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This year the Leadership Institute is pleased to welcome Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) as our first Champion Circle Member of the Leadership Institute. We are elated that MSF, with its stellar reputation, strong brand name and unique identity within the sector, has chosen us as its leadership development partner to build a healthier NGO community with us and promote equity in leadership positions across the global south. If your organization is interested in a similar leadership development partnership that includes training fee discounts as well as additional benefits, please check here.


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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was founded in 1971 in France by a group of doctors and journalists in the wake of war and famine in Biafra. Their aim was to establish an independent organisation that focuses on delivering emergency medicine aid quickly, effectively and impartially.

MSF was created in the belief that all people should have access to healthcare regardless of gender, race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that people’s medical needs outweigh respect for national boundaries. MSF’s principles of action are described in our charter, which established a framework for our activities.

Since 1980, MSF has opened offices in 28 countries. Today, MSF employs more than 35,000 people across the world. Since its founding, MSF has treated over a hundred million patients – with 8.6 million outpatient consultations being carried out in 2015 alone.

MSF remains fiercely independent of both governments and institutions. MSF also reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

MSF rejects the idea that poor countries deserve third-rate medical services and strives to provide high-quality care to patients. Simultaneously, and with equal vigor, MSF continuously seeks to improve the organisation's own practices.

Over the years, MSF has received many prestigious awards in recognition of its medical humanitarian work. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

MSF participants in 2017 Leadership Institute:

Paul Brockman MSF 2Paul Brockmann

Paul Brockmann has worked since 2005 with international humanitarian medical organization Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Most recently he was head of mission in Haiti (2015-2017) and Papua New Guinea (2012-2014). In late 2014, he launched a short-term project in Sierra Leone to help train and prepare management teams from other organizations to safely and effectively manage Ebola patient care. He will return to Sierra Leone as head of mission for two months from July-September, 2017- and is interested to experience first-hand what’s changed since 2014.

Paul’s core management, professional, and personal interests are linked to MSF’s mandate to preserve life, restore dignity and alleviate suffering. How can we motivate, lead and guide multi-disciplinary teams to develop their best efforts toward those ends in a world where opportunity and resources are so unevenly available? And do so in a way that continues without constant management re-intervention?