and spent many years working in the refugee and asylum sector in Ireland. He holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies.

Ruta Nimkar

Humanitarian and Migration Professional

Ruta Nimkar was Regional Head of Program for the Danish Refugee Council covering Central and South West Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran), and in this capacity, engaged with private sector initiatives. She also has extensive experience in Somalia, South Sudan and the Sahel; this includes strong engagement in strategy formulation for European government agencies. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Yale University.

Innovation & Planning Agency, USA

Ben Homer

Executive Director, USA

Beth Pappas

US Director of Operations


Switxboard brings together

an experienced multi-disciplinary team comprised of humanitarian workers, technological experts, consultants, project managers, culture managers, communication professionals and many others with practical experience in working with refugees, governance, project management, human resources, marketing, global multi-nationals, and NGOs.


Dr. Joachim Rücker

Independent Consultant & Advisor

Zoe Papastathopoulou

Walter Kemp

Michael Castle Miller

Legal and Policy Consultant

Stefan Kiernberger

Consultant, Geospatial Analysis

Mark Frazier


Patrick Lamson Hall