Mr. Elhadj As Sy was Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) from 2014 to 2019. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and is also the Chair of Kofi Annan Foundation. Prior to his leadership role at the IFRC, Mr. Sy was UNICEF’s Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in New York. Mr. Sy held leadership positions with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and with UNAIDS. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Sy served as Director of Health and Development Programmes with Environment and Development Action in the Third World in Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Sy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Human Sciences from the University of Dakar, a Master’s degree in Arts and Germanistik at the University of Graz, and also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.