Topic Description :
Humanitarian Partnerships, Today and Tomorrow, in Conflict and Disaster
Speaker: Ms. Clare Dalton
Head of Mission, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UAE
Ms. Clare Dalton is currently the ICRC’s Head of Mission to the United Arab Emirates. In this capacity, she represents the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the UAE and engages closely with the UAE authorities and other partners and actors on humanitarian issues of mutual concern. For example, the promotion of International Humanitarian Law and global humanitarian policy issues such as climate, new technologies, innovation and food security, as well as effective humanitarian responses in other contexts. Ms. Dalton currently serves as a board member at the DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board (DISAB).
Prior to this appointment, she was the Head of Humanitarian Diplomacy at ICRC’s Geneva Headquarters. She pioneered this role, leading a global, multi-disciplinary team joining up all parts of the ICRC’s diplomacy around its institutional policy and diplomacy objectives. During this time, she led the ICRC’s engagement in several major policy and multilateral negotiations, additional to overseeing the work of the ICRC New York delegation.
From 2013-2015, she was the ICRC’s Humanitarian Action Advisor, working closely with the UN in Geneva and New York, sitting on several advisory boards and coordination bodies to calibrate the ICRC’s relationship with the broader humanitarian and development sector.
Previously, she spent eight years with ICRC in the field in a variety of challenging posts and conflict settings, including Angola, Iraq, Darfur and Nepal as well as later with the ICRC’s Regional Delegation in Nairobi, covering Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti.
Ms. Dalton has a degree in Anthropology from University College London, an MSc in Development
Studies from SOAS, and a CAS at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland in Humanitarian Leadership.