Our press service is available
Our press office can arrange interviews with members of ALIMA’s staff at our operational headquarters or with teams in the field. Some of our spokespeople have specific areas of expertise.
Dr Richard Kojan, President of ALIMA
Dr Kojan is originally from the DRC. Specializing in anesthesia and critical care, he began working for ALIMA in 2010 on a surgery project responding to the earthquake in Haiti. He went on to become medical coordinator at ALIMA’s headquarters in Dakar for four years before being elected President in late 2015.
Augustin Augier, Secretary General
Augustin Augier worked in the private and public sectors in France before joining MSF as a Head of Mission. He is a founding member of ALIMA, and was its managing director between 2009 and 2013.
Matthew Cleary, Director General
Trained as an emergency nurse, Matthew Cleary began working in humanitarian care in 2004 as a field coordinator. He works with numerous missions, including in Niger, Somalia, and Sudan. Before joining ALIMA in 2015, Matthew was managing director of an Australian organization that provided psycho-social support to drug addicts, the homeless and people with disabilities.
Dr Moumouni Kinda, Programmes Manager
Dr Kinda graduated from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and directs ALIMA’s programs in Chad, the DRC, Cameroon and Niger. He joined the organization in 2012 and has overseen medical interventions in Mali, Cameroon, Senegal and Burkina Faso, where he was also ALIMA’s country representative. Before joining ALIMA, Dr Kinda oversaw MSF medical operations in Haiti, Chad and the DRC.
Dr Nafissa Dan-Bouzoua, Headquarters Medical Manager
Dr. Nafissa Dan-Bouzoua graduated in medicine from Abdou Moumouni Dioffo University in Niger. She has nearly 10 years of experience in humanitarian medicine and specializes in issues related to child malnutrition in the Sahel. She currently coordinates ALIMA’s medical activities in Niger, Chad, the DRC and Cameroon.
Vincent Mendiboure, Programmes Manager
Vincent Mendiboure has been directing ALIMA’s programs in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and the Central African Republic since 2015. He has over ten years’ experience coordinating humanitarian projects.
Dr Susan Shepherd, Medical Specialist
Dr Shepherd is a pediatrician with over 10 years’ experience in child malnutrition, and has been working since 2013 on the development of new strategies for managing childhood malnourishment. She previously worked with the World Food Program and Médecins Sans Frontières in a number of sub-Sarahan countries.
Dr Gbané Mahama, Emergency Desk Medical Manager
Dr Mahama oversees support for ALIMA’s emergency medical teams. He holds a medical degree and a Masters in Public Health. He has managed emergency missions in Mauritania, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
Solenne Barbe, Head of the Operational Research Division
Solenne Barbe has been coordinating ALIMA’s research programs since 2016. She has extensive experience of emergency care and has coordinated missions in Haiti, the DRC, CAR, and Guinea, where she conducted a therapeutic trial with favipiravir, an antiviral medication to find a new treatment against the Ebola virus disease, in collaboration with INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.