As Sy is a Senegalese humanitarian aid expert who served as the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) from 2014 to 2019.
Prior to his leadership role at the IFRC, As Sy was UNICEF’s Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in New York. He has also served as UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and Global Emergency Coordinator for the Horn of Africa.
Mr. Sy held leadership positions with the United Nations Development Program in New York, with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and with UNAIDS.
Before joining the United Nations, he served as Director of Health and Development Programs with Environment and Development Action in the Third World in Dakar, Senegal.
As Sy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Human Sciences from the University of Dakar. He then pursued Master’s studies in Arts and Germanistik at the University of Graz and graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. He was also awarded a postgraduate diploma in Education from the École normale supérieure in Dakar. He speaks English, French and German.