22 Sep 16 08 Mar 18

International President

"Today's challenges in MSF are many. With contexts continually evolving, how do we deliver livesaving medical care to people suffering in conflict situations such as Afghanistan, Somalia, or Syria? How can we keep patients and aid workers as safe as possible? We need to keep our patients needs at the core as we face these challenges."

The international president of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) leads the International Board and the International General Assembly, and represents MSF International.

Dr. Joanne Liu, from Montreal, Quebec, was elected international president in June 2013. She has been involved with Doctors Without Borders since 1996.

Dr. Liu has worked in Somali refugee camps in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, Haiti, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Indonesia, the Palestinian Territories, Uganda, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

She was an operational manager for Doctors Without Borders from 1999 to 2002, and served as president of Doctors Without Borders Canada from 2003 to 2009.  She works at Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal as a full time pediatric emergency physician and at the Health Travel Clinic of the Montreal University Health Centre. 

Past international presidents of MSF

  • 2010–2013 Unni Karunakara
  • 2007–2010 Christophe Fournier
  • 2004–2006 Rowan Gillies
  • 2000–2003 Morten Rostrup
  • 1998–2000 James Orbinski
  • 1997–1998  Doris Schopper
  • 1996–1997 Philippe Biberson
  • 1995–1996 Doris Schopper
  • 1994–1995 Jacques De Milliano
  • 1992–1994 Rony Brauman
  • 1992 Reginald Moreels
  • 1991–1992 Rony Brauman

Dr. Liu's extensive experience, doing hands-on medical work as well as managing field projects, and her passion for keeping our patients at the center of our humanitarian work lay a strong foundation for where we can continue to take Doctors Without Borders in the coming years.