Avril Benoît is the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in the United States (MSF-USA). She has worked with the international medical humanitarian organization since 2006 in various operational management and executive leadership roles, most recently as the director of communications and development at MSF’s operational center in Geneva, a position she held from November 2015 until June 2019. Throughout her career with MSF, Avril has contributed to major movement-wide initiatives, including the global mobilization to end attacks on hospitals and health workers. She has worked as a country director and project coordinator for MSF, leading operations to provide aid to refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Mauritania, South Sudan, and South Africa. Avril’s strategic analysis and communications assignments have taken her to countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, and Syria. From 2006 to 2012, Avril served as director of communications with MSF Canada.
Prior to joining MSF, Avril had a distinguished 20-year career as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in Canada. She was a documentary producer and radio host with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), reporting from Kenya, Burundi, India, and Brazil on HIV stigma, rapid urbanization, sexual violence in conflict, and political inclusion of women, among numerous other assignments and topics.
Rebekah Varela is the Deputy Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in the United States (MSF-USA). Rebekah joined MSF in 2011 and has worked in Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Armenia and most recently in the Republic of Georgia as Head of Mission where MSF led Tuberculosis programming including MDR-TB focused observational studies and clinical trials. Immediately prior to rejoining MSF in 2020, Rebekah served as the inaugural Managing Director for the Center for Tuberculosis at the University of California, San Francisco.
Rebekah completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and graduate studies in global health at the University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Resolution Institute. She studied midwifery in a binational setting in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.
Stephane did his first humanitarian mission in Sierra Leone in 1996 as a logistician with Action Contre La Faim (ACF). After four additional field missions in Africa as logistician and then head of mission, he joined the ACF Parisian Headquarters in 2000 as the chief of operational logistics and then becoming the Desk for Asia Programs.
In 2003, Stephane joined MSF as a head of mission in Sierra Leone and then Colombia. In 2006, he coordinated the advocacy Campaign against malnutrition of MSF with OCP and the Access Campaign, working in MSF's Paris headquarters. Stephane then worked in Dakar for OCBA from 2013 to 2016, setting up a new regional support unit for MSF programs in West Africa. Since November 2, 2016, he has been the Cell Manager of the New York Desk.
A frequent contributor to publications like Forbes.com, HR Magazine, and peer-reviewed journals, David serves as the U.S. subject matter expert on strategic human resources issues, ranging from diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and talent management, to international benefits/wellness initiatives.
A member of the Doctors Without Borders’ management team, he is a frequent lecturer/panelist on DEI, human resources, insurance/risk management, and international employment—including at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the American Bar Association International Employment Law Conference in Dublin.
David was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (2019) for excellence in public communications. He is a member of the SHRM Global Expertise Panel, a Board Member of the Tri-State Diversity Council and the Academy of Advanced Practitioners - Association for Conflict Resolution.
A graduate of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he is a member of the Board of Advisors/Faculty of National Paralegal College and a Kellogg (Northwestern University) Executive Scholar.
David has more than 20 years of human resources experience and holds master’s and post-master’s degrees in management and international employment law. He is a Certified Diversity Professional, Senior Certified HR Professional, Career Management Fellow/Coach, and a Certified Wellness Practitioner. He received the Tri-State Diversity Council’s “Most Engaged Leader” and “Company of the Year Award” in 2018. In 2019, David was selected as one of the “Top 3 Healthcare Leaders,” presented at MD Andersen Cancer Center.
In 2020, he was awarded the “Authentic Leadership Award” and “Most Engaged Leader” by the Tri-State Diversity Council. In addition, David serves as a Board Member of the Coalition for Racial Justice & Equity which develops strategies to address systemic racism in education and the justice system.
Kim is the director of development for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in the United States (MSF-USA). The development department is responsible for developing secure and diversified private income streams in the US to meet the financial needs of MSF’s medical projects and ensure the independence of our global operations. She oversees a team responsible for key donor segments including mass market, major donors, corporations, and foundations.
Prior to joining MSF-USA, Kim served as the executive director at World Vision, leading the mass market fundraising portfolio. She previously served in key leadership roles in the private sector, leading marketing strategy and brand management at Nationwide Insurance and Verizon Communications as vice president of marketing and executive director of marketing, respectively. She also served as a senior marketing strategy consultant—advising non-profits and educational organizations in key areas of market analysis, brand strategy, and marketing communications.
She has an MBA in marketing, a BA in Latin American studies (with a concentration in government), and a professional certification in social media marketing.
Michael Goldfarb is the communications director at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA, a post he assumed in the summer of 2015. He oversees all public communications activities, including media relations, public events, digital and print platforms, and emergency and advocacy communications initiatives and campaigns. He first joined MSF as a press officer in 2005, later becoming media relations director.
Michael has extensive experience in the field, working as an emergency communications coordinator, media liaison, and content producer. He has worked in Afghanistan; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of Congo; Haiti; Iraq; Jordan; Kenya; Lebanon; Niger; the Palestinian Territories; Rockaway, Queens (post-Hurricane Sandy); South Sudan; Uganda; and Yemen in settings ranging from conflict zones to natural disasters and refugee camps, and in contexts including epidemics and other medical emergencies.
Michael holds a master's in international affairs degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he concentrated on international media and communications and the Middle East. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from York University in Toronto.
Prior to joining MSF, Michael worked as a press officer at Freedom House, as a member of the TIME.com editorial team, and as a Jerusalem-based reporter with United Press International.
Northan Hurtado is the deputy medical director based at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in New York. He started working with MSF in 2002 as a physician in a therapeutic feeding center in Kaala, Angola. Since then, he has worked in several MSF missions including Niger, Nigeria, Guatemala, and Sudan.
Northan joined the MSF-France headquarters in 2007, where he worked as medical referent for tuberculosis, hemorrhagic viral fevers, neglected diseases, and immunization before moving to MSF-USA in May 2013.
He holds a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene and a master's degree in tropical medicine and international health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a master's degree in epidemiology from the University of Cambridge.
He has contributed to several medical scientific publications and to various MSF guidelines.
Dr. Carrie Teicher is the Director of Programs at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. The Programs Department serves as a liaison to the public, private, academic, and clinical sectors based in the US. The Department directs multiple dossiers including but not limited to work on advocacy, global health diplomacy, and representation, grants, research, and innovation. Prior to this role, she worked for many years as a medical and surgical epidemiologist with Epicentre (www.epicentre.msf.org), MSF’s internal research and epidemiological institute.
Carrie has worked with MSF in multiple different roles and numerous contexts throughout four continents. Outside of MSF, Dr. Teicher has additionally served as a medical coordinator, primary investigator, and program coordinator in the global health sector working primarily in the emergency medicine and tropical medicine fields. She holds an MD from the Sackler School of Medicine, an MPH from The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College. From 2001-2003 she served in the Peace Corps in Mali.