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Mr Tadateru Konoé

Mr Tadateru Konoé

President of the IFRC President of Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, Tadateru Konoé has dedicated his entire professional career to domestic and international Red Cross Red Crescent activities. Before being elected president, Mr Konoé served his National Society for 14 years as vice president (1991-2005) and as chairman for Japanese Red Cross Academy, which offered post-graduate courses for nurses. He also held the positions of director general (1988), director of the social department (1985-1988), international department deputy director general (1976-1981), and international director (1964-1972) for the Japanese Red Cross Society. President of the IFRC, Mr Konoé has held several other posts in the IFRC, including that of vice-president. He has previously been an elected member of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross Red Crescent (1995-2003) and its vice chairman in 1999, a member of the IFRC finance commission (1985-1993), as well as officer (1972-1975) and director (1981-1985) of the IFRC disaster preparedness bureau where he worked since 1972. Between 1970 and 2008, Mr Konoé was involved with over 30 Red Cross Red Crescent relief missions around the world. During his career, he has also been a member of board in various associations and organizations outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. With a BA from Gakushuin University in Tokyo, Mr Konoé also went to the London School of Economics. He speaks English and has a working understanding of French. Email Mr Tadateru...
Mr Elhadj As Sy

Mr Elhadj As Sy

Secretary General of the IFRC Mr Sy has extensive experience in leadership roles in the humanitarian sector, having previously served at a senior level with UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other agencies for more than 25 years. Before joining the IFRC – the world?s largest humanitarian network – Mr Sy was UNICEF’s Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in New York. He has also served as UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and Global Emergency Coordinator for the Horn of Africa. From 2005 to 2008, Mr Sy was Director, HIV/AIDS Practice with the United Nations Development Programme in New York. Before that, he worked with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Africa Regional Director and later as Director of Operational Partnerships and Country Support in Geneva. Mr Sy has also held the position of UNAIDS Representative in New York and Director of the New York Liaison Office. From 1988 to 1997, he served as Director of Health and Development Programmes with Environment and Development Action in the Third World in Dakar, Senegal. Mr Sy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Human Sciences from the University of Dakar. He then pursued Master’s studies in Arts and Germanistik at the University of Graz, and graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. He was also awarded a post graduate diploma in Education from the Ecole normale superieure in Dakar . He speaks English, French and German and is a national of Senegal. Email Elhadj As...

I dream of a Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that has global moral authority and can call the attention of the world to humanitarian issues of concern, a Movement, which independently chooses which issues to focus on.

Henry Dunant