ANTHROPOS Deep Security was founded in by Pascal Daudin and Maarten Merkelbach Together they have 60 years of international experience in operational and strategic security and risk management. Excited by what they learned and discovered over years of practice, studies, discussions and reflections, they decided to join forces. ANTHROPOS Deep Security is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Pascal was until recently Senior Policy Adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). After a short career as a freelance journalist, he joined the ICRC in 1985 and served in more than twenty different conflict situations including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Kuwait, Caucasus and Central Asia, holding positions of Line Manager and Protection Expert as well as managing institutional reform. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked as Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of a counter-terrorism unit attached to the Swiss Ministry of Defence. In 2007, he was appointed Global Safety and Security Director for CARE International’s operations and institutional policy. In 2011, he returned to the ICRC as Senior Policy Adviser on humanitarian action-related matters. He has been actively involved in the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (a joint initiative of WFP, UNHCR, HD, MSF, and ICRC) which was established in 2016 to enhance professional exchanges and peer learning among frontline humanitarian negotiators.
Maarten joined International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1991. At the ICRC he worked and coordinated operations in various conflict-affected countries in the Middle East and Gulf region, Central Africa, and South-East Asia. After a short mission for the UN in Chad, he became director of the Security Management Initiative (SMI) in 2007 where he focused on security risk management and duty of care/legal responsibility and (co-) authored several publications on these topics. In 2009, he joined the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) where he extended his interests and ran courses on a variety of issues such as peace building, civil-military relations and democratization. He is regularly solicited by governments, multilateral organizations, the UN, international NGOs and the private sector.