The Governing Board

Please find below the current composition of the Board. Each individual Board member’s term of office will last three years, renewable once. The Board is supported by three Standing Committees: i) Membership and Nominations Committee; ii) Finance, Risk and Audit Committee; and, iii) Complaints Committee. Find below the minutes of previous Board Meetings.

Board members

  • Robert Sweatman (interim Chair), British Red Cross, Director of Performance and Accountability
  • Mohamed Zahid Almasri, Independent, Director of International Coordination and Missions, Physicians Across Continents
  • John E. Beverley, Retired
  • Allan Calma, Regional Program Coordinator, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • Matthew Carter, Humanitarian Director, CAFOD/Caritas
  • Coleen Heemskerk, International Director of Strategic Planning, Act Church of Sweden​
  • Yegana Guliyeva, Independent, Cofounder & Former Institutional Development Adviser, Agra Information Centre (AIM-Azerbaijan)
  • Dorothea Hilhorst, Professor of Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, Erasmus University, The Hague, nominated by ZOA
  • Rehema Kajungu, Deputy Country Director, TPO Uganda​
  • Jacqueline Koster, Deputy Director, Disaster Response & Preparedness, World Renew
  • Shama Mall (Vice-Chair), Deputy Regional Director, Programs & Organizational Development, Community World Service Asia (CWSA)
  • Anne Cathrine Seland, Country Director – Mali, Norwegian Church Aid
  • Marina Skuric Prodanovic, Chief, System-wide Approaches and Practices Section, Coordination Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Geneva


The CHS Alliance Secretariat facilitates and promotes cooperation and coordination between the members. The Secretariat is managed by the Executive Director who is appointed by the Governing Board.

The General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) of members is the Alliance’s supreme authority. The quorum for the General Assembly is 40 percent of the voting membership of the CHS Alliance. In between assemblies, the Governing Board is authorised to carry out all acts that further the purposes of the Alliance. Find below the minutes of previous General Assemblies.

The last GA of the CHS Alliance was held on 20-21 November 2019 in Bangkok.

Board Elections 2019

The election for our governing Board took place online just prior to the CHS Alliance General Assembly, held in Bangkok in November 2019.

The new Board was announced at the meeting on the 20 November. The current full list of Board members is above.

Annual Report 2019