October 16, 2012 – The International Blue Cross (IBC) is proud to announce that Dr. Albert Moukolo has been elected president at its General Assembly on 12 October,2012, in Sibiu, Romania.

Dr. Moukolo, Swiss citizen of Congolese origin, has extensive professional experience in the field of addiction. As an expert and consultant in alcohol addiction he worked, amongst others, for the University Polyclinic of Lausanne, the WHO in Geneva, and the UNDCP in Vienna. Today, he is employed as an external collaborator at the Institute of Public Health in Geneva and at the University of Lausanne. He holds degrees in Clinical Psychology and Public Health and a doctorate in Psychology.

Having suffered indirectly from addiction-related harm during his childhood in Brazzaville, Dr. Moukolo decided to join the Congolese Blue Cross as a young man. He soon became its Secretary General and has been committed to the Blue Cross ever since.

The new president states: “I am thrilled to take up this important position and look forward to contribute to implementing the new and pathbreaking strategy that has been voted by the 2012 General Assembly last week in Sibiu, Romania. As one of the few international organisations in the field of prevention and treatment of alcohol-related harm, we have a particular responsibility to address the sad realities created by addiction amongst families and communities around the world.”

In addition to its new president, the IBC is also pleased to announce the election of Hjalmar Hansen, MSc (Econ.), from Faroe Islands, as vice-president. Other newly elected Network Committee (board) members include: Jana Kupkova, Social Services Quality Manager, from the Czech Republic; Rakesh Mittal, Chartered Accountant & Lawyer, from India; Ingalill Söderberg, journalist, from Sweden; and Fanjanirinia Rasolomanana, Programme Manager, from Madagascar.

Other Network Committee members continuing their terms are Rolf Hartmann, Secretary General of Blue Cross Brazil; Reinhard Jahn, Secretary General of Blue Cross Germany, Representative of the Blue Cross Youth Associations; Matsepo Letlola, Director of the Thaba-Bosiu Treatment Centre, Maseru, Lesotho; Daniel Lüscher, Director of Blue Cross Bern (Swiss Cantonal Society), Switzerland; Holger Lux, MD, Director Blue Cross Rehabilitation-Centres for Addicted Men, Romania; and Timo Mutalahti, Lawyer, Member of the Board of Finish Blue Ribbon, Finland.


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