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ISHR staff

Meet our staff members, the driving force behind ISHR's impact.

ISHR staff members are responsible for the implementation of the strategic framework provided by the Board. They work in a way which is agile, strategic, innovative, collaborative, effective, efficient, accountable and sustainable.

ISHR provides its staff with opportunities for their professional development, both internally and externally. Each of our members is an incredible added value and together, they bring a various palette of expertise, experience and knowledge to ISHR.

If you aspire to make a difference in the world, help others at your level, human rights careers are made for you! Join our team!

Meet our staff below!

 

 

Profile Photo of ISHR staff Marianne Bertrand

Marianne Bertrand

(she/her)

Campaign and Mobilisation Manager

Marianne (she/her) joined ISHR in 2019 and tries to expand the reach and influence of ISHR advocacy work with participatory campaigns and by building and mobilising communities of support.
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Marianne Bertrand

(she/her)

Campaign and Mobilisation Manager

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Marianne joined ISHR in 2019 and tries to expand the reach and influence of ISHR advocacy work with participatory campaigns and by building and mobilising communities of support. Previously, Marianne worked at Peace Brigades International and Amnesty International in the Americas and with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. She holds a Master degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po and an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex. 

Sarah Brooks

(she/her)

Programme Director

Sarah (she/her) is ISHR's programme manager and human rights advocate focused on defenders in the Asian region as well as defenders of migrant and refugee rights.

Sarah Brooks

(she/her)

Programme Director

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Sarah is ISHR’s programme manager and human rights advocate focused on defenders in the Asian region as well as defenders of migrant and refugee rights. Sarah also supports ISHR’s work on corporate accountability and leads organisational change in digital security. Prior to joining ISHR, Sarah worked to advance US foreign policy in the area of labour rights and supply chains. She comments on her work, transnational feminism, and geopolitics

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Marina Dailly

(she/her)

Finance Director

Marina (she/her) joined ISHR in 2013 and has overall responsibility for grant management, programme planning, budgeting, financial reporting and internal controls.
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Marina Dailly

(she/her)

Finance Director

Marina joined ISHR in 2013 and has overall responsibility for grant management, programme planning, budgeting, financial reporting and internal controls. Prior to joining ISHR, she held a variety of senior financial management positions within diverse corporations and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Marina holds a Master in Economic and Commercial Law from the University of Lausanne, a double degree in Philosophy/Accountancy from George Mason University.

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Paula Danilczyk

(she/her)

Digital Communications Officer

Paula is now working as a digital communications officer to help the organisation improve its digital strategy.
Profile Photo of ISHR staff Paula Danilczyk

Paula Danilczyk

(she/her)

Digital Communications Officer

Paula holds a Master’s Degree in Media Relations from Warsaw University of Humanities, Poland. Before coming to Geneva, she worked for several years as an editor for a Polish 24-hours news channel. She has extensive professional experience in social media, digital project management as well as Salesforce and website maintenance. She now supports ISHR’s communications team to deliver messages through social and mainstream media. First a communications intern at ISHR from August to December 2017, she is now working as a digital communications officer to help the organisation improve its digital strategy. 

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Sonia Derreumaux

(she/her)

Finance Manager

Sonia (she/her) holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Lisbon School of Economics & Management and Postgraduate Degrees in Finance and Business Controlling.
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Sonia Derreumaux

(she/her)

Finance Manager

Sonia holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lisbon School of Economics & Management and Postgraduate Degrees in Finance and Business Controlling. Prior to joining ISHR, she’s held a variety of financial management positions in the energy sector in Portugal (Lisbon), Switzerland (Geneva) and Germany (Hamburg).

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Christine Do Phan

(she/her)

Communications Director

Christine works to make ISHR advocacy, achievements and calls to action more visible and effective.
Profile Photo of ISHR staff Christine Do Phan

Christine Do Phan

(she/her)

Communications Director

Christine joined ISHR in 2017 after several years as a communication professional in the private sector. Christine works to make ISHR advocacy, achievements and calls to action more visible and effective. She manages the production of ISHR’s publications and helps the team craft and deliver their messages through the channels our audiences use, with the help of new narratives and strategic communications. Christine holds Master degrees in management studies from EM Lyon and WHU Koblenz.

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Salma El Hosseiny

(she/her)

Programme Manager (Human Rights Council)

Salma (she/her) joined ISHR in 2018 and leads our strategic engagement and advocacy at the Human Rights Council.
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Salma El Hosseiny

(she/her)

Programme Manager (Human Rights Council)

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Salma joined ISHR in 2018 and leads our strategic engagement and advocacy at the Human Rights Council. She holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining ISHR, Salma worked for international and national human rights organisations in the Middle East and North Africa region. Her work focused on the protection of human rights defenders, civil and political rights and women’s rights.

