Stephen Fonseca has a degree in Forensic Sciences Investigation and training in disaster management. Prior to joining the ICRC, he worked 16 years as a Coroner with the British Columbia Coroners Service in Canada. The last eight years were focused on the development and implementation of the Identification and Disaster Response Unit, or IDRU, which was initiated in 2006.  Stephen Fonseca has taught and presented at numerous learning institutions and government agencies. He was a member of the Technical Sub-Committee that supported the development of the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Human Remains in Canada, which aims to systematically manage, support, and report on missing persons and death investigations at a regional and national level.  Stephen joined the ICRC in 2013 and was posted to Lebanon where he implemented forensic tools and provided technical advice on policies and procedures to enhance the ICRC’s Missing Program related to documentation of those who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to 1991. In 2015 he became the first permanently posted ICRC forensic coordinator in Africa and today managers ICRC’s African Forensic Team, which has implemented forensic capacity building programs and activities in over 42 countries across the continent, empowering authorities to more effectively respond to reports of missing and dead following catastrophes, conflicts and in migration.