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.

Back row L-R: Mr. Wenliang Yao (China), Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi (Qatar), Ms. Yukie Osa Shimura (Japan), Mr. Samson Palia Wangusi (Kenya), Ms. Maria Andrea Alban Duran (Colombia), Ms. Eltje Aderhold (Germany), Ms. Nancy Butijer (Croatia), Ambassador Manual Bessler (Switzerland), Mr. Nestor Koko (Cote d'Ivoire), Mr. Jozef H.L. Andriessen (Netherlands), Mr. Per Orneus (Sweden), Mr. Jesus (Gary) Domingo (Philippines), Ms. Jette Michelsen (Denmark). Front row L-R: Ms. Susanna Moorhead (United Kingdom), Ms. Valerie Amos (Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator), Mr. Mathewos Hunde Tulu (Ethiopia), Ms. Catherine Walker (Australia), Ms. Lisa Doughten (Chief, CERF secretariat) and Ms. Susan Eckey (Norway). 
Absent: Major General Dr. Julius Oketta (Uganda)


CURRENT Members 2014-2015

Ms. Catherine Walker (Chair)
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

Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Dept. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Netherlands


Ms. Susan Eckey

Minister Counsellor
Permanent Mission of Norway to

the United Nations

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 Cooperation

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

Director National Emergency Operations 

and Coordination Centre Office of

the Prime Minister,Department of Relief,

Disaster Preparedness and Management



Ms. Susanna Moorehead

Director Western and Southern Africa

Department for International Development


United Kingdom