Over the past 30 years, Pierre Krähenbühl has dedicated himself to humanitarian and crisis responses in situations of armed conflict. Since 2002, he assumed senior leadership roles at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations.
From March 2014 to November 2019, Mr Krähenbühl served as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and headed the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), an organization providing developmental and humanitarian services to 5.5 million Palestine refugees in the Near East/West Asia, with an annual budget of $1.2 billion and 30’000 staff.
Prior to that, from 2002 to 2014, Mr Krähenbühl was the Director of operations of the ICRC, leading the organization’s humanitarian assistance and protection for people in need in 80 countries worldwide (for example in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Congo, Colombia, etc.), with an annual budget of over $1 Billion and 12’000 staff.
Between 1991 and 2002, Mr Krähenbühl was deployed to a range of ICRC field assignments, including in El Salvador, Peru, Afghanistan, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. Furthermore, he headed the Balkans Taskforce at the ICRC headquarters and served as the ICRC President’s Personal Advisor.
Mr Krähenbühl is a Swiss national. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. Mr Krähenbühl is married and is the father of three sons.