The executive team is in charge of the day-to-day running of activities for MoveAbility at the Headquarters in Geneva and in the field. The team counts a total of 25 persons, 5 of which are working in Geneva and 20 are dispersed throughout the 14 countries in the field.


The Executive team at the Headquarters, led by the Executive Director, prepares and guides the development of the Foundation’s processes and business operations and its common functions.

Thierry-RegenassThierry Regenass
Executive Director

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. Thierry 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 Paris. Since 1985, he has been working with various organizations overseas, starting with Handicap International in Thailand and 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. In 2007, Max Deneu became SFD’s Head of Regional Office for Africa, based in Ethiopia.

Max Deneu completed a Prosthetist & Orthotist training in France in 1981 and 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)
Max was appointed Director of Operations at MoveAbility (former SFD) in October 2012.


Lydia Beauquis
Partnerships Manager

Lydia Beauquis is originally from Amsterdam and has many years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector. From 2001 to 2013 she worked for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in different roles. More recently as Fundraising Manager Africa for WWF (Fund for Nature), she was responsible for the fundraising strategy and training of the WWF country offices in Africa, based in Cameroun. In her last post as Senior Officer Donor and partnerships relations for NLR, a Netherlands-based NGO in the health sector, she trained the staff of the country offices in fundraising and raised funding for disability inclusion issues and neglected tropical diseases, mainly in Asia.

Lydia has experience working with institutional as well as private donors. Her education background is communications and translations; she completed her professional training in programme management at the EPFL in Lausanne and Bioforce in Lyon.
Lydia joined the ICRC MoveAbility team in Geneva as Partnerships and Fundraising Manager in July 2017.


Michaela Björk
Communications Manager

Michaela Björk was 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 then worked for several years as a Marketing & Communications Manager in the construction field, managing the strategy as well as the operationnal activities. 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.


muriel-dominguez-schranzMuriel Dominguez-Schranz
Project Assistant

Muriel Dominguez was 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 was also involved in the communication activities and support to the fundraising Manager and the Directors.

Field Operations

MoveAbility has 4 regional offices in the field in Dar es Salaam, Ho Chi Minh, Lomé and Managua. Each region is managed by a Regional Manager in charge of the implementation and supervision of operations in line with the strategy and objectives.

michel-deffontainesMichel Deffontaines
Regional Manager – Americas

Born in Corbie, France, Michel completed his Prosthetist & Orthotist training in France in 1989. After different experiences in private companies until 1997, Michel started to collaborate with Handicap International in different countries, such as Bosnia, Brazil, Iraq and Angola, as Head of Project or in consultancy missions. In 2004, Michel joined the ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Department, starting in Afghanistan and then in 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 worked in Ethiopia and Togo as Head of Regional Office until 2014 and was appointed Regional Manager for Americas 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 as senior technician 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, 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 Regional Manager of Asia for MoveAbility (former SFD) in August 2013.


Subhash Sinha
Regional Manager – East Africa

Born at Patna in India, Subhash Sinha completed his Prosthetics and Orthotics training in India. He practiced as Prosthetist and Orthotist in India and Sri Lanka for profit and non-profit organizations for 6 years. Later, he  completed Pedorthics certification in USA and a management course specialization in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources. He assigned himself for managerial positions in Handicap International and Motivation Charitable Trust for 4 year before joining ICRC.

He worked in various projects of the ICRC in Sudan, Yemen and Gaza since 2010. While working with the ICRC, he attended various leadership training including Humanitarian Leadership Management School (HLMS), professional enhancement like Wheelchair Services (Intermediate level) and Community Based Rehabilitation & International Development. Before joining MoveAbility team in August 2017, as a Regional Prosthetist and Orthotist Adviser, East Africa, he worked in ICRC Sudan delegation as Physical Rehabilitation Programme Manager for more than 2 years. From January 2019, he is appointed as Regional Manager of East Africa based at Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He is managing MoveAbility Foundation’s projects in five countries of East Africa- Tanzania, Madagascar, Rwanda, Zambia and Somalia.


Vanessa Sykes
Regional Manager – West Africa

Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Vanessa Sykes completed a Psychology degree at University College London followed by a Master in Organisational Psychology from University of Geneva. After various jobs as educator in the USA and Australia, ski teacher and tour manager for Couleur3, Vanessa joined the ICRC. From 2000 to 2004, Vanessa acted as a protection delegate and visited people deprived of freedom in Ethiopia and Myanmar, countries where the ICRC has fairly large rehabilitation programs.

Vanessa’s curiosity led her to work in various sectors including the private sector when she was project manager in a sports marketing firm, as well as the public sector as a coordinator for the Chamber of Social Economy. Since 2009, her career evolved in Quebec, Canada and for nearly ten years, Vanessa has developed her managerial skills as project coordinator and director in the social services and the community sector. In 2016, she was spotted as a natural manager and leader and was selected to follow a one-year training on leadership which further equipped her with various managerial tools.

Vanessa is Regional Manager for MoveAbility in West Africa covering three countries: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo where she is based along with her colleagues from the MoveAbility team.