The Sphere Project Board is made up of the following representatives of Board organisations:
is Executive Director of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies. Prior to joining ICVA in 2013 Nan was the Senior Director of International Response and Programs for the American Red Cross. In this role she oversaw staff in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Nan also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, the Sphere Project, the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, and the South-North Development Initiative in New York. Her work in extensive field missions brought her to many countries around the globe. She holds a BA in philosophy and anthropology from the New School for Social Research and an MA in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
is Manager of the Policy and Diplomacy Unit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). David has 14 years of international experience in law, policy and programme management in the humanitarian and human rights sectors. He joined the IFRC in 2005 and between 2007 to 2015 coordinated its Disaster Law Programme. His prior experience includes legal positions at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Brookings Institution as well as domestic civil and criminal practice in the United States of America. David holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University.
is the Field Operations Officer of The Salvation Army International Emergency Services. Her involvement in the humanitarian field commenced in January 2006 with a deployment to Northern Pakistan for the earthquake relief program. For several years, she held mainly field-based positions managing disaster relief operations in locations like Myanmar, Indonesia, Eastern DRC, Haiti and Pakistan. She now oversees the management of all field operations of the Salvation Army worldwide. Since 2009 she has also been involved in facilitating disaster-preparedness and response workshops, training and conferences. Damaris holds an MA in Development and Emergency Practice from the Oxford Brookes University, UK.
is Head of the Humanitarian Team at the Church of Sweden, representing the Lutheran World Federation on the Sphere Board. Anna’s current work focuses on psychosocial support, including the management of an international roster of experts to be deployed to crises. Anna’s extensive experience in human rights and humanitarian work spans 15 years. As a Disaster Risk Management Adviser at Plan International, she supported humanitarian responses and Disaster Risk Reduction interventions with a child rights focus and was Plan’s representative to the Child Protection Working Group as well as to the INEE. Extensive field missions brought her to many countries around the globe, including secondments to South East Asia and East Timor. She holds a Master in Social Science from Uppsala University.
is the Senior Director, External Engagement and Resource Development for Global Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs at World Vision International. Based in Geneva, the ultimate goal of her work is to support the humanitarian needs of children, promoting child-focused disaster management in fragile contexts. Previously, Isabel led and managed relief operations as a Senior Relief Coordinator on World Vision’s Global Rapid Response Team. She has been part of the East Timor, Iraq, Liberia, Sudan, Horn of Africa, Indonesia-Tsunami and Pakistan responses. Isabel earned her honors degree in International Relations from Lusiada University, Portugal and holds an MA in International and Community Development from Deakin University, Australia. She also earned a diploma from the Jose Fontana Foundation in Human Resources Management.
is CARE International's Humanitarian and Operations Director. He has more than 30 years of experience in humanitarian and senior management positions, mostly at World Vision International, where he last served as Global Senior Humanitarian Advisor. He led World Vision’s liaison office in Geneva for several years, served as Country Director and in various regional positions in Africa and the Middle East and worked for the UN Refugee Agency and a number of NGOs before that. Philippe is currently based in Nairobi.
Sarah Kambarami (Vice-President)
is Head of Programs at ACT Alliance. She has worked in the humanitarian and international development sector for more than 15 years. Prior to working with ACT Alliance, Sarah worked for World Vision International, gaining significant experience in Angola before supporting work in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia as Regional Manager at World Vision UK. In recent years, Sarah has developed an increasing focus on quality, accountability and learning. She holds an MSc in Development Management and previously worked as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University in the Institutional Development module of the Development Management Program.
is CEO of Sphere India, a national coalition of humanitarian agencies. He leads the organisation’s work on humanitarian coordination, advocacy and capacity-building and coordinates the South Asia Together for the Humanitarian Imperative (SATHI) network. Vikrant has a rich experience in working with governments, UN agencies, corporate and civil society organisations in diverse contexts. An experienced facilitator, he has trained senior and middle management professionals on a range of subjects including risk management and humanitarian quality and accountability standards. He was a commissioned officer in the Indian Army Corps of Engineers for nine years, participating in operations and exercises in complex humanitarian situations. Vikrant has an interdisciplinary background in engineering, public administration, organisational development and humanitarian assistance.
