Board President, Executive Director and Management Team of MSF Hong Kong

Dr Husni Zainal 
President, MSF Hong Kong Board

Dr. Husni Zainal is a medical doctor from Indonesia. He earned a Master of Science in Global Health & Development from University College London, and pursues his career in the field of infectious diseases in the UK. He joined the Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong Board in August 2022, and was elected to be the President in August 2023 by the board of directors to oversee the strategic direction of the MSF Hong Kong regional office and its branch offices in the Southeast Asian region, in order to support the movement’s social mission.


In 2011, Husni began his journey with MSF as an international mobile staff, and has worked in countries like Malawi, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Pakistan and Bangladesh. During his assignments, he also actively participated in associative life, ranging from debates to activities with local hired staff.


His motivation for leading MSF Hong Kong stems from a profound respect for MSF's mission and a desire to bridge diverse perspectives of our association members across the region in Southeast Asia and East Asia. As the President, he will further harness the unique and organic regional association model and enrich the MSF associative life.


Olivier Franchi
Executive Director, MSF Hong Kong

Mr Olivier Franchi comes with over 20 years in humanitarian and development programmes, mostly in field-based positions. This includes responding to complex emergencies, conflicts and natural disasters in places like Ethiopia, Indonesia, Mali, Myanmar, and about a dozen other countries. 


Right before joining our team here in Hong Kong, Olivier was leading a team of 4,000 working to protect the life and dignity of those affected by acute food insecurity, morbidity, and gender-based restrictions in Afghanistan. Prior to that, he was overseeing the operations of 11 Asian countries, with a focus on partnerships, organizational development and the promotion of humanitarian values. 


Olivier is passionate about leading the transformation of international NGOs in Asia at a time of unprecedented climate change-related threats, rising geopolitical tensions, and a tightening humanitarian space. 


He holds a MBA, a degree in International Relations and is the proud father of two beautiful daughters. He now calls Hong Kong home.



Management Team of MSF Hong Kong

Deputy Executive Director
Stella Kwan

Director of Analysis
Martin Searle

Beijing office Director
Ken Xue

Regional Communications Director
Borrie Lagrange

Director of Finance, Risk & Compliance
Karen Chow

Regional Human Resouces Director (Field Operations) 
Sabina Simmons

Regional Director of Operations Support Unit
Gert Verdonck


Last updated: 23 Jan, 2024