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Our team

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Learning and Events Coordinator

    felicity.fallon@spherestandards.org

    Felicity joined Sphere in 2021. Prior to joining Sphere, she worked in education, tourism and heritage. Her roles have encompassed teaching, training and business development for the public and private sectors. She is co-founder and chair of Lake Aid, an association supporting displaced children and families in Annecy (France).

    Felicity holds an M.A. in Classics and Art History from Cambridge University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a TEFL Certificate (Teach English as a Foreign Language). She speaks English and French.

  • Head of Finance and Operations

    frederick.genoud@spherestandards.org

    Frédérick joined Sphere in 2022. Prior to joining Sphere, he co-founded and directed an Information Technology SME (small to medium-sized enterprise) and worked for Fondetec, a foundation supporting entrepreneurs and startups in Geneva.

    Frederick holds a degree in Business Information Technology from the Haute école de gestion Genève (HEG) and another in Accounting and Finance from the University of Geneva. He speaks French and English.

  • Head of Communications and Learning Services

    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.

  • Head of Policy and Impact

    brooke.lauten@spherestandards.org

    Brooke joined Sphere in 2022, bringing over 15 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, having led policy engagement, research and program response at the global and country levels. Brooke has specific expertise in humanitarian protection and forced displacement and has managed programs across the protection spectrum, primarily with the Norwegian Refugee Council and the International Rescue Committee in Central and West African countries.

    Brooke holds dual master’s degrees in International Affairs and Public Health from Columbia University. She speaks English, French, and German.

  • Network and Membership Manager

    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 OCHA-oPt, Oxfam and Médecins du Monde. She also worked in the occupied Palestinian territory 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.