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Red Cross CEO seconded for international role

Australian Red Cross CEO, Robert Tickner, assumes a new leadership role at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Wednesday August 22, 2012

Robert Tickner
Australian Red Cross CEO, Robert Tickner.

The CEO of Australian Red Cross, Robert Tickner, has been seconded to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva to undertake a global leadership role responsible for key areas of the Federation's work reporting directly to the Secretary General.

Mr Tickner has accepted the interim role of Acting Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Values and Diplomacy until November 2012. In this role his responsibilites include resource mobilisation, international relations and the IFRC delegation to the United Nations. Currently, Mr Tickner is also acting Secretary General of the IFRC for a short period, which is the first time an Australian has held this position.

"In the acting Under Secretary General role I hope to make a contribution to championing Red Cross Red Crescent humanitarian diplomacy globally at what is a very important time for the Movement," said Mr Tickner.

The IFRC is the world's largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people through the 187 National Societies that form the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and more than 13 million volunteers around the world.

Robert Tickner has been CEO of Australian Red Cross since 2005. Previously, he was Australia's longest-serving Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, a position he held from 1990-1996.