Non Governmental Organisations
Susan Hodgson, Head of Humanitarian Supply Chain at Save the Children. Prior to moving into the humanitarian sector in 2005, Sue served 22 years in the British Army in Finance and Administration, seeing service in Hong Kong, Nepal, Germany, peace keeping missions in Cyprus and in Sierra Leone as part of the operational force in 2000 and Desert Storm in Iraq. Following this, Sue moved into the humanitarian sector with the American Refugee Council as the Programme Manager for the TB Dots Programme and supporting logistics, before moving to the International Rescue Committee as Security Manager, and remaining with them as Field Coordinator Kono and Deputy Director of Operations in Sierra Leone. In 2008, Sue moved to Concern, working as the Assistant Country Director System (ACDS) in Timor Leste, before deploying to the Haiti response in 2010. Moving to GOAL in 2011 as ACDS in Sudan and then South Sudan in 2012, Sue then remained with GOAL as the Roving ACDS and then as Roving Country Director, responding to Typhoon Haiyan before taking up the position as Head of Procurement and Logistics in Dublin. Sue moved to her current role as Head of Humanitarian Supply Chain with Save the Children in 2017, part of the supply chain transformation programme ensuring Save the Children can better respond to disasters globally in a changing humanitarian world. In this role she manages a team of four staff and is responsible for improvements to the humanitarian supply chain.
Fabrice Perrot, Logistics Director at Solidarités International. efore he entered the world of humanitarian action, Fabrice started his career as a social worker, managing socio-cultural organisations in rural and urban communities in France. Entering into the humanitarian sector in 2010 with Solidarités International, he has worked in the field as Head of Base and Field Coordinator in DRC, Haïti and Bangladesh. Fabrice then spent two years overseeing logistics coordination from HQ for the West African and Haiti zone. Having headed up the logistics department since 2014, he now coordinates all of the organisation’s logistics activities, whether at head office or on the ground. Appointed Logistics Director on 1 September 2017, Fabrice heads four departments: Supply Chain, Operational Logistics, IT and Information Systems and Facility Management.
Cécile Terraz, Head of Logistics & Supply Chain at 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.
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. Didier 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.
Theo, Deputy Head of Logistics Division, German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). Theo first joined the humanitarian logistics as a red cross volunteer in Germany. Theo’s first mission was in support of the refugees from German Democratic Republic (GDR). In 1990 Theo became a permanent staff member of the Red Cross and deployed to several mission for the German Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross. Since 2002 Theo has been working in the HQ of the THW responsible for all Logistics issues on THW Missions abroad. Theo has been active in Logistics Cluster activities since 2005 after the humanitarian reform.
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 worked 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.