Ambassador Putman-Crameris the Chief Executive Officer of the DIHAD Sustainable Humanitarian Foundation; Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean to the United Nations & other International Organisations in Geneva and is a consultant to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
He has been a member of the Advisory Expert Committee on International Operations of the Swiss Red Cross, a Senior Associate of the Global Humanitarian Forum, and a member of the Board of the Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva.
Ambassador Putman-Cramer has been active in several international fora in his capacity as Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) to the United Nations in Geneva, providing support to a variety of initiatives undertaken by – or aimed at – PAM member states. This has involved developing and applying various aspects of parliamentary diplomacy.
Amb. Putman-Cramer has put together and overseen the Conference Programme of the annual DIHAD events as Director of DIHAD’s International Scientific Advisory Board since its beginning in 2003.
From 1975 until 2009 Amb. Putman-Cramer was with the United Nations, initially with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and subsequently with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA/OCHA).
The last 14 years of his UN career saw him in the position of Chief of OCHA’s Emergency Services (concurrently appointed as Deputy Director, OCHA Geneva), during which time he created and developed a number of effective international response mechanisms and instruments (e.g the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team – UNDAC – and the Civil/Military Coordination concept ) while also reinforcing, together with the concerned authorities in disaster-prone countries, essential response capacities at the community, national and regional levels.
Amb. Putman-Cramer has a ‘’Diplôme Universitaire en Santé Humanitaire’’ from the University Claude-Bernard in Lyon, a Post-Graduate Diploma (Economics, International Relations and International Law) from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, a Post-Graduate Diploma (Economic Development) from the Polytechnic of North London and a B.A. (Hons.) in Literature from Bedford College, University of London.