The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is mourning the loss of its friend and former Vice President, Annemarie Huber-Hotz.

Mrs Huber-Hotz was the first female president of the Swiss Red Cross and served as Vice President  of the IFRC between 2011 and 2019.  She was a passionate humanitarian and an inspiring leader whose commitment and vision helped strengthen the IFRC.

IFRC President, Francesco Rocca, said: “On the behalf of the IFRC, I want to express our condolences to Annemarie Huber-Hotz family and friends and Swiss Red Cross volunteers and staff.

“She embodied our principles and working with her on our Governing Board was an honour and a privilege.  She will be hugely missed.”

Mrs Huber-Hotz worked tirelessly in support of vulnerable people, with the welfare of older people and those fleeing violence and persecution particularly close to her heart.  She represented the IFRC at the highest level of governance with professionalism and conviction.

IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy said: “Annemarie Huber-Hotz was a formidable Red Cross leader and a model of commitment and integrity who inspired so many of us. My thoughts are with her family, friends and Swiss Red Cross colleagues.”

Mrs Huber-Hotz stepped down as Swiss Red Cross President and IFRC Vice President in June. She died on 1 August, surrounded by her family.