ICRC Brussels: who we are
Walter A. Füllemann has been with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 1989. His field missions include Nicaragua (1989-1990), Peru (1991), South Africa (1992-1994), as well as Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (1994-1995). He served as Head of the ICRC delegation in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 1996 to 1997. Between 1997 and 1999, he worked as delegate and spokesperson for the ICRC delegation to the United Nations in New York.
At ICRC Headquarters in Geneva, he headed the operational desk for the former Yugoslavia from 1995 to 1996. From 1997 to 2002 he worked as Deputy Head of the External Resources Division (donor relations and fundraising), and from 2002 to 2009 as ICRC's Deputy Director of Operations (2002 to 2009). During the period 2009-2014 he served as Permanent Observer of the ICRC to the United Nations in New York.
Since October 2015, he has been the ICRC Head of Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium in Brussels.
He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German, and holds a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Saint-Gallen, Switzerland.
Pierre is the deputy head of the Brussels delegation. He oversees the humanitarian diplomacy with the EU institutions and NATO and shares management tasks with the Head of Delegation. Pierre is also a visiting lecturer at the Université d'Aix-Marseille.
Pierre has had different positions in his long ICRC career, including in Moscow as deputy head of delegation (2003-2005), as protection coordinator in Addis Ababa (2001-2003) and Baku (1999-2001) and as legal advisor in Moscow (1997-1999). Pierre holds a law degree (Louvain) and a LL.M in International Law (Brussels). He speaks fluent French, English, and Russian.
David-Pierre is the Public Affairs and Communication & Movement Advisor of the delegation. He has worked in Southern & Northern Caucasus as a detention delegate (1999-2000) and in Central Asia as an Education advisor (2001-2002). In the field of Public Affairs he has served notably in Bagdad as a Communication delegate (2003), in Moscow as Head of Communication Support Centre (2005-2009), as a Communication advisor in Cairo (2010), Communication Coordinator in Beijing (2011-2012), and Public Relations officer for Europe and Central Asia in Geneva (2013-2014). David-Pierre has also been in charge of promoting the ICRC Audiovisual and Public archives organizing exhibitions, public events, and acting as a jury member at various documentary festivals in Europe. He speaks fluent French, English and Russian.
Andrew Bell is one of the ICRC's 'Senior Armed Forces Delegates'. He is the Coordinator* for relations with European based Armed Forces at the ICRC Brussels Delegation responsible for liaising with the armed and security forces of the EU and its member States, NATO, and other European based armed forces. The work of the armed forces delegate is to support the goals set by the Head of Delegation by informing the arms carriers of the work of the ICRC in conflict situations, the development of mutual institutional operational awareness, and promoting International Humanitarian Law (IHL), otherwise known as the "Law of War" or "Law of Armed Conflict". This is done through briefings, exercises, projects (e.g. lessons learned) and working meetings.
Andrew joined the ICRC in 2006. His ICRC experience includes humanitarian coordination work during the Israel/Lebanon war (2006), protection work in Nepal (2006) and other tasks in the FAS** unit in Liberia (2006) and the countries of Central Asia (2006-7) and East Africa (early 2012). Significant postings for the ICRC were in Washington DC (2007-2009) covering the United States and Canada, and again in Israel (2009-2011) while based in Tel Aviv. Prior to joining the Brussels Delegation, Andrew was working on similar NATO & European based armed force liaison but based in Belgrade (2012-2014).
* Coordinator is an internal ICRC term that refers to the level of management.
** FAS stands for Force Armée Securité
Gilles Hansoul is the senior advisor for operational affairs at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the European Union and NATO based in Brussels. The work of an Advisor for Operational Affairs is to inform interlocutors of the ICRC's global missions and the issues encountered by the ICRC in situations of armed conflict, and promote a working relationship to resolve those issues. Gilles is also coordinating ICRC's contribution of humanitarian observations and lessons from the military campaign in Afghanistan in the framework of NATO lessons learned projects.
Gilles joined the ICRC in 2008. His experience in the field includes two missions in Afghanistan, as a protection delegate and as a Head of Sub-delegation, and in the Southern Caucasus (South Ossetia) as a protection team leader. Prior to his ICRC work, Gilles worked six years as an attorney in Belgium. He speaks fluent French, English and German.
