Jakob Kellenberger Former President International Committee of the Red Cross
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Jakob Kellenberger was born in 1944 and holds a PhD from the University of Zurich. He entered the Swiss diplomatic service in 1974 and held various posts in the Swiss embassies in Madrid, Brussels (European Communities) and London.
From 1984 to 1992, he headed the Integration Office (in charge of relations with the European Communities and the European Free Trade Association) in Berne, as Minister from 1984 and as Ambassador from 1988. From 1992 to 1999, he was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Political Director, in which capacity he also acted as coordinator and Chief Negotiator for the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the European Union (1994 to 1998). He served as President of the International Committee of the Red Cross from 2000 to 2012.
At present Jakob Kellenberger is teaching at the Graduate Institute for International Relations and Development in Geneva and the University of Salamanca in Spain. He is President of Swisspeace and member of the Board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva.
Jakob Kellenberger holds a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Basel and Catania. He is Honorary Councillor of the SFIT and Honorary Member of the American Society for International Law. Jakob Kellenberger was awarded the Grosses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern and appointed Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur.