Meet Our Associates

Ornella Barros

Mathilde Bienvenu

Gaele Chojnowicz

Chiara Ciminello

Joanne Doyle

Tina Fischer

Luz Alcira Granada

Laurene Graziani

Mathilde Guntzberger

Léon Habineza

Yvonne Kemper

Kyra Loat

Bethel Lulie

Jeanine Mawazo

Juventine Mujawase

Asmita Naik

Lara Quarterman

Elise Reslinger

Annabel Trapp

Luis Vargas Faulbaum

Ornella Barros

is a political scientist, originally from Colombia. She has over eight years’ experience in child rights, research, and advocacy with a focus on child protection and care, children’s participation, and child rights governance. She is a trainer, practitioner, evaluator, and advocate. Ornella has experience working with marginalised communities, children, and youth. Her work experience comprises diverse development and emergency contexts, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, El Salvador, Greece, Mexico, Romania, and Tanzania. Ornella has collaborated with World Vision, The European Wergeland Centre, Terre des Hommes International Federation, Save the Children, Kindernothilfe, and Arigatou International. She holds a master’s degree in Human Rights from the University of Oslo. She speaks Spanish with native fluency, English with working proficiency, and French.

 

Mathilde Bienvenu

is a child protection specialist with over 12 years of experience. She developed expertise in the protection of children both in emergency and development contexts with UNICEF, non-governmental organisations, and with the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Her main areas of expertise are the prevention and response to violence against children, family separation in emergencies, and the protection of children affected by armed conflict. Mathilde holds three master’s degrees in International Humanitarian Action (University Paris XII), Business and Administration (E.M Lyon), and in Business Law (University Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne). Mathilde speaks fluent French and English.

 

Gaele Chojnowicz

is a protection specialist with 17 years’ experience in humanitarian protection programming, with expertise in child protection, humanitarian coordination, gender and protection mainstreaming, and refugee protection. Gaele has a background in anthropology, political sciences, humanitarian law, and psychology. In 2008, after working as a Protection Officer for UNHCR, Gaele went on to manage protection projects and teams for INGOs in conflict and post-conflict settings in Africa and Asia. Her work focused on improving case management in emergency interventions and promoting child-centred holistic interventions through community strengthening and capacity building of formal and informal social services providers and protection stakeholders. Gaele also works at national and global levels, developing tools and advocacy materials for protection mainstreaming. She has facilitated training sessions for UN agencies and NGOs on child protection in emergency, protection mainstreaming, and humanitarian coordination.

 

Chiara Ciminello

is a committed child protection activist with over a decade of international experience in conflict affected and fragile settings in Africa, Middle East, Asia and more recently in Europe for the refugee and migrant crisis. Chiara has a legal background with a Master in Human Rights and has worked with both UN agencies and International NGOs. She has a specialist knowledge in: family tracing and family reunification of UASC; child friendly spaces; psychosocial support in emergency settings; community based protection interventions; child protection and gender based violence case management in humanitarian situations; disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of children associated with armed groups and armed forces (DDR); Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on the six grave violations committed against children in times of armed conflict; best interest procedures for refugee children; and children in conflict with the law. She is familiar with the Interagency Cluster Approach, having chaired and co-chaired coordination groups on child protection and SGBV in multiple locations. 

 

Joanne Doyle

is a child protection writer and researcher with over 15 years’ experience in the development and humanitarian sectors. Based in Ireland, she is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.  Joanne writes publications, technical reports and guidance for UN agencies and NGOs on issues ranging from system building and violence against children, to alternative care, psychosocial support and sexual exploitation and abuse. Joanne has lived and worked in Vietnam, Pakistan, Ethiopia, East Timor, Angola and South Africa and responded to emergencies in Liberia and Haiti. She has also managed key child protection initiatives such as the interagency Child Protection Trainee Scheme. Joanne has a degree in Psychology and French from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Humanitarian Action (NOHA) from University College Dublin and Uppsala University Sweden.

 

Tina Fischer

is an Instructor in the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University and a doctoral candidate in the DrPH programme on Global Health and Humanitarian Systems. Tina has over 15 years’ experience working on issues of child welfare and protection with UN agencies and NGOs in humanitarian and developmental contexts. Born in Botswana and raised in India and Pakistan, Tina has regional expertise in South and Southeast Asia, East and Southern Africa, and Central Europe. She speaks German and English with native fluency and has working proficiency in French.

 

Luz Alcira Granada

is an expert on advocacy, child’s rights, communications for development, design, monitoring, and evaluation, development, and humanitarian assistance. She has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in the social sector, a specialist in leadership and social management, a specialist in community development, diploma in child and youth participation and children’s rights, diploma in Human Rights, and a bachelor degree in social work. Her native tongue is Spanish and she speaks English with professional proficiency.

 

Laurene Graziani

holds a Ph.D. in Law, a Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights and a Post Grad in Humanitarian action. She has 15 years of experience leading projects, conducting research and designing training programs in development and humanitarian context. Laurene is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to children’s rights and well-being, gender, youth participation, as well as emerging issues such as media, corporate social responsibility or climate change. Author of dozen articles and book chapters, Laurene has 8 years of experience teaching at the university.

 

Mathilde Guntzberger

is a child protection and women and girls’ empowerment practitioner and researcher with over 13 years’ international development experience. She has led research on the violence against women and children, including social norms analysis, and has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and evaluation, programme design, and capacity strengthening. She has provided technical consultancy services to UN agencies, governments, INGOs, and faith-based organisations in South and Southeast Asia and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Mathilde is passionate about projects generating insightful data that inform programme decision-making and participatory approaches to learning processes. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection. Mathilde is a native French speaker with English fluency. 

