Media release: Alexandra Karle becomes new managing director
Bern, January 27, 2020 – On the
The head of the Swiss section of Amnesty International is one
Change of leadership. The current communication manager Alexandra Karle
takes over the leadership of the Swiss section of the
international human rights organization. It solves the longstanding
Managing Director Manon Schick.
The board of the Swiss
Section of Amnesty International has Alexandra Karle on the new one
Managing Director appointed. The 52-year-old can look back on many years of experience in
Use human rights work and communication. It has been since 2012
first as media spokeswoman, then as program manager Communication &
Advocacy and member of the management team for Amnesty Switzerland.
Alexandra previously worked
Karle for 15 years as a political television journalist for various
German TV channels and reported repeatedly from conflict and crisis areas
of the world. Alexandra Karle studied law and communication science at the between 1987 and 1992 Ludwig-Maximilians-University
Munich (LMU) studied and graduated with a Magister Artium. She also studied in 1990/91 international
Law and journalism at the American University (AU) in Washington,
journalistic career began. She has been living and working since 2010
Frankfurter in Switzerland.
«We are proud of
Alexandra Karle found a manager, the great experience
and passion for human rights united. The work of
Human rights activists worldwide are becoming increasingly difficult, even in the
Switzerland’s fundamental rights are sometimes questioned. To ours
to defend the most important values we need a director like Alexandra
Karle: she has a strong personality, has integrative skills,
social competence and great persuasiveness, »said Stefanie Rinaldi,
President of the Board of Amnesty Switzerland.
«Human rights are
acutely threatened. Today more than ever, we have to hold it up and defend it.
I am really looking forward to this responsible task and I will join in
use all our strength to protect human rights, »said Alexandra
Karle: «I am convinced that thanks to Amnesty Switzerland, thanks to the large
Commitments from our employees, the 2000 committed activists
and one more to the over 100,000 people who support us every year
important contribution to the defense of human rights in Switzerland and
will perform worldwide ».
Alexandra Karle becomes her
Take office on June 1, 2020. Manon Schick, Managing Director since March 2011
from Amnesty Switzerland, gives up her job after two terms and wants to
dedicate to new tasks.
About Amnesty International
Amnesty International is an international one
Non-governmental organization and a global movement for human rights.
8 million members and activists on all continents are involved with us
– because they take injustice personally. The Swiss
Section of Amnesty International is one of more than 70 country sections of the
worldwide human rights movement. It is a democratic association
organized and managed by a voluntary board. 60
Permanent employees work for the secretariat of Amnesty Switzerland in Bern, Zurich,
Geneva and Lugano. There are also 11 interns
Community service providers active for the Swiss section. You have 25 women
and men to the side who volunteer to help with the daily work. Nearly
50,000 members and 90,000 donors support Amnesty
International in Switzerland.