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Peter Maurer

President, International Committee, Red Cross

Peter Maurer is President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In November 2014, he was elected as a new member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. In 1987 he entered the Swiss diplomatic service (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), where he held various positions in Berne 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 division in charge of human security at the headquarters of Switzerland's foreign ministry. In 2004 Maurer was appointed ambassador and permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York. In this position, he endeavoured to integrate Switzerland, which had only recently joined the United Nations, into multilateral networks. In June 2009, the General Assembly elected Maurer chairman of the Fifth Committee, in charge of UN administrative and budgetary affairs.In addition, he was elected chairman of the Burundi Configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. In January 2010 Maurer became Switzerland's State secretary for foreign affairs, a position he held until he was elected President of the ICRC.