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.
Alexander Buchmann is the Director of Field Human Resources at Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières USA. Alexander first worked with MSF in Niger in 2010 as a logistician. Over the next 6 years, he did field assignments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Libya, Mali, Syria, South Sudan, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Madagascar, Greece, Australia/Republic of Nauru and Search & Rescue in the Mediterranean, mainly in the position as Field Coordinator, Head of Mission or Emergency Coordinator. He assumed the post of Director of Field HR in New York in June 2018.
Alexander holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French Literature and Area Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors for MSF’s Operational Centre in Brussels (OCB).
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.
David Epstein is Director of Domestic Human Resources for the US office of Doctors Without Borders/MSF-USA. He is a member of the management team working on strategic human resources issues ranging from diversity and talent management to international benefits and wellness initiatives, serving as the US subject matter expert.
A frequent contributor to Forbes.com, David recently was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for his speech at the Women in Leadership Symposium. He is a member of the SHRM Global Expertise Panel, a Board Member of the Tri-State Diversity Council, and an Advanced Practitioner of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on diversity, human resources and international employment including at the American Bar Association Conference in Dublin.
Prior to joining MSF-USA, David was Director of Human Resources at the New York Foundling Hospital Center for Pediatric, Medical and Rehabilitative Care (Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center) where he received the NYAHSA (now LeadingAge New York) Professional of the Year Award for his contributions to pediatric long-term care.
A graduate of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he is also a member of the Board of Advisors and Faculty of National Paralegal College and is a Kellogg 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, and a Certified Wellness Practitioner. He received the Tri-State Diversity Council’s “Most Engaged Leader” and “Company of the Year Award” in 2018.
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.
Thomas Kurmann is a Strategic Philanthropy professional with more than 20 years experience. He joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2004, first as Communications and Fundraising Director of the Operational Center in Switzerland and then as Fundraising Director in Germany. Since 2013, he is the Director of Development at MSF-USA. Prior to joining MSF, Thomas was the Communications Director at Terre des hommes, a children's aid foundation.
Thomas is teaching Fundraising, Strategy and donor journey mapping and other strategic management and fundraising tools at international conferences and academic institutions in Switzerland.
Before his Fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelance journalist and PR professional, and as a dramaturg for a small theatre.
Andreu Maldonado first worked with MSF as a finance coordinator during Angola’s civil war in 1996. Over the next four years, he held financial coordinator positions in Kenya, Somalia, and Honduras, then joined the MSF office in Barcelona, Spain, as operational finance coordinator.
He then spent several years working in the private health sector in Spain before joining MSF-USA as desk finance manager in 2006. In 2009, he moved back to Barcelona to take over the finance director position in that office. Andreu obtained a degree in economics and an MBA from ESADE, as well as a degree in non-profit management.
Dr. Carrie Teicher is the Director of Programs at Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières. The Programs Department supports multiple dossiers including but not limited to work on advocacy, global health diplomacy, research and innovation. Prior to this role, she worked for seven 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 or 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.