The Assembly is the supreme governing body of the ICRC. It oversees all the ICRC's activities. It formulates policy, defines general objectives and strategy, and approves the budget and accounts. It nominates the directors and the head of Internal Audit. Composed of between 15 and 25 co-opted members of Swiss nationality, the Assembly is collegial in character. Its President and Vice-President are the President and Vice-President of the ICRC.
Peter Maurer was born in Thun, Switzerland, in 1956. He studied history and international law in Bern, where he was awarded a doctorate. In 1987 he entered the Swiss diplomatic service, where he held various positions in Bern and Pretoria before being transferred to New York in 1996 as deputy permanent observer at the Swiss mission to the United Nations. In 2000 he was appointed ambassador and head of the human security division in the political directorate of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern.
Peter Maurer© ICRC
In 2004 Mr Maurer was appointed ambassador and permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York. In this position, he worked to integrate Switzerland, which had only recently joined the United Nations, into multilateral networks. In June 2009, the UN General Assembly elected Mr Maurer chairman of the Fifth Committee, in charge of administrative and budgetary affairs. In addition, he was elected chairman of the Burundi configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. In January 2010 Mr Maurer was appointed secretary of State for foreign affairs in Bern and took over the reins of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, with its five directorates and some 150 Swiss diplomatic missions around the world. He succeeded Jakob Kellenberger as ICRC president on 1 July 2012.
Under his leadership, the ICRC carries out humanitarian work in over 80 countries. Mr Maurer's priorities for his presidency include strengthening humanitarian diplomacy, engaging States and other actors for the respect of international humanitarian law, and improving the humanitarian response through innovation and new partnerships.
Since taking over the presidency of the ICRC, Mr Maurer has led the organization through a historic budget increase, from 1.1bn CHF in 2011 to over 2bn CHF in 2020.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2017 and ICRC's vice-president since April 2018.
Gilles Carbonnier was born in 1965. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Neuchâtel and has worked in three main fields over the past 30 years: development economics, humanitarian action and international trade.
Since 2007, Dr Carbonnier has been a professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he also served as director of studies and president of the centre for Education and research in Humanitarian Action.
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His expertise is in international cooperation, the economic dynamics of armed conflict, and the nexus between natural resources and development. His latest book, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2016, is entitled Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market.
Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, Gilles spent several years with the ICRC: he worked in the field from 1989 to 1991 as head of subdelegation in Ethiopia and Iraq and as a delegate in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, then at headquarters from 1999 to 2006 as an economic adviser. He was on the board of directors for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland from 2007 to 2012.
Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international trade negotiations (GATT/WTO) and development cooperation programmes for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2012. Member of the ICRC Audit Commission.
Mauro Arrigoni was born in 1952. He holds a PhD 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 several scientific articles on mathematical models in biology and the founder of the scientific journal Il Volteriano.
Mauro Arrigoni© ICRC
From 2007-2015 he was Dean of Mendrisio high school, Switzerland. Since 1997 Mauro Arrigoni has also been active in electoral observation missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Gaza, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Togo and Nicaragua.
Elected to the Assembly in 2012. Chairman of the Audit Commission.
Hugo Bänziger was born in 1956. He graduated from the University of Bern with a doctorate in banking history. He began his career in 1983 with the Swiss Federal Banking Commission in Bern, and then joined Credit Suisse Group in Zurich and London, where he held several positions in retail banking, corporate finance and risk management.
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From 1996 to 2012, he worked at Deutsche Bank, where he was appointed to the Board in 2006 as Chief Risk Officer overseeing treasury, capital management, compliance, legal, regulatory policy, corporate security and business continuity.
After 10 years on the Board of Eurex Group, Hugo Bänziger was appointed Chairman in August 2012. He also chaired the Advisory Panel to the Committee of European Banking Supervisors from 2007 to 2010, and co-chaired the Enhanced Disclosure Task Force of the Financial Stability Board and was a member of the EU's High-Level Expert Group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector (Liikanen Group).
Hugo Bänziger's other interests include charity work as treasurer for the John D. V. Salvador Foundation for street children and teaching; he is visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
In April 2014, he joined the Lombard Odier Group as a managing partner.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2020.
