Jason Cone is the Executive Director for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States. He was appointed executive director of the US section of MSF on June 1, 2015.
Jason has an extensive background in crisis management, advocacy, and communications. He assumes leadership of MSF-USA following 11 years with the organization, the last six-and-a-half as communications director. In his former role, he oversaw emergency and advocacy communications campaigns on issues ranging from the West African Ebola outbreak and Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, to global childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. He has also conducted risk assessments and context analyses in South Sudan and Myanmar for MSF's Medical Care under Fire project.
He has published papers in foreign policy journals on subjects ranging from attacks against humanitarian aid workers to the limits of humanitarian aid in easing the suffering of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and to the role of social media in humanitarian action.
Jason speaks regularly on humanitarian issues, photo ethics, and crisis communications at international conferences.
During his tenure as communications director, the Harris Interactive polling firm ranked MSF as the top non-profit organization in the field of international aid in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Jason joined MSF in 2004, after working as a writer for the Center for Reproductive Rights, an international women’s reproductive rights organization. Before joining the Center, he was a correspondent and editor at the Earth Times.
Jason graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in biology and government. He also attended the Transnational NGO Leadership Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs.
Kate Mort is director of field human resources for the US office of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She began working for MSF in 2002 in MSF-Australia's human resources department. Since then she has worked with MSF in South Sudan, India, and most recently in Sierra Leone. She has also worked for the Mandala Foundation, an organization that provides psychosocial support, advice, and education for aid workers and organizations; and Red R Australia, which recruits and trains personnel for humanitarian relief agencies worldwide.
Kate holds a BA in English literature and human resource management and an MA in international aid, politics, and policy, both from the University of New South Wales.
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.
David Epstein is Director of Domestic Human Resources for the US office of Doctors Without Borders. Prior to joining MSF-USA, David was Director of Human Resources at the New York Foundling Hospital Center for Pediatric, Medical and Rehabilitative Care, Inc. (Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center) where he received the NYAHSA (now LeadingAge New York) Professional of the Year Award for contributions to pediatric long-term care. A SHRM and IPMA Certified HR Professional, David teaches human resources and customer service courses for eCornell. He holds a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, a Master of Administrative Science and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, and he is also a Certified Workplace Mediator and practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution. David is an Executive Scholar at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and has published articles in Nursing Management, Public Personnel Management, and HR Magazine. He also holds an LLM in Employment Law from the University of Central Lancashire (UK), Lancashire Law School, and is an Adjunct Faculty at New England College.
Thomas Kurmann joined MSF in 2004, first as Communications and Fundraising Director of the operational center in Switzerland and then as Fundraising Director in Germany. Prior to joining MSF, Thomas was the Communication Director of Terre des hommes, a children's aid foundation.
Thomas is member of the international MSF Fundraising executive platform. He is also member of the Board of the Swiss Fundraising Association and gives lectures on “Fundraising and New Media” for academic institutions in Switzerland.
Before his Fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelance journalist 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.
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.