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
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.

Head of MHPSS Technical Unit
Sarah Harrison
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.

Head of Operations
Pia Tingsted Blum
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.

Head of Global Partnerships
Carsten Strandlod
Carmen Valle-Trabadelo

Co-Chair IASC RG on MHPSS in Emergency Settings
Carmen Valle-Trabadelo
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
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

Ahlem is a clinical psychologist and has a background in providing direct MHPSS in humanitarian settings (for refugees and people on the move and in emergency maternal and new-born child health contexts (MNCH)). Ahlem is the IFRC PS Centre technical advisor for the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Ahlem is currently the focal person for Community-based mental health care and the Thinking Healthy training curricula. Ahlem speaks Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Technical Advisor
Ahlem Cheffi
Guleed Dualeh

Guleed is the technical advisor for the African Region and the Psychological First Aid focal point. He has 10 years’ experience in providing MHPSS coordination in humanitarian settings in the African region and Asia Pacific as well as staff health. He is the PS Centre representative of Working Group 3 in the MHPSS Roadmap project focusing on ensuring staff and volunteer wellbeing. He provides training and supervision on key approaches in the PS Centre. Guleed speaks Danish, English, Somali and German.

Technical Advisor
Guleed Dualeh
Ganna Goloktionova

Ganna is the Technical Advisor working on the EU4health project. In this role she is capacitating the National Societies of Ukraine’s neighboring countries in PFA and Caring for staff and volunteers. She is a focal point for the Scalable Psychological Interventions. Her background is Social Sciences with extensive experience in MHPSS in emergency and development settings in conflict and post-conflict areas.

Technical Advisor
Ganna Goloktionova
Sarah Kate van der Walt

Sarah Kate is the technical adviser on the REFUGE-ED project which aims to integrate MHPSS into Education approaches with refugee and migrant children. Sarah Kate is the Co-Lead for the MHPSS Research Network and Co-chair of Working Group 4 in the MHPSS Roadmap project focusing on research, evidence, monitoring and evaluation. She is the PS Centre focal point for migration and research. Sarah Kate has worked as a technical adviser and researcher in the Middle East, Central Asia and South Africa.

MHPSS Technical Advisor
Sarah Kate van der Walt
Shona Whitton

Shona is the Technical Adviser and PS Centre focal point for emergencies, climate change, protection, gender, and inclusion (PGI), and monitoring and evaluation. She is also the Co-chair of Working Group 1 in the MHPSS Roadmap project which is focusing on ensuring, and integrating, basic PSS across the RCRC Movement. Shona has background in disaster management and psychology and joined the PS Centre following more than 10 years with Australian Red Cross.

Technical Advisor
Shona Whitton
Cátia Matos

Technical Advisor
Cátia Matos
Arz Stephan

Arz is the MHPSS Adviser and PS Centre focal point for EU4Health programme and he is the portfolio lead on youth mental health and child focused MHPSS. He speaks English, Arabic and French with some Spanish and Dutch. He joined the PS Centre following more than 10 years’ experience in child and youth focused programming in conflict affected areas.

Technical Advisor
Arz Stephan
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
Sabina Dziadecka Gråbæk

Senior Project Manager
Sabina Dziadecka Gråbæk
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
Nick Ockenden

Nick Ockenden is responsible for the project management of REFUGE-ED (https://www.refuge-ed.eu/), an EU-funded project developing new knowledge, resources and tools for migrant and refugee children, their families and communities. Nick has a background in project management and coordination, research, monitoring and evaluation, both within Denmark and the UK.

Project Manager
Nick Ockenden
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
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 Officer
Veronika Dietz
Shah Nawaz Khan

Finance & HR officer
Shah Nawaz Khan
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.

Strategy and Project Coordinator
Andreas Heyd
Lotte Bruhn Petersen

Administrative Coordinator
Lotte Bruhn Petersen