AIRD welcomes a new Director of Operations

AIRD welcomes a new Director of Operations

AIRD is very pleased to welcome into the family its new Director of Operations, Ms Montserrat Battlo i Colominas, who took up the role with effect from August 2, 2021. She will support programs work in AIRD’s current ten countries of operation.

Montserrat brings with her experience from around fifteen international missions including Bosnia Herzegovina, Venezuela, Albania, China and Spain.  She carries with her African experience gained in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, Angola and The Gambia among others.

Throughout her work experience in various countries, Montserrat has headed various missions with Medecins Sans Frontieres, International Committee of the Red Cross, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe etc. She has also handled logistics responsibilities in a number of the countries she has worked in where she took charge of stakeholder relations, program management, strategic implementation, people and resource management.

Montserrat is an agricultural engineer with additional training in geography and international studies.  She is also trained in humanitarian work, human rights, project cycle management and strategic negotiations among others.

This is what she has to say as she takes up her responsibilities at AIRD:

“I hope to fulfil the expectations that you have all put in me. I hope that we will consolidate current AIRD operations so we can build up a very solid ground to respond to any emergency requiring our intervention while undertaking new projects, with innovative approaches and improving quality, responsiveness, efficiency and accountability. I hope to be part of this fascinating team called AIRD. I am bringing all my enthusiasm and energy, curiosity, willingness to learn and positiveness. While I have many years of experience, each experience has been unique and rich because people are making it that way.

If we all share the same objectives, then obstacles in the way will become interesting challenges.”