The MoveAbility Director, appointed by the MoveAbility Board, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the MoveAbility.

Thierry-RegenassThierry Regenass
Executive Director

Mr Thierry Regenass was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and has over 25 years’ experience in international affairs, ranging from humanitarian and development issues to diplomacy and sport diplomacy. From 1989 to 1993 he was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for which he held different assignments in the field and at headquarters.

In 1994 he joined the Swiss diplomatic service, with postings in Bangkok, Washington, DC, Nairobi, as well as at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern where he served as Deputy Head of division for Africa and the Middle East. In 2008 he was the diplomatic adviser to the Swiss President Mr. Pascal Couchepin. He then joined FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), where he held the position of Director of Member Associations and Development between 2008 and 2016. Mr. Regenass holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Thierry was appointed Executive Director of MoveAbility in January 2017.


max-deneuMax Deneu
Director of Operations

Max Deneu was Born in 1957, he completed a P&O training in France in 1981. Since 1985, he has been working with various organizations overseas, starting with Handicap International in Thailand working in a Cambodian refugee camps. In 1987 he joined the ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Department and was Head of Project in many countries: Sudan, Angola, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

In 1995, he joined a UK based charity organization (POWER) where he became country Director for Mozambique. Back with the ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Department in 2002, he was Head of Project in Angola and Myanmar.

During his career overseas he completed a number of technical and managerial trainings (CAD/CAM at The Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa Canada; Management training, MaST in London UK; various ICRC management training). In 2007, Max Deneu became head of the former SFD’s regional office for Africa in 2007 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

Max was appointed Director of Operations at MoveAbility (former SFD) in October 2012. He is now focusing on the MoveAbility’s management of operations worldwide.


muriel-dominguez-schranzMuriel Dominguez-Schranz
Project Assistant

Muriel Dominguez is born in Geneva, Switzerland. After her diploma in Business, Muriel joined the newspaper “LE TEMPS”. Following a 4 years experience in advertising and communication and after a certificate in Marketing, Muriel joined the ICRC in 2005 within the communication department. As an assistant she was involved in the production and print process for the ICRC publications.

In 2007, Muriel joined MoveAbility, where she is in charge of administrative and financial matters, she is also involved in the communication tools and supports the fundraising Manager and the Directors.


Michaela Björk
Communications Manager

Michaela Björk is born in Geneva and studied political science, history and russian at the University in Lausanne and sociology of communication in Fribourg University.

She began her career in Fribourg in 2011 as a Communication Collaborator to the cantonal Minister. She worked than for several years as a Marketing & Communications Manager in the construction field, managing the strategy as well as the operationnal part of her work. Next to her work, Michaela was engaged in politics and had a mandate as Communication and Parlamentary Assistant to a National Councillor in Bern.

She joined the ICRC MoveAbility Foundation in October 2016 and managed the rebranding and transition from the former Special Fund for the Disabled to MoveAbility.

Field Operations

Physical rehabilitation projects implemented in countries are supervised through 4 regional offices.

michel-deffontainesMichel Deffontaines
Regional Manager – Americas

Born in Corbie, France, in 1967, Michel completed its P&O training in France in 1989. After different experiences in private companies until 1997, Michel started to collaborate with Handicap International in different countries like Bosnia, Brazil, Iraq and Angola, as Head of project or consultancy missions. In 2004, Michel joined the ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Department, starting in Afghanistan then moved to Angola as Head of Project.

During his career, Michel completed a number of technical and managerial trainings (Carbon orthosis, Chillon Dynamic orthosis, CAD/CAM and various ICRC or other management trainings).

Since 2008, Michel is working for MoveAbility (former SFD). He initiated to work in Ethiopia and participated to create a new MoveAbility office in Lomé in 2010, becoming Head of this office until 2014. Michel has been appointed head of the MoveAbility’s regional office for America in August 2014.

joel-niningerJoel Nininger
Regional Manager –Asia

Born in Aurillac, France. Joël worked initially as a shoe maker before joining le Lycée D’Alembert in Paris where he obtained a first diploma in Orthopaedic Shoe in 1988.

He then switched to Prosthetic & Orthotic in the same school, where he passed a brevet de technician supérieur in Prosthetic & Orthotic in 1991 and the following year in Orthopaedic Shoe.

After a short period in a private company in Paris, Joël and an associate established a private practice near Orléans specialized in paediatric orthotics and orthopaedic shoes and where he stayed until 1996. He then worked in the North of France in a large prosthetic orthotic company as technical director before joining the ICRC in 1998. Joël has worked for the ICRC in Cambodia, Sudan, Iraq and Myanmar and became head of MoveAbility (former SFD) regional office for Asia in August 2013.


Zeon De Wet
Head of Regional Office – East Africa

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1976, Zeon completed his P&O training in Pretoria and continued to work in the private sector in Ireland for 6 years as primary Orthotic Practitioner. Zeon reassigned himself to start working for the ICRC in 2006 where he was involved in providing formal training for P&O students in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Ethiopia. He has been working for MoveAbility (former SFD) since 2011 initiating his work in Ethiopia and relocated the East African MoveAbility office to Dar es Salaam in 2013.

During his career overseas he completed technical and managerial training (CAD/CAM, Boston brace, Dynamic Lycra Orthosis and various ICRC management training). He holds a masters degree in Rehabilitation Studies from National Centre for Training and Education in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Strathclyde.

Zeon has been appointed Regional Manager for MoveAbility’s regional office for East Africa in 2017.

Yvan SidlerYvan Sidler
Head of Regional Office – West Africa

Yvan Sidler is an experienced rehabilitation and disability specialist. He completed both a Physiotherapy and an Osteopathy degree in Geneva. Before embracing a humanitarian career, Yvan has been working both in the public and the private health sector, as a hospital physiotherapist and at his own practice during 15 years in Switzerland.

His 10 years long humanitarian work experience includes strategic & financial planning, project management and emergency response in rehabilitation, surgical and psychosocial programs in natural disaster and post war contexts. Capacity building of service providers and support to Authorities is also part of Yvan’s expertise. Stimulating resilience and reaching inclusion of People with Disabilities in their community is the ultimate goal Yvan is following in rehabilitation. He is a concerned Disability Rights specialist and advocating for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in developing countries.