Dr. Joanne Liu commenced her term as International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on October 1, 2013. Her time with MSF started in 1996, when she worked with Malian refugees in Mauritania. Since then, she has provided support after the tsunami in Indonesia, assisted people affected by the earthquake and cholera epidemic in Haiti, and worked with Somali refugees in Kenya and displaced populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She also helped develop one of the first programmes offering comprehensive medical care to survivors of sexual violence in the DRC. She has worked in many conflict zones, including Palestine, Central African Republic, DRC and Sudan’s Darfur region.
Born in Québec City, Dr. Liu decided to become a pediatrician at an early age. She trained at McGill University School of Medicine, and specialised in pediatrics at Montréal’s Sainte-Justine hospital. She holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from New York University School of Medicine, and an International Master’s in Health Leadership from McGill University. She is also an associate professor at the Université de Montréal and a professor in practice at McGill University.