Rémy Best was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1967. After graduating from Geneva law school, he was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1990. He joined McKinsey & Co. from 1991 to 1997 where he advised financial institutions from the Zurich, Geneva and New York offices. In 1993, while at McKinsey, he obtained a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD.
Rémy Best © ICRC
In 1997, he joined Pictet & Cie Group, a privately-owned wealth and asset manager, which today has 4'500 employees across 28 offices. He became one of its seven managing partners in 2003. Over his last 23 years at Pictet, he has been responsible for various departments including institutional and private clients, investment management and operations.
Throughout his career, while serving clients, colleagues, and members of the community, he has always focused on achieving positive impact and demonstrating that business can be a force for good. He has been a member of the board of INSEAD since 2010 and, for the past five years, has chaired the largest ever fundraising campaign of the university involving 45’000 alumni in 176 countries. As a consequence of his various interests, he currently also is Chairman of the Circle of Patrons of the Geneva Opera House and Treasurer of the International Council of Museums Foundation. He was Vice-Chairman of Avenir Suisse from 2002 to 2012, a think tank dedicated to the future of Switzerland.
Edouard Bugnion was born in 1970 and raised in Neuchatel and Geneva. He studied at ETH Zurich and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in computer science. He spent at total of 18 years in Silicon Valley where he co-founded two startups and served as their Chief Technology Officer: VMware and Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco).
Edouard Bugnion returned to Switzerland and joined EPFL in 2012, where he is a Professor in the School of Computer and Communication Science. Since January 2017, he is also the Vice-President for Information Systems of EPFL.
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Professor Bugnion received numerous awards for his contributions as an academic and as an entrepreneur. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW).
Edouard Bugnion serves as an independent Board member of Logitech and of Innosuisse — the Swiss Innovation Agency.
Elected to the Assembly in 2012. Chairman of the Florence Nightingale Medal Commission. Chairman of the French Fund Maurice de Madre.
Jacques Chapuis was born in 1957 in Aubonne, Switzerland. After studying in Lausanne, he qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1979, then as an anaesthesia and resuscitation specialist in 1984. From 1986 to 1987, he worked as a medical administrator for the ICRC in Pakistan (Peshawar and Quetta), overseeing war surgery in several hospitals and first-aid posts along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Jacques Chapuis © ICRC
In 1988, he was appointed lead clinician and training manager for anaesthesia and resuscitation at the Le Samaritain Hospital in Vevey, Switzerland. He organized regular conferences about teaching life-saving skills, his particular area of interest, and sat on the board of a number of professional bodies, including the Swiss Nursing Association.
In 1991, he began teaching at the Bois-Cerf Nursing School in Lausanne, also lecturing on the history of international humanitarian law. In his own time, he completed a master's degree in education at the University of Geneva in 2000, and a diploma in management in Lausanne in 2005.
In 1998, he became head of the Bois-Cerf Nursing School and, in parallel, established the Bois-Cerf Paramedical College. In 2006, he became Director of the La Source Institute and Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Established in 1859, the same year as the battle of Solferino, La Source was the first secular nursing school in the world and is now part of the HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland network.
Jacques Chapuis is Vice-President of the International Secretariat of Nurses in the French-speaking world (SIDIIEF), based in Montreal. He is also a member of the Board of Fondation de Nant, which delivers psychiatric care in Vaud, Switzerland.
Melchior de Muralt
|Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2012. Member of the ICRC Audit Commission. Chairman of the Joint Commission of the Empress Shôken Fund.|
Melchior de Muralt was born in 1960. He holds a PhD in political sciences from the University of Lausanne. In 1988 he joined the Lombard Odier private bank, where he promoted the work of the Ethos Foundation for Sustainable Development. In 2001, he became a partner in the asset management firm Pury Pictet Turrettini & Co Ltd. in Geneva.
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At the same time, he helped found Blue Orchard Finance, a company specializing in the management of investment funds dedicated to the micro-finance industry, where he is currently Vice-Chairman. He is also President of Cadmos Fund Management, pioneers in shareholder engagement funds based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact for corporate sustainability.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2017.
