More than 150 people (alumni and alumnae from EPFL, IMD or both institutions) responded to IMD’s invitation to a lecture by Robert Mardini, Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross and an EPFL alumnus himself (GC’96), which took place on March 24th 2022. The lecture entitled “On the frontlines of climate change and conflicts: a perfect humanitarian storm?” stimulated the participants to ask many pertinent questions and thus better understand the role of the ICRC. The evening ended with a cocktail reception that allowed participants to network.
Robert Mardini is Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), responsible for steering the organization’s global humanitarian activities and its 20,000 staff in more than 100 countries. With a master’s degree in civil engineering and hydraulics from EPFL, Robert began his ICRC career in 1997, going on to serve as Deputy Director-General (2010-2012), Regional Director for the Near & Middle East (2012-2018) and Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Head of Delegation in New York (2018-2020). He received an EPFL Alumni Award in 2020. In 2021, Robert Mardini was elected to the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) in recognition of his ability to mobilize teams to provide effective emergency aid to victims of major armed conflicts.