The Secretary General

Elhadj As Sy is the Secretary General of the IFRC. He began this leadership role on 1 August, 2014 and is based at the IFRC secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

The unbearable shame in the eyes of the people displaced by violence - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/who-we-are/governance/newsgpage/letter---le-temps-25092014/#sthash.Cl6awKdJ.dpuf


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.

Recent missions

World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul - May 2016

On 23 - 24 May 2016 world leaders met in the Istanbul to stand up for their common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering. A Movement delegation of more than 150 leaders and technical experts participated in the World Humanitarian Summit.

Euronews, World Humanitarian Summit calls for shift of emphasis from response to prevention of refugee crisis, interviewing Elhadj As Sy IFRC Secretary General,

WHS, IFRC Secretary General interview on TRT

Additional missions

Mission to Nepal to visit earthquake-affected communities - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/en/who-we-are/governance/secretary-general/mission-to-nepal-to-visit-earthquake-affected-communities---15-17-may/#sthash.apHO3gci.dpuf
World Economic Forum: A global coalition for resilience - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/en/who-we-are/governance/secretary-general/world-economic-forum-a-global-coalition-for-resilience/#sthash.PFqpEgUy.dpufCentral African Republic: Red Cross volunteers “show the power of humanity”Central African Republic: Red Cross volunteers “show the power of humanity”

Manila Conference on Migration

Migration crisis in the Mediterranean

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