Nilab Mobarez ’16 EMPA has been appointed as Secretary General of the Afghan Red Crescent Society. Founded in 1934, the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) is the Afghan affiliate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies—the world’s largest humanitarian network. ARCS performs a large range of humanitarian duties in Afghanistan, including disaster management, health services, and youth development. In her role as secretary general, Mobarez is responsible for managing ARCS headquarters, 34 provincial offices, and 2,000 staff members. Before her appointment as secretary general, she served as the national spokesperson for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan from 2007-2015. Prior to that, Mobarez spent over 20 years as a surgeon and as an associate professor with Kabul Medical University. She also played a vital role, as the CEO of a French NGO, in building a teaching hospital for pediatric surgery in Kabul. In 2004, she was one of three female candidates in the first direct Afghan Presidential Elections. She is the co-author of three books, and the author of several articles about medical issues in Afghanistan.