Marion Harroff-Tavel holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Massachusetts. She has 34 years of experience in the humanitarian sphere with the International Committee of the Red Cross, where she held both management and research positions. Her operational work centred on conflicts in the Caucasus and Central Asia; for a
time she was Deputy General Delegate for this region in the Department of Operations. During her career at the ICRC she also served as Head of the Division for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law and Deputy Director of the Department of International Law and Cooperation within the Movement, which oversaw the work of promoting international humanitarian law. She spent the last seven years of her career at the ICRC analyzing global trends in armed violence with the aid of a network of contacts in universities and strategic research centres. As political adviser responsible for analysing future trends in armed violence, she drew the attention of the
ICRC’s upper management and Assembly to emerging challenges.