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    Senior Management Team

    Andrew Hudson

    Executive Director

    New York

    Nicola Reindorp

    Deputy Executive Director


    Janah Ncube

    Global Campaigns Director


    Vijay Patel

    Finance and Operations Director


    Sacha de Wijs

    Strategic Engagements 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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    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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    Sacha is with Crisis Action since 2012. Before being appointed as Strategic Engagements Director he has held several positions within the organisation, including as Germany Director and EU Director.  Before joining Crisis Action Sacha worked as a 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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    Pranjali Acharya

    Head of Development


    Laura Whitby

    Senior Development Manager


    Laura Couderc

    Development Manager


    Sophie Correia

    Development Associate


    Robbie Baruch

    Head of Finance


    Rida Nazir

    Finance Assistant


    Vivienne Miliza

    HR Director


    Alistair Martin

    Communications Director


    Sarah Berry

    Digital Campaigns Strategist


    Maya El Ammar

    Media Campaigns Manager


    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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    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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    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.


    Sophie joined Crisis Action in 2019, having previously worked in fundraising for a women’s health charity helping to grow their income through managing fundraising campaigns, developing monitoring and evaluation strategies and building donor relationships.

    She has spent time volunteering and living in Zambia teaching sexual health education in clinics and schools in rural communities and is passionate about international development.

    Sophie holds an LLB in Law and Criminology at the University of Leicester and is currently studying Spanish as a second language.



    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.


    Rida has recently graduated from Brunel University in London with a first-class degree in Accountancy. She completed a year in industry during her degree as a Finance Assistant for the Communications, Marketing and Student recruitment directorate within the University. She was recently working as an Accounts assistant for JISC, which a publishing organisation in the Education and Research sector.

    Rida enjoys reading, especially Mohsen Hamid novels, and enjoys travelling.


    Vivienne is a Human Resource practitioner of twelve (12) years’ experience accrued from service in public, private, and not for profit sectors. She has extensivee knowledge in human resource and people management, policy development, programme and service delivery, having worked previously with different organizations. Before joining Crisis Action, Vivienne was the Head of HR & Administration at AECF where she played a critical role in the transition and set up of the Human Resource and Administration department and overall institutional set up.
    She has also worked in several local and international organizations in various capacities including Kenya Red Cross, Techno Brain Group, Oxfam GB (UK), Coffee Development Fund and Deloitte & Touché in various capacities. She is SHRM- SCP and CIPD certified.
    Vivienne holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University, a Higher Diploma in Human Resource from the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) -K, a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Oxford Brookes University (UK). She is a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management – Kenya, Society of Human Resource Management – US (SHRM), and Chartered Institute of People Development – UK (CIPD).


    Alistair has nearly 15 years’ experience in communications, campaigns, policy and advocacy within the health and humanitarian sectors. Working initially for the UK civil service, followed by a specialist communications consultancy, Alistair moved to the not-for-profit sector in 2010, building his reputation over the ensuing years with a succession of successful campaigns for charities such as the Mental Health Foundation and British Lung Foundation. These variously helped save vital health services from closure, led to changes in public health legislation and levels of medical research funding, and addressed issues of stigma and inequalities – as well as winning a range of industry awards.

    Alistair joined Crisis Action in 2019 following interim stints on the senior management teams at the international children’s charities War Child and Theirworld, where he oversaw campaigns on issues including the safety of children and teachers in schools, the mental health of children living in conflict zones, and the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. Alistair holds a first class degree in History from the University of Wales and an MSc (Res) in Economic History from the London School of Economics (LSE).


    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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    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.



    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.


    Addis Ababa

    Sue Mbaya

    African Union Director

    Sue (Susan) Mbaya is a governance expert and policy entrepreneur. Through a career spanning over 20 years, she has contributed extensively to African and global development policy processes through her civil society, parliamentary, academic and private sector roles. Throughout her professional history, Sue has worked to highlight and contribute policy and programmatic solutions to situations which impact negatively on human security.

    Before joining Crisis Action, Sue was the Managing Associate of SM and Associates (Johannesburg), a government relations and public policy advisory firm. Prior to that Sue held a range of roles. She was Senior Policy Advisor for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (Geneva). At World Vision International (Nairobi), she was the Africa Director for Advocacy and Justice for Children. At SARPN, the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (Pretoria), she was the Regional Director. She was also Regional Director for Compassion Ministries (Harare).

    Sue holds a postgraduate degree in genetics and is a certified professional behavioural assessment analyst.



    Philip Amaral

    EU Director

    Sofia Fiammenghi

    Advocacy and Campaigns Associate

    Philip joined Crisis Action in June 2014, after having spent six and a half years at Jesuit Refugee Service-Europe. There he was responsible for the organisation’s strategic advocacy and communications towards the EU institutions and member states, working in collaboration with JRS country offices and NGO partners across Europe and the globe, and strengthening JRS Europe’s presence in print, online, and social media as well as in policy debates at the European Commission and European Parliament. Prior to becoming Crisis Action’s Brussels Director, Philip served as the EU office’s Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, taking up several leadership roles, from heading the South Sudan campaign team and emergency responses on Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Before joining JRS-Europe, Philip was deeply engaged with Amnesty International USA as a grassroots community organiser and worked for five years as a community treatment specialist at a mental health clinic. Philip holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College.


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    Sofia joined Crisis Action in 2018 as a Campaign and Research Assistant, before becoming an Advocacy and Campaigns Associate in April 2019. During her time at Crisis Action, Sofia has led social media work for Syria campaigning, conducted research on global norms on civilian protection, helped evaluate campaigns, and has been a part of emergency campaign teams.

