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The Office of the President is made up of the president, Peter Maurer, who succeeded Jakob Kellenberger on 1 July 2012, and the vice-president, Christine Beerli, who succeeded Jacques Forster on 1 January 2008.
Responsibilities and tasks
The president represents the ICRC and assumes primary responsibility for its relations with outside bodies, in particular through humanitarian diplomacy. As chair of the Assembly and the Assembly Council, the president ensures that the responsibilities assigned to these two bodies remain under their control and closely monitors the running of the ICRC. The president is responsible for developing the institutional strategy and proposing it to the Assembly.
The vice-president assists the president in carrying out his duties and substitutes for the president when he is absent or unable to carry out his duties or at his request. She is also responsible for the cohesion, smooth running and development of governance and oversight mechanisms.