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ICRC: Assembly appoints three new members to Committee

26-09-2012 News Release 12/193

Geneva (ICRC) – At its meeting on 13 September, the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appointed Mauro Arrigoni, Thierry Lombard and Melchior de Muralt as new members of the Committee. The Committee now has 18 active members who together exercise oversight over the ICRC.

Mauro Arrigoni is the author of many scientific papers and the founder of the scientific journal Il Volteriano. Since 2007, he has been the dean of a high school in Mendrisio, Switzerland. He has participated in a number of electoral observation missions, mainly in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Thierry Lombard is a managing partner of Lombard Odier & Cie, private bankers in Geneva, where he oversees in particular the management of human resources, pension fund activities and philanthropic foundations. He is also active in several medical and humanitarian foundations, and chairs the Foundation for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Melchior de Muralt is a managing partner of Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie, an asset management firm in Geneva, and vice-chairman of Blue Orchard Finance, a company specializing in the management of investment funds dedicated to the micro-finance industry.

The three new members of the Committee will take up their duties at the beginning of November 2012.

The Assembly, composed of between 15 and 25 members of Swiss nationality, is the supreme governing body of the ICRC. It oversees all the ICRC's activities. It sets general objectives and strategy, and approves the budget and accounts.

For further information, please contact:
Carla Haddad Mardini, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 05 or +41 79 217 32 26

 

Biographical notes:

Mauro Arrigoni holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Zurich. After graduating in 1980, he pursued an academic career in mathematics and physics in the Swiss canton of Ticino and in Mexico. He is the author of many scientific papers on mathematical models in biology and the founder of the scientific journal Il Volteriano. Since 2007, he has been the dean of a high school in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Since 1997 he has also been active in electoral observation missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldavia, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Gaza, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Togo and Nicaragua.

A graduate in economics from the University of Geneva, Thierry Lombard joined Lombard Odier & Cie in 1972 and became a managing partner in 1982. After assuming many important responsibilities within Lombard Odier, where he represents the sixth generation, he was senior partner from 1995 to 2008. Today he is involved in developing the thematic investment strategy as well as new skills and products within Lombard Odier Investment Managers. He is also responsible for the Communication Department and the management of human resources at Lombard Odier, chairing the staff pension foundations. He is the chairman of the board of the Family Business Network International. In addition, he is active in several medical, environmental and humanitarian foundations. In particular, he chairs the Foundation for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Melchior de Muralt holds a Ph.D. in political sciences from the University of Lausanne. In 1988 he joined Lombard Odier & Cie, where he endeavoured to promote the Ethos Foundation for Sustainable Development. In 2001, he became a partner in the Pury Pictet Turrettini & Cie asset management firm. At the same time, he helped create Blue Orchard Finance, a company specializing in the management of investment funds dedicated to the micro-finance industry, where he is currently vice-chairman of the board of directors. He is also president of Cadmos Fund Management and of the Guilé Engagement Funds, which have been leaders in socially responsible investment based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, and chairman of World Microfinance Forum Geneva.