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Dr Robert Glasser


Former Secretary General, CARE International


Dr Robert Glasser is currently an Executive-in-Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

From 2008-2015 he was the Secretary General of CARE International, one of the world’s largest non-governmental humanitarian organisations, active in over 80 countries. He was previously the Chief Executive of CARE Australia and Assistant Director General at the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

He has additionally worked on international energy and environmental policy for the US Department of Energy and on peace and conflict issues at a variety of institutions, including the Cornell University Peace Studies Program and the Centre for International and Strategic Affairs at the University of California. Dr Glasser is a member of the Strategic Board of the CEMS Alliance, an international strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational corporations; a board member of the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA), a global alliance of more than 450 national and international organisations focusing on climate change advocacy; and he is Interim Chairman of the CHS Alliance, a new organisation resulting from the merger of People in Aid and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).

He was formerly the Chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response; a member of the Advisory Panel of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor; a member of the Principals Steering Group of the United Nations Transformative Agenda for Humanitarian Action; and a member of the Project Steering Group for the World Economic Forum project on The Future Role of Civil Society.

An Australian national, Dr Glasser has published on a number of topics, including environment, peace and conflict, and humanitarian policy.