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)

National Society Development (NSD) and Operations

Mr Xavier Castellanos

Xavier Castellanos Mosquera has more than three decades experience in National Society development, resilience building and emergency humanitarian operations at the national, regional and global levels.

 

Regional Directors

Africa: Mohammed Omer Mukhier-Abuzein

Mohammed Omer Mukhier-Abuzein has over 30 years of experience in humanitarian operations management, development work, representation, and strategic leadership. In his previous role as IFRC’s Deputy Regional Director in the Asia Pacific, he led programmes on disaster risk reduction, community resilience, climate change management, agriculture, food security, nutrition, community-driven development, livelihoods, National Society development and capacity building.

Americas: 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:  Xavier Castellanos

Acting
Xavier Castellanos Mosquera has more than three decades experience in National Society development, resilience building and emergency humanitarian operations at the national, regional and global levels.

Europe: Elkhan Rahimov

Acting

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: Hossam Elsharkawi

Hossam Elsharkawi has over 30 years of professional experience in the humanitarian world, spanning assignments in more than 35 countries, comprising volunteer and professional work with many National Societies, ICRC and IFRC. He was previously Vice President of Health in Emergencies, Learning and Innovation at the Canadian Red Cross, where he led the preparedness and response for complex humanitarian emergencies.

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).