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Joe Belliveau

Host, Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC), MSF Canada

Joe Belliveau is the Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada. He began working on the front lines of the organization’s global medical humanitarian response efforts in a refugee camp in eastern Zambia in 2000. He subsequently managed MSF programs in Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Zimbabwe before overseeing operations at MSF’s HQ in Amsterdam. Over the course of his career with MSF, Belliveau has grappled with some of the more complex humanitarian challenges of recent times. In Somalia, he helped lead MSF’s programs through periods of extreme insecurity as well as its response to the 2011 famine. In Myanmar, Belliveau oversaw MSF’s introduction of multi-drug resistant treatment for tuberculosis, as well as healthcare provision for the persecuted Rohingya population in Rakhine State. Belliveau has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and was the recipient of the James Orbinski fellowship award. He first worked with MSF Canada in 2001 as a programs officer in the Toronto office. He speaks English and French, and currently studies Spanish. Belliveau has been a champion of MSF’s advocacy work, speaking out against the policies and actions that cause human suffering and the restrictions that prevent an adequate humanitarian response. Belliveau has particular expertise in negotiations, context analysis and security management. He also honed his skills as an educator and public speaker. His writing on related themes (including remote management; technology and access; and negotiations with non-state armed groups) have been published in a variety of journals and media outlets.