Meet Our Associates

Dr. Timothy Williams

is a specialist in the study of childhood, youth and international development. Areas of expertise include child protection, education, political economy, and human trafficking.

Angie Bamgbose

is a qualified social worker and coach with over 20 years’ experience of social work, child protection programming, safeguarding and coaching in the humanitarian and development sectors.

Kristen "K" Castrataro

is an instructional designer and writer/editor with two decades' experience creating and delivering educational programmes for children and adults in formal and non-traditional settings.  

Roy Tjan

is a child protection specialist with a strong expertise in case management, psychosocial support, child protection systems strengthening and child protection in emergencies.

Celina Jensen

is a child protection specialist with over 11 years of professional experience in humanitarian, early recovery and development contexts, including Haiti, the DRC, Liberia, Afghanistan, and Georgia. 

Mathilde Guntzberger

has over 12 years international development and humanitarian experience, supporting projects and research related to child protection in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. 

Julia Schipper

is a gender and child protection specialist with 14 years of experience working on gender assessment and mainstreaming, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse, child protection and migration. 

Gaele Chojnowicz

is a protection specialist with 14 years of professional experience in humanitarian protection programming

Joanne Doyle

is a child protection writer and researcher with over 14 years’ experience in the development and humanitarian sectors. 

Chiara Ciminello

Mia Jeong

is a monitoring & evaluation specialist in humanitarian and development aid sector with more than 10 years of professional experience.

Annabel Trapp

has promoted children’s rights in development and humanitarian contexts in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe, for over 15 years. 

Aïda Diop

has over 15 years of professional experience in the area of child protection with specific expertise in the protection of children on the move in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Elise Reslinger

is a protection professional with 9 years of experience, especially in protracted crisis settings. She has worked with national and international NGOs as well as with a UN agency.  

Dr. Caitlin Procter

has eight years of research and evaluation experience, specialised in children/youth, forced displacement and migration, humanitarian protection and SGBV. 

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. 

Angie Bamgbose

is a qualified social worker and coach with over 20 years’ experience in social work, child protection programming, safeguarding and coaching in the humanitarian and development sectors. Following a successful career in several INGOs, in 2012 she began to provide high quality consultancy services for child protection and safeguarding as well as coaching leaders and child protection practitioners across the globe. Angie has extensive experience working with governments to strengthen their social welfare systems and workforce as well as working with families and children on case management, developing positive discipline programmes for parents, addressing violence against children and sexual and gender-based violence. Angie has a BA (hons) in Applied Social Studies, Diploma in Social Work, Practice Educator Award, Level 7 Diploma in Executive Mentoring and Leadership Coaching and is currently working towards a MSc Coaching and Mentoring.  

 

Dr. Timothy Williams

is a specialist in the study of childhood, youth and international development. Areas of expertise include child protection, education, political economy, and human trafficking. Tim received his Ph.D. in international development from University of Bath, his MSc in public health from Harvard School of Public Health, and his MSW from Boston College School of Social Work. In 2017, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tim has done work for the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, the International Organization for Migration, Save the Children, and community-based groups. He has published extensively about childhood, education, and international development in post-genocide Rwanda. His paper on education policy in Rwanda, published in World Development, received the 2018 Joyce Cain Award from the Comparative and International Education Society of North America. Tim is currently under contract to write a book on this topic that will be published by Cambridge University Press.

 

Roy Tjan

is a child protection specialist with a strong expertise in case management, psychosocial support, child protection systems strengthening and child protection in emergencies. He has two Master’s degrees (Human Movement Sciences and Humanitarian Assistance) and over eight years of experience in various emergency response and development contexts across 11 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle-East. He is an experienced consultant, surge staff, program manager and technical advisor – with experience at both the regional and global level – and the experience of managing large teams (up to 55 indirect reports), managing budgets of up to $5 million, designing programs and country strategies, developing proposals, building local capacity, facilitating trainings, and developing technical guidelines and tools to ensure the adherence to quality standards. Roy has alsoled the adaptation, piloting and roll-out of the CPIMS+ (Primero) – the global inter-agency child protection case management information management system – in two countries and has worked with the CPIMS+ Steering Committee to lead a global strategic review on its utility and systems effectiveness. Roy has extensive experience in working with Governments at a strategic, policy and coordination level while with UNICEF and in implementing programs at the field level while with INGOs like Save the Children, Plan International and the International Rescue Committee. 

