18 Jun 2019
IRCT appoints new Secretary-General

The Executive Committee of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) has appointed Ms. Lisa Henry as its new Secretary-General.

IRCT appoints new Secretary-General

Photo: Mike Kollofel

Ms. Henry is an American-Irish with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan and a Master of Science, Non-Profit Management, from the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Ms. Henry has a distinguished career that started as a volunteer in Niger and includes more than 20 years as a manager of humanitarian response and country programs in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East and Denmark.

Ms. Henry comes from a position as Country Director for the Palestine joint program of Danish NGO DanChurchAid and Norwegian ChurchAid, a position that she held as part of her 25-year long career with the organisation.

IRCT President Jorge Aroche said “The Executive Committee is delighted that Ms. Henry will be our next Secretary-General. It was a unanimous choice to appoint Ms. Henry from a field of strong candidates. Her track record managing portfolios of significant size and teams within complex and challenging environments, proven ability to communicate and implement a vision, and unique combination of experience in Denmark and around the world make her a great addition to our organisation.”

Ms. Henry joins the IRCT to assist the torture rehabilitation movement to further its vision, A World Without Torture, and to better pursue its mission of improved quality of life for torture victims: “I am honored to lead IRCT which is powered by the engagement of over 160 civil society members, who strive to make this world a better place by eradicating torture and providing holistic, health-based rehabilitation for those who have every right to that service,” said Ms. Henry of this new assignment.

Ms. Henry will begin her functions at the IRCT secretariat headquarters in Copenhagen on 23 September 2019.

Copenhagen, 18 June 2019.

“I am honored to lead IRCT which is powered by the engagement of over 160 civil society members, who strive to make this world a better place by eradicating torture and providing holistic, health-based rehabilitation for those who have every right to that service,”

- Ms. Lisa Henry, IRCT incoming Secretary-General

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