News release

Two new members appointed to the Assembly of the ICRC

Geneva (ICRC) – The Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appointed two new members, Edouard Bugnion and Katja Gentinetta.

Mr Bugnion has been a professor in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) since 2012, and currently serves as its vice‑president for information systems. He is also a member of the boards of Logitech and Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. Previously he spent 18 years in Silicon Valley, where he co‑founded two start-ups – VMware and Nuova Systems – and served as their chief technology officer.

Mr Bugnion, who was raised in Neuchatel and Geneva, studied computer science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and received his PhD from Stanford University, also in computer science.

Ms Gentinetta is an independent political philosopher and a managing partner of GENTINETTA*SCHOLTEN. She lectures in public affairs and philosophy at the Universities of St Gallen, Lucerne and Zurich, and serves on the boards of two SMEs and the board of trustees of the Gebert Rüf Foundation. She also co-hosts NZZ Standpunkte on Swiss television.

Ms Gentinetta, who was raised in Brig, earned a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Zurich for her thesis on tolerance and its limits in multicultural societies. She completed her studies at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris and the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Assembly is the supreme governing body of the ICRC, comprising between 15 and 25 members of Swiss nationality. It currently has 18 members, who oversee all the ICRC's activities, define its institutional strategy, formulate policy and approve the budget and accounts.

Mr Bugnion and Ms Gentinetta will take up their duties on 1 April 2018.

For further information, please contact:
Elodie Schindler, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 536 92 48