Yvonne Knöpfel specialized in human resources with a focus on organizational development and change management. Born and raised in Thurgau, she studied International Relations in Geneva and Madrid from 2004 to 2008. She then worked for four years as a project manager in the financial sector. 2012-13 she studied Arabic in Ramallah and then worked at the United Nations, where she helped plan and implement management reforms in New York and Nairobi. From 2017 to 2019, she was Human Resources Manager in MSF projects in Lebanon and Southern Sudan.
She returned to Switzerland in September 2019 and has since been working in the Human Resources Department of the ICRC in Geneva.