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Meet the Team

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Mariana Goetz


Mariana is a human rights practitioner with over 25 years experience in post conflict justice, including at the UN Int'l Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at Special Court for Sierra Leone, where she was a Legal Adviser. More recently she was Head of Guide at the Global Survivors' fund, and Head of Programmes at Aegis Trust, and before that Deputy Director of REDRESS, where she had also been its Post Conflict Justice Adviser working on transitional justice cases and projects with affected communities in DRC, Northern Uganda, Kenya, Central African Republic. Mariana taught Public Int'l Law and International Criminal Law at the London School of Economics while undertaking doctoral research. She is co-editor of 'Reparations for Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity' 2009, 2019 (2nd ed.), Brill / Nijdorf. She holds an LLM from London School of Economics and an LLB from King's College London.

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Najlaa El Khalifa

Sudan Legal Advisor

Najlaa is a British/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 and related sexual violence in Sudan. Najlaa worked as a consultant 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. Najlaa has experience documenting conflict-related sexual violence and is a respected advocate. She obtained her LLB from Beirut Arab University in  Alexandria, Egypt where she also obtained her masters in Law. She participated in the Human Rights Advocates Programme at Colombia University in New York in 2010.

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Victoria Taban

South Sudan Legal Officer

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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Clara Giaminardi

Communications Officer

Clara has experience in the fashion photography and currently teaches Photography at the University of Bath. She has an active interest in finding creative and innovative ways of exploring how visual narratives can help support positive social impact.

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Yiannis Nalbantis

Finance and Strategy Assistant

Yiannis holds an Undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Kent, Canterbury, and a Masters degree in Management and Strategy, specialising in Managerial Economics, from the London School of Economics. He has previous experience working as an Underwriting Analyst at a FinTech firm, where he gained valuable insights into financial operations.

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Pauline El-Khoury

Communications Assistant

Pauline is currently enrolled in the MSc programme for international political economy at the London School of Economics. Over the past few years, she has gained experience in various communication assistant roles at institutions like Sciences Po Paris and Maastricht University. Her academic interests revolve around topics such as women's rights, intersectional feminism, and international migration policies.

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Mariama Sabally

Finance Assistant

Mariama is an accounting and finance graduate with experience in accounting, financial reporting, tracking and reconciling bank statements, administrative support, processing invoices and participating in preparing financial procedures.

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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Jehanne Henry

Advisory Board Member

Jehanne Henry is a lawyer, researcher and advocate with a particular focus on human rights and transitional justice. She consults with a range of Sudanese and international organizations. Until late 2020 she served as Human Rights Watch’s East Africa Director where she focused especially on Sudan and South Sudan but also carried out research in neighboring countries and the Sahel region. Previously she worked in Darfur, Kosovo and Cambodia with the United Nations, USAID and humanitarian organizations. She is an adjunct professor of human rights and a non-resident scholar at a US-based think tank, the Middle East Institute.

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Rob Mills


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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Francesca Pizzutelli


Francesca Pizzutelli is Deputy Director and Head of the Refugee and Migrants’ Rights Team at Amnesty International’s headquarters in London. She has been working in the human rights field for over 20 years, for Amnesty International, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Child Soldiers International and Advocacy Forum, a human rights NGO based in Nepal. She holds a Masters degree in public international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and developed her academic research as visiting scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford. 

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Peter van der Auweraert


Peter is a founding partner and the CEO of Flavium, a consultancy providing strategic advice and interim-management services to non-profits. He was the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) South Sudan for three years, as well as Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan. Prior to this, he was the Western Balkans Coordinator and Country Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina for IOM, with prior roles at IOM in humanitarian assistance, transitional justice and peacebuilding in the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Horn of Africa. Outside the UN, Peter worked as Executive Director of Avocats Sans Frontières, and was a lecturer in International Public and Criminal Law at the University of Turku in Finland. Peter is a lawyer by training and holds an LLM from the University of London and a BA in Law from the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

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Julia Werdigier


Julia is a qualitative field analyst and Director of Field Research at Select Equity Group. She is a former journalist and was Business Correspondent with the New York Times, briefly Editor at the Boston Consulting Group and European Reporter at Bloomberg News for 6 years. Julia volunteered for the Helen Bamberg Foundation, supporting their fundraising for over eight years. Julia has a BA and an MSc in European Studies from London School of Economics.

Dr Sejal Parmar

Advisory Board Member

Sejal Parmar undertook a fellowship in Foreign Policy and Disinformation at the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in 2022-24. She  is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cardiff, and continues to be a Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Vienna were previously she had been tenured Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Studies and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy (now Department of Public Policy) at CEU in Budapest and then in Vienna. Alongside her academic career, Sejal previously worked as Senior Adviser to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media and was Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19 for a number of years, where she worked on freedom of speech and hate speech. See her full profile here

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Prof. 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.

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