PhD in Economics, Neuchâtel University
Gilles Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute and, since April 2018, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). His research and publications focus on the economics of humanitarian crises and responses, the energy-commodity trade-development nexus, as well as international development cooperation. Until early 2018, he served as Editor-in-Chief of International Development Policy and President of the Board of Directors of CERAH, the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action.
Professor Carbonnier has over 20 years of professional experience in international trade, development cooperation and humanitarian action. From 1989 to 1991, he was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and El Salvador. He joined the ICRC again from 1999 to 2006 as the organisation’s economic adviser and head of private-sector relations. Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international development cooperation programmes and multilateral trade negotiations with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and advised Vietnam on its accession to the WTO between 1996 and 1999.
Gilles Carbonnier served as Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes until 2017 and sits in the Federal Commission for International Development Cooperation and advises investment funds over sustainability and human rights issues.
Energy, Natural resources, extractive economies, commodities
Armed conflicts, violence (Political economy of armed conflicts and post-war transitions)
Corporate responsibility, public-private partnerships
Development, cooperation and aid policies
Humanitarian action, intervention
Multilateral diplomacy and international negotiation, soft governance