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Marie Elseroad

(she/her)

Human Resources Manager

Marie (she/her) joined ISHR as Human Resources Manager in 2020.
Profile Photo of ISHR staff Marie Elseroad

Marie Elseroad

(she/her)

Human Resources Manager

Marie joined ISHR as Human Resources Manager in 2020. Prior to joining ISHR, she worked for the International Foundation of Electoral Systems and International Medical Corps in Washington, DC, as well as the Global Fund and the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva. Marie holds a Master in Political Science, Sociology and Human Rights from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and Human Resources certificates from Cornell University, USA.  

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Adélaïde Etong Kame

(she/her)

Programme Manager (Africa)

Adélaïde (she/her) joined ISHR in 2017 and focuses on supporting and protecting defenders from Africa at the national level, as well as at the African Commission and UN.
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Adélaïde Etong Kame

(she/her)

Programme Manager (Africa)

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Adélaïde joined ISHR in 2017 and focuses on supporting and protecting defenders from Africa at the national level, as well as at the African Commission and UN. Previously, she advocated for the rights of women in Poland and Macedonia as well as the advancement of freedom of expression in Central Africa. More recently, she worked with indigenous people and minorities in Mauritania for better protection of their rights, especially victims of slavery. Adélaïde has a Master in International Law and Relations from the University of Clermont-Ferrand.

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Eva Homolkova

(she/her)

Fundraising and Grants Manager

Eva joined ISHR in 2018 as a Fundraising officer.
Profile Photo of ISHR staff Eva Homolkova

Eva Homolkova

(she/her)

Fundraising and Grants Manager

Eva joined ISHR in 2018 as a Fundraising officer. She holds a Master degree in Civil Sector Studies from Charles University in Prague. She has over 10 years of experience in the NGO sector, working both in fundraising and project management positions. Prior to ISHR she has worked for several years for People in Need, where she was in charge of the Burma programme, supporting Burmese human rights defenders.

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Fabiana Leibl

(she/her)

HRCNet Coordinator

Fabiana (she/her) coordinates HRCNet, a network of 16 regional and international and human rights organisations, created in 2016 to enhance NGO engagement with the Human Rights Council and to strengthen the Council’s impact and influence on the ground.
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Fabiana Leibl

(she/her)

HRCNet Coordinator

Fabiana coordinates HRCNet, a network of 16 regional and international and human rights organisations, created in 2016 to enhance NGO engagement with the Human Rights Council and to strengthen the Council’s impact and influence on the ground. Fabiana is a lawyer and holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. For the past years, Fabiana has worked with different civil society organisations, such as Amnesty International (London), CIVICUS (South Africa) and Conectas Direitos Humanos (Brazil). Before joining HRCNet, Fabiana led the international advocacy and protection programme at the Right Livelihood Foundation in Geneva.

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Tina Luft

(she/her)

Digital Communications Consultant

Tina (she/her) supports the ISHR communications team as Digital Communications Consultant.
Profile Photo of ISHR staff Tina Luft

Tina Luft

(she/her)

Digital Communications Consultant

Tina supports the ISHR communications team as a Digital Communications Consultant. Tina has been working as an independent Multimedia Graphic Designer for several years, delivering global online and offline communication projects. Her main focus at ISHR is managing the website re-development project, as well as working on ISHR’s social media strategy and implementation. Tina obtained a Master of Arts in Design from Zurich University.

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Phil Lynch

(he/him)

Executive Director

Phil (he/him) is the Director of ISHR and has overall responsibility for the organisation’s strategy, policy, programmes and operations
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Phil Lynch

(he/him)

Executive Director

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Phil is the Director of ISHR and has overall responsibility for the organisation’s strategy, policy, programmes and operations. Under Phil’s stewardship, ISHR has contributed significantly to the development of international and national standards and laws on the protection of human rights defenders. Before joining ISHR in 2013, Phil founded and led the award-winning Human Rights Law Centre and Homeless Law in Australia. He is a former member of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency Advisory Board and a former member of the Australian Government Human Rights Grants Scheme Expert Panel. Phil holds an LLB (Hons) and an MPPM from the University of Melbourne. 

