Advisory Group

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the CERF Advisory Group provides the Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of CERF.

The group does this through the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos. Ms. Amos manages CERF’s day-to-day operations on the Secretary-General’s behalf.

Advisory Group members serve in their individual capacity, and not as representatives of their countries or Governments. They include Government officials from contributing and recipient countries, representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations and academic experts. Members have been carefully selected to reflect a geographical and gender balance.

CURRENT Members 2014-2015

Ms. Catherine Walker (Chair)
Retired Former First Assistant Secretary
Humanitarian and Stabilisation Division and Humanitarian Coordinator, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr. Wenliang Yao

Commercial Counsellor
Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs
Ministry of Commerce



Ms. María Andrea Albán Durán


International Cooperation Agency

Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Mr. Nestor Koko


Permanent Mission of Côte d’Ivoire to the

United Nations in New York
Côte d’Ivoire

Ms. Nancy Butijer

Head, Division for Economic Multilateral Relations, Economic and Social Issues
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs


Ms. Jette Michelsen   
Chief Advisor
Department for Humanitarian Action 

Civil Society and Personnel Assistance

Mr. Mathewos Hunde Tulu
Disaster Risk Reduction/Management Advisor for the Intergovernmental Authority for

Development (IGAD)



Dr. Eltje Aderhold   
Head of Divison
Task Force for Humanitarian Aid of the Federal 
Foreign Office


Ms. Yukie Osa
President, Association for Aid and Relief Japan
Professor in the Department of Sociology
Rikkyo University


Mr. Samson Palia Wangusi

Deputy Secretary and Head of Kenya Relief and Rehabilitation Department


Mr. Jozef H.L.M. Andriessen      
Director of the Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Netherlands

Ms. Susan Eckey

Minister Counsellor
Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN in New York

Mr. Jesus (Gary) S. Domingo

Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Office of the United Nations and International Organizations

Department of Foreign Affairs





Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi   
Director of the Department of International Development
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Director-General of the Qatar Development Fund


Mr. Per Örneus

Head of Department for Multilateral Development


Ministry for Foreign Affairs


Ambassador Manuel Bessler

Head of Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SHA)

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Major General Dr. Julius Oketta
National Emergency Operations and Coordination Centre
Office of the Prime Minister,Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management

Ms. Susanna Moorehead
Western and Southern Africa
Department for International Development (DfID)
United Kingdom