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.

President Tadateru Konoé

President of Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, Tadateru Konoé has dedicated his entire professional career to domestic and international Red Cross and Red Crescent activities.

Under Secretaries General


Dr. Jamilah 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.


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: Elias Ghanem

Prior to becoming director of the Middle East and North Africa zone for the IFRC, Mr Ghanem has held numerous leadership roles for the organization.

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.

Asia Pacific: 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).