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    Senior Management Team

    Nicola Reindorp

    Chief Executive Officer

    London

    Janah Ncube

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    Bulawayo

    Vijay Patel

    Finance and Operations Director

    London

    Sacha de Wijs

    Strategic Engagements Director

    Berlin

    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.

    nicola.reindorp@crisisaction.org

    + 44 7539 44 23 11

    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.

    janah.ncube@crisisaction.org

    +254 20 262 8303

    @janahncube

    vijay.patel@crisisaction.org

    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.

    sacha.dewijs@crisisaction.org

    +32 483 031 279

    International

    Pranjali Acharya

    Development Director

    London

    Laura Whitby

    Senior Development Manager

    London

    Laura Couderc

    Development Manager

    Paris

    Sophie Correia

    Development Associate

    London

    Hlengiwe Makhaza

    Human Resources Director

    Johannesburg

    Michelle Oduor

    HRIS Officer

    Nairobi

    Robbie Baruch

    Head of Finance

    London

    Rida Nazir

    Finance Assistant

    Londres

    Alistair Martin

    Communications Director

    London

    Maya El Ammar

    Media and Communications Strategist

    Beirut

    Georges Zailah

    Operations Manager

    Beirut

    Lynette Searle

    Executive Assistant

    London

    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.

    pranjali.acharya@crisisaction.org

    +44 (0) 207 269 9450

    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.

    laura.whitby@crisisaction.org

    +44 207 269 9450

    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.

    laura.couderc@crisisaction.org

    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.

    sophie.correia@crisisaction.org

    +442072699450

    Hlengiwe Makhaza joined Crisis Action in October 2021 as a Human Resource Director. She is a specialist in resource management and has over 14 year’s experience in Human Resource and Financial Management. She has worked in the INGO, retail, real estate and management consulting sectors. Prior to joining Crisis Action Hlengiwe worked for Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) for 7 years in the South Africa mission and the MSF Southern African Section offices in Human Resource and Finance Manager roles.

    Hlengiwe holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration & Political Science from the National University of Lesotho (NUL). Hlengiwe also holds qualifications in Human Resource Management, Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town. Hlengiwe received the Ntsu Mokhehle Award for Best Performance in Political Science in 2007. She is registered as an HR professional with South African Board of People Practitioners (SABPP).

    hlengiwe.makhaza@crisisaction.org

    Michelle has 10 years’ experience in Information Systems. Prior to joining Crisis Action, Michelle worked as a Senior Systems Analyst at KenGen PLC where she was responsible for customization, support, maintenance and development of the HR System.

    She is passionate about  Digital HR Transformation  and Analytics to boost the efficiency and quality of HR Services and drive better people decisions.

    She holds a Bachelor of  Business and Information Technology from Strathmore University and a Master of Business Administration- Operations Management from the University of Nairobi.

    michelle.oduor@crisisaction.org

    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.

    robbie.baruch@crisisaction.org

    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.

    rida.nazir@crisisaction.org

    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).

    alistair.martin@crisisaction.org

    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.

    maya.elammar@crisisaction.org

    @mayaammar

    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.

    georges.zailah@crisisaction.org

    Before Joining Crisis Action, Lynette has more than 20 years’ experience in providing executive support in a variety of sectors.

    Her career has included stints at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, where she completed postings in Brussels, Lesotho, Mozambique and Botswana before venturing into the private sector and moving to the UK.

    She is also a trainee counsellor and is currently pursuing a BA in Integrative Counselling.

    Lynette.Searle@crisisaction.org

    +44 207 2699450

    Addis Ababa

    Golda Keng

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    Golda is a human security policy advocate, with an extensive career in peacebuilding and conflict resolution programming. Her body of work converges on entry points for policy change to reverse or mitigate current conflict trends in Africa, new threats to peace and security, the security-development nexus, and their links to leadership and governance. She advocates for a paradigm shift in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Africa, emphasising youth and women’s resilience and community adaptability strategies.

    Golda previously worked for the UNDP, where she supported the operationalisation of the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s Regional Strategy for Stabilisation of the areas most affected by the Boko Haram crisis. For over a decade prior, she worked with the Institute for Security Studies and the United Nations University for Peace in various portfolios spanning the peace-development spectrum.

