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Mario Enrique Villaroel-Lander 1987-97

The 10-year tenure of Mario Villaroel-Lander, born in 1947 in Caracas, Venezuela, was notable for the implementation of financial controls, clear guidelines on nutrition and a strategic plan to look at long-term challenges.

He oversaw the name change from League to International Federation. But, politically, the biggest challenge was the collapse of the Soviet Union. Referring to the changed conditions, he said: "National Societies are looking to us for firm leadership and the rapid resolution of the many difficulties that face a rapidly growing organisation in an increasingly complex word."

In 1989, a "supercamp" was held at the site of the battle of Solferino to mark the 125th anniversary of the International Red Cross and Crescent Movement. "We are living proof of peaceful co-existence, united by our common committment to alleviate human suffering," Villaroel said.

Villaroel appointed a commission to work on a Strategic Work Plan for the 1990s (see links below), which led to the ideal to work for the world's most vulnerable people while recognising that the organisation's main strength lay in its unique network.

Links: Order the Strategic Work Plan (www.ifrc.org)
Links: Evaluation Report "Learning from the Nineties" (www.ifrc.org)
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