 

Léon Habineza

is a Researcher, Logistics Manager, and Translator with 10 years of experience supporting research on issues related to children and youth, education, gender, health, and reconciliation in Rwanda. Léon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with Honors from The Catholic University of Rwanda, he has working proficiency in English and French, and speaks Kinyarwanda with native fluency.

 
 

Yvonne Kemper

is an international human rights and humanitarian affairs expert with over 15 years of experience conducting pioneering research and writing effective strategic, training and guidance documents. She has worked with UN agencies, international NGOs and think tanks on a range of issues, including monitoring and reporting of grave child rights violations in armed conflict; accountability and justice for children; protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and child safeguarding; and reinforcing the role of youth in peacebuilding processes. Yvonne excels at breaking down complex issues and developing conceptual frameworks and practical guidance that help UN and NGO staff do a better job. Yvonne has two Master’s Degrees - earned with distinction - from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Hamburg University’s Institute of Peace Research and Security Studies.

Kyra Loat

is an international policy specialist who is just beginning her journey in the field of child protection in humanitarian action. With one year of experience at the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Kyra hopes to drive positive change in the protection of human rights, gender-equality and international humanitarian law. Kyra is based in Vancouver, Canada and speaks English with native fluently.

 

Bethel Lulie

is a Master of Public Health graduate with focus on Global Health, health promotion, gender inequities, and community-based research and is currently based in Ethiopia. Her native tongue is Amharic, and she speaks English fluently.

 

Jeanine Mawazo

is a university graduate in Clinical Psychology with an outgoing personality and good communication skills. She enjoys meeting challenges and seeing them through while remaining confident and good humoured under pressure. Jeanine has over ten years of research experience, working with UN agencies (UNICEF) and bilateral aid organizations, such as UK DfID and USAID, as well as international and national consulting firms on monitoring and evaluation of education, gender, youth development, and child protection programs.

 

Jeanine has extensive experience coordinating fieldwork activities for research projects, including evaluations. She has expertise in hiring qualified data collectors,  facilitating research tools development workshops,  training data collectors on data collection tools, managing data collector teams, field logistics, quantitative/qualitative data collection, data collection supervision (quality assurance), qualitative data transcription/translation, and interpreting statistical data analysis within a local context.

 

Juventine Mujawase

has over ten years of professional experience as a social science researcher, cultural expert, and translator for scholars, academic institutions, and national and international organisations in Rwanda. She has worked for scholars from Stanford University and the University of Oxford and completed consultancies for UNICEF, Save the Children, USAID and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), among others. She has expertise on children, youth and families in Rwanda, and extensive experience conducting research on education, gender, health and legal issues. Juventine is hardworking, self-motivated and mature with an outgoing personality and excellent communication skills. She excels at building rapport with individuals from diverse backgrounds, enjoys meeting challenges and seeing them through, and remains confident and good-natured under pressure. She is efficient, conscientious and professional in all her work.

 

Asmita Naik

has been an independent consultant since 2002 carrying out assignments on a wide range of issues related to human rights and aid policy with a particular focus on issues affecting children and young people. Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked for UN agencies in Geneva in the 1990s. Asmita is also a part-time adjudicator on various regulatory bodies in the health and media sectors and is a magistrate in the criminal courts. She has an advanced education in law and public policy. She has worked in all regions of the world particularly in Asia and Europe. Asmita speaks English with native fluency and has working proficiency in Gujarati.

 

Lara Quarterman

is based in Ethiopia and has over 15 years of experience in country offices and headquarters of UN, NGOs, and Government. She has operational and policy expertise in gender-based violence (GBV), sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), child protection, and safeguarding, including in conflicts, disasters, and disease outbreaks.

 

Elise Reslinger

is a child protection practitioner and researcher of over ten years, with extensive experience in a protracted protection crisis. She has worked with national and international NGOs and UN agencies, primarily within the Middle East and West Africa. Her skillset includes research, child protection programming, training, and guidance. She has expertise on children on the move, forced migration, child protection systems, and child participatory methods. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection in Emergencies. She is pursuing a PhD on the experiences of accompanied asylum-seeking children (6-12 years old) related to their home-making practices in France. Elise is fluent in French and English, with an intermediate level of Levantine Arabic.

 

Annabel Trapp

is a dedicated international child rights consultant, with proven experience of leading or supporting the application of (child) rights-based principles in programming outcomes and organisational processes with over 60 child-focused organisations. She is skilled in consultation and research, analysis, strategy development, guidance and training with children and adults in diverse development and humanitarian contexts. She has gained in-depth insights into the diverse and changing situations of children from managing, supporting and conducting research with children and adults in over 18 countries, including Afghanistan; Palestine; Syria, DRC; Uganda, Sri Lanka, Thailand/Myanmar and Pakistan.

 
 

Luis Vargas Faulbaum

is a DPhil Candidate in International Development from the University of Oxford, an MA in Public Policy from King’s College London and a BSc in Sociology from the University of Chile. He has a broad experience as a researcher and consultant on social protection in developing regions with a particular focus on Latin America. Particularly, he has worked with ECLAC, IDB, UNRISD, ILO, and IPC-IG publishing reports and research articles of policy analysis of cash transfers, pensions, shock-responsive social protection for disasters, and promotion of rights-based approach on social policies. Luis specialises in comparative social policy in Latin America, applying the historical institutional approach on the examination of political and institutional determinants of universalist outcomes. Currently, he is undertaking his doctoral thesis on the political economy of pension reforms in Chile and Brazil to understand their paths towards universalism.