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Diversity with new Sphere Governing Board and President

Sphere members elected a new governing board and Rita Rhayem as their president on 1 December 2021.

“We made a commitment in Sphere’s strategy 2025 to create a more inclusive, diverse and representative board and membership, with more women, more national organisations, more local perspectives and a broader range of expertise. I am delighted to welcome our new board members and president who reflect this shared commitment.


We thank the outgoing president, Colin Rogers, and board for their invaluable support and guidance over the last three years as we launched a new strategy, navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and achieved some major positive outcomes for the Sphere global community.”


Dr Balwant Singh, Sphere Executive Director

Our ten board members – seven of whom are women – will meet next week to select a vice-president and treasurer, and begin work to support the Sphere team and Sphere’s global community as we deliver our strategy. Up to five additional board members may be co-opted to bring in additional expertise and perspectives.

Rita Rhayem, Sphere’s new President, chairs the Humanitarian Committee at Caritas Internationalis and was previously General Director for Caritas Lebanon. Rita first encountered Sphere in 2009 as a trainee, and since then she has trained many others on Sphere in her home country of Lebanon and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

“The Sphere Handbook was an important tool that helped me to develop Caritas Lebanon’s emergency manual and then manage various responses including the Beirut explosion, the COVID-19 crisis and working with Syrian refugees when I was heading Caritas Lebanon.


As we are witnessing severe crises worldwide, Sphere remains a vital platform for humanitarians and communities globally to come together to deliver quality humanitarian assistance promptly and effectively. I look forward to serving the Sphere community.”


Dr Rita Rhayem, Sphere President

For further information about Sphere and our new Board, please contact governance@spherestandards.org.

If you are interested in becoming a Sphere member, please find information and application instructions here.