Peter Maurer

Peter Maurer
  • President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva

Studies in History and International Law, Bern; PhD. 1987, entered the Swiss diplomatic service; held various positions, Bern and Pretoria; 1996, transferred to New York as Deputy Permanent Observer, Swiss mission to the United Nations; 2000, appointed Ambassador and head of the human security division, political directorate of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern; 2004, appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York; worked to integrate Switzerland into multilateral networks; June 2009, elected Chairman of the Fifth Committee by the UN General Assembly, in charge of administrative and budgetary affairs; elected Chairman of the Burundi configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission; Jan. 2010, appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Bern and took over the reins of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs. Since July 2012, President, ICRC.