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    Senior Management Team

    Andrew Hudson

    Executive Director

    New York

    Nicola Reindorp

    Deputy Executive Director


    Susanne Baumann

    Chief of Staff


    Janah Ncube

    Global Campaigns Director


    Vijay Patel

    Finance and Operations Director


    Andrew is an international human rights lawyer with 20 years of varied UN and international advocacy experience. Andrew has held many positions at Crisis Action since joining in 2010, including New York Director and Deputy Executive Director. He provides world-class leadership to a global team and has spearheaded some of the organisation’s signature advocacy successes, as well as leading critical aspects of the internationalisation of Crisis Action.

    Prior to Crisis Action, Andrew worked for four years at Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) in New York, where he coordinated UN advocacy, managed the Human Rights Defenders Program and led Latin American work.

    Previously, Andrew was a lawyer in Australia representing indigent clients and refugees and spearheading major law reform projects. He has also worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador, the UN Regional Commission in Thailand, the Australian delegation to the UN General Assembly, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions. Andrew holds honours degrees in politics and law from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Laws from New York University School of Law. He is a John Monash Scholar.


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    Nicola has been campaigning to prevent and protect people in crises for more than 15 years and associated with Crisis Action since 2006, when she joined as a board member.

    At that time, she was the first Head of Oxfam International’s New York office, leading Oxfam International’s advocacy on conflict and humanitarian action across the world. Nicola’s prior roles included being a policy adviser on the Great Lakes for Oxfam GB, and one of Oxfam International’s representatives in their Washington DC advocacy office. Nicola also had periods as a consultant for the UN in Rwanda and a fellow at the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group in London. From 2008–2010, she was the Director of Advocacy at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and in 2011 was an adviser to online campaigning organisation Avaaz.


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    Susanne previously worked for Amnesty International Germany where she was in charge of government and NGO liaison and led the organisation’s advocacy work. Before this she worked on the human rights situation in the Americas. She has a postgraduate degree in law.


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    Janah Ncube was appointed the Global Campaigns Director for Crisis Action starting June 2016. Prior to this she was Pan Africa Director for Oxfam. Her work in the last 10 years has had particular focus on Africa’s regional integration with a particular focus on African institutions such as the African Union, the African Development Banks and Regional Economic Communities; working on civil society development and engagement with other non state actors on the continent. Her career spans over 20 years working on human rights with a particular focus on women’s rights; conflict reduction and peace building; reducing poverty and injustice with organisations such as the SADC Secretariat, the Centre for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union, Women in Politics Support Unit amongst others. In 2005 the University of Bradford presented her with the Hilary Rose Award for her contribution to issues of diversity and inclusion; 2006, she was nominated as a Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow of the Africa Leadership Institute (Afli). In 2011, Janah was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Zimbabwe by the Junior Chamber International.


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    Pranjali Acharya

    Head of Development


    Maya El Ammar

    Media Campaigns Manager


    Robbie Baruch

    Finance Manager


    Sarah Berry

    Digital Campaigns Strategist


    Laura Couderc

    Development Manager


    Alexis Fessatidis

    Executive Assistant

    New York

    Emebet Getachew

    Representative to the African Union

    Addis Ababa

    Maryanne Kamoche

    HR Manager


    Helawi Mengistu

    Finance and HR Assistant


    Conor O’Loughlin

    Communications Director


    Kelly Petillo

    Development Officer


    Laura Whitby

    Senior Development Manager

    On maternity leave

    Georges Zailah

    Operations Manager


    Pranjali is a development and fundraising professional who has more than a decade of experience working for international NGOs working on conflict prevention and human rights.

    She joined Crisis Action in 2011, where leads on the organisation’s fundraising efforts from private foundations and individual donors and support’s the team’s monitoring and evaluation.

    She previously worked on fundraising and communications for the London-based Kurdish Human Rights Project. She made the transition to the not-for-profit sector after periods working in local government and having begun her career working in marketing communications in the City. Pranjali holds a post-graduate degree in International Relations from Warwick University, where she focused on international security and human rights, and globalisation and development.