Alexandre is the Advisor for Security and Defence Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the European Union (EU) and to NATO, based in Brussels. He is responsible for managing the relationship with NATO Headquarters and with NATO member states' representations, as well as with the EU External Action Service (EEAS), in particular with EU crisis management structures. He follows EU common foreign and security policy developments and their links to EU development and humanitarian aid policies. He worked previously as a Political Attaché at the EU Delegation to Vietnam (2013-2014), as a Communication Officer at the ICRC Brussels Delegation (2012), and as an Academic Assistant at the College of Europe (2011). Past work experiences also led him to work for the European Commission (2009) and for the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner (2008).
Alexandre holds a Master of Arts in EU International Relations and Diplomacy (College of Europe), a Master of European Law (Paris) and a Master of European Studies (Strasbourg). He speaks fluent French, English, Italian, Spanish and Farsi.
Stéphane holds a Law Degree and a Master in Laws (LL.M.) in Public International Law. He joined the ICRC Legal Division (Geneva) in 1997, where he worked on different issues, such as Human Rights as well as on some arms related issues. In 1999, he participated in the build-up of the ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium, a Delegation in which he is still working today as the Senior Legal Adviser. He is responsible for following relevant legal developments in EU and NATO policies and operations and for promoting and disseminating International Humanitarian Law for several audiences. Since 2013, Stéphane is visiting professor at the College of Europe. He has published articles on International Humanitarian Law, and participated in several conferences and seminars. He is also at the origin of the "Bruges Colloquium" in International Humanitarian Law.
Stéphane speaks fluent French, English and Dutch.
Anne-Catherine is the administrator of the Brussels delegation, ensuring the smooth functioning of the Brussels office. Anne-Catherine has extensive prior experience as a manager in the private sector.
She holds a bachelor in economic studies , and speaks fluently French, Dutch and English.
Laurent is the Human Resources Marketing Officer based in Brussels. His role is to give presentations of the ICRC and explain field positions requirements to potential candidates. His focus is on outreaching to African communities in Belgium and France. Laurent joined the ICRC in 2013 as field administrator assigned in Nigeria and South Sudan. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences in International Hospitality Management (Lausanne, EHL).
Angela Valenza works as Regional Migration Adviser for Europe and Central Asia (EURASIA) at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Delegation to the European Union, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium in Brussels.
Her work consists in strengthening coordination and coherence of ICRC approach to migration in EURASIA. In this framework, Angela advices ICRC delegations and the region on strategic orientations and technical issues in this field. She also represents the ICRC towards the EU institutions, agencies and missions on migration-related files.
She has extensive experience in the field of humanitarian affairs in conflict and post-conflict areas. Her field missions include Somalia (2007-2011), Central African Republic (2006-2007), South Sudan (2005-2006), Myanmar (2003-2005), Ethiopia (2002-2003) and Afghanistan (2000-2001). Angela also held a number of positions with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), as well as with various NGOs, including the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Médecins du Monde (MDM).
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Law from the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy and holds a Master in Development Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Geneviève is Senior Advisor in European Affairs in charge of ICRC positioning towards the EU institutions. She deals in particular with the European Commission (DG ECHO, Europaid), the geographical units of the EEAS and the European Parliament. In this capacity, she undertook short field missions to Ethiopia, DRC, RCA, and Ivory Coast. Before joining the ICRC in 1999, Geneviève worked 7 years with the European Commission (in the Public Health unit and in the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid). In her capacity as desk officer, she undertook several field missions in Africa (DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Mali) and ex-Yugoslavia and has also been in charge of the relations with non-governemental organizations and the Framework Partnership Agreement.
Geneviève holds a Master of Science in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Diploma in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and a BA in Political Sciences of the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
She is fluent in French and English.
Hilde Sagon is Legal Adviser with the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium in Brussels, working on European Justice and Home Affairs issues, such as terrorism, migration and asylum or data protection. Previously she worked as ICRC Restoring Family Links Delegate in Nepal in the aftermath of the April 2015 earthquake and as Teaching Assistant in International Law at the KULeuven. She has also worked as ICRC Detention Delegate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2013-2014), and as Legal Adviser for the ICRC Brussels delegation (2009-2013). Hilde holds a law degree (KULeuven) that included an exchange to the Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and a Masters (LL.M.) of Advanced Studies in International Humanitarian Law (ADH, Geneva). Hilde speaks Dutch, English and French and is a great dancer.