Christoph Franz was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1960 and his place of origin is Zurich.
After graduating from Darmstadt Technical University and the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in Industrial Engineering, he earned his PhD in Political Science from Darmstadt Technical University and worked as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley. He started his career at Lufthansa AG in 1990 and joined Deutsche Bahn AG in 1994, where he was appointed a Member of the Executive Board and CEO of the Passenger Transport Division.
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He was then appointed Chief Executive Officer of Swiss International Air Lines AG in 2004 and was later promoted to CEO of Lufthansa Airlines in 2009. From 2011 to 2014, Christoph Franz was the CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Christoph Franz serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roche Holding AG since March 2014.
Further mandates include the boards of Stadler Rail AG and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Ernst Göhner Foundation and of the Advisory Board of University of St. Gallen (HSG). Moreover, Dr. Franz was appointed Honorary Professor for Business Administration at University of St. Gallen (HSG) in May 2017.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2018.
Katja Gentinetta was born in 1968. Since 2011, she has been an independent political philosopher, lecturer at the Universities of St. Gallen, Lucerne and Zurich as well as board member in two companies and member of the board of trustees of the Gebert Rüf Foundation. Together with Eric Gujer, Editor-in-Chief, she hosts the „NZZ Standpunkte“ at Swiss Television, and she is columnist of the "NZZ am Sonntag".
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Katja Gentinetta studied German literature, history and philosophy in Zurich and holds a Ph.D. 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 Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the International Centre for Culture and Management in Salzburg and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Before starting her own business, she was Deputy Director of the leading think tank Avenir Suisse. She also hosted the "Sternstunde Philosophie" at Swiss Public Television. For several years, she worked for the Canton of Aargau as Head for strategy and external affairs as well as project manager for the national exhibition Expo.02. She started her career as director of the cultural institution "Forum Schlossplatz" in Aarau.
Katja Gentinetta wrote several books on social and political issues, among the latest "Do businesses have a home" (NZZ libro 2016). She is a well-known key note speaker in Switzerland and abroad and a regular contributor and op-ed columnist to the Swiss media.
Maya Hertig Randall
Member of the Data Protection Independent Control Commission. President of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission.
Maya Hertig Randall was born in 1973. Since 2007, she has been Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Geneva and co-Director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights. She took a first law degree at the University of Neuchâtel, followed by a doctorate from the University of Fribourg and a Master of Law (LLM) from Cambridge.
Maya Hertig Randall © CICR
Before joining the University of Geneva, she was Assistant Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, as well as a visiting scholar at the Central European University in Budapest and the University of Michigan.
Maya Hertig Randall has widely published in French, German and English on human rights, comparative and international constitutionalism, federalism and the accommodation of diversity.
Since 2012, she has been a member of the Swiss Federal Commission against Racism.
|Member of the Data Protection Independent Control Commission, of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission and of the ICRC Audit Commission.|
Alexis Keller was born in 1962. He studied at the Universities of Geneva and Cambridge and is a former fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently a Professor of legal history and legal theory at the University of Geneva and visiting Professor at SciencesPo (Paris).
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From 2002 to 2004, Alexis Keller took an active part in the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that led to the Geneva Initiative. In April 2003, the Swiss Foreign Minister appointed him as Special Representative for the Middle East peace process, a position he held until January 2004.
Alexis Keller has written books and numerous articles on legal history, legal theory and European intellectual history. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Paris (2005). In 2002, he was awarded the Latsis Prize. In 2004, he was awarded the Condorcet-Raymond Aron Prize and the Sean MacBride Peace Prize for his efforts to promote peace in the Middle East.
Alexis Keller is a member of several academic societies and research institutes, both in Europe and the United States. He is the President of the Theology Faculty Board at the University of Geneva, a board member of the ProVictimis foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2010. Member of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission. President of MoveAbility Foundation and Health Commission
Jürg Kesselring, born in 1951, is Senior Ambassador and Emeritus head of the Department of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation at Valens Rehabilitation Centre in Switzerland, as well as professor emeritus of clinical neurology and neurorehabilitation at Universities of Bern and Zürich, Switzerland, Danube University, Krems, Austria, Università Vita e Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy.