    Golda holds a Masters’ degree in Peace Education from the UN mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica and a graduate diploma in Security, Development and Conflict Transformation, from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

    She joins Crisis Action from August 2021 as Advocacy and Campaigns Manager in the Addis Ababa office, to support policy advocacy processes at the continental level.

    golda.keng@crisisaction.org

    Brussels

    Jaqueline Hale

    Brussels Director

    Sofia Fiammenghi

    Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

    Jacqueline Hale has 15 years experience influencing the EU on human rights and humanitarian issues. Prior to Crisis Action she was Head of EU Advocacy for Save the Children, leading the organisation’s advocacy towards the EU on protecting children in conflict and  crisis, as well as on multilateral processes such as the UN sustainable development goals and the G7 & G20.  Jacqui has also worked as an analyst with the Open Society Foundations, focusing on the Former Soviet Union. She continues to support local civil society organisations dedicated to human rights and accountability in that region through her board membership of the International Partnership for Human Rights. In addition to her work with NGOs she has held research roles at the European Parliament and with UNHCR as well as advisory roles with the British Council and a number of thinktanks.

    Jacqui is passionate about justice, gender equality and feminist leadership. Frustrated by the lack of gender balance in foreign policy debates she co-founded the Brussels Binder, a database of women policy experts, and serves as a mentor for younger women professionals. Jacqui is a graduate of Cambridge University where she studied languages, and speaks 6 languages in addition to her native English. She holds an MA in International Relations from Sussex University.

    jacqueline.hale@crisisaction.org

    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.

    Sofia.fiammenghi@crisisaction.org

    Johannesburg

    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.

    aditi.lalbahadur@crisisaction.org

    London

    Hayley Davidson

    UK Director

    Parental Leave

    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.

    hayley.davidson@crisisaction.org

    +44 207 2699450

    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.

    eleanor.kennedy@crisisaction.org

    Middle East and North Africa

    Joe Keyrouz

    MENA Director

    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.

    joe.keyrouz@crisisaction.org

    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.

    racha.mouawieh@crisisaction.org

    Nairobi

    Stephanie Musho

    Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

    Stephanie Musho is a human rights lawyer who previously worked in gender and reproductive justice.  Prior to that, she worked at Global Health Strategies where she provided advocacy and communications support to different projects for the World Health Organization, the Graca Machel Trust, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also consulted for the Global Program at The Moth.

    In 2015, she was named one of Africa’s top emerging young female leaders by the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa and awarded the MILEAD fellowship.  Stephanie is also an Aspen New Voices Senior Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the Anglia Ruskin University (UK) and holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the United States International University – Africa and is currently studying towards a PhD in International Relations (Peace and Conflict).

    stephanie.musho@crisisaction.org

    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.

    gareth.sweeney@crisisaction.org

    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.

    sienna.merope@crisisaction.org

    Paris

    Sylvain Biville

    France Director

    Sophie Busson

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    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.

     

    sylvain.biville@crisisaction.org

    Sophie joined Crisis Action in 2020 as a consultant before becoming Advocacy and Campaigns Manager in 2021. Previously she has consulted on issues notably related to human rights, peace and conflicts and gender equality for several entities. She was formerly the head of the Advocacy Division of Reporters Without Borders. She also worked several years as a diplomat for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as for the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

    Sophie holds a lawyer’s certificate (CAPA – admitted to the Paris Bar), a master’s degree in international law from the Jean Monnet Faculty and the Sorbonne University (Paris) and a LLM from the Fordham University School of Law (New York).

    sophiebusson@crisisaction.org

    Washington DC

    Carolyn Greco

    Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

    William Skewes-Cox

    Advocacy and Campaigns Associate

    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.

    carolyn.greco@crisisaction.org

    William joined Crisis Action in 2021 after receiving a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he also earned a Certificate in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies. He was the Digital Editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law and an executive board member of the International Refugee Assistance Project. While in law school, William interned at Human Rights First, the Inter-American Dialogue, and a Chilean law firm. He has experience representing asylum clients in immigration court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals, editing submissions for sanctions by the U.S. government under the Global Magnitsky Act, and developing a proposal for international asset return from the proceeds of public corruption. He holds an M.Sc. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in History from University of California at Berkeley. He is fluent in Spanish and English, and passed the D.C. Bar.

     

    william.skewescox@crisisaction.org