Governance and Structure

The International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) is an independent professional organization. It is governed by the General Assembly of its members which meets at least once a year. The General Assembly has all the powers to achieve the mission of the Association. Among other responsibilities, it appoints the members of the Board of Directors and adopts the PHAP budget and annual accounts. There are two categories of members of the General Assembly: 1) regular members who participate in the General Assembly and have a consultative voice; and 2) governing members who participate in the General Assembly and have voting rights. Governing members are selected among the membership of PHAP by the General Assembly on a proposal from the Board of Directors. Governing members meet regularly in working committees to discuss the policy objectives and standards of the Association, to be adopted by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors supervises the work of the Association. Its daily management responsibilities are delegated to the PHAP Executive Director, in charge of the Secretariat of the Association. All statutory positions within PHAP are fulfilled on a voluntary basis by members of the Association. All members participate in PHAP governance and activities on a strictly personal basis.


Official bylaws of PHAP aisbl, in French, as adopted by the General Assembly on 25 May 2010. Last modified on 22 June 2016.

Unofficial English translation of the PHAP bylaws

Board of Directors*

Karen Koning AbuZayd
Karen AbuZayd
Karen AbuZayd was United Nations Under-Secretary-General as the Gaza-based Commissioner-General for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from 2005-2010 and Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Commissioner-General from 2000-2005. Prior to that, she worked for 19 years with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Bosnia – as well as Geneva and Washington. Currently (since 2011) she is a Commissioner for the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Abdou Dieng
Abdou Dieng
Abdou Dieng is a Senegalese National, holding a BA in Business Law and Economics from the University of Dakar in Senegal and an MBA in Transport Economy from the École Supérieure Des Transports Internationaux de Marseille, France. After 10 years in the private transport sector, Mr. Dieng joined the World Food Programme (WFP) in 1994 as a Senior Logistics Coordinator responsible for the entire spectrum of logistics activities in several countries in Africa and Latin America and in Rome, Italy. Since 2003, Mr. Dieng has been WFP’s Country Representative in Guinea Bissau, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, DR Congo and Ethiopia, WFP’s largest operation. In addition, he has worked as a Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in Central African Republic with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from December 2013 to April 2014 at ASG level. Mr. Dieng has been the Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea (Head of Mission), as part of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) from January 2015 to June 2015 then the Ebola Crisis Manager at ASG level with the World Health Organization (WHO) from July 2015 to January 2016. As of June 2016, he will be WFP’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

Natascha Hryckow
Natascha Hryckow
Natascha is an experienced leader of multilateral interventions with a particular interest in conflict and post conflict environments. Experiences across the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the UN, and government have shaped her perceptions of current day interventions. She also has experience of managing Australian and international businesses, and has served on the Board of RedR Australia.

Pamela F. Husain
Pamela Husain
Pamela F. Husain is an experienced (nearly 40 years) international senior professional specializing in gender responsive conflict/post-conflict recovery and resilience programme management with the UN and NGOs. Skilled in international relations, humanitarian assistance, policy analysis, strategic planning, resource mobilization and staff development. A strong programme management professional, she has an Executive Master's in Management of International Organizations from SDA Bocconi, with Master’s studies in International Administration and Cross-Cultural Training from School for International Training. Her professional experience includes Africa, Asia, Central Asia and Middle East.

Janet Lim
Janet Lim
Janet Lim was formerly the Assistant High Commissioner in charge of operations with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During her long career with the UN, she has served in various positions both at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva and in the field. Her field assignments have included UNHCR's country and emergency operations in different parts of the world, including Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Western Sahara and Syria. In Geneva, she served in senior positions which included being Director of the Emergency and Security Services and Director of the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, before becoming the Assistant High Commissioner (Operations). During her career with the UN, she has also been seconded to the Joint UNAIDS and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Janet is currently a Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management School (SMU) and also an Executive in Residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Societal Leadership at the SMU.

Ahmad Faizal Perdaus
Faizal Perdaus
Faizal Perdaus is a qualified medical doctor, appointed as President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) in 2009, after having joined the organization in 2003. Since becoming President, he has provided leadership for humanitarian responses in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines) and beyond (Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti, North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), Syria, and Turkey). He is also currently Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Board Member of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), member of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) Certification Project, and an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principal.

Governing Members*

  • Mohammed Abbas
  • Nicola Bennett
  • Pascal Bongard
  • Laura Boschi
  • Claude Bruderlein
  • Fernando de la Mora
  • Bruno Demeyere
  • Phillip Drew
  • Francesca Fraccaroli
  • Fritz Froehlich
  • Elizabeth Holland
  • Michael Fark
  • Cecilia Jimenez
  • Olivia Kalis
  • Dragan Markovic
  • Lucio Melandri
  • Naz Modirzadeh
  • Tiarnach Mooney
  • Michael Møller
  • Joanna Radziukiewicz
  • Fotini Rantsiou
  • Cornelia Schneider
  • Andrew Shaver
  • Daniel Sherman
  • Mark Simmons
  • Eva Smets


*Participation of all Governing Members of PHAP is undertaken strictly in a personal capacity and does not form part of their official duties and responsibilities with any other organization, including their employer (whether they are employed by the United Nations, a goverment agency, an non-governmental organization, academic or policy program, or other entity). The views expressed by Governing Members in connection with their service to PHAP do not reflect the views of their employers or any other organization on any matter.