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He is Member of Council of Center of Clinical Neuroscience, University and ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Mr Kesselring is a former chairman of both the International Medical and Scientific Board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) and the World Health Organization Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis. He is also the first honorary president of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr Jurg Kesselring is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London and a member of Council of University Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria.
A former ICRC medical delegate in Lebanon, Pakistan and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
Elected to the Assembly in 2012.
Thierry Lombard holds a degree in economics from the University of Geneva. He joined, as 6th generation the eponymous, Lombard Odier & Cie private bank in 1972, becoming managing partner in 1982 and then senior partner from 1995 to 2008.
During his career, Mr Lombard has been involved in private and institutional management, human resources and pension funds.
Thierry Lombard © ICRC
He is particularly interested in investment strategy and has been the instigator and co-author of several books on inheritance, wealth, philanthropy and investment.
He has also a very keen interest in entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly as part of a long-term relationship with EPFL, the École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne. Thierry Lombard has also been a member of several cantonal and federal institutions such as the Swiss Stock Exchange, the Conseil des Ecoles Polytechniques Federales, the Swiss Admission Board. He also was the Founding Member and 1st President of the Geneve Place Financiere Foundation, etc. He has also served on the boards of several Swiss companies - listed and unlisted - as well as on numerous Foundation Boards Philanthropic (in particular Louis Jeantet Foundation of Medicine – Fondation Brocher etc). He established and, until December 2014, was the first president of the Fondation Lombard Odier and the Fondation Philanthropia (an umbrella foundation for the bank's clients).
Mr Lombard is a former chairman of the board – and a Honoray President of the Family Business Network (FBN) International, a non-profit association of more than 3,600 family businesses worldwide with 16,000 members, which includes representatives of the next generation.
After retiring from his bank at the end of 2014, he joined and co-owned with Pierre Landolt (chairman) the Bank Landolt et Cie SA with a group of younger bankers. Landolt&Cie SA (a Swiss Bank created in 1780 and active mainly in Lausanne and Geneva) has the ambition to build a service of Private banker inspired by past standards, and a high-performance competence and asset management activity of the future. Since 2016, he has been Vice-President of the Board of the Landolt & Cie SA.
Elected to the Assembly in 2016. Member of the ICRC Audit Commission.
Laura Sadis, born in 1961, holds a degree in economics from the University of Zurich, as well as a federal diploma in tax accounting, and has worked for a number of years in the financial-planning sector. In 1995, she was elected to the Legislative Council of the canton of Ticino, where she served until 2003.
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From then until 2007, she was a member of the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss parliament, before being elected to the State Council of the canton of Ticino, where she headed the Department of Finance and Economics until 2015. Between 2007 and 2015 she was also a member of the Bank Council, which oversees the conduct of business of the Swiss National Bank. Since 2016, Laura Sadis has sat on the board of AlpTransit Gotthard and the International Balzan Prize Foundation "Fund".
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2012.
Doris Schopper, born in 1954, studied medicine at the University of Geneva, going on to specialize in internal medicine and complete a doctorate in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Between 1982 and 1990 she served in the field with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and was president of its Swiss branch from 1991 to 1998.
Doris Schopper © ICRC
During this period, she served two terms as president of MSF's International Council. She was asked to set up an independent ethics-review board for MSF International in 2001 and has been its chair until end of 2016, providing advice and overseeing ethical reviews of MSF research proposals. She currently serves as senior advisor to the board. Ms Schopper spent three years as a health-policy adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Programme on AIDS and two years as senior health-policy adviser at the Swiss Tropical Institute. She has also been responsible for the development of national and regional public-health policies and strategies in Switzerland. Since 2011, Doris Schopper has been a professor at the Faculty of Medicine and director of the Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action at the University of Geneva.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2015.
Béatrice Speiser was born in Zurich in 1963 and grew up in Brussels, Belgium. She studied law at the University of St. Gallen, graduating with a doctorate, and later attended the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in France.
