Dr Simon Missiri, who is the Special Advisor to the IFRC Secretary General, 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. As a senior international manager, he has led multi-functional, geographically disbursed and cross-cultural teams.

In course of his work with IFRC spanning over 30 years, Simon has facilitated high-level negotiations on humanitarian and international affairs with governments, international organizations, and with the corporate sector. He has an extensive network of top-level professionals from Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and UN Specialized Agencies.

Prior to his current posting, Simon was the IFRC Regional Director for Europe where he was in charge of policies, programmes and operations that supported 54 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Previously, he has been a Director for the Asia and Pacific Department, supporting 49 National Societies, which included management of some of the largest historically operations and programmes of the IFRC, including 2005 Tsunami action. At the IFRC Headquarters he also led several technical and policy functions including Head of Resource Mobilization and Governance Relations Department, Head of Emergency Response Preparedness Department, Change Manager for the Secretary General. Other postings in the field included heading of the IFRC South Asia Regional Representation and the first assignment as a Finance Administration Delegate in Sudan, which was followed by five years as a Desk Officer for Eastern and Southern Africa in the early 90s.

Simon conducted extensive research on macro-economic analysis of African economies when he was working with the Institute of African Studies which led to a PhD Degree in International Economics at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow.  He has an Executive MBA/International Master’s degree in Practicing Management from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and from McGill University in Montreal. He holds also Master’s in Economic Geography degree from the Moscow State University.

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