Xavier Godefroid is one of the ICRC's Armed Forces Delegate working at the ICRC Brussels Delegation. In this role he is able to engage his main professional interests which are related to justice and humanitarian action. Xavier holds a degree in law, has completed a masters in public international law, both at the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve. Xavier speaks fluent French, English, and has a good working knowledge of Dutch. His ICRC experience was gained in operational and volatile contexts and in management positions of increasing responsibilities. This included protection work focusing on detention and tracing in Iraq (2003), dealing with the issue of child soldiers in Sri Lanka (2004) and again with detention activities in Afghanistan (2005). He worked also in Pakistan (2009) as an ICRC field delegate in charge of assessing and covering the needs of internally displaced population in the north of the country. Xavier held various middle management positions as Head of Sub-delegation coordinating the large spectrum of ICRC humanitarian activities in Guinea Conakry (2005-2006), Israel and the Occupied Territories (2006-2007), Egypt (2008) and Yemen (2008). Parallel to the direct supervision of the programs, his main task consisted of engaging in a continued dialogue with all the parties to the various conflicts and the local stakeholders in order to promote the ICRC mandate and principles, to promote respect for IHL and enhance protection for the affected population. Before joining the ICRC, Xavier has worked as legal assistant at the Office of the Prosecutor in Brussels. He was in charge of supporting the work of 4 Prosecutors dealing with investigations in the field of sexual offences. Overseas he also worked with the Belgian organization "Citizen network" in Rwanda, as a Program Officer, supporting legal mechanisms to Rwandan judicial authorities in the judicial settlement of genocide. In Belgium Xavier held several positions in the Belgian public sector, notably as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Charleroi (2011), Belgium's second largest city in the southern region. Lastly, for the last 4 years, Xavier was Director of an association for adult education and training.
Elisabeth Kervyn de Meerendré
Elisabeth is part of the administration team, mainly focusing on the accounting of the delegation. She started to work for the ICRC in 2011 with a flying assistant mission in Darfur (Sudan). She came back to Belgium and worked for Brussels delegation as an assistant to the Senior Delegate in charge of NATO and European Armed Forces. She recently took a new post as administration assistant. In between, she spent two years in Burundi working at the Belgian Embassy in Bujumbura. Before joining the ICRC, she worked for 3 years for the European Chemical Industry Council in Brussels. She holds a bachelor in tourism and speaks fluent French and English.
Maria-Elena is Deputy Data Protection Officer at the ICRC, covering the Eurasia region. She advises on the application of Personal Data Protection rules in the context of personal data processing by the ICRC and supports the Eurasia delegations in their dealings vis-à-vis national data protection authorities.
Maria-Elena has joined the ICRC in 2005 and held different positions in the field before joining the Brussels team. Amongst others, she had assignments in Gaza and the West Bank, Uganda, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Central African Republic and Libya. She worked on a variety of files that are at the heart of ICRC's activities, such as visits to detainees, support to families of missing, protection of civilian population or reuniting former child soldiers with their families.
After her European Baccalaureate (Brussels), Maria-Elena obtained a master's degree in Law (Parma) and an Advanced Diploma in Comparative Law (Strasbourg). She speaks fluent French, Italian, English and Spanish.
Thomas Graditzky is Deputy Data Protection Officer at the ICRC, covering the Middle East (NAME) and Asia regions. He advises on the application of Personal Data Protection rules in the context of personal data processing by the ICRC and supports the NAME and Asia delegations in their dealings vis-à-vis national data protection authorities.
Thomas joined the ICRC in 1997. He has worked in the field and at the institution's headquarters, mainly in legal adviser positions. Before joining the ICRC delegation in Belgium, he held assignments in Switzerland, France, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. He worked mainly on files linked with the implementation and dissemination of international humanitarian law (IHL). His activities involved for instance support to national authorities (national implementation of IHL) or to ICRC operations (detention visits, protection of the civilian population, etc.), cooperation with National Societies and contacts with arms carriers or the academia.
Thomas also worked one year as program officer for Avocats Sans Frontières (Belgium), covering the organization's activities in the Middle East. He is teaching IHL at SciencesPo Lille and is a member of the Committee for the Jean-Pictet Competition. He has published articles on IHL and participated in several conferences and workshops. Thomas obtained a master's degree in international law (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and is fluent in French, English and German.