Claude is a Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and lead researcher on ICRC negotiation practices. In October 2016, he was elected Director of the joint Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN). He has been engaged in international humanitarian action since 1985. From 1990 - 1995, he worked in humanitarian assistance and protection with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Yemen as well as in Geneva as a legal advisor to ICRC operations. In 1996, he joined the United Nations in New York as Special Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs. He worked particularly on humanitarian access in Afghanistan and North Korea as well as the humanitarian impact of sanctions at the Strategic Planning Unit of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General. He maintains a faculty research and teaching appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and School of Public Health.
Peter has worked for the United Nations for over twenty-five years and is seconded by WFP as Senior Advisor to the CCHN. He was formerly WFP Representative and Country Director in Sierra Leone for the Ebola response and recovery operations. Prior his posting in Freetown, he worked in one of WFP’s largest operations as WFP Deputy Country Director - Pakistan. Peter joined the UN in Angola in 1992, where he served as Special Assistant to the SRSG. He was then posted as Head of WFP’s office in Sarajevo during the war and has subsequently held both policy and operational positions, including WFP Emergency Coordinator for Kosovo, East Timor and Tsunami operations in Indonesia. He has travelled extensively and has worked in countries across Asia, Africa, central America and Europe. Peter contributed in the development of both the Oslo Guidelines, and the Use of Military and Defence Assets in Complex Emergencies and chaired the UN’s system Contingency Planning team on pandemic preparedness.
Laurent has worked for Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) for over twenty years and is seconded to CCHN as Senior Advisor. He was formerly Deputy Director of Operations at MSF Suisse in Geneva. Prior to that, he has served as Head of Emergency Unit and Head of Mission in various operations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He holds a M.A. in International Cooperation from University of Paris: Panthéon-Sorbonne and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Grenoble.
Martine is the Program Manager of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN). Through engagement with colleagues and other humanitarian organizations, she manages the Centre which is a joint initiative between MSF, HD, ICRC, UNHCR and WFP to facilitate exchange of negotiation experience across humanitarian organizations working on the frontlines. Martine joined the ICRC in 1995 and has worked in the field for many years, mainly in Chechnya, Congo-Brazzaville, Kenya and Sudan/South Sudan, focusing on administrative, financial, logistical and HR issues.
Andreas has joined the ICRC in January 2016 and is seconded to CCHN as a Communication Coordinator. Previously he worked in communications in the ICRC's Department of International Law & Policy. He holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Zurich and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Geneva. While at university, his research focused primarily on the international dimensions of the political transitions in Northern Africa since 2011. Before joining the ICRC, he worked for swisspeace, the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He (co-)authored and contributed to numerous publications and blog posts analysing international relations and humanitarian affairs.