Secretary General Elhadj As Sy

Mr Sy has extensive experience in leadership roles in the humanitarian sector, having previously served at a senior level with UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other agencies for more than 25 years.

Chief of Staff Dr. Julie Lyn Hall

On September 21st 2015, Dr. Hall joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as Director of Health and Care based in the Secretariat in Geneva. On 1st of June 2017, she was appointed as IFRC Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of the Secretary General and Special Advisor for Health.

Under Secretaries General

Partnerships

Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

Dr. Jemilah Mahmood began her mandate as Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in January 2016.

Management

Anitta Underlin

Anitta Underlin was appointed as Under Secretary General for Management at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in June 2015 .

Programmes and operations

Jagan Chapagain

Jagan has a broad knowledge of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, having begun his career as a youth volunteer at the Nepal Red Cross Society, advocating for and representing community voices. 

Regional directors

Africa: Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré

Dr. Nafo-Traoré most recently served as the Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria, the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. She has more than 25 years of experience in national health development

Middle East and North Africa: Sayed Hashem

Sayed Hashem was appointed as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on 1 March 2018. He joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in April 2003, and was appointed Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) in January 2008. Under his leadership, the IFRC created the Audit Risk Committee (2007), elevated to Commission by the General Assembly (2015).

Europe: Dr. Simon Missiri

Dr. Simon Missiri joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 1987 as a Field Delegate in Sudan, and has since served in a variety of management positions in the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva as well as in the field.

Asia Pacific:  Xavier Castellanos

Xavier has nearly three decades of experience working in emergency humanitarian emergencies and operations. He has also worked at various national and international institutions in public, private and non-governmental organizations.

Americas: Walter Cotte Witingan

Previously, Mr. Cotte was the National Executive Director of the Colombian Red Cross Society from 2008 to 2012. His past leadership roles with the organization include Head of Operations and Disaster Management (1994-2008), and Head of Volunteers for Relief and Search and Rescue (1985-1994).