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    Maya El Ammar joined Crisis Action in October 2018 as a media campaigns manager. She is a feminist activist, journalist, and campaigner from Lebanon who worked on supporting local civil society organisations in their communications and media actions, and gave several training and awareness raising sessions on issues related to gender, feminism, and the media based on handbooks she produced.

    Maya also contributes to different Arab media outlets as a journalist, writer, and translator. She holds a BA in journalism and an MA in communications studies. She previously managed the media and communications activities in KAFA organisation (Arabic word for “Enough”), where she worked for seven years and coordinated nationwide feminist media campaigns.



    Robbie joined Crisis Action in 2018 directly from KPMG, where he worked in the Banking Audit department on the audits of large, international clients including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon. Prior to this, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Goodman Jones LLP, working with SME clients across a range of industries during the course of his training contract. Robbie holds a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham.


    Before joining Crisis Action, Sarah worked at GetUp Australia as Head of Audience and Social Media, managing the organisation’s 300 thousand plus Facebook audience and 100 thousand Twitter followers and leading on social media and audience acquisition strategies. With a background in digital strategy and community management, Sarah has also advised a number of organisations from around the world on how to strengthen their digital campaigning. She currently serves as a Board Director of UN Youth Australia.


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    Laura has 10 year experience of engaging with donors for NGO projects in the Middle East and in Africa, both for development and humanitarian projects.

    Prior to joining CA, she worked with MSF in Paris on developing MSF portfolio for restricted funding, in particular for humanitarian programmes in Uganda and Gaza. Previously she worked as programme partnership manager with Oxfam (Oxford) and was in charge of business development for Oxfam’s global youth programme She also worked between 2011 and 2015 as funding coordinator with Oxfam in Niger, Liberia and the West Bank.

    Laura holds a Master in International Humanitarian Action of the NOHA (Bilbao, 2007), an MA in mass Communication (University of Leicester, 2012). She also holds a diploma of Arabic of INALCO.


    Alexis joined Crisis Action in 2018, after completing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Cyprus. She has previously worked at Center for Civilians in Conflict as the United Nations Advocacy and Policy Associate and interned at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations where she supported the team responsible for providing guidance to the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. Alexis spent a year studying International Relations, Political Science and French at Sciences Po, and holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College.


    With the experience of working with local and international NGOs, Emebet Getachew Abate is an expert on peace and security, elections and good governance in the Horn of Africa as well as women and children rights in Ethiopia. In 2008/2009, as Programme Head at African Rally for Peace and Development, Emebet led and coordinated a campaign against illegal inter-county adoption from Ethiopia where she closely worked with different government bodies with a mandate on child rights. With specialization on gender, peace and security, Emebet has closely worked with various departments of the African Union Commission and Member States of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).


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    I am a human resource practitioner with nine years’ experience working with development organizations. In addition, I have project management experience. I have been working with DAI Global LLC for the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub project managing human resource activities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. Prior to DAI, I worked with an INGO called Feed the Children in Kenya implementing community projects where I supported human resource activities in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Previously, I provided project management support to a regional NGO that implemented renewable energy projects in Eastern & Southern Africa.

    I hold a master’s in organization development and a postgraduate diploma in human resource management.


    Helawi worked for Euler Hermes (Trading Credit Insurance company) both in the US and UK, before joining Crisis Action. He covered several roles from Executive Assistant to project management while in the US office. In the UK office, he worked with claims and collections.

    Helawi holds a BA in Theology and Graphic Design, and an MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Baltimore. He speaks three languages; Amharic, English, and Swahili with a goal of speaking 5 languages.


    Conor was educated at both Dublin City University and the University of Amsterdam, from where he graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in Political Communication. He originally worked as a journalist and has worked with the BBC, RTE, the Australian Radio Network and spent two years as a freelancer travelling throughout Africa and consulting with NGOs. Since then, he spent three years leading humanitarian media and communications with Crisis Action partner, Trócaire and joins us directly from Save the Children, where he has been Global Media Manager since 2012.