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In 2004, she founded Crescenda, the first Swiss start-up centre for migrant women, of which she is president and executive director. Based in Basel, Crescenda trains and supervises migrant women wishing to start their own business, and facilitates their social and economic integration into Switzerland. Among other distinctions, Crescenda has received the Swiss Integration Prize.
Béatrice Speiser lives in Basel and is an independent lawyer. She is an entrepreneur and sits on the board of several firms and non-profit organizations. She co-edited Das Crescenda Modell: Migrantinnen als Unternehmerinnen (The Crescenda Model: Migrant Women as Entrepreneurs), published by rüffer & rub Sachbuchverlag in 2014.
Elected to the Assembly in 2010.
Bruno Staffelbach was born in 1957. He holds a master's degree in economics, a doctorate in business administration, and a postdoctoral qualification in management and ethics from the University of Zurich. From 1992 to 2016, he was the Chaired Professor in Business Administration and Human Resource Management at the University of Zurich, where he also directed the university's executive education programme and headed the Institute for Strategy and Business Economics.
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He also taught at the University of Fribourg. Since August 2016 he has been the Rector of the University of Lucerne.
Alongside his academic career, Bruno Staffelbach served as Commander and General Staff Officer in the Swiss Armed Forces. He held the rank of Brigadier-General and commanded an infantry brigade from 2004 to 2008.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2020.
Suba Umathevan was born in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, in 1982. At the age of two, she fled the war-torn country with her family and arrived in Bern, Switzerland. Suba holds a Master's degree in International Affairs with a specialization in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and an Honours degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa in Canada.
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She began her international career as a research fellow at UNESCO-International Bureau of Education, where she assessed mother tongue and bilingual education programs in Sub-Saharan African countries. Suba has spent nearly a decade in Non-profit management and has dedicated her work to women's and children's rights. She led development programs in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Her thematic expertise is in women's economic empowerment, education in emergencies, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation/cutting, and early marriage.
Suba spent a few years designing and leading learning programs for people and strategy development with executives across the globe, identifying global megatrends and preparing leaders to transform. Today, Suba is the CEO of Plan International Switzerland, an organization that advances children's rights and equality for girls.
Plan International Switzerland focuses on delivering high-impact programs to create the conditions for adolescent girls and young adults to be educated, safe and economically empowered in over 75 countries across the world. Before becoming the CEO of the organization, Suba joined Plan International Switzerland as the Head of Major Partnerships, developing a clear fundraising strategy and building multifaceted foundation, corporate and institutional partnerships.
Elected to the ICRC Assembly.
Barbara Wildhaber was born in 1969 and spent her childhood in Aargau, Switzerland. She graduated from the University of Zurich with a federal diploma in medicine in 1994 and with a doctorate in 1995. She then trained in paediatric surgery, working in Switzerland (Zug, Lucerne, Zurich and Geneva) and abroad (South Africa and the United States) and obtained her diploma as a specialized paediatric surgeon in 2005.
Barbara Wildhaber ©CICR
She then further specialized in paediatric hepatobiliary surgery in Paris from 2006 to 2007. In 2010, she was appointed professor at the faculty of medicine at the University of Geneva and head of paediatric surgery at the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG).
Since 2014, Barbara Wildhaber has been the director of the University Center of Pediatric Surgery of Western Switzerland, which pools expertise in paediatric surgery from the university hospitals of Geneva and Vaud. In the same year, she was appointed professor at the faculty of biology and medicine at the University of Lausanne.
As her clinical work mainly encompassed liver transplants and paediatric hepatobiliary surgery, she became the surgical expert at the Swiss referral centre for paediatric liver disease at HUG. In her capacity as a paediatric surgeon, she has carried out several assignments in Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and South Africa and is highly involved in the Global Children's Surgery endeavour, leading the Geneva project in Burkina Faso.
Within academia, Barbara has led research projects in her areas of expertise, earning several scientific awards, and written many papers for leading scientific journals. She is also actively involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical students at the universities of Geneva and Lausanne. She sits on the executive boards of various scientific journals, foundations and scholarly associations, including "Académie Suisse des Sciences Médicales ".