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

Partnerships (vacant)

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: Dr Hossam Elsharkawi


Dr Hossam Elsharkawi is a seasoned professional and leader with over 30 years of experience in the humanitarian world, the healthcare sector and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Mr Sayed Hashem
Acting Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations

Sayed Hashem returned to the role of Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI) in 2020 after a period as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. He joined the IFRC in 2003 and was appointed OIAI in 2008. Under his leadership, the IFRC created the Audit Risk Committee (2007), elevated to Commission by the General Assembly (2015).