Sophie Delaunay began working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1993 and has been the executive director of MSF in the United States since January 2009. She was initially involved with the organization in administrative and finance roles, serving as country administrator first in Thailand and later in Rwanda, as financial controller in Paris, and then as administrative and finance director of Epicentre, MSF’s Paris-based epidemiological research center. She has also worked extensively in program management.
From 1998 to 2004, she was head of mission of MSF’s medical programs in China and Korea, and in 2008, she assumed the role of senior program officer of MSF’s US office. Additionally, while serving as a member of the Board of Directors of MSF-France, Delaunay worked as head of the program department of ESTHER, the French government’s implementing agency to combat AIDS in 18 developing countries.
She holds a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Le Havre in France and a master’s degree in Political Science from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. She has contributed to multiple publications, including a book about North Korean asylum seekers, and she recently conducted evaluations of MSF programs in Liberia and Darfur.