International Board

The members of the International Board, in addition to the International President, are:

Dr Jose Antonio Bastos

Dr Jose Antonio Bastos joined MSF in 1991, while he was working as a general practitioner in Spain. He worked in Bolivia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania. After a period as head of the emergency unit at MSF’s office in Barcelona, Jose Antonio worked as director of operations in Barcelona and later in Amsterdam. Between 2006 and 2010 Jose Antonio worked in Pakistan, Iraq and then Afghanistan for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He returned to MSF in 2010, as elected president of MSF Spain.



Bret Engelkemier

Bret Engelkemier joined MSF USA as Treasurer in 2011 and has served on the Group Committee of MSF's operational directorate in Paris and as a member of the Audit and Risk Standing Committee. In 2013, Bret joined the International Board as Treasurer. Prior to MSF, he was a managing director at Citigroup with various responsibilities for its global equity trading and equity investments portfolio. Bret currently resides in California.



Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer and an activist, specialising in global health, governance and bioethics. Joining MSF in1992, Rachel spent five years in the field as head of mission in Djibouti, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also spent four years in Latin America heading a regional humanitarian affairs initiative. Between assignments, Rachel has taken on a variety of programme, advocacy and policy roles with MSF, including Director of the Access Campaign in Canada between 2003 and 2007. Rachel is currently President of the Board of Directors of the international advocacy group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and has consulted for a number of health organisations internationally. Rachel was elected to the International Board in June 2013.


Áine Markham

Áine Markham trained as a general and paediatric nurse in Ireland. She worked with MSF in the field between 1994 and 1998, before moving to the headquarters in Brussels where she held the position of Operational Coordinator and later Director of Operations. In 2004, she became an independent consultant, a move that coincided with her living in Ghana and Bolivia. Since returning to Belgium in 2011, she has worked with a number of international NGOs, Foundations and Academic Institutions on different public health issues. In 2014, Áine was elected to the board of MSF Belgium.



Colin McIlreavy

Colin McIlreavy is currently based in the United States, working as a consultant. Trained as an engineer, Colin started work in the oil and gas industry before turning to humanitarian assistance. He began by working for the GOAL development organisation in Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania. In 1998, Colin joined MSF, and he has since gained 13 years of experience working on programmes in Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Iraq and Chechnya.



Paul McMaster

Paul McMaster is a surgeon who worked for many years in clinical practice, teaching and research in the UK before joining MSF in 2005. Paul worked in programmes in Burundi, Congo and Somalia, then between 2008 and 2012 took on the role of special advisor in surgery at MSF's operational directorate in Amsterdam. In 2011 Paul led emergency response teams in Sri Lanka and Haiti. His most recent assignment was in Syria in 2013. Paul was elected Chairman of MSF UK in 2012 and in 2013 became President of MSF’s operational directorate in Amsterdam.



Meinie Nicolai

Meinie Nicolai first worked with MSF in 1992, as a supervising nurse in Liberia. She has since gained a decade of field experience in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan. Meinie returned to the Netherlands to coordinate the national network on sexual and reproductive health and AIDS between 2002 and 2003, but her involvement with MSF continued as she became a board member of the Belgian association. In 2004, Meinie became director of operations in the Brussels office until October 2010 when she was elected president of both MSF Belgium and MSF’s operational directorate in Brussels.



Dr Thomas Nierle

Dr Thomas Nierle works part-time in Moutier hospital, Switzerland, as medical director and emergency physician. He is interested in clinical medicine, quality of care and hospital management. In 1997, Thomas began working with MSF in Afghanistan and after missions in Madagascar, Burundi and Mozambique he took up the position of emergency coordinator and, later, programme manager for emergencies in Geneva. Thomas was Director of Operations in Geneva from 2001 to 2004 and during this time was also a member of the Board of Directors of MSF France and a member of the steering committee of the Access Campaign. After joining the Board of Directors of MSF Switzerland in 2010, he was vice-president from 2011 to 2014 and was elected president of the board in May 2014.


Reveka Papadopoulou

Reveka Papadopoulou is currently Head of Mission in Mozambique. In 1995, Reveka starting working with MSF as a Field Coordinator in Armenia and after missions in Palestine, Liberia, Yugoslavia and Honduras she took the position of Liaison for the Access Campaign before working as Deputy Programme Manager and Programme Manager in Geneva and Head of Mission in Lebanon. Reveka spent four years, from 2008 to 2012, as General Director of MSF Greece before returning to the field.



Andrew Cunningham is based in London and works as an independent consultant focusing on research and analysis for the humanitarian sector. He began his humanitarian aid career in the mid-1990s in the Rwandan refugee camps in Tanzania. Before that, he worked in development in Burundi. After obtaining a Master of Science in Public Health, Andrew joined MSF in 1997 and worked in the field in a variety of countries and contexts until 2007, when he took a position in the Humanitarian Affairs Department at headquarters in Amsterdam. After leaving MSF in 2011 Andrew obtained a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London and began work as a consultant, working 50 per cent with MSF and the rest of the time with a variety of other humanitarian organisations.


Dr Tankred Stöbe

Dr Tankred Stöbe first worked with MSF on a cross-border project in Thailand and Myanmar in 2002, joined the board of directors of the German section in 2004 and served as its president from 2007 to 2015. Recent MSF field work has included time in Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and the Philippines as a medical doctor, in South Sudan as an emergency coordinator and in Sierra Leone as an intensive care doctor. Tankred is specialised in internal and intensive care medicine, and currently works as a consultant at the Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhoehe in Berlin.



Dr Mégo Tarzian

Dr Mégo Tarzian (full name Méguerditch Tarazian) joined MSF in 1994. He worked on short assignments as a translator for MSF in Nagorno-Karabakh, then as a hospital physician in Yerevan, Armenia, before working as a doctor in MSF programmmes in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iran and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1999. Mégo then went on to work as a ‘mobile’ coordinator in a number of countries, and as a coordinator of emergency programmes in Niger, Pakistan, Central African Republic and Jordan. Between 2005 and 2013 he was deputy and then head of emergency programmes at MSF's operational directorate in Paris. Mégo was elected President of MSF France in June 2013.