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Meet the Leadership Team

AEC Members: Associates' Executive Committee 

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Andrew Azzopardi

is a seasoned senior manager with 15 years experience working with victims, survivors and perpetrators of abuse in NGOs, iNGOs, faith-based and sport settings. He specialises in safeguarding investigations and prevention in organisations and received his MA in International Politics & Human Rights from City University in London. Professional, creative and service-oriented,  Andrew is currently the Coordinator of the Catholic Church Safeguarding Taskforce and Head of Safeguarding Commission. He speaks Maltese and English with native fluency, and is also fluent in Italian.


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.


Dr. 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.


Nidhi Kapur

is a child protection, gender, and inclusion specialist with over 12 years of field-based experience. She is motivated by an interest in the programming complexities in conflict and post-conflict zones. Nidhi has worked for international organisations on various issues with, and on behalf of, children and their families. She completed her Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Nidhi is a native English speaker with professional proficiency in French. She was based in East Africa from 2008-2021, having lived and worked globally. Nidhi now lives full-time in Canada.

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Susan Kreston

has 30 years’ experience in the criminal justice field, as both a prosecutor and academic, focusing on crimes against women and children. She also has 10 years’ experience as an independent consultant on legal and human rights issues. She is a two-time recipient of Fulbright Professorships in Psychology and Law, focusing on issues of human trafficking and violence against women and children in South Africa. She has published numerous peer-reviewed and accredited articles and provided training on violence against women and children to over 10,000 members of the allied criminal justice community throughout the world.

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