Meet the Team

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Mariana Goetz

Director

Mariana is a human rights practitioner with over 20 years experience in post conflict justice, including at the Rwanda Tribunal and Special Court for Sierra Leone, where she was a Legal Adviser. More recently she was Head of Programmes at Aegis Trust, and Deputy Director of REDRESS where she had been its Post Conflict Justice Adviser working on transitional justice cases and projects with affected communities in DRC, Northern Uganda, Kenya, Central African Republic. 

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Najlaa El Khalifa

Legal Advisor

Najlaa is a sudanese human rights lawyer, formerly Acting Executive Director for Sudanese Rights Group as well as Human Rights Officer and Consultant for the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies where she specifically investigated torture in Sudan. Najlaa has further experience working at Human Rights Watch researching Sudanese women human rights defenders and at REDRESS as their Sudan Project Officer,  coordinating their Criminal Laws Reform project and Prohibition of Torture in Sudan. 

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Michelle Willis

Finance Officer

Michelle is a senior Finance Officer with substantial charity finance and human resources experience having been Head of Finance and HR at Redress Trust (UK) for over 10 years.

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Victoria Taban

Legal Associate

A South Sudanese human rights lawyer and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Victoria worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice Programmes department and on counter-terrorism, human rights education and victim participation in criminal cases amongst others. She has an LLM from Columbia Law School where she was a Human Rights Fellow. Currently the Legal Associate and Policy Officer at Rights for Peace, focusing on Sudan and South Sudan projects on CRSV and countering identity based violence in various contexts.

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Mariama Sabally

Finance Assistant

Mariama is an accounting and finance graduate from the University of Hertfordshire.  Alongside working for Rights for Peace, she is currently training to be a chartered accountant.  

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Clara Giaminardi

Communications Assistant 

Clara has almost a decade of experience as a photographer in the creative industries, as well as working as a specialist university lecturer. She contributes to the management of the website and of our social media platforms, and assists with the publication of our blogs and newsletters. 

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Noor Hag

Project Managment Assistant 

Noor is a recent Architecture & Management graduate, specialising in project management. She supports the organization in managing projects, ensuring effective and timely grant implementation and reporting.

Meet the Board

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Najlaa El Khalifa

Advisory Board Member

Najlaa is a Legal Consultant working with Rights for Peace on research into hate speech in Sudan. Previously, she was Acting Executive Director for Sudanese Rights Group as well as Human Rights Officer and Consultant for the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies where she specifically investigated torture in Sudan. Najlaa has further experience working at Human Rights Watch researching Sudanese women human rights defenders and at REDRESS as their Sudan Project Officer and coordinating their Criminal Laws Reform project and Prohibition of Torture in Sudan. 

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Dr Nieves Molina Clemente

Trustee

Nieves is Legal Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. She has extensive experience implementing human rights programmes in fragile states, both in and out of the United Nations including in Afghanistan, Somalia, DRC, Iraq (IHCHR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

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Dr Sejal Parmar

Advisory Board Member

Sejal Parmar is a Lecturer at the School of Law and a fellow at the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield, as well as a Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Vienna. Sejal has previously worked as Senior Adviser to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media and as Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19. See her full profile here

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Rob Mills

Trustee

Rob is Director of International Development Practice at Social Finance. Earlier in his career Rob worked at the World Bank for eight years based in Mozambique and Washington, where he originated and managed a large portfolio of investments in southern Africa, as well as advising governments on policy and regulatory reforms. See his full profile.

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Prof. Clara Sandoval-Vilalba

Advisory Board Member

Clara is a qualified lawyer and Professor of International Law at Essex University, originally from Colombia. She was Acting Director of the Human Rights Centre (January to December 2017). She is the Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network and former Director of the LLM in International Human Rights Law. You can view her Essex University profile here.

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Julia Werdigier

Trustee

Julia is an analyst and former journalist with the New York Times.

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Dr. Lutz Oette

Advisory Board Member

Lutz is Director of the Centre of Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He convenes the Master's in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice and has published widely. He was formerly Legal Counsel at REDRESS Trust. View his SOAS profile here.