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    Kelly joined Crisis Action in October 2016. She assists the Development Team in coordinating and implementing their fundraising efforts for a variety of foundation, government and individual donors.

    Before joining Crisis Action, Kelly worked as an Associate for Teach For All in London. Previously, she also worked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and for the International Crisis Group in Brussels, as well as for the World Youth Alliance Middle East office in Beirut.

    She holds a Master’s degree in International Politics from City, University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. A native Italian speaker, Kelly also speaks French and has a basic knowledge of Arabic.



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    With over a decade’s experience working for INGOs in a variety of senior fundraising, project management and strategic roles, Laura Whitby joined Crisis Action in 2016 as Senior Development Manager. The last ten years have seen Laura working in a diverse array of contexts including Sierra Leone, Arctic Alaska, Qatar and Aberdeen and she has particular expertise in environments impacted by oil and gas development. Laura has most recently worked at Living Earth, an international NGO that works on environmental and development issues from Nigeria and Mali to Russia and Iran.

    Laura holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London, where she focused on Indigenous people’s rights, and has since taken every opportunity to further brush up on her international knowledge with additional study at Birkbeck University.


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    Georges has a decade of international experience in Information Technology solutions, service delivery and management. He worked in delivering complex IT infrastructure solutions for a range of customers in the Telecom, Governmental and Banking sectors mainly in Middle Africa and the Persian Gulf. Georges holds a Bachelor in Computer and Telecommunication Engineering from Holy-Spirit of Kaslik University and is fluent in Arabic, French and English.


    Middle East and North Africa

    Halim Shebaya

    Middle East and North Africa Director

    Richard Alam

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Sulafah Al Shami

    Advocacy and Campaigns Associate

    Halim joins Crisis Action’s Beirut office as an established political writer, op-ed contributor and media commentator on Lebanon and the region. His articles have appeared in Al-Jazeera English, openDemocracy, Middle East Eye, Jadaliyya, Legal Agenda, WorldPost/Huffington Post and in Lebanese newspapers Annahar, Al-Akhbar, Assafir. His commentary has been featured (TV, Radio, Print and Podcast) on, among others, BBC World Service, TRT World, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Balkans, DW, Euronews, Sky News Arabia, RT English and CCTV America.

    Halim taught for eight academic years (2006-2010; 2014-18) in the School of Arts and Sciences at the Lebanese American University and has also worked since 2006 on social and political affairs for a number of local and international organisations including UNICEF, the European Union Elections Observation Mission, and the Human Rights Law Center at the University of Nottingham.

    A graduate of the American University of Beirut with a B.B.A. in Business Administration, he holds a Master of Divinity in Theology from the Near East School of Theology, an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London, and an L.L.M. in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham.


    Before joining Crisis Action, Richard was previously the UN Advocacy Representative for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), conducting advocacy work at the Human Rights Council and other UN mechanisms. His work focused mostly on the humanitarian and human rights situation in both Syria and the OPT but has also worked on other thematic issues in the Maghreb countries. Richard also trained human rights defenders from throughout the MENA on advocacy and UN mechanisms. Prior to coming to CIHRS, Richard worked for an international humanitarian organisation, AVSI, implementing UNICEF funded projects in Lebanon. He oversaw the implementation of the ‘education in emergency’ program aimed at providing education and protection for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Richard Holds a Master in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity from the University of Essex in the UK. Richard is fluent in Arabic and English and is currently studying French.



