Dr Christos Christou
International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors
Dr Christos Christou commenced his role as International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders in September 2019. Médecins Sans Frontières is a world-recognised authority on medical humanitarian crises. During the 2014 Ebola crisis, MSF was given a voice at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, bringing it to a new level of engagement with world leaders. In 2015, the destruction of MSF’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, launched the movement’s appeal to the UN Security Council, and its ongoing push for protection of medical missions. Dr Christou joined MSF in 2002 where his first assignment was in Greece as a field doctor working with migrants and refugees, before working as a doctor in an HIV/AIDS project in Zambia in 2004 and 2005. After training as a surgeon, Dr Christou joined MSF missions in a number of conflict zones and insecure contexts, including South Sudan, Iraq and, most recently, Cameroon, as an emergency and trauma surgeon. Born in Trikala, a small town in central Greece, Dr Christou graduated from Aristotle University’s medical school in Thessaloniki, Greece, and has a PhD in Surgery from the Kapodestrian University of Athens. He holds a Masters in International Health-Health Crisis Management from the University of Athens and is a member of its faculty. Dr Christou later specialised in general and emergency surgery in the Surgical and Transplant Unit of Evangelismos Hospital in Athens. In 2013 he moved to London, working as a Senior Clinical Fellow in colorectal surgery at King’s College Hospital, and in 2018 became Consultant of Colorectal and Emergency Surgery at North Middlesex University Hospital. In 2018 he was awarded Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in Coloproctology. Dr Christou was first General Secretary, then Vice-President and finally President of MSF Greece Board of Directors from 2005 until his election as International President in June 2019.