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Executive Director, Institut Bioforce

A graduate of the Bioforce Institute, class of 1990-1991, with a Master's in International Humanitarian Aid from the University of Aix-Marseille, Gilles Collard has been committed to the humanitarian field for over 25 years.

He has spent half of this time in the field working for various NGOs and institutional donors at the heart of emergency humanitarian situations, mainly in Africa. In Europe, he managed the Aide Médicale Internationale (International Medical Aid) NGO and joined the French Foreign Office's Humanitarian Action division before helping to set up its Crisis Centre.
Since 2009, when he was sent to Brussels as a national expert seconded to the head office of the Directorate-General of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Organisation (DG ECHO), the largest humanitarian funding body, he has managed humanitarian response funding for various crises in West Africa.