Claude Bruderlein is Senior Researcher at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches strategic planning in humanitarian protection. In his research, Mr. Bruderlein focuses particularly on frontline humanitarian negotiation and mediation strategies, the protection of civilians and security management in humanitarian operations.
He is currently serving as Director of the Centre of Competence in Humanitarian Negotiation as well as Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, focusing on strategic relationships, communities of practice and institutional development. He heads the Humanitarian Negotiation Exchange Platform, an ICRC-based research initiative on frontline diplomacy set up in collaboration with the Future of Diplomacy Program at HKS. In 2010, he co-founded the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and serves as its first President of the Board.
Before joining Harvard University, Mr. Bruderlein served as Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs to the UN Secretary General (1996 - 2000), focusing particularly on issues related to the negotiation of humanitarian access and the targeting of sanctions. He served as an expert to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian impact of sanctions in Sudan, Burundi, and Sierra Leone. He has also previously worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Yemen.