The International Board
The International Board (IB) is the board of MSF International. It acts on behalf of and is accountable to the International General Assembly (IGA). As the highest associative governance body of MSF, the IGA delegates duties to the Board, as defined in the Statutes of the association.
The International Board (IB) is intended to have mainly a guiding role, ensuring accountability and facilitating agreement within the MSF movement in a timely manner.
The IB is composed of: the International President; the international treasurer (non-voting; can be co-opted); one representative for each operational centre (5 people); six additional persons elected by the IGA. Two thirds of IB members must have a medical background.
The members of the International Board are:
The International President, Dr Christos Christou, joined MSF in 2002, where his first assignment was in Greece as a field doctor, working with migrants and refugees, before working as a doctor in an HIV/AIDS project in Zambia in 2004 and 2005. After a break from field missions for a number of years while he trained as a surgeon, from 2013 he joined MSF missions in a number of conflict zones and insecure contexts, including South Sudan, Iraq and, most recently, Cameroon, as an Emergency and Trauma surgeon.
Born in Trikala, a small town in central Greece, Dr Christou graduated from Aristotle University’s medical school in Thessaloniki, Greece, and has a PhD in Surgery from the Kapodestrian University of Athens. He holds a Masters in International Health - Health Crisis Management from the University of Athens and is member of its faculty.
Dr Christou later specialised in general and emergency surgery in the Surgical and Transplant Unit of Evangelismos Hospital in Athens. In 2013 he moved to London, working as a Senior Clinical Fellow in Colorectal surgery at King’s College Hospital, and in 2018 became Consultant of Colorectal and Emergency Surgery at North Middlesex University Hospital. In 2018 he was awarded Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in Coloproctology.
Dr Christou was first General Secretary, then Vice-President and finally President of MSF Greece Board of Directors from 2005 until his election as International President in June 2019.
Dr David Noguera worked as a general practitioner in Girona, Spain, before going to the field with MSF for the first time in 2001 as part of a mission caring for migrant populations in the Canary Islands. Since then David's work with MSF has taken him to Somalia, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Angola, Zambia, India, Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Libya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. David joined the Emergency Unit in Operational Centre Barcelona in 2006, first as an emergency coordinator and then as head of the unit. He has extensive experience in emergencies, and has worked in a variety of contexts, from nutritional crises to epidemic outbreaks. Founder of ReAcció Humanitària, an organisation that seeks to increase social knowledge on humanitarian crises and NGO response, he has worked for institutions like the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and organisations such as the Red Cross. He has been the president of MSF Spain since October 2016.
Yvan Legris joined the International Board as Treasurer in January 2017. Prior to joining MSF, he spent over 30 years at HR Consulting firm Aon Hewitt where he became the global Chief Executive of the consulting division in 2012. Yvan is an actuary by profession and has been pursuing a Masters in Humanitarian Action at the CERAH since September 2016. He has been a volunteer advisor on HR projects to the MSF International Office since April 2016. He was born in Mauritius and lives in London.
Dr Carolina Batista is a Brazilian medical doctor with a Masters in International Health from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. She works as a global health consultant for international organisations and scientific institutions. Carolina was the Head of Access and Medical Affairs with MSF’s partner organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) Latin America between 2014 and 2018, where she led regional medical and scientific activities, designing and implementing access programmes for neglected diseases in endemic countries. Carolina has worked in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. She joined MSF in 2007 and progressively focused her work on neglected tropical diseases, having been director of MSF’s Brazilian Medical Unit for over three years. She was elected to the International Board in June 2019.
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.
Dr Marit van Lenthe first joined MSF in 2003, working first as a field doctor and then, after a break of some years, as Health Advisor at MSF’s Operational Centre in Amsterdam from 2009 until September 2018. As Health Advisor, she supported the Operational Centre’s projects covering Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, Iraq, Myanmar and DR Congo, and advised on malaria. Dr van Lenthe has over 15 years’ experience as a doctor in the Netherlands and overseas, and nine years’ senior management experience in International Health. After graduating as a medical doctor, she went on to specialise as a doctor in Tropical Medicine – and today conducts research into malaria – and has a Masters in International Health.
