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Ms Laurence Favre


Human Resources and Administration Manager


Ms. Favre is a dedicated and resourceful Human Resources and Administration Manager with sound experience in the corporate sector in Geneva and 7 years of international assignments leading the support services of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Laurence grew up in the Swiss Alps where she started skiing almost at the same time as walking. At the age of 16, she was already eager to discover new horizons and meet people from other cultures: she went to the US for one year of high school and after that her family had hosted students during the summers.

She later studied at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In parallel, she volunteered for Youth for Understanding, a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs and participated in the selection interviews of candidates. This experience instilled in her a passion for Human Resources (HR). Laurence started her career in HR with an internship at Merrill Lynch. She pursued her path in this field by taking on positions with increasing responsibilities. Her last position in the private sector was HR Operations Manager at Lloyds International Private Banking. From those 7 years’ experience, she learned to deliver the best services to internal customers. Shortly after becoming a Swiss certified specialist in HR, she worked temporarily for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and underwent a thorough skills assessment.

The outcome of this process made her aware of her long lasting desire to help people in need. Laurence worked 6 years abroad as HR, Finance and Administration Manager for ICRC, mostly in Africa, but also in Central Asia. This function is considered the backbone of the organization and supports the implementation of its activities in the field. After a final mission in Eastern Congo as a Field Delegate directly protecting and assisting the victims of conflicts, she has decided to end this extremely enriching experience and return to her roots. She brings back an open-minded spirit, a broader understanding of different values of tolerance and respect, adaptability, as well as the capacity to address issues boldly and to find solutions even under difficult and complex circumstances. Laurence has a genuine interest in people and it is important for her to know that she can make a difference in the lives of others. Thus, her vision of HR’s role is to find creative ways to make work more enjoyable, to focus on engagement and employer brand by providing the best employee experience, and constantly capturing feedback. She prefers speaking of potential and relations rather than resources.