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. 

He has spent 23 years with the IFRC, working in Europe and Asia.  Prior to becoming Chief of Staff in July 2015, he was Director of the Asia Pacific region where he provided leadership in responding to large-scale humanitarian crises and in building resilient communities in partnership with Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and external partners across the region. 

Previously, he held various leadership positions including Deputy Head of Zone and Head of Operations for the Asia Pacific region from 2007 to 2011, Head of Regional Delegation for Central Asia from 2006 to 2007 and Senior Regional Officer for South Asia from 2004 to 2006 in Geneva. In previous missions, he worked in IFRC delegations in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Montenegro and Thailand.

Jagan holds a degree in Engineering and certificates in Leadership and turn-around management and Emerging social sector leadership.  A national of Nepal, he is fluent in Nepalese, English and Hindi and has a basic knowledge of Urdu and Russian.

Jagan Chapagain is the IFRC’s under secretary general programmes and operations since June 2017.

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