Mr Xavier Castellanos became IFRC’s Regional Director, Asia Pacific in 2015.

Mr 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.

He joined the Red Cross in 1981 as a volunteer in his hometown. Specializing in communication, with an emphasis in health, and as a television producer, Mr Castellanos applied his knowledge by working with local communities, in the field of community education, disaster risk reduction and vulnerability reduction.

He joined IFRC in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, which caused severe damage in Central America in 1998, and worked on communication and public information. He later served on missions working in disaster risk management in numerous countries around the world and at the IFRC in Geneva. He has also worked in the areas of international humanitarian law, volunteerism, strategic planning and training with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, he speaks Spanish and English.

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