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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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    Annamie Paul

    Senior Development Manager


    Pranjali Acharya

    Senior Development Manager


    Claire Albiez

    HR Assistant


    Sarah Berry

    Digital Campaigns Strategist


    Jennifer Dhanraj

    Executive Assistant

    New York

    Emebet Getachew

    Representative to the African Union

    Addis Ababa

    Conor O’Loughlin

    Head of Communications


    Kelly Petillo

    Development Assistant


    Jamie Pleydell-Bouverie

    Global Syria Lead


    Hadeel Al-Shalchi

    Media Campaigns Manager


    Helen Standley

    HR & Organisational Projects Manager

    On sabbatical

    Laura Whitby

    Senior Development Manager

    On maternity leave

    Annamie has more than 15 years of experience in international affairs, external relations, and diplomacy. Previously, Annamie worked as the Brussels Director for Crisis Action. She has also worked as an International Cooperation Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and as a Political Adviser in Canada’s Mission to the EU where she was responsible for the Africa, human rights, development, and conflict prevention portfolios.

    Annamie has extensive experience in conceptualising and launching social entreprises. She was the founder and former Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Political Leadership, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the participation of racial minorities in Canadian public leadership roles. Her organisation was awarded a Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs by the Echoing Green Foundation, a leading international social venture philanthropy.

    Annamie is a lawyer and holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa.


    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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    Before joining Crisis Action, Claire worked at ResearchGate in Berlin, where she handled recruiting, executive assistance, and administrative duties to help make scientific research open to all. Prior to that, she served as an ambassador of US culture and language while teaching English in Saxony under the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

    Claire holds an honors double bachelor in Art History and German Studies from the New College of Florida, where she focused on the German Expressionist art movement Die Brücke.


    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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    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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    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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    Jamie has a range of international experience working on conflict, human rights and development in the non-profit sector. Prior to taking up his current role as Global Syria Lead, Jamie was the Advocacy and Campaigns Manger in Crisis Action’s New York office, where we coordinated joint advocacy at the United Nations. Before joining Crisis Action, Jamie worked with Search for Common Ground in Côte d’Ivoire, with Human Rights Watch in Senegal, and with Hope and Homes for Children in the UK. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he specialised in Conflict Management and African Studies. He holds a BA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded First Class Honours with distinction.




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    Prior to joining Crisis Action, Hadeel was the Syria Researcher at Human Rights Watch and before that a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press and covered the Arab Spring from Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt, and Libya. In 2012, she joined Reuters as the Libya correspondent where she covered the country post-war and investigated the death of Ambassador Chris Stephens. Hadeel also covered the front lines of Aleppo in 2012. She is fluent in Arabic.


    Before joining Crisis Action Helen worked at Save the Children UK where she was PA to the Philanthropy Director, providing executive support to the Fundraising Division to raise over £120m to fund their life saving work both internationally and in the UK. Prior to that Helen worked as PA to the CEO of The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, a Home Office/Law Enforcement agency dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children in the UK, and spent six years at Cancer Research UK working with the Events and Corporate Fundraising teams.


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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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    Nirvana Shawky


    Richard Alam

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Sulafah Al Shami

    Advocacy and Campaigns Associate

    Nirvana’s expertise lies in media and political analysis. Before joining Crisis Action, she played an integral role in the establishment of Al Shorouk (a well-respected Egyptian national newspaper) as the opinion page editor. Previous to that, she was the English section editor and political analyst in Al Ahram Democracy Review, a leading Arab periodical dedicated to democratization, governance and political development. Nirvana has also worked as a researcher for Al Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies and in the Political Science Department at the American University in Cairo, where she received her degree in Political Science and Economics. She has MA in International Relations.


