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International President

The International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) leads the International Board and the International General Assembly, and represents MSF International.

Dr Christos Christou has been the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) since September 2019.

Work with MSF

Dr Christou joined MSF in 2002 and has held a number of roles overseas. His first assignment was in Greece as a doctor, working with migrants and refugees.

He then worked as a doctor in an HIV/AIDS project in Zambia in 2004 and 2005.

Dr Christos Christou examining a 12-year-old patient in South Sudan, 2013

After a break from assignments for a number of years while he trained as a surgeon, from 2013 he joined MSF projects in a number of conflict zones and insecure environments, including South Sudan, Iraq and, most recently, Cameroon, as an emergency and trauma surgeon. 

Dr Christou was first General Secretary, then Vice-President and finally President of MSF Greece Board of Directors from 2005 until his election as International President in June 2019. 

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Outside of MSF

Born in Trikala, a small town in central Greece, Dr Christou graduated from Aristotle University’s medical school in Thessaloniki, Greece, and has a PhD in Surgery from the Kapodestrian University of Athens. He holds a Masters in International Health - Health Crisis Management from the University of Athens and is a member of its faculty.

Dr Christou later specialised in general and emergency surgery in the Surgical and Transplant Unit of Evangelismos Hospital in Athens. 

In 2013, he moved to London, working as a senior clinical fellow in colorectal surgery at King’s College Hospital. 

In 2018, he became a consultant of colorectal and emergency surgery at North Middlesex University Hospital. The same year, he was awarded Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in Coloproctology.


Past International Presidents of MSF

Oct 2013 - Sept 2019 Joanne Liu
Jun 2010 - Sep 2013  Unni Karunakara
Jan 2007 – Jun 2010  Christophe Fournier
Jan 2004 – Dec 2006  Rowan Gillies
Nov 2000 – Dec 2003  Morten Rostrup
Jun 1998 – Nov 2000  James Orbinski
Sep 1997 – Jun 1998  Doris Schopper
Jun 1996 – Sep 1997  Philippe Biberson
Feb 1995 – Jun 1996  Doris Schopper
Feb 1994 – Feb 1995  Jacques De Milliano
Aug 1992 – Feb 1994  Rony Brauman
Jan 1992 – Aug 1992  Reginald Moreels
Feb 1991 – Jan 1992  Rony Brauman