Meet Our Senior Associates

Dr. Rochelle Johnston

has worked with communities affected by violence in Eastern Africa, the Middle East and North America for the past 20 years, mostly in collaboration with children and youth.

Nidhi Kapur

is a child protection and gender specialist with over ten years of field-based experience. Motivated by a strong interest in the complexities of protection programming in conflict and post-conflict zones 

Hannah Thompson

has 18 years of experience as a manager, technical adviser, and consultant in supporting programmes in complex emergency, natural disaster, and developing country contexts.

Stephaine Delaney

has over 15 years international experience in child protection, with extensive experience in working directly with children and families at risk

Dr. Laura Lee

is a scholar practitioner in global child health. Laura has more than 15 years of experience in strengthening global child, adolescent and youth health programming, protection and services in adversity settings. 

Camilla Dalla-Favera

is a professional writer with over five years experience working on resource mobilization, knowledge management and advocacy with a child rights based focus.

Claire Whiting

has over 12 years of experience as a humanitarian practitioner delivering technical, advisory, coordination and senior management roles in humanitarian, early recovery and development contexts 

Hannah Thompson

has 18 years of experience as a manager, technical adviser, and consultant in supporting programmes in complex emergency, natural disaster, and developing country contexts. Hannah has worked in 22 countries, and lived in 14, throughout South and South East Asia; West, East, Central and North Africa; Europe; and the Middle East. Her work has concentrated on child protection, sexual and gender-based violence, and education. With specific technical expertise in: family, social and economic reintegration; psychosocial support; community-based mechanisms; case management; systems strengthening; promoting gender equality in education; and the prevention of violence in schools. Her competencies include needs assessment; programme strategy development, planning and set-up; staff and partner selection, management, capacity building, and wellbeing; training development and workshop facilitation; developing best practice guides and programme tools – including for monitoring and evaluation; and research with children, communities and other stakeholders - including on highly sensitive issues. She works according to the principles of collaboration, participation, equality, and respect for diversity. This applies to the way she treats colleagues and team members as well as her approach to clients and affected populations. Hannah has a Masters in Anthropology and Development – with a focus on kinship and gender – from the London School of Economics. For her LinkedIn profile, click here.

 

Dr. Rochelle Johnston

has worked with communities affected by violence in Eastern Africa, the Middle East and North America for the past 20 years, mostly in collaboration with children and youth. In leadership and technical roles, working for a range of international organizations, NGOs, governments and academic institutions, she has delivered expertise and programs on protection, child rights, gender, displacement, genocide, informal education, livelihoods, peace building, M&E, social innovation and advocacy. Having facilitated and documented youth-led and parent-led movements in nine countries, Rochelle is a passionate advocate for participatory process. She is pioneering the use of relational methods to understand and engage with complex and power-laden systems, from the internal and micro, to the global. Her action research aims to decolonize and indigenize humanitarian, development and human rights work. Rochelle is a Research Associate at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex and Adviser for the Jordanian organization Sawiyan. She has a MEd from Harvard University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her co-edited book, Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices, and Relationships was released this year.

 

Dr. Laura Lee

is a scholar practitioner in global child health. Laura has more than 15 years of experience in strengthening global child, adolescent and youth health programming, protection and services in adversity settings. Specializing in community-based participatory research methodologies, gender, child protection and participation, social justice and health equity and participatory program planning and evaluation, she has designed, implemented and analyzed research projects with children and youth in various countries in East and Southern Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. In 2015, she obtained her PhD from University of British Columbia (UBC) for her work on the sexual health of young women heading households in Nakuru County, Kenya. She holds an MSc in International Health (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, 2006) for her thesis focused on community-based responses to strengthen the psychosocial wellbeing of child-headed households in Rwanda. She is an Adjunct Professor at the UBC in the Faculty of Medicine, teaching program planning and evaluation and topics around global health. In the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, Laura has participated in HIV research with youth in South Africa and has been a sessional instructor. Contractually she has worked with the International Institute of Child Rights and Development (IICRD), Queen Margaret University, World Vision, Terre des hommes (Tdh), Provincial Health Services Authority, and Vancouver Foundation, most recently exploring the role of sports (IICRD, Tdh, UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee) and the arts (IICRD, Tdh) in the protection and psychosocial wellbeing of youth in migration and adversity settings.

