Non Governmental Organisations
Head of Humanitarian Supply Chain, Save the Children.
Susan began her career in the British Army, serving for 22 years in locations such as Hong Kong, Nepal, Germany, Cyprus, Sierra Leone and Iraq. She then transitioned into the humanitarian sector, working with a range of organisations, including the American Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee, Concern and GOAL across various functions including programme, logistics, security and operations as well as in country management. Sue took on her current role as Head of Humanitarian Supply Chain for Save the Children in 2017, where she leads a team working to make improvements in the humanitarian supply chain.
Director of Logistics, Solidarités International.
Fabrice began his career in social work, managing socio-cultural organisations in rural and urban communities in France before moving in to the humanitarian sector in 2010. During his time with Solidarités International, Fabrice has worked as Head of Base and Field Coordinator in DRC, Haiti and Bangladesh, as well overseeing logistics coordination for West Africa and Haiti. He has headed up the logistics department since 2014, and was appointed to his current role of Logistics Director in 2017, now overseeing four departments: Supply Chain, Operational Logistics, IT and Information Systems, and Facility Management.
Cécile Terraz, Head of Logistics & Supply Chain, Medair.
Prior to this position, Cécile worked in INGOs in Southeast Asia and started her career at Procter & Gamble as operation leader for internationally 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 has a background in engineering and supply chain.
Director of Supply Chain, World Food Programme.
A qualified civil engineer, Jakob Kern spent ten years working on civil engineering projects across several countries before joining WFP in 1998 as Head of Special Operation in Liberia. In 2001, Jakob moved to Eritrea followed by a posting in DPR Korea as Deputy Country Director in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed Deputy Chief Information Officer before becoming Chief Information Officer in 2012. Jakob then moved to Syria in 2016, where he spent two and a half years as WFP Representative and Country Director, working in one of the largest and most complex humanitarian emergency operations in the world. Jakob took up the post of Director of Supply Chain Division based in WFP Headquarters in Rome in 2018.
Field Cluster Coordinator
Team Leader, Transport and Logistics & ECHO Flights, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).
Originally working as an industrial engineer, Didier joined ECHO in April 1994 and has twenty-five years of professional experience in the humanitarian and development sectors. During his time with ECHO, Didier spent five years with the EU delegation in Kinshasa, DRC as well as working as a Desk Officer for several countries in Central Asia, North and Southern Caucasus and Central Africa. Most recently, Didier has worked on logistics, dealing with the ECHO Flight and UNHAS projects and successively joining the unit dealing with EU Civil Protection mechanisms.
Deputy Head of Logistics Division, German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW).
Theo first started working in humanitarian logistics as a volunteer with the German Red Cross, with his first deployment a mission to support refugees from the German Democratic Republic. He then became a permanent staff member of the Red Cross in 1990, deploying on several missions for the German Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross. Since 2002, Theo has worked in THW Headquarters in Germany, responsible for all logistics issues on THW Missions abroad. Theo has been an active participant in Logistics Cluster activities since 2005 following the Humanitarian Reform.
Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, World Food Programme.
Stephen has been Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator since September 2015. Prior to joining WFP, he worked extensively in South America and the Middle East in shipping, also working as a director at a major international shipping company in London. Joining WFP in 2004, he has worked across a number of emergency responses, including the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, the Typhoon Haiyan response in the Philippines, and most recently in Mozambique in response to Cyclone Idai. Prior to his appointment as Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator, Stephen was Head of Logistics for WFP Ethiopia, WFP’s largest operation worldwide at the time.
Logistics Cluster Coordinator, South Sudan.
Fiona has been the Logistics Cluster Coordinator in South Sudan since 2014. Fiona originally worked in operations management in the private sector in her home country of New Zealand, before transitioning to the humanitarian sector where she worked with NGOs in Uganda and UNICEF in Sri Lanka for three years prior to joining WFP in 2010. Since then, she has worked on logistics operations in DRC, the Philippines, South Sudan and in the Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi, before taking up her current role as Logistics Cluster Coordinator in South Sudan. There she manages the Logistics Cluster’s largest team in one of its most complex operations. Fiona holds a bachelor’s degree in science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.