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Dr Balthasar Staehelin

Dr Balthasar Staehelin

ICRC Deputy Director-General

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Balthasar Staehelin is deputy director-general at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He joined the ICRC in 1993 and has served in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and at headquarters. From 2002 to 2006, he was delegate-general for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing all ICRC work in that region, including the operation in Iraq. He served as deputy-director of operations for policy and global affairs from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he left the ICRC to join the local government in Geneva where he ran the department in charge of providing social welfare, housing, health and integration programmes for asylum-seekers and refugees. He returned to the ICRC in August 2012 to take up his current position. Mr Staehelin holds a master’s degree in history, English literature and constitutional law from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

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September 13, 2015

I dream of a Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that has global moral authority and can call the attention of the world to humanitarian issues of concern, a Movement, which independently chooses which issues to focus on.

Henry Dunant