Martin McCann (President)
has been Chief Executive of RedR UK since 2007. He has been involved in international development and humanitarian work for over 30 years, ranging from a two-year volunteer posting in West Africa to seven years as Global Program Director and Deputy Executive Director of Plan International. Martin has also been a resident Regional Director in both Asia and Africa for the Canadian agency CUSO and worked at Practical Action. He has served on the boards of UNICEF NGO Committee, HACI, Helpline International, War Child UK, ELHRA, Engineers without Borders and DeafKidz International. He remains a member of the Governing Council of the University of Sussex. Martin represents RedR International on the Sphere Board, of which he became the Chair in 2015. He is the President of the Sphere Association, created in 2016.
is Director of Humanitarian Action at Oxfam Intermón. She has worked in international humanitarian assistance and development cooperation since 1999. As a country director and as an emergency response leader with the United Nations and Action Against Hunger Spain, Barbara worked in Central and West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America regions and the Philippines. Before joining Oxfam Intermón in 2014, she led the humanitarian work of Save the Children Spain (2010-13). Currently Barbara coordinates the humanitarian network in Spain and represents the Oxfam international confederation on the Sphere Board. Barbara holds an MA in Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs from the Complutense University of Madrid and a BA in Political Science from the LUISS University, Rome.
is Executive Director of the Senegal-based African Office for Development and Cooperation (OFADEC). He has worked in the humanitarian sector for more than ten years, focusing on accountability, policy issues and outreach to humanitarian and development actors. Mamadou is the focal point for African national humanitarian NGOs in West Africa and a member of the National African Humanitarian NGO Task Force. He is an active member of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) Board and has also been a member of the Human Accountability Partnership (HAP) Board. Under his leadership, OFADEC has been certified against HAP's Standard in Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management. His academic background is in economics and agriculture.
Vice President for Domestic and International Affairs at International Medical Corps.
is Head of Disaster Response at Plan International. Colin has been involved in responses to humanitarian crises for 22 years, leading emergency relief operations for a number of humanitarian agencies. He has worked on rapid onset disasters such as the Asian Tsunami and the Gujarat Earthquake, conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan and several disease outbreaks. He has worked across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Colin has a Masters in Applied Parasitology & Medical Entomology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as well as a Masters in Post-war Recovery Studies from the University of York.
Julien Schopp (Treasurer)
is the Director of Humanitarian Practice at InterAction. In this capacity, he supports humanitarian emergency responses and contributes to the improvement of humanitarian practice on behalf of the network’s members. Before joining InterAction, Julien worked as a Senior Policy Officer for the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, focusing on Forced Displacement issues. As such, he was the primary NGO focal point at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Julien has substantial field experience managing humanitarian operations, primarily for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Over the years, he has worked as IRC country director in Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Uganda, also serving the agency in Congo-Brazzaville, Sudan and Chad. He holds an MA in literature from Paris X University.
is Managing Director of Help (Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe), one of the founding member organisations of Germany’s relief coalition Aktion Deutschland Hilft. Karin has been working in the field of disaster management and long-term development for more than 20 years. She started her humanitarian work in Zimbabwe, where she lived in the early 90s. Karin has been involved in disaster response and conflict-related emergencies in Mozambique, Angola, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Algeria, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and the Indian Ocean Tsunami area. Karin’s special focus is on a participatory and sustainable approach in all steps of relief, rehabilitation and development as well as on self-enhancement for self-help. She studied economics, social science, biology and history and holds a Diploma in geography.
is the Humanitarian Program Development and Quality Director for Save the Children USA. In this capacity, he is responsible for ensuring program quality throughout the organisation’s humanitarian programming. Max is also the co-chair of the Save the Children global Humanitarian Technical Working Group. Prior to this, he was Head of Planning, Monitoring and Emergencies at UNICEF Madagascar, Senior Strategic Information Advisor for the AIDSRelief Project and led the initial Catholic Relief Services health monitoring and evaluation team for the 2010 Haiti earthquake response. Max has seven years of field experience in developing countries, primarily in Haiti and Madagascar. He holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster and a Graduate Diploma in Development Administration from the Australian National University.
is Caritas International Belgium Emergency Aid Coordinator. Before joining Caritas, he worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Belgium, where he oversaw logistics and technical coordination in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as in Iraq and Iran. Jan is a member of MSF Belgium's Board; he has also been involved in MSF's training programs since 1992. Jan is a member of Caritas Europe's Humanitarian Affairs Committee and of the European Interagency Security Forum and lectures on humanitarian management at the Catholic University of Louvain. He has a degree in modern history from the Vlaamse University in Brussels. Jan represents Caritas Internationalis on the Sphere Project Board.