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Tess McEvoy

(she/her)

New York Office Co-Director and Legal Counsel

Tess McEvoy (she/her) leads ISHR's work on LGBTI rights defenders as well as ISHR's legal protection work, including contributing to a Model Law for the protection of human rights defenders.
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Tess McEvoy

(she/her)

New York Office Co-Director and Legal Counsel

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Tess McEvoy leads ISHR’s work on LGBTI rights defenders as well as ISHR’s legal protection work, including contributing to a Model Law for the protection of human rights defenders. She is part of ISHR’s legal team which engages in strategic litigation for the protection of human rights defenders. She also engages with UN mechanisms in New York including the General Assembly and the Commission on the Status of Women. Before joining ISHR in 2015, Tess worked with leading international law firm DLA Piper, and with community legal centres working on women and refugee rights. Tess holds a Juris Doctor from Murdoch University and a psychology degree from the University of Western Australia.

Josel Menez

(he/him)

Apprentice

Josel (he/him) joined ISHR in 2020 as an Office and Programme Management Apprentice.

Josel Menez

(he/him)

Apprentice

Josel joined ISHR in 2020 as an Office and Programme Management Apprentice. He has previous experience in administration and audit for a CPA firm in Chicago. Prior to ISHR, Josel volunteered for Caritas as an English Communicator and Okairos Life as an Ambassador to promote solidarity and mutual aid by young people, mostly refugees and migrants.

 

Eleanor Openshaw

(she/her)

Programme Director

Eleanor (she/her) leads ISHR’s work to promote NGO participation and protect civil society space at the UN.

Eleanor Openshaw

(she/her)

Programme Director

Eleanor leads ISHR’s work to promote NGO participation and protect civil society space at the UN. She also coordinates our work at the Inter-American Commission and in the Latin American region. Before joining ISHR, Eleanor worked at Amnesty International and Peace Brigades International. Eleanor holds degrees from the University of Oxford and London Metropolitan University. 

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Maithili Pai

(she/her)

Programme Officer, Civil Society Access and Participation

Maithili (she/her) is a Programme Officer, contributing to the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of ISHR's strategies and campaigns regarding civil society access to UN human rights mechanisms and bodies.
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Maithili Pai

(she/her)

Programme Officer, Civil Society Access and Participation

Maithili joined ISHR as a Harvard-PSVF fellow in 2020 and contributes to our work on civil society access to UN human rights mechanisms and bodies. An India-qualified lawyer, she previously served as a judicial clerk at the Supreme Court of India, assisted the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and interned at NGOs in India, UK and Egypt on women’s and LGBTIQ rights, refugee and migrant rights and digital rights. She holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.

Pooja Patel

(she/her)

Programme Director

Pooja (she/her) joined ISHR in 2014 and leads our work supporting women HRDs.

Pooja Patel

(she/her)

Programme Director

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Pooja joined ISHR in 2014 and leads our work supporting women HRDs. Before joining ISHR, Pooja worked with the Asian Forum for Human Rights & Development (FORUM-ASIA) in Bangkok and Geneva, and as a policy analyst with Universal Rights Group. Pooja holds a Degree in Political Science and International Development from the University of Toronto. 

Vincent Ploton

(he/him)

Director of Development and treaty body advocacy

Vincent (he/him) joined ISHR in 2016 and leads our institutional development and fundraising, as well as our strategic engagement with the UN Treaty Bodies.

Vincent Ploton

(he/him)

Director of Development and treaty body advocacy

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Vincent joined ISHR in 2016 and leads our institutional development and fundraising, as well as our strategic engagement with the UN Treaty Bodies. Before joining ISHR, Vincent worked with international NGOs engaging with the Human Rights Committee, Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Committee against Torture. Vincent also worked in the humanitarian field in South and West Asia, as well as Colombia. Vincent holds a Masters degree in political science (SOAS, University of London) and in business administration (Lyon). 

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Antsa Rakotonanahary

(he/him)

Finance Coordinator

Antsa joined ISHR in 2016. His role is to assist the finance manager on all the tasks related to accounting.
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Antsa Rakotonanahary

(he/him)

Finance Coordinator

Antsa joined ISHR in 2016. His role is to assist the finance manager on all the tasks related to accounting. Antsa holds a degree in Accounting in France. Previously he’s worked in various associations as an accountant and it was during those experiences he discovered the world of the NGOs which sparked his interest and passion for working in the not for profit sector.

Madeleine Sinclair

(she/her)

New York Office Co-Director and Legal Counsel

Madeleine (she/her) is Co-Director of ISHR's New York office, leads our work to combat reprisals against human rights defenders and coordinates ISHR's legal work and strategic litigation.

