The members of the International Committee of the Red Cross

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 17 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

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 1.6bn CHF in 2015.

Christine Beerli

Christine Beerli was born in 1953. A member of a law firm in Biel, Ms Beerli began her political career on that city's municipal council, where she served from 1980 to 1983. From 1986 to 1991 she was a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Canton of Bern. In 1991 she was elected to the Upper House of the Swiss Parliament, where she remained until 2003, chairing the Foreign Affairs Committee (1998-1999) and the Committee for Social Security and Health (2000-2001). Ms Beerli chaired the caucus of the Free Democratic Party in Switzerland's Federal Assembly from 1996 to 2003. She also served on committees dealing with security policy and economic and legal affairs. She retired from politics in 2003. Since 1st January 2006 she has headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. She is former director of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Bern University of Applied Sciences. 

Christine Beerli ©ICRC

In January 2008, Ms Beerli was appointed permanent Vice-President of the ICRC. As such she is a member of the ICRC Assembly – the institution's supreme governing body – as well as the Assembly Council and the Presidency, where she works closely with the President and deputises for him whenever necessary. This includes handling the ICRC's external relations, representing the ICRC on the international scene and, in close cooperation with the General Directorate, handling the ICRC's humanitarian diplomacy. Her particular areas of focus include helping to ensure the cohesion, smooth running and development of governance mechanisms and internal control, as well as strengthening and developing relationships within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

 Mauro Arrigoni

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. 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.


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Hugo Bänziger

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.

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.


Hugo Bänziger © ICRC

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.

François Bugnion

Elected to the Assembly in 2010. Chairman of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission. Member of the ICRC Audit Commission. Member of the Florence Nightingale Medal Commission. Chairman of the Paul Reuter Fund Committee.

François Bugnion was born in 1945. He holds a BA and a PhD in political sciences and is an independent consultant in the fields of international humanitarian law and humanitarian action.


François Bugnion © ICRC

He joined the ICRC in 1970 and served as a delegate in Israel and the occupied territories, Bangladesh, Turkey and Cyprus, and then as head of mission in Chad, Viet Nam and Cambodia. From 2000 to 2006, he was Director for International Law and Cooperation at the ICRC.

He has published more than 50 books and articles, mainly on international humanitarian law and the history of the Red Cross, including The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Protection of War Victims.

Jacques Chapuis

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. 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.

Melchior de Muralt © ICRC


Maya Hertig Randall

Elected to the Assembly in 2014.

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. 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 © CICR

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.

Alexis Keller

Elected to the Assembly in 2012. Member of the Recruitment and Remuneration 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).

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 © ICRC

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.

Jürg Kesselring

Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2010. Chairman of the Board of the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled. Member of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission. Member of the Florence Nightingale Medal Commission.

Jürg Kesselring was born in 1951. He is head of the Department of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation at Valens Rehabilitation Centre in Switzerland, as well as Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation at Bern University Hospital, lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Jürg Kesselring is former Chairman of the International Medical and Scientific Board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF); First Honorary President of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society and former Chairman of the World Health Organization Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis.

Hi is a former ICRC medical delegate to Lebanon, Pakistan and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).


Jürg Kesselring © ICRC


Thierry Lombard

Elected to the Assembly in 2012.

Thierry Lombard holds a degree in economics from the University of Geneva. He joined the Lombard Odier private bank in 1972 as a sixth generation family member and had a career there spanning 42 years.

He became a managing partner in 1982 and then senior partner from 1995 to 2008.


Thierry Lombard © ICRC

During his career Thierry Lombard has been involved in private and institutional management, human resources and pension funds. 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 been very involved in entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly as part of a long-term relationship with EPFL, the Lausanne École Polytechnique Fédérale.

He is the instigator and co-author of several books on inheritance, wealth, philanthropy and investment and has also been very involved in entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly through his work with the Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH) board and as part of a long-term relationship with EPFL, the Lausanne École Polytechnique Fédérale.

Thierry Lombard is a former Chairman of the Board of the Family Business Network (FBN) International, a non-profit association of more than 9,000 family businesses worldwide, which includes 4,000 representatives of the next generation.

He is a member of the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and also active in several medical and humanitarian foundations. He established and chaired until December 2015, the Fondation Lombard Odier and the Fondation Philanthropia (an umbrella foundation for the bank's clients).

 Laura Sadis

Elected to the Assembly in 2016.