 
 

Stephanie Delaney

has over 15 years international experience in child protection, with extensive experience in working directly with children and families at risk, including counselling and therapeutic interventions for families, risk assessment, best interest determination, child protection investigations and safeguarding.   Her focus is on service provision, and especially response and protection systems / mechanisms, including care standards, case management, child protection procedures and appropriate interventions for children and families. Her particular interest is in the emotional wellbeing of children, and how children can be involved in their own protection. Stephanie has masters’ degrees in social work (MSW) and international child welfare (MA) plus a post graduate qualification in systemic practice (family therapy).  She is currently undertaking a doctorate, exploring the relevance and sustainability of using child protection approaches / models  from developed child protection systems in countries with emerging systems. Stephanie has worked with a wide range of different international agencies, mainly in Asia, South East Europe (Balkans)  and the Middle East. She is based between Bangkok and Cairo.

Camilla Dalla-Favera

is a professional writer with over five years experience working on resource mobilization, knowledge management and advocacy with a child rights based focus. She specialises in supporting organizations to coordinate the development of programs, strategies and tools that translate learning into practice and implementation. Since early 2012, she has been working as an independent consultant primarily with Save the Children International in Uganda and Rwanda, UNICEF in Uganda and most recently with an independent consulting firm in Vanuatu. Over the three-year period of her relationship with Save the Children International in Uganda and Rwanda, she worked on a number of successful, large-scale proposals in child protection, education and youth empowerment for a variety of donors including, NORAD, DANIDA, USAID, the European Commission, UNICEF, and UNHCR. In addition to proposals, she has significant experience writing and editing a wide variety of polished information products, including policy briefs, strategic plans, toolkits, field guides, and newsletters. Before moving to Uganda, Camilla worked with Save the Children UK in the child protection team, especially on issues relating to exploited children and Children on the Move and she was acting chair of the Children on the Move sub group of the Child Protection Initiative for close to a year. She has a BA from Columbia University in Literature and Writing, an MA from Goldsmiths College in Political Communications, and is currently enrolled in a certificate program in International Migration at Georgetown University.

 
 

Nidhi Kapur

is a child protection and gender specialist with over ten years of field-based experience. Motivated by a strong interest in the complexities of protection programming in conflict and post-conflict zones, Nidhi has worked for a number of international organizations including the British Red Cross, Save the Children, War Child UK, the Handicap International Federation, Plan International and Right to Play. As part of emergency response teams, she has been deployed to various countries including Liberia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Nidhi has worked on a multitude of issues with and on behalf of children, including gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as disability inclusion. She studied International Relations at the University of Toronto, and subsequently completed her Masters degree at the London School of Economics, specializing in the course and consequences of the Rwandan genocide. Having lived and worked across the globe, East Africa has been home since 2008. Nidhi is based full-time in Kigali, Rwanda where she continues her national, regional and international work.

Claire Whiting

has over 12 years of experience as a humanitarian practitioner delivering technical, advisory, coordination and senior management roles in humanitarian, early recovery and development contexts with Non Government and United Nation Organisations and in close collaboration with national and local authorities. A child protection, participation and rights specialist by education and training, Claire broadened out into humanitarian and inter-agency coordination, leading inter-agency coordination and advocacy efforts on behalf of INGO’s and vis-à-vis host governments/actors and international organisation counterparts – at national, regional and international levels. Claire has specific knowledge and expertise in child rights; participation – linked to the engagement of children and young people in decision making, research, policy and practice; prevention and response to violence against children; case management and systems building; psychosocial support; unaccompanied and separated children; disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of children associated with armed groups; community based mechanisms; child safeguarding; life Skill approaches; child led advocacy; humanitarian action in the context of displacement, conflict and natural disasters; humanitarian financing; humanitarian coordination; interagency coordination; humanitarian access; humanitarian policy and practice; and safety and security. Core skills include research; assessment; evaluation; development of tools, policies, and guidelines; development and delivery of trainings and capacity building; facilitation; alliance building, networking and negotiations; and evidence based advocacy/ humanitarian diplomacy. Claire has lived and worked in 12 countries across East Africa. Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy from The Diplo Foundation and IFRC, an MSc by distinction in Childhood Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA First Class Hons in Psychology form the University of Bristol.