    Prior to joining Crisis Action, Sofia worked at All Digital, an NGO in Brussels linking human rights to the development of digital skills, as fundraiser in a campaign for empowering a local community in Nepal.

    Sofia holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance of the European Union from the University of Padua, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Cooperation from the University of Bologna. She did an Erasmus exchange at the Free University of Brussels in Human Rights and Gender Studies.



    Aditi Lalbahadur

    Advocacy and Campaign Manager

    Aditi joined Crisis Action as the Campaigns and Advocacy Manager in Johannesburg in February 2020 after having spent 8 years as a foreign policy analyst at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). Prior to this, Aditi worked in political communications – first as a speechwriter for President Mbeki and then as the Media Liaison Officer at SAIIA. Aditi has published extensively on peace and conflict issues, including on themes like peace-building and conflict prevention in Africa – focusing on South African foreign policy. She’s conducted extensive fieldwork research in post-conflict and fragile contexts including the Bosnia, the DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Her Master’s thesis concentrated on grassroots peacebuilding and state formation in Somaliland. She holds an M.Litt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews (2011) and in 2010 was awarded the Chevening Scholarship.



    Hayley Davidson

    UK Director

    Eleanor Kennedy

    Advocacy and Campaign Manager

    Before joining Crisis Action in 2015, Hayley built her career leading campaigns for fairer health, social care, welfare and education systems in the UK, most recently with Save the Children UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. She’s passionate about building partnerships for social change and has led a number of major coalitions, including the Disability Benefits Consortium of over 60 disability charities, and the Richmond Group of leading health charities. In 2013, she spent a year volunteering in the Johannesburg townships as a strategy and communications adviser for community development NGOs.

    Hayley holds a law degree from Cambridge University. She spent an Erasmus year studying international law at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where she also worked as a Research Assistant at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights analysing the international response to gross human rights violations. She is a proud trustee and board secretary for Elizabeth House Community Centre in Islington, London.


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    Eleanor joined Crisis Action from Amnesty International UK where she led their Urgent Actions campaigning, galvanising public support for individuals at risk of human rights violations around the world. In this role, she successfully built campaigns engaging a critical mass of people globally in the fight for media freedom, religious freedom, right to peaceful protest, women’s rights and justice.  Prior to this, Eleanor worked at the International Rescue Committee, leading a high level advocacy campaign focused on improved refugee resettlement across Europe. She has also worked as a consultant for organisations including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Islamic Relief and International Alert leading the development of their global campaigns strategies.  Eleanor holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS and provides mentoring support for young people from diverse backgrounds looking to enter the charity sector.


    Middle East and North Africa

    Joe Keyrouz

    MENA Director

    Sulafah Al Shami

    Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

    Racha Mouawieh

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Joe Keyrouz is a political science and international affairs specialist, dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights. He studied political science and international affairs and has an MA in Studies about Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from UNIR in Spain.

    Since June 2017, Joe is the elected chair of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) which is a network of 250 election-monitoring organisations in 89 countries across the globe. Moreover, he is an elected member of the Board of Directors since June 2013 at the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE), which is a rights-based organisation that works to promote electoral rights in Lebanon and the MENA region. LADE has extensive experience in monitoring the Lebanese elections, awareness raising, legal research and in advocating and lobbying for electoral reform.

    Moreover, Joe has been fully engaged in the promotion and protection of refugee rights in Lebanon and Jordan since June 2011. Among others, he led a team of more than 200 individuals (100 paralegal staff, 15 lawyers and 120 volunteers) to provide legal aid and support evidence-based advocacy across Jordan, as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Syria response.


    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.


    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.



    Patricia Nyaundi


    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.



    New York

    Gareth Sweeney

    UN Director

    Sienna Merope

    Advocacy and Campaign 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.


    Sienna joined Crisis Action in March 2020. Previously she was Legal Advocacy Director at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, where she coordinated the organization’s work seeking accountability for emblematic right violations and advancing social justice in Haiti, including leading global advocacy efforts to secure remedies for victims of the UN-introduced Haiti cholera epidemic and child support for victims of peacekeeper sexual exploitation.

    Prior to that, Sienna worked on transitional justice and gender-based violence issues with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in private practice, and clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia.

    Sienna holds political science and law degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia and an LLM from NYU School of Law, where she was a Hauser Global Scholar. She currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law in NYU’s Global Justice Clinic.



    Sylvain Biville

    France Director

    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.



    Washington DC

    Christopher Le Mon

    Washington Director

    Carolyn Greco

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Mahad Ghani

    Advocacy and Campaign Associate

    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.


    Mahad joined Crisis Action in 2019 after graduating with his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he focused on international and constitutional law. At Georgetown, Mahad spent Fall 2018 working with Georgetown Law’s Health Justice Alliance Clinic representing low-income communities, served as director of Georgetown Law’s chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project, and spent time doing pro bono work at the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

    Mahad moved to Washington to serve as a White House Intern in the Fall of 2013. Mahad has also spent time working in political and nonprofit consulting, as a First Amendment Fellow at the Newseum Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and First Amendment Center, as a Law Clerk for Senator Durbin’s Judiciary Committee staff, as a Legal and Policy Intern at Fair Trials International, and as an Intern at the Department of State in the Office of Diplomatic Law and Litigation and the Office of Employment Law. Mahad also graduated from the University of San Diego in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.