Composition & function
The Board shall be composed of at least 7 and no more than 9 members. It exercises the overall surveillance of MoveAbility and shall define the general policy thereof.
The chairman of the Board shall be a member of the ICRC’s Assembly. He may appoint other representatives of the ICRC to the Board.
Born in 1951, Prof. Dr. Jürg Kesselring is Head of Department of Neurology & Neurorehabilitation, Rehabilitation Centre, Valens, Switzerland. Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, University of Bern and Center of Neuroscience, University and ETH Zürich.
Jürg is also President of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society, former Chairman of the International Medical and Scientific Board of Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF), as well as Chairman of the WHO Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis.
Former ICRC medical delegate to Lebanon, Pakistan, and Zaire, Jürg is also a member of the ICRC Assembly Council.
Jürg Kesselring has been a member of the Board in 2013 and elected Chairman in January 2014.
Born in Bergen, Norway, Sven Mollekleiv holds a Master of Arts degree in Athletics. Sven served as Chairman of the Norwegian Student Union, where he also worked as an Editor, from 1979 to 1981. In 1982 he joined the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, serving as Information Director, Assistant Secretary-General and Development Manager.
From 1988 to 1992, Sven was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Norwegian Football Association. For 10 years (1991 to 2001) he held the position of Secretary-General of the Norwegian Red Cross. In 2001 Sven joined Det Norske Veritas (DNV), where he served as Director of Human Resources and member of the Executive Board.
Since 2003, Sven has been Director of DNV Corporate Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is also DNV’s Ombudsman worldwide and its representative in the UN Global Compact and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Sven is also a member of several boards and committees, including Amnesty International Norway, Red Cross Nordic United World Colleges, Telenor Satellite Services, the Ethical Council of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. Sven is also chairman of the VIF football club since 2008, and Honorary President of the Norwegian Red Cross.
Sven Mollekleiv has been a member of the Board and Vice-Chairman since October 2001.
Pascal Hundt joined the ICRC in 1995 and carried out various assignments in the field, working successively as health delegate, health coordinator (Zaire, Congo Brazzaville, Afghanistan), Deputy Head of delegation and Head of Delegation (Somalia, Jordan, Sudan).
At headquarters, Mr. Hundt has served as Head of sector in the Assistance Division from 2000 to 2002 and, since September 2012, as Head of the Assistance Division.
Pascal Hundt is a member of the MoveAbility Board since September 2012.
Othmar is a Swiss national born in 1974. He is heading ICRC’s Corporate Controlling Unit, acting as Deputy to the Head of ICRC’s Finance & Administration Division.
Othmar joined the ICRC in 2002, working as an administrator in the field for over three years. He left the ICRC in 2006 to join Deutsche Post DHL, as Vice President Controlling in DHL’s European division, before his nomination as Chief Financial Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa. Othmar returned to the ICRC in 2015, holding a prevision position as Manager Organizational Development at the office of the Director General, prior to his nomination as Head of Controlling in September 2017.
Othmar holds an Executive MBA in Corporate Finance as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Othmar Kobler joined the MoveAbility board in October 2017 on an observer basis.
Ms. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo is from South Africa and is trained as a human rights lawyer. She was appointed by the President of the United States of America to her current role as Coordinator of the Office for Disability and Inclusive Development in USAID. Over the years, Charlotte worked primarily in the area of human rights, with a particular interest in marginalized groups: children, women, and people with disabilities.
In 1996, she worked in the South African Presidency as Legal Advisor and as a principal author of the Integrated National Disability Strategy. Charlotte was appointed in 1999 by President Nelson Mandela to the South African Human Rights Commission and reappointed by President Mbeki in October 2002. At the Commission, Charlotte focused on social and economic rights and the rights of children and the disabled. Charlotte was formerly World Bank Senior Operations Officer in the Human Development Network, covering the regions of East Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. She also represented the National Human Rights Institutions at the UN during the process of developing the UN Convention for People with Disabilities.
Since October 2014, Charlotte has been appointed as Disability Advisor in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience (GP SURR) Global Practice of the World Bank Group.
Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo has been a member of the Board since November 2009.
MoveAbility Board member (ad personam)
Mina Mojtahedi works for the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement as Disability Inclusion Adviser in Geneva, with the focus on promoting inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian contexts, both in diversity of the humanitarian workforce as well as in ensuring access of persons with disabilities to humanitarian services. Prior to her work for the Red Cross, Mina, who is from Finland, worked for Threshold Association, a Finnish disabled people’s organization, where she managed disability rights projects in developing countries, including Central Asian countries, the Balkans and Ethiopia. In addition, she has been a consultant in disability rights for UNICEF and Abilis Consulting.
Mina’s background is in Nutritional Sciences and in sports. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois, USA. At the University of Illinois, she also played intercollegiate wheelchair basketball. After graduation from the university, she was a professional athlete in wheelchair basketball in Germany where she won the Bundesliga and European Champions Cup. Since ending her athletics career, Mina continues to actively contribute to sports as a coach and President of Finland’s Paralympic Committee.
Mina is a member of the MoveAbility Board since October 2017.
Mary Werntz is the Deputy Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She holds a Master’s degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in City and Regional Planning, with a specialization in International Development Planning and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in South Asian Studies. She also studied at Benares Hindu University (India), at Peradeniya University (Sri Lanka) and at Punjab University (Pakistan, through the University of California, Berkeley).
Mary has been working in the humanitarian and development field since 1989. In 2002, she was appointed Deputy Head of Region for Eastern Europe. From 2003 until 2016, Mary served as Head of Delegation in Azerbaijan (2004) Nepal (2007), the United States and Canada (2009), and then in South Asia covering Bhutan, India, the Maldives and Nepal (2012). In her current function as the Deputy Director of Operations, Mary Werntz is responsible for programming related to Protection and Assistance at the ICRC. Mary is a member of the Innovation Board at the ICRC and a member of the board of directors for the Geneva-based Centre for Education and Research on Humanitarian Action (CERAH).
Mary Werntz is a member of the MoveAbility Board since October 2016.