Dr Jemilah Mahmood

Under Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

As well as being a medical physician, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood (formerly Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat, OCHA) has over 15 years of experience working in disaster-affected countries. She is the founder of MERCY Malaysia, a successful humanitarian organization from the global south, which she led for a decade and was also the Chief of Humanitarian Response at United Nations Population Fund in New York from 2009- 2011. From September 2011, she was concurrently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King’s Policy Institute, King’s College London and worked on private sector and military roles in disasters as well as engagement with “new” humanitarian actors. Dr. Mahmood has worked closely with regional organizations, particularly ASEAN, and has been an active member of several humanitarian international boards.

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