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International Board of Trustees

Christina Bregy (Swiss-Canadian), Chair

Christina Bregy has spent her career working in various aspects of communications and marketing in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1994, and a diploma in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the University on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland in 2003.

Christina’s first professional position in Europe was as an independent communication consultant, based in Basel. In that capacity, she advised business professionals in multicultural and business communications and provided copywriting services. Clients included UBS, Lonza Fine Chemicals, and Swiss Bank Corporation.

Christina then worked as a marketing communication manager for Obtree Technologies in Basel where her activities included global communications strategy and European-wide public relations, writing/editing, speech-making consultation, marketing collateral materials, internet site redesign, and supervision of field communication staff.

She then entered the not-for-profit sector when she took a position with Medair, a Swiss humanitarian organisation based in Ecublens. At Medair, Christina worked as brand manager and PR officer, as well as networking and recruitment officer. One of her major accomplishments was to oversee the development and implementation of a global brand strategy relevant and applicable to Medair’s operations encompassing four continents: North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Christina was also responsible for promoting Medair in Switzerland and internationally to develop its network for staff development.

Most recently, Christina worked as creative director for BBF AG in Basel, a firm specialising in corporate identity, branding, publishing, and event and exhibition design, where she was responsible for concept creation and communications strategy development for all accounts requiring an inter-disciplinary approach.

Christina is currently self-employed as a communications consultant based in Basel.

Arno IJmker (Dutch)

Arno IJmker has worked in a variety of professional sectors during his successful career, including insurance, banking, NGO upper management, and business consultancy.

He has a master’s degree in Business Administration/Economics from the VU University in Amsterdam, and pursued a one-year postgraduate course in Information Management and another one-year course in Management and New Media at the University of Amsterdam. Arno participated in the Strategic Leadership Programme at Nyenrode Business University in 2010.

Arno began his career with the Ansvar Insurance Company as head of the finance department, a part-time position during his university studies. He moved to the banking industry, working for  Nederlandse Crediet Bank in the financial accounting and control area. After a brief term as a free-lance management consultant, still during his studies, Arno took a five-month sabbatical to New Zealand where he and his wife participated in a Discipleship Training School of Youth With a Mission.

Upon completion of the sabbatical, he worked sequentially as Account Manager and Project Manager for the MeesPierson Bank. At that point, Arno left the banking sector to join the NGO sector as Regional Director in the Middle East for Dorcas Aid International, where, among other    duties, he set up a new regional office in Cairo for the organisation.

Arno then returned to MeesPierson/Fortis Bank as Senior Account Manager. From there, he joined Quint Wellington Redwood, a management consultancy firm, with whom he works today. He currently serves as Managing Partner, after working his way up the ranks in successively more responsible positions over a 12-year period.

Arno is married, with three daughters.

Chris Lukkien (Dutch), Vice-Chair

Chris Lukkien has been on the IBoT of Medair since May 2010. In his professional life he is the CEO of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) International, an international charity that was one of the three original founding partners of Medair. MAF continues to be a close partner of Medair, frequently transporting Medair staff to the very remote regions of the world in which they work.

Chris grew up and was educated in the Netherlands, where he completed his Masters in Business Economics at the University of Groningen.
After a few years of working as a business consultant, Chris and his wife, Annet, joined ZOA Refugee Care (another close partner of Medair) where he served as Regional Director Africa, based in Nairobi. After four years in Nairobi they joined MAF, where Chris served as Programme Director Tanzania for another four years.

In 2001 Chris and his family moved to the UK where he initially took on the role of MAF’s Chief Operating Officer and later was appointed CEO. Under his leadership the organisation has grown in size, has professionalised in terms of improving and streamlining its work processes, including the introduction of a Quality Management System (QMS), and has strengthened its international ties.

Driven by his Christian conviction, Chris has a passion for reaching out to the poor and destitute and seeing their lives transformed in a holistic way. It was this desire that motivated both him and his wife to be involved in relief and mission work and also why he considers it a privilege to serve on the Medair IBoT. Chris and Annet have three teenage children.

Eleanor L.R. Dougoud (British)

Eleanor Dougoud has nine years of operational experience in relief, recovery, and development programme management, having served in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honors) with Project Management from the University of Edinburgh, a diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and is currently working on a masters of science degree in International Development through the Open University, UK.

Much of Eleanor’s career has been with Medair. With Medair, Eleanor served as Finance Administrator in Uganda, and Country Director in Angola. Eleanor then moved to Medair’s international headquarters in Switzerland, working as Desk Officer successively for the Afghanistan and Indonesian country programmes. Her final position with Medair was with the Serenic Navision Software Implementation Project to implement an organisation-wide management software system.

After Medair, Eleanor worked as a consultant to the World Bank in China, initially on the preparation and implementation of the Wenchuan earthquake recovery as a Disaster Risk Management specialist. She continued to consult for the Bank in China on further projects within the Urban Sustainable Development Unit.

For a brief and intense period in 2010, Eleanor joined Medair again as Interim Country Director during its emergency relief response following the Haitian earthquake.

