Jean-Christophe Rufin is a doctor, historian, novelist, and the former French ambassador to Senegal and Gambia. Rufin is one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders, a former administrator of the French Red Cross, and president of Action contre la Faim. He has led missions in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Soudan, Rwanda, and the Balkans. Rufin is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Abyssinian (Prix Goncourt for a debut novel in 1997) and Brazil Red (2001 Prix Goncourt). In 2015 Europa Editions will release The Red Collar, a novel on war and its aftermath.