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Senior Executive, Humanitarian Operations and Policy
Angela Gussing, a double Swiss and Portuguese national, joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in November 1990, serving the institution for 27 years in several senior executive positions both in the field and at the Headquarters in Geneva.
From her field missions such as the one in Somalia starting in mid-1991, she developed a keen interest in understanding the emerging dynamics of armed groups in a stateless environment, their impact on the daily life of the population and the coping mechanisms put in place.
From her setting-up in 1998 and ensuing 10 year development of the division for the strengthening of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, she brought the institution to extensively engage with local partners in the conduct of humanitarian activities in situations of conflict but also in other situations of violence.
When she took the helm of ICRC operations in Latin America, she broke ground in the organization with launching in 2008 the very new engagement in favour of populations affected by violence in several urban slums in Rio de Janeiro. Such an engagement was consolidated and expanded to several countries in the Americas during the following decade, including Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and also Venezuela with increased association with local partners.
Mrs. Gussing was also Deputy Director of Operations in charge of Global Affairs and Policy, overseeing the ICRC work concerning policy on operational issues of global nature, as well as the institution-wide project “Health care in danger” as well as the specific efforts of global networking for operational purposes.
Mrs. Gussing obtained her University degree in English and French Studies in the European University in Lisbon, Portugal. She is fluent in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
She retired from the ICRC in September 2017 and is living in Portugal, working as an independent consultant.
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