Non Governmental Organisations
This seat is currently vacant.
Jean-Baptiste Lamarche, Logistics and Information Systems Director, ACF-France, started his career in the humanitarian sector twenty years ago working with several NGOs in different field missions and functions, including Country Director in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Jean-Baptiste also worked in the private sector, notably at CERN in Geneva, contributing to the installation of the world biggest particle accelerator. Jean-Baptiste holds a Masters in Logistics Management.
Cécile Terraz, Head of Logistics & Supply Chain at Medair. Prior to this position, Cécile has worked in INGOs in Southeast Asia and started her career at Procter & Gamble as operation leader for internationall renowned brands. Cécile has also led the global supply network operations, E2E supply chain management, for a Gillette brand across Europe, Africa and Asia. She is also certified as a coach and professional in public speaking and communication, and she regularly trains organisations on these topics. Cecile holds a Project Management Professional Certification and a background in engineering and supply chain.
Jakob Kern, Director of Supply Chain Division, WFP. Jakob was WFP Representative and Country Director in Syria for 2.5 years (2016-2018), one of the largest and most complex humanitarian emergency operations in the world. Jakob joined WFP in 1998 as Head of Special Operation in Liberia. In 2001, he moved on to Eritrea followed in 2003 by a posting in DPR Korea as Deputy Country Director. In 2006 he became Deputy Chief Information Officer and was selected as Chief Information Officer in 2012. Before joining WFP, he worked for 10 years on civil engineering projects in several countries. Jakob has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering.
Field Cluster Coordinator
Didier Merckx, Team Leader Transport and Logistics & ECHO Flights, has fifteen years of professional experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, including five years with the EU delegation in Kinshasa, DRC. Didier joined ECHO in April 1994 and has been Desk Officer for several countries in Central Asia, North and Southern Caucasus and Central Africa. More recently, Didier started working on Logistics dealing with ECHO Flight and UNHAS projects and successively joining the unit dealing with EU Civil protection mechanisms. Didier is an Industrial Engineer.
Stéphane Arnaud, Senior Emergency Supply Manager UNICEF Supply Division, responsible for emergency preparedness and response coordination for UNICEF’s global supply chain functions. Stéphane served in Supply & Logistics positions in UNICEF country offices including Niger and Angola and prior to joining UNICEF, he worked for several years for INGOs and the private sector in the field of supply chain management in Africa and Asia. Stéphane is an Industrial Engineer specialised in Business Management.
Stephen Cahill, Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, since September 2015 and previously Head of Logistics for WFP in Ethiopia, WFP's largest operation worldwide. For the past ten years, Stephen has worked in a variety of emergencies including Sierra Leone for the Ebola Response and the Philippines, where he managed WFP emergency operations in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. Prior to joining WFP, Stephen was a director at a major international shipping company in London in addition to working extensively in South America and the Middle East. Stephen has a background in Economics and Shipping.
Fiona Lithgow, Logistics Cluster Coordinator for South Sudan since 2014. Fiona has been with WFP since 2010 working in logistics operations in DRC, the Philippines, South Sudan and in the Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi. Prior to joining WFP, Fiona has been working with NGOs in Uganda and with UNICEF in Sri Lanka for three years. She has a commercial sector background, working in Operations Management in New Zealand. Fiona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.