Laura Sadis was born in 1961 and holds a degree in economics from the University of Zurich. She also holds a federal diploma in tax accounting and 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. From 2003 to 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. In this post, 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 2015 Laura Sadis has sat on the board of AlpTransit Gotthard and the International Balzan Prize Foundation "Fund".


Laura Sadis © ICRC



Doris Schopper

Elected to the Assembly in 2012.

Doris Schopper was born in 1954. After undergraduate studies in medicine at the University of Geneva (1978), she specialized in internal medicine (1986) and completed a doctorate in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health (1992). Between 1982 and 1990 she spent several years in the field with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She was President of the Swiss branch of MSF from 1991 to 1998. During this period, she served two terms as President of MSF's International Council and in 2001 was asked to set up an independent ethics review board for MSF International. She has been the Chair of the Board since then, providing advice and overseeing ethical reviews of MSF research proposals.

Doris Schopper © ICRC

Doris Schopper worked as Health Policy Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Programme on AIDS at its headquarters in Geneva from 1992 to 1995. She was also Senior Health Policy Adviser at the Swiss Tropical Institute for two years, and has developed several policies and strategies for WHO. She has also been responsible for the development of national and regional public health policies and strategies in Switzerland.

Doris Schopper has been a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action at the University of Geneva since July 2011.

Rolf Soiron

Elected to the Assembly and Assembly Council in 2009. Member of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission.

Rolf Soiron was born in 1945 near Frankfurt, Germany. He holds a PhD in history and a PMD (Programme for Management Development) from Harvard Business School, where he specialized in business management. In the course of his international career he has held various management positions in human resources, financial administration, operational management and strategic planning. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and in medical engineering, construction and finance. He has extensive experience of corporate governance and is the Chairman of the Board of Lonza.


Rolf Soiron © ICRC

Rolf Soiron plays an active role in public life as a member of the Riehen Communal Council and the Legislative Council of the Canton of Basel-City. He also spent 10 years as President of Basel University Council and was President of the Avenir Suisse think tank from 2009 to 2014. He is the current Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Béatrice Speiser

Elected to the 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 and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in France.

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 © ICRC

Béatrice Speiser lives in Basel and is an independent lawyer and a substitute judge at the Basel Civil Court. 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.

Bruno Staffelbach

Elected to the Assembly in 2010 and to the Assembly Council in 2011.

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. He also taught at the University of Fribourg. Since August 2016 he has been the Rector of the University of Lucerne.


Bruno Staffelbach © ICRC

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.

Bruno Staffelbach also sits on the boards of a number of academic organizations and is the current President of the Executive MBA Programme at the University of Zurich.

Heidi Tagliavini

Elected to the Assembly in 2012 and the Assembly Council in 2014. Member of the Recruitment and Remuneration Commission. Granted temporary leave from the ICRC from June 2014 to July 2015 – see below.

Heidi Tagliavini was born in 1950 in Basel, Switzerland. She studied philology in Geneva and Moscow and holds two honorary doctorates from the Universities of Basel and Bern.

A Swiss career diplomat for over 30 years, Heidi Tagliavini joined the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1982. After several assignments in bilateral diplomacy (in Bern, Lima, Moscow and The Hague), she worked mainly in conflict settlement and peacekeeping, and in promoting democratic institutions and human rights in regional and international organizations. These include the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU).


Heidi Tagliavini © ICRC

In 1995, Heidi Tagliavini was deployed with the first OSCE Assistance Group to Chechnya, during the war there. In 1998 she was appointed Ambassador to serve as Deputy to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Georgia, with a focus on the conflict in Abkhazia. In 2000, the Austrian OSCE Chairperson-in-Office appointed Heidi Tagliavini as her Personal Representative for the Caucasus.

Heidi Tagliavini served as Swiss Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2001 to 2002. In 2002, UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, appointed her as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia for a four-year term. She returned to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 2006 as Deputy Political Director and Deputy Secretary of State.

The EU Council of Ministers appointed Ambassador Tagliavini in December 2008 as Head of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia, which released its EU-commissioned report in September 2009.

Between 2009 and 2013 Heidi Tagliavini was deployed by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights to head its election observation missions in several presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine, the Russian Federation and Armenia.

From June 2014 to July 2015, Heidi Tagliavini served as OSCE Special Representative for the peace negotiations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. During this period, she was granted temporary leave from the ICRC by the Assembly, as the two functions were incompatible.