Dr Bertrand Draguez first worked for MSF in 2000, as a general practitioner in East Timor. Since then, he has worked as a doctor in Angola and South Sudan, as a field coordinator in Afghanistan, and as a medical coordinator in Democratic Republic of Congo and Côte d'Ivoire. From 2005 to 2008, Bertrand held the post of medical officer of the MSF unit in Brussels covering the Great Lakes region of Africa. In 2008, he was appointed as Medical Director of MSF's Operational Centre in Brussels. Bertrand was elected president of MSF Belgium in 2016.
Reveka Papadopoulou started working with MSF in 1995 in Armenia and after missions in Palestine, Liberia, the former Yugoslavia, and Honduras, she took the position of Liaison for MSF's Access Campaign in 2003, before working as Deputy Programme Manager and Programme Manager for the Operational Centre in Geneva. Reveka spent four years, from 2008 to 2012, as General Director of MSF Greece before returning to the field. She was first elected to the International Board in 2014, and elected President of MSF Switzerland/OCG in 2017.
Habiba Amin trained in clinical medicine and surgery and has a degree in Psychology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Having worked with MSF on and off since 2006, Habiba has held a number of roles in that time, including Deputy Medical Coordinator, Field Coordinator, Emergency Field Coordinator and Medical Referent across displaced people and conflict settings, including in Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya. Among her work, Habiba established the comprehensive care centre for people living with HIV in Kibera, in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. She was elected to the International Board in June 2019.
Dr Bruce Lampard is a specialist in emergency medicine. Bruce first joined MSF in 2001, as a field doctor working in South Sudan. Since then, he has joined MSF missions in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Central African Republic and Somalia. Bruce was also a doctor in an Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone during the 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak. In 2004, Bruce was first elected as a member of the Board of Directors of MSF Canada, and in May 2011 was elected as its President. Since 2015 he has been a member of the Board of Directors for MSF’s Operational Centre Barcelona. He was elected to the International Board in June 2018. He holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Bruce worked for several years as an emergency physician in Iqaluit, in the Nunavut territory of northern Canada, before moving to Toronto with his family. He currently works in a downtown Emergency Department, and lectures at the University of Toronto.
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 programmes 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.
Ingrid Maria Johansen started working with MSF in 2007 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Subsequent missions, mainly as Project Coordinator, took her to the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Myanmar. Witnessing the plight of the Rohingya particularly shaped her view of the role of advocacy and the MSF Association. In 2015 Ingrid was elected to the Board of MSF Sweden. She was elected to the International Board in 2017. Prior to joining MSF, Ingrid worked for the World Bank and various developmental NGOs. Ingrid currently works for an NGO that supports capacity building of parliaments in Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics, a research master from the University of Oxford and an LLM (Master of law) focusing on international criminal law. Ingrid is based in Amsterdam.
Pete Buth’s involvement in responding to major humanitarian crises spans more than 20 years. His assignments with Cap Anamur (German Emergency Doctors) took him to Rwanda (during the 1994 genocide), Haiti and former Yugoslavia. He joined MSF in 1997 and worked as a logistician, project coordinator, and head of mission in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Sudan. In 2003, he started working in headquarters, where his roles included operational director for Ethiopia, Russia/Chechnya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan. He also carried out various assignments relating to policy issues and worked for the Emergency Desk. Between 2012 and 2016, he held the position of deputy director of operations for OCA. His responsibilities included overseeing Emergency Desk interventions, and planning MSF’s return to Somalia. Pete is currently a consultant for humanitarian practice, with a focus on access and security.
Sam Bumicho has a diploma in Clinical Medicine & Surgery. After completing his medical internship at Kenyatta National Referral hospital in Kenya in 2004, Sam started working with MSF in Kenya, first as a Project Coordinator Assistant in Mbagathi district hospital, Nairobi, and later on as a clinical officer and HIV/TB contact clinician in Kibera. After he left MSF in 2016, Sam started working with Amref Health Africa. He is currently County Coordinator of Amref Health Africa’s project in the county of Tana River.