Ms Mary Werntz

mary-werntz.pngMary Werntz is deputy director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities to help people in need as a result of armed conflict around the world. With a particular interest in the specific needs of women, the disabled and the elderly, Mary leads the ICRC’s efforts to prevent sexual violence in armed conflicts and supervises the organization’s Health Care in Danger project. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Geneva-based Centre for Education and Research on Humanitarian Action (CERAH).

A Swiss national born in the United States, Mary Werntz began her career with the ICRC in 1995, when, as an Urdu interpreter in Kashmir, she carried out the first ICRC visits to people held in detention in India. Since then, she has led operations and activities all over the world for the organization, heading up its delegations in Azerbaijan (2004) and Nepal (2007), and its regional delegations in the United States and Canada (2009), and in New Delhi (2012).

Mary holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University, where she specialized in international development planning, and a BA in South Asia studies from the University of Wisconsin. She is married, with two teenaged daughters.