Board members

The Sphere Project Board is made up of the following representatives of Board organisations:

David FisherDavid Fisher (Treasurer)

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.

Damaris FrickDamaris Frick

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.

Isabel GomesIsabel Gomes

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.

Philippe GuitonPhilippe Guiton

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.

Vikrant MahajanVikrant Mahajan

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 McCannMartin 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.

Mamadou NdiayeMamadou Ndiaye

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.

Mary Pack
Vice President for Domestic and International Affairs at International Medical Corps.

Colin RogersColin Rogers

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 SchoppJulien Schopp (Vice-President)

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.

Karin SetteleKarin Settele

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.

Maxime VieilleMaxime Vieille

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.

Jan WeutsJan Weuts

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.

Ignacio Packer 

is the Executive Director of International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the global consortium of humanitarian NGOs. Ignacio's has over 30 years of experience in humanitarian work and development issues. Until 2017, he was the Secretary General of the Terre des Hommes International Federation, and has previously worked for the Swiss Tropical Institute, the European Association for Development and Health, Médecins Sans Frontières, KPMG and the European Bank for Latin America. He is an expert on human rights and social issues. He has been strongly engaged in global advocacy on protection frameworks for people on the move with a particular focus on children and youth.

Roland Schlott

is the Global Humanitarian Coordinator of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), responsible for all aspects of humanitarian response of LWF. Now based in LWF HQ in Geneva, Roland has been involved in international development and humanitarian work for over 23 years, starting with a two-year volunteer posting in West Africa (Guinea-Ckry.) to seven years as Regional Director of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, a German Protestant emergency relief agency, in East, Central and Southern Africa. He also served as Country Director in Azerbaijan and as Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Middle East. Roland holds a B.Sc degree in Tropical Agronomy and Rural Development from the University of Kassel-Witzenhausen (Germany) and an MPhil in Development Studies from the IDS, University of Sussex (UK).

Ramzi Saliba

is the Coordinator for the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada based at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation in Ottawa, Canada. He has worked with different INGOs in the field such as World Vision, Save The Children, International Rescue Committee, SOS Children's Villages, and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on response operations like the Syria Crisis and Ebola outbreak, and on DRR in the Middle East North Africa Zone. He was a regional trainer in MENA on disaster management and Sphere before moving to Canada in 2017. He is fluent in English, French, and Arabic. Ramzi holds a Master's degree in Infectious Diseases and Vaccines from France and a professional diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the UK.

Alwynn Javier 

is the Global Humanitarian Coordinator of the ACT Alliance. Based in Geneva, Alwynn manages ACT's humanitarian response mechanism, and oversees humanitarian policy and advocacy work with members. Alwynn has over 18 years of experience in humanitarian and development work. Prior to joining the ACT Alliance, he worked with Christian Aid, where he was Regional Emergency Manager for Southeast and Central Asia, leading emergency and resilience programmes in the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Afghanistan. In the past he managed development programmes funded by the European Union, DFID, the World Bank, AusAID (now DFAT), and UNDP. Alwynn's involvement in humanitarian and climate change work was ushered in by his work on the formulation of national DRR and climate change policies of the Philippines, and has always been fueled by his interest to find the elusive nexus of humanitarian, development and climate work.

Maria Chalaux  

is the Humanitarian lead at Oxfam Intermón

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