Elected to the ICRC Assembly in 2017 and due to serve as the ICRC's vice-president from 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, Gilles has been a professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where he is also director of studies. In his research and teaching, he focuses on the economic dimensions of armed conflict and disaster, international cooperation, and issues surrounding natural resources in developing countries. His latest book, published in 2016 by Hurst and Oxford University Press, is entitled Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster and the Global Aid Market.
Since 2012, he has been president of the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action, and vice-president of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes. Gilles is also editor-in-chief of the e-journal International Development Policy, the latest issues of which considered political and economic developments in North Africa and the Middle East (2016), training and education in developing countries (2015), the nexus between religion and development (2013) and the role of emerging economies in international development cooperation (2012).
Previously, 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.
From 1992 to 1999, he took part in the Uruguay Round of international trade negotiations within the framework of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) on behalf of the Swiss Government, then worked in the field of international development cooperation, including supporting the accession of Viet Nam to the WTO.