Geoff Loane

  • Head of Office, ICRC Belfast

Geoff Loane is head of office for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Belfast, where he is responsible for ICRC activities in Northern Ireland and manages relations with the devolved government and a broad range of stakeholders.

From 2009 until early 2014 he held the position of head of mission for the ICRC in the UK and Ireland, based in London. In this role, he led relations with the UK government and other actors involved in humanitarian work in situations of conflict and violence. Previously, he was head of delegation for the United States and Canada for five years. He oversaw ICRC visits to the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and was responsible for working relationships with the governments of the United States and Canada. He liaised with the national Red Cross Societies and served as the ICRC’s representative to the public at large in both countries.

Geoff has also worked in the Balkans and the Middle East, and spent more than a decade in the Horn of Africa during the major conflicts there.

He has published books on the unintended consequences of humanitarian assistance and has conducted extensive field research in assistance operations. Geoff was a senior scholar for the Conflict Prevention Network in Berlin where he prepared a number of research papers for the European Commission. He has organized and managed an emergency roster of personnel on behalf of the Irish government.

Geoff is a graduate of the University of Dublin, Trinity College.