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Yves Daccord is a humanitarian leader, international strategist, influencer and changemaker.

He has recently concluded a chapter of his career as Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross.  Yves is now in the process of creating, together with Dr. Urs Gasser, and leading a PoP-Up Institute at BKC on the control of human flux, data, security with a specific focus on the role of cities. This initiative will bring together a wide range of disciplines (urban design and planning, security, data science, cyber, public health, governance and art) with the ambition to test and recommend new capabilities, models of governance and practices that cities need to develop to safely and responsibly steward citizens' rights and well being in the age of surveillance data.

From 2010 - March 2020 Yves was Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a global humanitarian organization employing 20,000 staff. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his ICRC career spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts, including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. Yves is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He holds a degree in political science and an honorary doctorate in social sciences from the University of St. Gallen, awarded in 2017. 

Projects & Tools

The Ethics of Digitalization

Led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the Berkman Klein Center, and the Digital Asia Hub, and in collaboration with the Global Network of…


Geneva Solutions

Yves Daccord: ‘It’s time to build a new social contract and reflect on what unites us all’

Yves Daccord discusses building a new social contract and plans for a pop-up institute

Jan 5, 2021


Apr 8, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Edgelands Institute Launch Event

Introducing an interdisciplinary pop-up institute

The Edgelands Institute is an interdisciplinary pop-up institute to redraw our social contract in our era of mass-urbanization, surveillance, pandemics, and other emergencies,…