Prof. Dr. Jürg Kesselring
Born in 1951, Prof. Dr. Jürg Kesselring is Head of Department of Neurology & Neurorehabilitation, Rehabilitation Centre, Valens, Switzerland. Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, University of Bern and Center of Neuroscience, University and ETH Zürich. President of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society. Former Chairman of the International Medical and Scientific Board of Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) Chairman of the WHO Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis. Former ICRC medical delegate to Lebanon, Pakistan and Zaire.
He is a member of the ICRC Assembly Council. Jürg Kesselring has been member board and elected Chairman of the SFD board since January 2014.
Mr Sven Mollekleiv
Born in Bergen, Norway, Sven Mollekleiv holds a Master of Arts degree in Athletics.
Mr Mollekleiv served as chairman of the Norwegian Student Union, where he also worked as an editor, from 1979 to 1981. In 1982 he joined the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, serving as information director, assistant secretary-general and development manager. From 1988 to 1992, he was director of marketing and public relations for the Norwegian Football Association. For 10 years (1991 to 2001) he held the position of secretary-general of the Norwegian Red Cross. In 2001 he joined Det Norske Veritas (DNV), where he served as director of human resources and member of the Executive Board. Since 2003 he has been director of DNV Corporate Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr Mollekleiv is also DNV's ombudsman worldwide and its representative in the UN Global Compact and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
In addition to his positions at DNV, Mr Mollekleiv is a member of several boards and committees, including the SFD, Amnesty International Norway, Red Cross Nordic United World Colleges, Telenor Satellite Services, the Ethical Council of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. He is also chairman of the VIF football club.
He is the President of the Norwegian Red Cross since 2008. Sven Mollekleiv has been a member of the Board of the SFD since October 2001.
Ms Charlotte McClain Nhlapo
Ms Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo is from South Africa and is trained as a human rights lawyer. Ms McClain-Nhlapo was appointed by the President of the United States of America to her current role as Coordinator of the Office for Disability and Inclusive Development in USAID. Over the years, Ms Charlotte McClain worked primarily in the area of human rights, with a particular interest in marginalized groups: children, women and people with disabilities. In 1996, she worked in the South African Presidency as Legal Advisor and as a principal author of the Integrated National Disability Strategy.
She was appointed in 1999 by President Nelson Mandela to the South African Human Rights Commission and reappointed by President Mbeki in October 2002. At the Commission, she focused on social and economic rights, and the rights of children and the disabled.
Ms McClain-Nhlapo was formerly World Bank Senior Operations Officer in the Human Development Network, covering the regions of East Asia, the Pacific and Africa. She also represented the National Human Rights Institutions at the UN during the process of developing the UN Convention for People with Disabilities.
McClain-Nhlapo has been a member of the board of the SFD since November 2009.
Mr Rob Horvath
Rob Horvath's international career began when he joined the Peace Corps in 1988 to work as a community development volunteer in Thailand. Next, Rob worked as the Peace Corps’ Director of In-service Training before joining the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he had oversight of the agency's disability and rehabilitation assistance programme for South-East Asia. After 12 years in the field, Rob relocated to Washington DC to continue his work with USAID, this time at a global level.
Rob currently serves as manager of USAID’s Patrick J. Leahy War Victims Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to increase the mobility and the social and economic integration of disabled people in developing countries affected by conflict. Rob also manages USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund, its Victims of Torture Program, and two additional initiatives that address the needs of people with disabilities and of those who require the use of a wheelchair. All in all, the five activities support more than 80 programmes in over 40 countries located in Asia, the Near East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central and Latin America.
Before joining the Peace Corps, Rob worked with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Department of Education of the State of Michigan. He holds a postgraduate degree in counselling psychology. He has been participing in the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD) Board Meetings in his capacity as an expert since November 2010. Rob Horvath is a member of the Board of the SFD since May 2013.
Ms Helen Alderson
Helen Alderson is currently Director of Financial Resources and Logistics of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Helen Alderson has a degree in political sciences and international relations as well as an MBA. She began her career at UNICEF in the field before joining the ICRC in 1985. At the ICRC, she held a number of posts at headquarters and in the field including delegate, deputy head of delegation, head of project and head of unit. She left the ICRC in 2000 to join the Ethos Foundation and then, in 2002, joined the World Heart Federation where she held the posts of director of development, chief operating officer and then CEO. She returned to t he ICRC to take up her current position in 2010. Helen Alderson is a member of the board of the SFD since December 2012.
Ms Pascale Meige Wagner
Pascale Meige Wagner is currently Deputy Director of Operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She joined the ICRC in 1994 and carried out various assignments for the organisation in the field in Africa, South Asia, the Balkans and Southern Caucasus (including management positions as Coordinator for Protection activities in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and Nepal, Deputy Head of Delegation in Georgia and Head of Mission in Kosovo) and at headquarters (Gender equality adviser, Head of operations for Eastern Europe and Central Asia). Pascale Meige Wagner is a member of the board of the SFD since September 2012.
Mr Pascal Hundt
Pascal Hundt joined the ICRC in 1995 and carried out various assignments in the field, working successively as health delegate, health coordinator (Zaire, Congo Brazzaville, Afghanistan), deputy head of delegation and head of delegation (Somalia, Jordan, Sudan). At headquarters, Mr. Hundt has served as head of sector in the Assistance Division from 2000 to 2002 and, since September 2012, as head of the Assistance Division. Pascal Hundt has been a member of the Board of the SFD since September 2012.
Mr Christian Saugy
Born in 1955, Christian Saugy holds a degree from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne.
He joined the ICRC in 1979, working in the Management Accounting and Internal Audit units and then in the Finance and Administration Division. He has also carried out short assignments for the ICRC as an administrator and an administrative coordinator in the Middle East (Lebanon, Iran), Africa (Angola, Sudan, Kenya) and Asia (Pakistan).
Mr Saugy is now deputy head of the Finance and Administration Division in Geneva, in charge of investment, budgets and buildings at ICRC headquarters. Christian Saugy has been a member of the Board of the SFD since January 2001.
Mr Claude Tardif
Born in 1959, Claude Tardif holds a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics (Laval, 1988) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Lower Limb Post-Graduate Diploma Lower Limb Orthotic Biomechanics (Glasgow, 1994). After a clinical and academic career in Canada, where he was the Director of the P&O Programme at the College Montmorency, he started to work in the humanitarian field in 1998 in Cambodia and joined the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2002. He is currently the Head of the Physical Rehabilitation Programme (in charge of the ICRC's physical rehabilitation programmes worldwide). He is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) Education Committee. Claude Tardif has been a member of the Board of the SFD since February 2005.