Appointed by the UN Secretary-General in November 2013; Pierre Krähenbühl became UNRWA Commissioner-General on 30 March 2014. As Commissioner-General; he serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General. A Swiss national born in 1966; Mr. Krähenbühl has 25 years of experience in humanitarian; human rights and development work. Prior to joining UNRWA; he served as Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from July 2002 to January 2014; responsible for the conduct; management and supervision of 12;000 ICRC staff working in 80 countries. In this position; Mr. Krähenbühl directly oversaw the ICRC response to conflicts in Afghanistan; Iraq; Syria; Colombia and Libya among others. He led senior-level negotiations with a range of governments; armed forces and other groups to secure access to conflict-affected populations.