Pascal Rapillard joined the GICHD in March 2008. He is Head of the External Relations, Policy and Cooperation programmes division, which includes relations with stakeholders and partners, governance issues (Council of Foundation, Advisory Board), policy initiatives, multilateral work, and cooperation programmes. The division is also in charge of coordinating the GICHD’s support to the development and implementation of international humanitarian law and serves as hosts the IMAS Secretariat.
Prior to joining the GICHD, Pascal Rapillard worked at the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, first in Bern within the Humanitarian Policy Section, then in Geneva as Assistant to the Commissioner of the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. In 2005, he worked as a research assistant for the French National Commission on Anti-personnel Landmines in Paris.
Pascal Rapillard holds a degree in International Relations from the Geneva Graduate Institute for International Studies and a Masters in Public International Law from the University Panthéon-Sorbonne.