Professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland
He is editor-in-chief of International Development Policy and Vice-President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes for research partnerships.
His teaching and research focus lies on humanitarianism, the political economy of armed conflict and international development cooperation, as well as on the energy-development nexus and the governance of extractive resources. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland).
From 1989 to 1991, Gilles Carbonnier 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 economic adviser and head of private-sector relations, which involved fieldwork in Colombia, Indonesia, the Balkans, Western and Central Africa and the Palestinian Territories. 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 the government of Vietnam on its accession to the WTO between 1996 and 1999.
Gilles Carbonnier sits on the Federal Commission for International Development Cooperation and on SECO’s External Evaluation Committee. Since 2006, he advises investment funds over sustainability and human rights issues. From 2008 to 2012, he was a board member of Doctors without Borders (MSF-Switzerland).