Nepal's Jagan Chapagain becomes new IFRC secy general

Published On: December 4, 2019 12:34 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 4: Nepali humanitarian and Red Cross Red Crescent veteran, Jagan Chapagain, has been selected the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Chapagain was selected on Tuesday during a meeting of the IFRC governing board, according to a press release posted on the official website of the IFRC. He holds 25 years’ experience within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Recently, Chapagain worked in various IFRC capacities including regional director for Asia Pacific, as chief of staff and as under secretary general for programs and operations.

Announcing Chapagain’s selection, IFRC President Francesco Rocca has said :

“We are very excited to announce Jagan as our new Secretary General. He brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the Red Cross and Red Crescent: he started his path in our Movement as a volunteer and I am sure he will bring all his first-hand experience as an added value to this position. He also has a strong vision for the role the IFRC can and must play, both within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and as part of the broader humanitarian sector.”

Chapagain’s announcement comes at the end of a six-month open recruitment process that was led by Russell Reynolds Associates together with an internal selection committee. Chapagain will begin his four-year mandate on 1 February 2020. He will replace the current secretary general, Elhadj As Sy.

The IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network, comprising 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 13.7 million volunteers and 160,000 local branches, working in local communities to save lives and promote dignity around the world.


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