Catty Bennet Sattler


Director of Human Resources (CHRO) – UNHCR


Catty Bennet Sattler is a distinguished global HR Executive and the CHRO and Director of Human Resources at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she leads the global people function. With a wealth of experience spanning five continents, Catty has navigated both private and public sectors in various capacities such as talent management, people strategy, diversity, equity and inclusion and leadership development. Her journey includes significant roles, notably serving as the Deputy Director of Human Resources at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Chief of Talent Development at UNDP, Talent Program Director at Siemens AG, and Executive Officer to the UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. Catty’s multifaceted career extends beyond traditional HR functions, encompassing expertise in humanitarian law, involvement in war crimes tribunals, and contributions to peacekeeping efforts.

A lawyer by training, Catty holds a Master’s in International Law from Lund University and Maastricht University, along with a postgraduate degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Complementing her legal background, she has honed her leadership skills through certifications from prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and IMD Business School. Additionally, she possesses a Certificate in Change Management from Cornell University.


May 14, 2024 11:05 AM

Prepare for the Unexpected - Leadership in Volatile Times

Join Catty Bennet Sattler, Director of Human Resources at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as she reflects on effective leadership in today's volatile and unpredictable environment, based on her years of experience working in large humanitarian organizations amidst challenging contexts. This session will focus on changing expectations from leaders and provide insights on the power of working together, building resilience, and how HR can be a partner enabling continuous growth.

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May 14, 2024 02:35 PM

Panel Discussion: Change Leaders: People Managers Shaping Organizational Transformation

Join a dynamic panel discussion delving into the transformative influence of high-potential people managers as they assume leadership in guiding organizational change. Explore the strategies and insights employed by these change leaders to drive impactful outcomes, skillfully navigating the complexities of organizational evolution as architects of change, steering organizations towards lasting success

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