Currently, Eleanor continues her consulting, based in Asia, working with NGOs, IFIs and the private sector.

Eleanor is married to Christian Dougoud, whom she met while working with Medair

Klaas van Mill (Dutch)

Klaas van Mill is a manager with over 25 years of international experience in business and the non-profit sector. Klaas previously served as chair of the Medair Netherlands board.

He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, and engineering from the Hogeschool in Enschede, the Netherlands.

Klaas began his professional career as a sales trainee for IBM, the Netherlands. After two years, he began a long and successful career with a number of entities belonging to the international Gillette Group, including Braun Benelux in The Hague/Brussels; Braun International Business Management in Germany; Oral-B and Braun in London; and Gillette / Proctor and Gamble Europe in Geneva. He worked with ever-increasing responsibility through the management ranks of these various business entities, culminating his service to Gillette as Vice President Europe for Grooming and Personal Care, an entity with a revenue of USD 1.9 billion.

Klaas left the for-profit world to work for Medair in the field, first serving as Deputy Country Director in Juba, Southern Sudan, and then as Country Director for Southern Sudan. At Medair, Klaas managed an organisation of 250 people in numerous extreme and remote locations, working on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in Africa.

Upon leaving Medair, he founded ClassConsult Strategic Consulting in the Netherlands, and currently holds the position of Managing Director. The most significant accomplishment of this new organisation to date has been the establishment and management of a consortium of four NGOs, for which over 73 million euros have been raised.

In addition, Klaas is part-time Executive Pastor of Thousand Hills International Church in Hilversum, the Netherlands. He is married to Megan, and has two children.

Nigel Harris (British)

Nigel Harris is the chief executive of FARM-Africa, an international NGO which works to combat rural poverty in Africa by transforming the lives of African farmers, helping them find a permanent way out of poverty. Its strategy is to improve people's long-term opportunities by increasing their household income, nutrition and access to food and animal healthcare at the same time as protecting their local environment. Working in five countries in East Africa, with a small London office, over 90 percent of FARM-Africa’s staff are African.

Nigel has worked both in the commercial sector and the not-for-profit sector. On leaving university, he spent twelve years with J Henry Schroder & Co, which was the leading UK investment bank during the 1990s. Nigel was head of trading for Schroders’ financial markets division in London, before becoming European treasurer.

On leaving the financial sector in 2000, he first became a volunteer for three NGOs, including the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign, the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and the Besom Foundation. Nigel then worked as a consultant for Tearfund, one of the UK’s leading relief and development NGOs.

In 2002 he joined New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a consultancy and think tank dedicated to helping funders and charities achieve a greater impact, becoming its chief executive in 2004. By 2008, the organisation had become the leading provider of research and consultancy to donors in the UK. Nigel left NPC in 2008 to focus on international development issues, initially working as a consultant with the UK government’s Department for International Development, in areas including private sector investment in developing countries and innovative financing of development outcomes. He then became chief of staff for Save the Children, the UK’s leading international children’s charity, where he worked as one of the core leadership team to deliver the organisation’s Change for Children agenda, before joining FARM-Africa in 2011.

Nigel was on the board of Medair UK before becoming part of the international Board of Trustees. He is married to Teresa, with whom he has two children. He has a degree in Classics from Oxford University.

Sunday Bobai Agang (Nigerian)

Sunday Agang has pursued an esteemed career in academic pastoral studies and theology, church leadership, and pastoral and chaplaincy ministry, both in his native Nigeria and in the United States.

Sunday has a certificate in Pastoral Theology from the ECWA Bible College, and a bachelor of arts in Pastoral Theology from the ECWA Theological Seminary. He also holds a master’s degree from Palmer (formerly Eastern Baptist) Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary.

Besides having held a number of church council and other leadership positions throughout his career, Sunday was co-founder and officer of GANTYS Aid to Widows, Orphans and Needy, an organisation with which he continues to be associated.

He was also founder and chair of International Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education, with which he continues to work.

Sunday is currently Provost of the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria, where he as has served as lecturer.

Torsten de Santos (German), Treasurer

Torsten is chief executive officer or LGT Capital Management and member of the senior management board of the LGT Group.

Torsten graduated with a master’s degree in International Management and was a European Union scholar studying Business Administration at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), ESB Reutlingen (Germany), and Middlesex University in London. He was awarded highest distinction for his thesis sponsored by J.P. Morgan Investment Management.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in Theoretical and Experimental Mathematics and Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Germany.

As CEO of LGT Capital Management, the traditional asset manager of LGT Group, Torsten oversees CHF 20 billion in Assets Under Management and is also responsible for the overall investment strategy for LGT Group.

LGT Group is the wealth and asset management group of the Princely House of Liechtenstein. It is the largest private wealth and asset management group in Europe to be fully owned and managed as a family business. The Group administrates over CHF 80 billion in assets and employs 1,800 people at 29 locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and America.

Torsten joined LGT in June 2007 from Barclays Capital in London, where he helped to build the Commodity Investor Solutions businesses. Before joining Barclays Capital in March 2004, he was an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs.