Federica Du Pasquier

2023 World Fellow

Federica Du Pasquier is a Delegate at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) advising the President on the institutional strategy and the roll-out of key diplomatic initiatives – with a focus on advancing the ICRC’s role as a neutral intermediary, including in Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Syria. She currently heads the ICRC’s humanitarian policy and diplomacy coordination over the international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. She previously led on R&D and digital transformation within the Presidency and spearheaded a partnership with the Swiss Polytechnic Schools aiming to develop innovative solutions for more impactful humanitarian action. In her anterior roles, Federica was responsible for ICRC’s protection activities and dialog with authorities in central Syria and was in charge of detention visits in the West Bank. She was also part of the ICRC’s emergency response in Gaza and, in New York, supported the ICRC’s legal and diplomatic outreach at the UN. Passionate about emerging challenges in international humanitarian law and humanitarian action, Federica worked at Harvard Law School on Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement and on the regulation of Autonomous Weapons. A graduate of the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies and former fellow of the Program on Negotiation, she conducted extensive field-based research on humanitarian frontline negotiations and on conflict-induced migration. Federica holds degrees in Law and in International Relations and speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Arabic.