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    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


    Philip Amaral

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    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 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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    Litlhare Rabele

    South Africa Director

    Leizel Francis

    Office Manager

    Litlhare Rabele comes to Crisis Action from the Royal Danish embassy in Pretoria where she was Political Officer, focusing on analysis and reporting on South Africa´s foreign policy, reporting and engaging in bilateral and multilateral forums, representing the Danish government and Danish Government´s development priorities such as peace, security, human rights, gender and migration. This also involved management of grants allocated to local partners including civil society organisations, academia and some government departments. In the last 10 years her work has been focusing on civil society organisations´s role and advocacy on peace and security, women´s rights, human rights, migration and gender across Sub Saharan Africa, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and engaging at the African Union Commission level as well as at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She has worked on democracy and elections with The Carter Centre, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the African Union, focusing on youth and women´s participation in democracy and elections, and has travelled extensively across Africa. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Governance from the Wits School of Governance- University of Witwatersrand and a B.A. Degree from the National University of Lesotho.



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    Nick Martlew


    Hayley Davidson

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Ruth Price

    Campaign and Research Associate

    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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    Ruth joined Crisis Action in 2017 with a range of experience working across policy and campaigning. After graduating with a degree in Politics from Durham University, she worked as Parliamentary Assistant to Jo Cox MP. She then went on to led the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, a coalition of thirteen organisations working to tackle loneliness in the UK.


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    David Deng


    Davis Makori

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Mary King’ori

    Office Manager

    Before joining Crisis Action David Deng served as Research Director for the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS), a Civil Society Organization based in Juba.

    After obtaining his JD from New York University School of Law in 2010, David received a Helton fellowship from the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) for a project to combat land grabbing by foreign and domestic companies in South Sudan. Since the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013, David has conducted numerous research and advocacy activities to promote transitional justice and national reconciliation in South Sudan.

    David has also played a key role in a number of coalitions and networks formed to promote peace and respect for human rights, including Citizens for Peace and Justice (CPJ), a coalition of more than 40 civil society organizations dedicated to the promotion of peace and justice in South Sudan through political, economic and social transformation.


    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

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Lawrence Robinson

    Advocacy and Campaigns Associate

    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.


    Lawrence joined Crisis Action having previously served as the Campaign and Research Assistant for the UN office in New York. He has a range of experience in UN advocacy and research, working with the International Crisis Group and on disarmament affairs for other NGOs in New York. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic, German and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Exeter, where he focused on non-state armed groups and authoritarian politics in the Middle East and North Africa.




    Sylvain Biville

    France Director

    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.



    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

    Christopher Le Mon

    Washington Director

    Julia R. Kuperminc

    Advocacy and Campaigns Associate

    Christopher joined Crisis Action after serving from 2009-2017 in senior U.S. Government roles focused on the United Nations, global human rights issues, and civilian protection. Christopher served at The White House from 2013-2017, including as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, and previously as the NSC Director for Multilateral Affairs, and was responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing U.S. Government policies and positions across the UN system and on global human rights issues. He also served as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel (National Security), managing the team responsible for selecting all appointees at U.S. Government agencies involved in foreign policy and national security. Previously, Christopher served from 2009-2013 at the U.S. State Department as a Senior Advisor on UN affairs, where he focused on strengthening UN tools for conflict prevention and civilian protection, and received a Superior Honor Award for addressing several outstanding UN peacekeeping financial issues.

    Earlier in his career, Christopher practiced law with the global firm Shearman & Sterling, advising clients on economic sanctions, anticorruption, and U.S. national security law. He also was a consultant for the Brookings Institution, served on a temporary secondment with the prosecutor’s office at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and was a law clerk at the International Court of Justice.

    Christopher is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law (where he was a fellow with the Center for International Studies), and a B.A. (honors) in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


    Julia joined Crisis Action in 2017, after completing her J.D. degree at Georgetown University, where she led the Human Rights Action-Amnesty International student organization.  She also has worked with several human rights organizations focusing on prisoners of conscience, gender equality, and combating restrictions on civil society.  Julia also holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, with a specialization in International Humanitarian Law, and a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Brandeis University.