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Liesbeth Aelbrecht
Director general iNGO , Médecins Sans Frontières
Geneva, Switzerland
A passionate humanitarian with over 25 years of professional experience. A conscientious leader with the ability to empower and coordinate large teams in challenging environments. An expert in medical humanitarian program design and result-based implementation with vast experience in risk & crisis management. Skilled in financial & human resource management and multi-year strategic planning.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
Professional Experience:
Director General|Sep2017 - Oct2020
MSF-CH Operational Centre, Geneva
• Overarching responsibility for the management, operations, institutional representation and coordination of MSF OCG
• Multi-year strategic planning, and monitoring of the annual project implementation
• Oversee the sound financial management of a 280M CHF budget
• Guarantee the efficient and socially fair management of 6,500 staff and their security
• Risk & crisis management
• Ensure duty of care and quality of care

Head of Mission| Mar2016 - Jul2017
Médecins Sans Frontières, Nairobi, Kenya
• Coordinate remote management of a large comprehensive health care program in one of the 5 Dadaab refugee camps
• Strong advocacy and public positioning following threat of closure Dadaab refugee camps
• Roll out of a new SRH project in collaboration with Mombasa department of health & opening of new PHC project in Mombasa slums
• Set-up cholera and chikungunya outbreak response in north-eastern Kenya
• Complex security management

Head of Mission | Jan2014-Jan2016
Médecins Sans Frontières, Myanmar
• MSF representation and definition of operational strategy
• Planning, implementation and evaluation of a large HIV/TB project
• Opening of new PHC project in Wa special region
• Develop & implement EPrep strategy
• Set up a flood response project in Sagaing region
• Negotiation of renewal of MoU with Myanmar MoH

Executive Director | dec2009 - dec2014
Medicos Sin Fronteras, Mexico
• General management of MSF’s branch office in Mexico through period of development
• Strong representation role
• Development of a regional recruitment hub
• Set-up of a major gift fundraising program
• Development of a 3-year strategic vision
• Regional operational support to violence projects in volatile urban settings & natural disaster EPREP

Head of Mission | Sep2003 - Mar2008
Médecins Sans Frontières, Guatemala, South Sudan, Honduras
• Guatemala Sep03/Mar04
• 2 HIV/AIDS projects and a disaster mitigation project
• Strong lobbying component for national access to HIV/AIDS care
• South Sudan Apr04/May05
• Oversee the running of 2 large MSF hospitals
• Negotiate partnership framework with authorities in this transitional period from war to peace
• Management of several security incidents
• Supervision of 20 expatriate & 300 national staff
• Set up an emergency nutritional program
• Honduras Jun05/Jan08
• MSF representation and definition of multi-year operational strategy
• Planning, implementation and evaluation of street children project in Tegucigalpa
• Hand-over HIV/AIDS project to MoH
• Prepare for and respond to emergencies caused by natural disasters flooding, earthquake)
• Supervision of exploratory missions in prisons

Administrator|Mar2001 - Jul2002
World Health Organization, South Sudan
Administrator for the WHO polio eradication campaign in South Sudan, supporting 5 hubs
In-charge of budget follow-up & accountancy
Recruitment, contract administration and payroll of 50 national staff and 800 vaccinators

Administration & Finance Officer | Dec1997- Aug2003
Médecins Sans Frontières, BIH, Kosovo, Kenya, Somalia, Myanmar
• HR management of up to 500 national staff (recruitment, payroll, mobility, diversity and inclusion)
• Assess learning needs and develop training policies
• Budget follow-up
• Institutional donor proposals & reporting

Reinsurance Technician| Jan1994 - Jun1996
Secura Belgian re, Brussels
Master of Science
1992 KU Leuven, Belgium
• With Honours
• Major in Economics - Public Policy

Bachelor of Science
1990 KU Leuven, Belgium
• Major in Economics

Teaching Credential in Economics
1996 EHSAL, Brussels
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, Dutch native, German intermediate
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