Madeleine Sinclair

(she/her)

New York Office Co-Director and Legal Counsel

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Madeleine (she/her) is Co-Director of ISHR’s New York office, leads our work to combat reprisals against human rights defenders and coordinates ISHR’s legal work and strategic litigation. Under Madeleine’s leadership, ISHR has contributed significantly to advancing the UN’s response to intimidation and reprisals. Previously, Madeleine worked at UNICEF, for the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, and as a lawyer. Madeleine holds a Master of Laws from NYU, a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen’s University. 

Hannah Sobocinski

(she/her)

Training and Advocacy Support Manager

Hannah (she/her) joined ISHR as Training and Advocacy Support Manager in 2020.

Hannah Sobocinski

(she/her)

Training and Advocacy Support Manager

Hannah joined ISHR as Training and Advocacy Support Manager in 2020. Her work focuses on ensuring the successful delivery of the Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP), further developing the online ISHR Academy and providing overall support for ISHR’s training, advocacy accompaniment and capacity building activities. Before joining ISHR, Hannah worked in humanitarian capacity building at Save the Children UK in London, training frontline aid workers in West and Central Africa, East Africa and Bangladesh. She holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from Queen Mary University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva.

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Raphaël Viana David

(he/him)

Asia Programme Officer and Latin America focal point in Geneva

Raphaël (he/him) joined ISHR in 2018 and has been ISHR’s Asia Programme Officer since 2019, supporting human rights defenders in the Asian region.
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Raphaël Viana David

(he/him)

Asia Programme Officer and Latin America focal point in Geneva

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Raphaël (he/him) joined ISHR in 2018 and has been ISHR’s Asia Programme Officer since 2019, supporting human rights defenders in the Asian region. He holds a Dual Master’s Degree in Human Rights and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and Peking University, with prior experience in providing legal assistance to asylum-seekers in France. Raphael is one of the two Focal Points for Latin America in ISHR’s Geneva office.

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Diego Villanueva

(he/him)

Office and Programme Support Manager

Diego (he/him) joined ISHR in 2017 after 12 years of experience in events administration, hospitality, and customer service industries and a recent position as office manager for a Geneva-based software company.
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Diego Villanueva

(he/him)

Office and Programme Support Manager

Diego (he/him) joined ISHR in 2017 after 12 years of experience in events administration, hospitality, and customer service industries and a recent position as office manager for a Geneva-based software company. At ISHR Diego is in charge of office management and administration, as well as supporting the different program teams to help them achieve important progress on the set goals. Diego has also been an LGBTI and migrant rights activist in Mexico and the USA, which inspired the idea of one day working for a human rights NGO. Diego studied foreign languages and literature at UNAM in Mexico City, in addition to Hospitality and Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco C.A. GPG Key

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Clément Voule

(he/him)

Senior Advisor

Clément leads our work to support defenders in States in transition, in Africa, and at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
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Clément Voule

(he/him)

Senior Advisor

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Clément leads our work to support defenders in States in transition, in Africa, and at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Before joining ISHR in 2006, Clement was Secretary-General of Amnesty International Togo and head of the Togolese Coalition of HRDs. Clément also holds an independent appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

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Stéphanie Wamba

(she/her)

Africa Advocate

Stéphanie joined ISHR in 2019 as a consultant for ISHR’s Programme Advocacy in Africa.
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Stéphanie Wamba

(she/her)

Africa Advocate

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Stéphanie joined ISHR in 2019 as a consultant for ISHR’s Programme Advocacy in Africa. Her work focuses on  ISHR thematic priorities in Africa, mainly supporting research, advocacy, monitoring and reporting on human rights defenders’ protection laws in Africa. Before joining ISHR, Stéphanie worked at Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network in Cameroon for the protection and promotion of human rights and human rights defenders in Central Africa. She holds a Dual Master’s Degree in Private Law and Strategy, Defense, Security, Conflict and Disaster Management from Dschang University and Research Center for Political and Strategic Studies of Yaounde II University. 

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Andrés Zaragoza

(he/him)

Programme Manager (Business and Human Rights)

Andrés joined ISHR in 2020 and leads our work on business and human rights. Previously, Andrés worked at the World Economic Forum and other NGOs, focusing on human rights risks and due diligence measures along global supply chains and in high-risk areas.
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Andrés Zaragoza

(he/him)

Programme Manager (Business and Human Rights)

Andrés joined ISHR in 2020 and leads our work on business and human rights. Previously, Andrés worked at the World Economic Forum and other NGOs, focusing on human rights risks and due diligence measures along global supply chains and in high-risk areas. He also worked at the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICoCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative involving private sector, States and NGOs in raising standards in the private security sector globally. Andrés holds a Master degree on human rights from the University of Essex. His academic background is in law and business administration and management.