After graduating from a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and International Development, Thierry Benlahsen started his career on the ground with a Lebanese NGO (Arcenciel) in 2005. He joined SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL for the first time in 2008 in South Soudan as a Finance and Administrative Coordinator. “A revealing experience, in an extremely difficult context. That was a decisive point in my will to commit on the long term with the populations we try to serve every day.”
After numerous missions for the NGO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Libya, he joined Handicap International for two years on the Syrian crisis as a Regional Coordinator for the emergency response. He came back to SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL in Mali as Head of Mission. In 2015 he started working at the Head Office, in charge of the emergency team. He became Director of Operations in October 2017.
“SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has always been committed to the most vulnerable populations, in areas where access is difficult, in changing environments. Today the association renews with its commitment to proximity, authenticity and singularity in an international context where humanitarian aid is often used for political purposes. Whatever are the issues the humanitarian sector would have to face, we will not compromise our humanitarian principle of humanity aimed at the most marginalized people, which is at the roots of the association created more than 40 years ago.”
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