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Dr. Peter Maurer

Dr. Peter Maurer

President of the ICRC

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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. 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. Mr Maurer is married and has two children.

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  1. Elisa Paka

    Dear sir/madam,

    My name is Elisa Paka and I am a student coordinator for the Oxford Forum for International Development (OxFID). I am emailing because I would like to invite Mr Peter Maurer to be a speaker at this year’s conference, which is taking place from 5th to 6th March 2016 in Oxford, UK.

    I would be grateful if you could inform me as to how I can best contact Mr Maurer, and send the formal invitation, which I have been unable to attach via this form.

    I look forward to your response.

    Yours sincerely,

    Elisa Paka
    University of Oxford
    OxFiD Committee 2016

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September 14, 2015