Honorary Ambassador Johan Swinnen is Chair to the IPIS Board since 2015. He is a former Belgian Ambassador to the DR Congo (2004-2008). Before that he was Ambassador to Rwanda (1990-1994) and diplomatic attaché to Burundi. As the head of IPIS, he combines his profound experience in the region of the Great Lakes with a great interest in supporting peace, development, and human rights initiatives. Johan Swinnen is also President of VIRA (International Relations Association).