 

Celina Jensen

is a child protection specialist with over 11 years of professional experience in humanitarian, early recovery and development contexts, including Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Afghanistan, and Georgia. With a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, she has experience in programme management and design, strategic planning, capacity strengthening, and technical advisory. In particular, she has generated expertise in family strengthening, case management, alternative care, de-institutionalisation; service mapping and referral mechanisms; child labour; prevention and response to violence, abuse and exploitation, including sexual and gender-based violence; and justice for children. By working closely with field and regional offices, as well as at the global level, while also enhancing consultative and operational coordination with other sectors, she has worked in partnership with government counterparts to re-enforce child protection systems, including social welfare workforce strengthening. Additionally, she has experience in assessment, research and measurement, specifically in participatory and mixed-methods approaches, and is leading the revision of the measurement framework for 2nd edition of the Child Protection Minimum Standards. She has co-authored several child protection publications, most recently focused on investigating the drivers of violence against women and children in humanitarian settings in Child Abuse & Neglect, and on piloting different approaches to measuring separation in emergencies in the BMJ. She speaks English and French (advanced working level proficiency). 

 

Mathilde Guntzberger

has over 12 years international development and humanitarian experience, supporting projects and research related to child protection in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She is working as a freelance consultant in the field of child protection, M&E and research and has worked for and served as a consultant for Plan International, World Vision, Save the Children, War Child UK and UNHCR and has recently been working on a series of baseline studies on violence against children in Armenia, Vietnam, Mozambique, Bangladesh and India. Mathilde has two Masters degree (Development Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa and Philosophy). She is based in Paris, France.

 
 

Julia Schipper

is a gender and child protection specialist with 14 years of experience working on gender assessment and mainstreaming, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse, child protection and migration. In previous assignments, she has worked with the World Bank as a Gender Consultant working to prevent and mitigate against GBV and SEA in complex infrastructure projects in various countries in Africa; develop the US Office of Refugee Resettlement's Policies and Procedures on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault in Community Based Care Settings, and worked with World Vision Bolivia to incorporate a gender perspective into the Institutional Child Protection Strategy, and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. She has worked in the USA and in various countries in Latin America and Africa with national governments, international NGOs and UN agencies. Julia is based in Tanzania and speaks English, French, Spanish and Swedish.

Elise Reslinger

is a protection professional with 9 years of experience, especially in protracted crisis settings. She has worked with national and international NGOs as well as with a UN agency. Her experience includes protection mainstreaming, programming, advising on child protection policies as well as advocacy. She has a diversified set of skills including research, emergency co-ordination, participatory methods, child protection programme development, management and implementation. She led and supervised several protection appraisals and delivered trainings on child protection. Elise is fluent in French, English and has an intermediate level in Spanish and Levantine Arabic. She holds a master’s degree in international humanitarian action, development and management of NGOs (University Paris XII- France) as well as a post graduate diploma in Child Protection in emergencies (University KwaZulu-Natal- South Africa). She is currently pursuing a PhD, on a part time basis, within the Social and Policy department of the University of Bath, under Dr Jason Hart and Dr Justin Rogers’s supervision. Her research aims at exploring the experiences of accompanied asylum-seeking children related to their home making practices in France during the asylum process. The methodology used is an interpretative ethnography with a participatory approach. For her LinkedIn profile click here. 

 

Dr. Caitlin Procter

has eight years of research and evaluation experience, specialised in children/youth, forced displacement and migration, humanitarian protection and SGBV. She has worked with UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA and multiple INGOs across the Middle East and East Africa. She has published on youth political participation in the Middle East, and on methods of research/evaluation with hard-to-reach youth and adolescents in contexts of on-going violence and conflict. She earned her PhD in International Development at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, and subsequently held a Research Fellowship at Harvard University’s Centre for Middle Eastern Studies. She currently holds a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute in Florence. Her working languages are English, French and Arabic. 

