Dr Jean-Baptiste Richardier
Doctor by training, Jean-Baptiste Richardier launched the foundation of Handicap International with his friend and...
Doctor by training, Jean-Baptiste Richardier launched the foundation of Handicap International with his friend and colleague Dr. Claude Simonnot in 1982. As they were outraged by the fate of thousands of Cambodian refugees that were amputated due to the explosion of anti-personnel landmines, the two doctors decided to rally by building prostheses for the victims.
For over 30 years, Jean-Baptiste Richardier spread the action of Handicap International worldwide. He notably highly contributed to the commitment of the organisation against anti-personnel landmines, a battle for which the NGO received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
Successively holding the position of communication and development manager as well as landmines department manager before becoming the director general of Handicap International in 2003, he went into retirement in 2016 but keeps a role on the board of directors.