ICRC directorate

23 July 2018

The members of the ICRC directorate are appointed by the Assembly for four-year terms.

Yves Daccord


Yves Daccord holds a B.A. in political science. A former journalist, he joined the ICRC in 1992 and worked in Israel and the occupied and autonomous territories, Sudan, Yemen, the northern Caucasus and Georgia. He returned to the ICRC's headquarters in 1997 to take up the post of deputy head of the division for the promotion of international humanitarian law. In 1998, he was appointed head of the communication division and then director of communication in 2002, a post he held until his appointment as director-general in 2010.

Dominik Stillhart

Director of operations

Dominik Stillhart has spent 27 years with the ICRC and has senior-level experience in the field and at headquarters. He has wide experience of various operational contexts and roles, and in handling crisis and emergency operations. Prior to joining headquarters as deputy director of operations in 2007, he had served for 15 years in the field primarily in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. Assignments included postings as head of delegation in Sudan and Israel and the occupied territories. Before being appointed as director of operations in 2014, he was head of the ICRC's people management programme (a set of projects aiming at enhancing the organization's capacity to attract, develop and retain the best possible workforce).

Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet

Director of digital transformation and data

Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet took up the role of director of digital transformation and data after eight years as director of communication and information management. Her responsibilities include developing the ICRC's data model, data analytics and data governance; the design, testing and build of the ICRC's capacity for digital response, services and engagement with stakeholders; and enabling the ICRC's capacity for digital transformation in relation to internal functioning and as a trusted manager of data, particularly through data protection. She joined the ICRC in 1993 and has previously held the following positions: deputy director of communication, deputy head of division for policy and movement relations, head of the women and war project, as well as serving for five years in varous ICRC field delegations. Charlotte has a degree in business studies and a master's degree in communication management. She is the author of Women Facing War.

Helen Durham

Director of international law and policy

Helen Durham has a PhD in the fields of international humanitarian law and international criminal law, and is a senior fellow at Melbourne Law School. She has been director of international law, strategy, planning and research at the Australian Red Cross and has worked as ICRC head of office in Sydney and as legal adviser to the ICRC's regional delegation in the Pacific. She has also completed a number of assignments with the ICRC in Myanmar, Aceh and the Philippines.

Jennifer Hauseman

Director of communication and information management

Jennifer Hauseman has been at the ICRC for three years, first as head of digital communications and now in her current role since July 2018. Prior to joining the ICRC, she was a deputy director for communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and was a manager, programmer and senior editor at Amazon.com.

Gherardo Pontrandolfi

Director of human resources

Gherardo Pontrandolfi has worked for the ICRC for 19 years and has held various senior field and headquarters positions. He has served as head of mission in Kosovo, head of subdelegation in Darfur, head of delegation in Eritrea, and South Africa and Afghanistan. He has experience of working across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining the ICRC, he served as assistant to the secretary-general of the German Red Cross and as a manager at Procter & Gamble.

Katie Sams

Director of financial resources and logistics

Katie Sams joined the ICRC in 2000 and took up her current role in July 2018. In that capacity, she leads the organization's fundraising, financial and administrative services, and logistics teams, and guides its budgetary management and strategic financial decisions. Katie was previously the chief of staff to the director-general (2010-18), where she oversaw the implementation of financial frameworks, supervised the ICRC's strategy and performance management activities, and managed the directorate's agenda. Prior to that, she supported the implementation of the ICRC's prevention activities around the world, heading the unit in charge of managing relationships with civil society audiences and running training courses on international humanitarian law. Katie began her ICRC career as a protection delegate in the field. She has also worked as a researcher for the UN and several NGOs, and as a law clerk for a federal judge in the United States. Katie holds a master's degree in international relations, a law degree, and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts.