Hossam Elsharkawi: Rescued from armed conflict as a child, he devotes his life to helping others

Delivered from the heart of armed conflict at the age of three, Hossam Elsharkawi has worked his entire life saving others. He earned his doctorate degree in public health and found his true calling: caring for people in dire and often dangerous situations around the world. Now, as IFRC’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, he talks about the challenges facing the region and what gives him hope despite the daunting realities. Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded on October 31. Please see our public online platforms for updates on the current humanitarian situation. 


Regional Director for MENA

The Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) oversees all IFRC assistance and advice to National Societies in the MENA region, ensuring effective disaster and crisis risk management and encouraging regional cooperation between members.