Senator Alain Destexhe

ICG President

Alain Destexhe is a member oaf the Belgian Federal Senate, where he serves as a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a medical doctor with extensive experience first-hand of humanitarian emergencies. During the mid-1980s, he served as an aid worker for the medical relief organisation Médecins Sans Frontières, carrying out field missions in Honduras, Guatemala, Guinea, Sudan and Haiti. He later served as Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (International), responsible for co-ordinating the agency's international advocacy efforts. In this position, he made frequent visits to crisis zones including Somalia, Bosnia, Kurdistan and Rwanda.

Senator Destexhe has written widely on the subject of the limitations of humanitarian action and genocide, including Rwanda and Genocide in the Twentieth Century, (published by Pluto Press, 1995). He was the initiator of the Belgian Senate Committee of Inquiry on the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

In October 1997, Alain Destexhe became president of ICG, succeeding Nicholas Hinton, ICG's founding president who died of a heart attack earlier in January 1997. As president, he is responsible for managing the organisation's programs and personnel around the world, as well as advocacy and fundraising. He is based at ICG's Brussels headquarters.

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