PS Centre Staff

Nana Wiedemann

Director of the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support since 2006. MSc in psychology, specialization in psychotraumatology

Head of Centre
Nana Wiedemann
Ea Suzanne Akasha

Ea is the technical advisor for the European Region, MHPSS-EN board member, emergency response and involved in various projects as https://whocares-pss.info/. Engaged in producing social media content, manuals, and training materials. Master trainer in MHPSS.

Technical Advisor
Ea Suzanne Akasha
Sarah Harrison

Sarah is the Team Leader for the MHPSS Advisors team within the IFRC PS Centre. She also has responsibility for humanitarian diplomacy with Movement partners, Government actors and with other humanitarian agencies/ organisations. She supports strategic processes within the PS Centre and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement more broadly, and externally represents the PS Centre in various forums and meetings.

Technical Team Lead
Sarah Harrison
Carmen Valle-Trabadelo

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Co-Chair IASC RG on MHPSS in Emergency Settings
Carmen Valle-Trabadelo
Eliza Yee Lai Cheung

Eliza is the technical advisor mainly supporting the Asia Pacific (AP) region. She leads the Asia Pacific MHPSS Training and Learning Collaborative, a tripartite establishment by the PS centre, IFRC AP Regional Office, and the Hong Kong Red Cross branch. The Collaborative also serves as the secretariat of the AP MHPSS Network, a platform for national societies in the region to learn and exchange from the peers.

Technical Advisor
Eliza Yee Lai Cheung
Kelly McBride

Kelly has a clinical background in providing direct mental health and psychosocial support to those who have been impacted by conflict and torture, as well as training and supervision of those providing services across a variety of humanitarian emergency contexts. At the PS Centre, she leads on the Integrated Model for Supervision project which aims to promote supportive supervision within MHPSS. In addition, her areas of focus within the Centre include suicide prevention and scalable interventions.

Technical Advisor
Kelly McBride
Ahlem Cheffi

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Technical Advisor
Ahlem Cheffi
Carsten Strandlod

Carsten has the responsibility for maintaining and developing existing and new partnerships with a broad variety of partners and donors. Well established partnerships are essential for the continued development of the PS Centre and our relationships with donors and likeminded organizations in pursuing better access to quality mental health and psychosocial support.

Senior Global Partnership and Resource Mobilization Advisor
Carsten Strandlod
Sabina Dziadecka Gråbæk

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Senior Project Manager
Sabina Dziadecka Gråbæk
Pia Tingsted Blum

Pia has the overall responsibility of managing the ‘Integrated Model for Supervision’ (IMS) project funded by USAID as well as the ‘MHPSS for displaced people coming from Ukraine’ funded by EU (DG Santé). Pia is also an experienced facilitator, coach and PFA trainer. Furthermore, Pia shares the overall responsibility for the IFRC PS Centre’s financial management with the Director.

Senior Programme Manager
Pia Tingsted Blum
Nathalie Helena Rigall

Nathalie has the overall responsibility of coordinating the MHPSS Roadmap implementation internally in the Movement through the Interim Structure coordination, the five working groups and the Steering Committee. Further, the project manager has the responsibility to disseminate the MHPSS Policy, Resolution and Roadmap. Hence, Movement components are very welcome to request presentations on these topics.

Project Manager
Nathalie Helena Rigall
Andreas Heyd

Andreas organises and coordinates global large-scale projects and initiatives of the IFRC PS Centre in various, socially relevant areas and manages a wide range of international key stakeholders from the private, public, political and non-governmental sectors. He coordinates, among others, the Supervision project, the H2020 projects FOCUS and REFUGE-ED, and the work of the IFRC PS Centre providing comprehensive support to people affected by the Ukraine crisis.

Project Coordinator
Andreas Heyd
Jesper Guhle

In collaboration with management, Jesper develops and implements the PS Centre Communications strategy and visual brand guidelines. He produces and manages communication content for the PS Centre including articles, social media content, newsletters, photos, videos, podcasts, and publications. Jesper also manages the PS Centre website, pscentre.org.

Senior Communications Officer
Jesper Guhle
Lotte Bruhn Petersen

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Administrative Coordinator
Lotte Bruhn Petersen
Veronika Dietz

In close collaboration with the Movement components, Veronika supports the project manager with the coordination of the MHPSS Roadmap implementation. This comprises the coordination within the Movement, as well as the external dissemination of the MHPSS Policy, Resolution and Roadmap.

Project Assistant
Veronika Dietz
Sara Bedri

Sara is a Student Assistant supporting the Senior Communications Officer in managing communication content for the PS Centre. Sara also assists in the administration of the the PS Centre website, pscentre.org.

Student Assistant
Sara Bedri
Shona Whitton

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Technical Advisor
Shona Whitton
Barbara Levin

Barbara supports the IFRC Co-Chair of the IASC Reference Group with internal and external communication needs, as well as coordinating, reporting and planning MHPSS RG Meetings and advocacy participation.

Communication and Coordination Officer
Barbara Levin