Our Governance

General Assembly

Date of the next General Assembly:

19-21 November 2019 in Bangkok

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. 

Read the minutes of the First General Assembly, held in Geneva on 3 November 2016
Read the minutes of the Constitutive General Assembly, held in Nairobi on 9 June 2015


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.


Meetings scheduled for 2019:

  • 1st February
  • 11-12 April
  • 25 June
  • 18-19 September

Please find below the composition of the Board (last changes in December 2018). 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. 

Board members

  • Robert Tickner (Chair), Independent, Former Acting Under Secretary General, Partnerships - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Former CEO, Australian Red Cross
  • Dr. Samah Bassas, Independent, CEO, Syria Relief Network
  • John E. Beverley, Retired, nominated by CAFOD
  • Allan Calma, Regional Program Coordinator, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) 
  • Matthew Carter, Humanitarian Director, CAFOD/Caritas
  • Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, COAST Trust, Executive Director
  • Osama Ezzo, Independent, Former volunteer Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society
  • Nick Guttmann, Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid
  • Dorothea Hilhorst, Professor of Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, Erasmus University, The Hague, nominated by ZOA
  • Jacqueline Koster, World Renew, Regional Programme Manager, Central, East and Southern Africa
  • Shama Mall (Vice-Chair), Deputy Regional Director, Programs & Organizational Development, Community World Service Asia (CWSA)
  • Makena Mwobobia, Executive Director, ActionAid International Kenya
  • Marina Skuric Prodanovic, Chief, System-wide Approaches and Practices Section, Coordination Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Geneva
  • Anne De Riedmatten, Deputy Head of the Swiss Permanent Mission to the United Nations and International Organisations, Geneva
  • Anne Cathrine Seland, Human Resources Director, Norwegian Church Aid
  • Robert Sweatman, British Red Cross, Head of Performance and Accountability
  • Martha Nemera Woyessa, Women Support Association (WSA), Executive Director

Board minutes