 

Aïda Diop 

has over 15 years of professional experience in the area of child protection with specific expertise in the protection of children on the move in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her technical knowledge is grounded in her experience of providing direct services to unaccompanied and separated asylum-seeking and refugee children (British Refugee Council in the UK and UNHCR in Chad). She has led national and regional research on child protection in the context of mixed migration in Morocco, South Sudan, Southern Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia) and Niger on behalf of UN agencies and INGOs. Aïda also has extensive experience in designing and delivering high quality training programmes on behalf of IOM for frontline professionals involved in counter-trafficking activities in countries like Mauritania, Tanzania, CAR, Gabon, DRC and Ivory Coast. Other areas of work relate to implementing research and developing material in the area of child justice, kinship care, positive parenting, and child participation (Save the Children in Zanzibar). Aïda is also completing research on community-based resolution mechanisms in the case of sexual violence against children 

 

Annabel Trapp

has promoted children’s rights in development and humanitarian contexts in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe, for over 15 years. She has gained in-depth insights into the diverse and changing situations of children from managing, supporting and conducting safe and meaningful research with children (and adults) in over 18 countries, as well as conducting research about children at global and regional levels. She has particular interest and wide experience supporting child-led advocacy, as well as in the importance of implementing rights-based principles. Her recent assignments include supporting 60 organisations (30 in Eastern Europe and 30 in East Africa) to apply rights-based approaches in organisational processes and programming outcomes; co-instructing the HREA Child Rights-based Approaches (Advanced) course and co-authoring the latest Child Rights Now! report, ‘A Second Revolution: Thirty Years of Child Rights, and the Unfinished Agenda’. Annabel holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and an MA in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in the Netherlands. 

 

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. 

 

Mia Jeong

is a monitoring & evaluation specialist in humanitarian and development aid sector with more than 10 years of professional experience. Since 2003, she has worked for UN agencies and NGOs in Yemen, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Nepal, Lebanon, Cambodia, India and Morocco in child protection, sexual and gender-based violence, humanitarian coordination, cash-based intervention and rapid response for displaced populations. She holds two Master's degrees, one in Peace Studies from Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Korea, and the other in Humanitarian Assistance from Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. 

 

Gaele Chojnowicz

is a protection specialist with 14 years of professional experience in humanitarian protection programming, with expertise in child protection, humanitarian coordination, gender and protection mainstreaming and refugee protection. Gaele has an academic background in anthropology, political sciences, humanitarian law as well as in psychology. She developed interest in the cross-cutting field of ethno-psychiatry and published a Master thesis on the construct of group identity in African diasporas. In 2008, after working for five years as a Protection Officer for UNHCR, supporting asylum claims of unaccompanied children and GBV survivors, Gaele went on to manage protection projects and teams for INGOs in conflict and post-conflict settings in Africa and Asia. Her work as a manager was centered on improving case management in emergency interventions and promoting child-centered holistic interventions through community strengthening and capacity building of formal and informal social services providers and protection stakeholders. Gaele also work at national and global levels, developing tools and advocacy materials for protection mainstreaming, including child-centered and gender-sensitive humanitarian policies. She has facilitated training sessions for UN agencies and NGOs on child protection in emergency, protection mainstreaming and humanitarian coordination. For her LinkedIn profile, click here. 

 

Joanne Doyle

is a child protection writer and researcher with over 14 years’ experience in the development and humanitarian sectors.  Currently based in Vietnam, she 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. 

 

Kristen "K" Castrataro

is an instructional designer and writer/editor with two decades' experience creating and delivering educational programmes for children and adults in formal and non-traditional settings.  Her passion for child protection developed after seeing first-hand the impact of violence on children close to her and navigating the resulting legal, emotional, and social ramifications.  She has been involved in developing a Sport for Protection toolkit, trainings for security forces on violence against children, and guidance documents on a variety of child protection issues.  She is currently developing an on-line resource for women experiencing divorce and abuse.  K earned her MA in Teaching from Wheaton College for an action research paper studying the impacts of on-farm school tours on student learning, a topic that combined her professional training in English and education with her personal history as a fifth-generation farmer.  Prior to her work in child protection, she was a Research Associate at the University of Rhode Island assisting commercial farmers with a variety of production and farm-business matters.  She is also experienced in grant writing and marketing communications. Her writing clients include independent professionals, local organisations, and regional and national publications.