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Ms Joëlle Tanguy


Executive Director UN Women, and Former Under-Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent


Joelle Tanguy is Executive in Residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and coaches humanitarian, health, climate resilience and sustainability initiatives.

A former Under Secretary General at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in charge of Humanitarian Diplomacy, Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders USA, and board member of MSF in Switzerland, Ms Tanguy has led field humanitarian missions, often at the height of political and military turmoil, as well as key financing and policy advocacy initiatives.

An advocate for access to health, she is a board member of the Access to Medicine Index Foundation and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative.  She served as Managing Director at GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, orchestrating its first replenishment ($4.3 billion); as Executive Vice President at Ambassador Richard Holbrooke's Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS, designing public-private partnerships; as founding director of advocacy and public policy of the TB Alliance, a product development partnership; and as member of board and advisory committees of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria and of Human Rights Watch.

At the invitation of James Clark Chase,  Ms Tanguy taught humanitarian affairs at the Bard College Program on Globalization and International Affairs in New York. She has contributed to numerous publications on humanitarian affairs, global health and social change.

Ms Tanguy received her MBA from France's Institut Superieur des Affaires (HEC/ISA) in a joint program with Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and worked with technology ventures in California's Silicon Valley, in Europe and in Japan before volunteering on humanitarian frontlines after an eye-opening sabbatical trip across Asia.  A dual citizen of France and the USA, she lives in Geneva Switzerland.