Secretary General Jagan Chapagain

Jagan Chapagain is the Secretary General of the IFRC. He took up this role on 1 February 2020 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Chapagain has extensive experience and a broad knowledge of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, having begun his career as a youth volunteer at the Nepal Red Cross, advocating for and representing community voices.

Under Secretaries General


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 (vacant)

Programmes and operations (vacant)

Regional Directors

Africa: Dr Simon Missiri


Dr Simon Missiri joined the IFRC Africa Region as the Regional Director a.i. on 4 July 2019. He comes with extensive experience in the humanitarian sector, having managed numerous programmes across the world.

Americas: Mr Walter Cotte Witingan

Previously, Mr Walter Cotte Witingan 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).

Asia Pacific:  Mr Xavier Castellanos

Mr Xavier Castellanos 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.

Europe: Elkhan Rahimov


Before joining the IFRC, Mr Rahimov worked at the Red Crescent Society of Azerbaijan, first joining the organization in 1999 as volunteer, and then being promoted into different positions until 2003, when he was appointed as Secretary General.

Middle East and North Africa: Mr Sayed Hashem

Mr Sayed Hashem, a British and Egyptian national, has had a distinguished career within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including in technical and managerial positions at the IFRC and the British Red Cross.

Dr Julie Lyn Hall
Chief of Staff

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

Mr Anthony Garnett
Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations

Prior to joining IFRC, Mr Anthony Garnett led the internal audit and counter fraud function for HM Government’s Department for International Development, auditing the UK’s international aid budget. In this role he ran a global assurance and counter fraud service and provided consultancy support, working across the first and second lines of defence in assurance, counter fraud, consultancy and compliance.