    Upon completing her B.A. in journalism at the American University in Cairo, Sulafah briefly assisted Washington Post correspondents cover the mass protests that erupted in Egypt in 2011. She worked in Amman for two years, first as a reporter for the independent website 7iber.com and later as a full-time investigative journalist for a Thomson Reuters Foundation funded project, producing in-depth features on governance related issues. One of her investigative reports helped uncover the government’s mismanagement of the public transportation sector in the capital Amman and was picked up by several local media outlets. Before joining Crisis Action, Sulafah completed a short fellowship at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut where she helped produce in-depth research on the challenges to the return of Syrian refugees. Sulafah holds an M.A. in International Relations from New York University and is fluent in Arabic and English.



    Sacha de Wijs

    EU Director

    Before joining Crisis Action Sacha worked as an independent policy researcher and consultant advising companies on political and regulatory frameworks for investments in new markets. Previously, Sacha worked for a Berlin based communications agency where he worked with various political institutions, think tanks and NGOs focusing on strategic positioning and communications strategies. Sacha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern European Studies from the University College London, a Master’s degree in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath and Humboldt University Berlin as well as a PhD in Political Science.


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    Philip Amaral

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Philip comes to Crisis Action with over a decade of advocacy and campaigning experience in the refugee, migration and human rights field. Most recently he spent six and a half years at Jesuit Refugee Service Europe where he was responsible for the organisation’s strategy and advocacy towards the EU institutions and member states, working in close collaboration with JRS country offices and NGO partners across Europe and globally. He also led the organisation’s communications work, strengthening JRS Europe’s presence in print, online and social media. Prior to JRS Europe, Philip was deeply engaged with Amnesty International USA as a grassroots community organizer and worked for five years as a case manager at a community mental health clinic. Philip holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College.


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    Nick Martlew


    Hayley Davidson

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Nick joined Crisis Action in 2013 with experience across humanitarian advocacy, campaigns, and coalition work. He has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a consortium of INGOs and as humanitarian policy adviser for Oxfam in Ethiopia. Three years ago he joined Save the Children in the UK, where he led their advocacy work and collaborations on Libya, Somalia, and hunger crises in East and West Africa, and served on the Board of the Brussels-based humanitarian NGO platform, VOICE (Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies). He led Save the Children’s advocacy campaigns on Syria, including spending three months based in Jordan and Lebanon. Nick has written a number of advocacy reports including Band Aids and Beyond and Childhood Under Fire, and holds a First Class Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, and a Master’s degree in International Politics from the University of Sheffield.


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    Hayley Davidson has over seven years’ experience influencing in the UK, running campaigns on health, welfare, education, and UK poverty. She joined Crisis Action from Save the Children’s UK Poverty campaigns team, where she led a national coalition campaign on child literacy, and has previously led a number of major coalitions, including as Co-Chair of the Disability Benefits Consortium, a group of over 50 disability charities. She has also spent a year in South Africa volunteering as a strategy and communications adviser for a number of small community development NGOs.

    Hayley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge. She spent a year studying international law at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she also worked as a Research Assistant for the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights researching into the international response to gross human rights violations. She is a trustee of Elizabeth House Community Centre in Islington, London.


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    Patricia Nyaundi


    Davis Makori

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Mary King’ori

    Office Manager

    Patricia has 26 years work experience garnered from both the private and public sector. Prior to joining Crisis Action, she worked as CEO of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, before that she worked in the same capacity at the Kenya Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya. She is a passionate advocate for the advancement and protection of the rights of vulnerable persons including women and children. In 2012 in recognition of her work to promote the rights of women she was the 15th Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Fellow at the University of Toronto. She holds a postgraduate Degree in Human Rights.



    Davis Makori joins Crisis Action after serving as the Campaign and Research Assistant at the Crisis Action Nairobi Office. He had earlier joined Crisis Action from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi where he was a part time tutor and pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Relations. He has studied foreign policy and relations between African states extensively and has gained campaign and advocacy experience from working in Crisis Action since 2012.


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    Mary spent over five years as Operations Manager for Simplified Solutions (K) Limited where she oversaw all daily office operations, projects and budgets. She was also actively involved in identifying and appraising project proposals and their viability and overseeing the planning and implementation of projects. Prior to this, she volunteered at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) working to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Mary has also put in hours of Conflict Management in the cross-border communities of the Karamoja cluster (mainly Kenya and Uganda regions) working with local communities and neighbouring NGOs. She holds an MA in International Conflict Management and a BSc in Biology.


