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Our team

  • Dr Balwant Singh
    Executive Director

    balwant.singh@spherestandards.org

    Appointed Executive Director in 2019, Dr Singh has more than 25 years of leadership experience in philanthropy, international development and humanitarian initiatives across Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA.

    Previously he was CEO of a UK philanthropic foundation; Global Director of an initiative seeking innovative solutions to maternal, newborn and child mortality across Africa and Asia; Regional Director for South and Central Asia at Save the Children; and Executive Director of Doctors of the World USA. His earlier experiences include leading the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, directing International Family Health’s global programmes, and managing the global relief organisation Project HOPE’s work in Russia. Balwant is professionally a physician with a master’s degree in business administration and speaks several languages.

  • Romain Benicchio
    Partnerships director

    romain.benicchio@spherestandards.org

    Romain joined Sphere in August 2018. Prior to this, he worked with Oxfam and IFRC in various positions focusing on advocacy, campaigns and communication. Over time, he worked on a variety of issues including disaster risk reduction, migration, climate change, health, trade or financing for development.

    Romain holds a postgraduate degree in international relations from the University of Amsterdam and a master’s degree in development economics from the University of Grenoble. He speaks French and English.

  • Tristan Hale
    Communications and Learning Services Manager

    tristan.hale@spherestandards.org

    Tristan joined Sphere in 2017 as Learning and Training Manager, and started his new role in 2021. Prior to joining Sphere, he held various roles in the finance sector. He also serves as a board member of Lake Aid, an association supporting displaced children and families in Annecy (France).

    Tristan holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Bath (United Kingdom). He speaks English and French.

  • Wassila Mansouri
    Network and Membership Coordinator

    wassila.mansouri@spherestandards.org

    Wassila has been responsible for the coordination of the global Sphere network since she joined Sphere in 2015. She has several years of experience in the humanitarian sector, including with UNOCHA, Oxfam and Médecins du Monde. She also worked in the occupied Palestinian territories as part of a peacebuilding mission seconded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDA).

    Wassila holds a degree in Political Science and a postgraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland). She speaks French, English and Arabic.

  • Aninia Nadig
    Policy and practice

    aninia.nadig@spherestandards.org

    Aninia joined Sphere in 2008. She focuses on Sphere’s policy development and outreach and supports the Sphere community through implementation guidance for the standards; she also coordinates the Humanitarian Standards Partnership. She was heavily involved in the revision of the 2018 edition of the Sphere Handbook. Aninia is also an FSEA-certified trainer (Swiss Federation for Adult Learning) and a HQAI auditor. Prior to joining Sphere, Aninia was Country Analyst at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Before that, she focused on Dutch and EU refugee and asylum policy issues with Dutch non-profit organisations. She also carried out refugee status determination for the Swiss Federal Office for Refugees.

    Aninia holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). In addition to English and French, she speaks German, Dutch, Spanish and some Italian.

  • Loredana Serban
    Finance and administration

    loredana.serban@spherestandards.org

    Loredana joined the Sphere team in 2015. She has experience working with non-profit organisations and with the private sector in the areas of finance, operations and program management. For several years, she also served as treasurer for the Geneva chapter of the Organisation of Women in International Trade.

    Loredana holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Financial Management. In addition to English and French, she speaks Romanian and Italian.