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.

Bylaws

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 AbuZaydKaren 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.

Rozanne Chorlton
Rozanne ChorltonRozanne Chorlton, an independent consultant in leadership and communication, began working on humanitarian issues in Tanzania in 1994 in the context of the Rwanda genocide as the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)'s interim Head of External Relations and later as its coordinator of adolescent programming in-country. She was appointed Representative to Liberia and then Somalia before retiring in 2011. She returned as Representative to Jordan from 2013-14 for the Syria crisis response. Before turning full-time to humanitarian work, Ms. Chorlton had contributed to the development and application of UNICEF’s Human Rights Approach to Programming in Eastern and Southern Africa. Earlier she had worked in the private sector and for international agencies, including the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), as well as consulting independently and running a community publishing business.

Abdou Dieng
Abdou DiengAbdou 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 HryckowNatascha 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 is a post-conflict/early recovery professional with nearly three decades of experience working with both NGOs and the UN in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, and Niger. She served briefly as Humanitarian Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office in Baghdad and is currently the Deputy Country Representative for UN Women in Afghanistan.

Janet Lim
Janet LimJanet 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.

 Lucio Melandri
Lucio MelandriLucio Melandri is the former Director General of INTERSOS Humanitarian Aid Organization and has been working for the last 20 years in the main humanitarian complex emergencies, from the Balkan wars and the Rwanda genocide to more recent crises in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now Syria, working for the Red Cross Movement, NGOs, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UN humanitarian agencies.

 Naz Modirzadeh
Naz ModirzadehNaz Modirzadeh is the founding Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). She regularly advises and briefs international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and governments on issues related to international humanitarian law, human rights, and counterterrorism regulations relating to humanitarian assistance. For more than a decade, she has carried out legal research and policy work concerning a number of armed conflict situations. Her scholarship and research focus on intersections between the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and Islamic law.

Ahmad Faizal Perdaus
Faizal PerdausFaizal 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*

*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.