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    New York

    Gareth Sweeney

    UN Director

    Christine Monaghan

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Gareth manages Crisis Action partner advocacy at the UN in NY. Gareth was formerly Global Advocacy Manager at Transparency International (TI), representative to the UN in New York and Geneva, Chief Editor of the Global Corruption Report and Head of the Corruption in Sport Initiative. He was previously Deputy Manager of the Human Rights Defenders Programme at the International Service for Human Rights (2006-2010) and Senior Legal Officer for the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (2003-2006). He has also consulted on governance challenges in global climate finance. He holds an MLitt (history) from University College Dublin and LLM (IHRL) from the National University of Ireland.


    Chrissie joins Crisis Action from Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, where she managed the research portfolio and carried out related advocacy. She has conducted multiple research projects for a range of organizations, including the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack and UNICEF. She has also taught courses on human rights research and advocacy at the University of Virginia and New York University. Christine holds a PhD in International Affairs and a BA in History, both from the University of Virginia.



    Sylvain Biville

    France Director

    Racha Mouawieh

    Advocacy and Campaign Manager

    John Senior

    Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

    Sylvain Biville brings twenty years of experience in strategic communications, advocacy and journalism to Crisis Action. Most recently, he has worked as senior advisor to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, after having worked for World Summit Climate & Territories and The Climate Group. He was previously Media Manager at The Elders, where he worked with Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide. Before that, Sylvain spent 15 years covering global news for Radio France Internationale. He also worked as a press officer for the United Nations in New York and the French Institute of South Africa in Johannesburg.



    Racha joins Crisis Action having served most recently as the Yemen Researcher with Amnesty International where she investigated human rights and international humanitarian law violations in Yemen, she notably authored a report on restriction to humanitarian access. Prior to that, she worked with Human Rights Watch in Beirut and Physicians for Human Rights in New York where she conducted research and related advocacy on a range of human rights abuses in Syria. Racha holds a master’s degree in Social Development and a BA in law from the Sorbonne University.


    John joins Crisis Action with a range of experience working on human rights and social business with international NGOs. He has worked with Human Rights Watch and Ashoka in Paris. John holds a Master’s degree in International Public Management from the Paris School of International Affairs – Sciences Po where he specialized on Human Rights and Middle East Studies.


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    Washington DC

    Rachel Everette

    Advocacy and Campaign Associate

    Christopher Le Mon

    Washington Director

    Carolyn Greco

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Rachel joined Crisis Action in 2018, after receiving her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she specialized in International Human Rights Law and the Law of Armed Conflict. During her time at Georgetown, she worked with several legal nonprofits, focusing on increasing access to legal tools and resources in underserved communities.  Rachel also holds a B.A. in International Relations and a Minor in Chinese from Florida State University.


    Christopher joined Crisis Action in 2017 after nearly eight years as a senior U.S. Government official during the Obama Administration, having served at The White House, the National Security Council staff, and the State Department, with responsibility for United Nations affairs and human rights issues.  He previously was an international lawyer in private practice and a consultant for the Brookings Institution, served on temporary secondment to the prosecutor’s office at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and was a law clerk at the International Court of Justice.  Christopher holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. (honors) in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a Term Member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.


    Carolyn joined Crisis Action having previously served as Senior U.S. Policy Associate at Physicians for Human Rights, where she coordinated advocacy around war crimes accountability, sexual violence, torture, and medical neutrality.  Prior to that, she was responsible for research and analysis relating to protection of human rights defenders at Human Rights First; provided legal support for judges at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the Superior Court of Massachusetts; and served as a paralegal specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Carolyn holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude) from Bates College, and is a member of the advisory board of the American Bar Association’s Atrocity Prevention and Response Project.