Staff

Phil Lynch – Director
Before joining ISHR, Phil was Director of the Human Rights Law Centre in Australia (2006-2012), Manager of the Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic (2001-2005) and a lawyer with global law firm Allens Linklaters. He was conferred with the Paul Baker Award for Administrative and Human Rights Law in 2010. Phil holds a Master of Public Policy and Management and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Follow him at @PhilALynch.

Sarah Brooks – Programme Manager (East Asia) and Human Rights Advocate
Sarah leads ISHR's work in Asia, particularly in States with restrictive operating environments, and contributes to our strategic engagement with business. Sarah previously worked with the US State Department, where she focused on labour rights and supply chains in Asia. She has conducted field research in China and worked for the ILO in Bangkok. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts/Master of Public Policy from University of Michigan. Follow her at @sarahmcneer.

Marina Dailly – Finance Manager
Marina joined ISHR in 2013. She is responsible for ISHR’s budgeting, finance and grant management. Previously, she helped microfinance institutions in Africa and the Caribbean develop financial and operations strategies that enhanced their services. Marina holds a Master in Economic and Commercial Law from the University of Lausanne, and a double degree in Philosophy/Accounting from George Mason University.

Chris Duckett – Manager of Development and Fundraising
Chris joined ISHR in 2009 and coordinates our development, fundraising and donor relations efforts. Before joining ISHR, Chris oversaw a six-fold increase in fundraising growth at an international human rights NGO. Prior to that, he worked for Janus Capital in the United States. Chris holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and Lund University, Sweden, respectively.

Michael Ineichen – Programme Manager (Corporate Accountability) and Human Rights Council Advocacy Director
Michael joined ISHR in 2006 and leads our advocacy at the Human Rights Council. He also coordinates our work on business and human rights defenders and to strengthen the effectiveness of UN human rights mechanisms. Michael holds a Master of International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies. Follow him at @IneichenM.

Espérance Kana - Human Resources and Administration Manager
Espérance joined ISHR in 2015 with more than 20 years' experience in the management and administration of NGOs. She most recently worked as Finance and Administration Manager with ILGA in Geneva and previously worked with Save the Children and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles in Brussels. Espérance holds a Masters degree in Human Resources Management and Organizations Dynamics from Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Ben Leather - Advocacy, Training and Communications Manager
Ben joined ISHR in January 2014 and is focal point in Geneva for Latin America. Ben coordinates ISHR's training of human rights defenders, co-leads ISHR's advocacy around the UN Treaty Bodies, and lobbies for corporate accountability. Ben worked for six years with Peace Brigades International in Mexico, and with Plas Madoc Communities First in the UK. He has studied History, Human Rights and Peacebuillding at the University of Liverpool, Abo Akademi   and the European Security & Defence College respectively. Follow him at @BenLeather1.

Rumbidzai Masango – Africa Human Rights Consultant and Ambassador Bari Bari Fellow
Rumbi's work with ISHR is focused on supporting African human rights defenders and enhancing the legal environment in which they work. Rumbi previously worked with the Tax Justice Network Africa in Kenya, as an Extractive Industries Policy Officer with the Economic Justice Network in South Africa, and as a gender policy advisor in Zambia. Rumbi holds a Master of Public Administration from Central European University and a Bachelor of Social Science from                     University of Cape Town. Follow her at @Rumbi_Masango.

Tess McEvoy – Programme Coordinator and Legal Counsel
Tess leads ISHR's advocacy around the Universal Periodic Review, co-leads our advocacy around the UN Treaty Bodies, and contributes to our legal work. Before joining ISHR, Tess worked with leading international law firm DLA Piper specialising in indigenous land rights. Tess has worked and volunteered with community legal centres in Australia focused on refugee rights (The Humanitarian Group) and women's rights (Women's Legal Referral Service). Tess holds a                    Juris Doctor from Murdoch University and a psychology degree from University of Western Australia.

Eleanor Openshaw – New York Office Director and Head of Regional Advocacy
Eleanor is Co-Director of ISHR's NY office and leads ISHR’s work to to promote NGO participation and protect civil society space at the UN. She also coordinates our work at the Inter-American Commission and in the Latin American region. Before joining ISHR, Eleanor was responsible for the human rights defender program at Amnesty International and worked for Peace Brigades International. Eleanor is a former executive committee member of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition and holds degrees from the University of Oxford and London Metropolitan University.

Pooja Patel – Programme Manager (Women's Rights and LGBT Rights) and Head of Asian Advocacy
Pooja joined ISHR in 2014 and leads our work supporting women HRDs and defenders of LGBTI rights. Before joining ISHR, Pooja worked with the Asian Forum for Human Rights & Development (FORUM-ASIA) in Bangkok and Geneva, and as a policy analyst with Universal Rights Group. Pooja holds a Degree in Political Science and International Development from the University of Toronto.

Madeleine Sinclair – New York Office Director and Legal Counsel
Madeleine is Co-Director of ISHR's NY office, leads our work to combat reprisals against human rights defenders and coordinates ISHR's legal work and strategic litigation. Previously, Madeleine worked at UNICEF, for the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, and as a lawyer, researcher and project manager. Madeleine holds a Master of Laws from the NYU School of Law and a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie Law School.

Olivia Starrenburg – Head of Communications
Olivia leads and coordinates ISHR’s communications and media work. Before joining ISHR in 2010, Olivia worked as a communications adviser to government, a Brand Manager with World Vision and a public relations and media consultant with Pead PR, a leading New Zealand public relations agency. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Communications and Public Relations from Auckland University of Technology and professional qualifications in e-marketing.

Fanny Toutou-Mpondo – Communications Officer
Fanny joined ISHR in 2015 after several years as a communications officer for CERN's Health and Safety Unit. Prior to this, Fanny worked as a campaign coordinator for the Women’s World Summit Foundation and held a range of advocacy and communications positions with Geneva-based human rights NGOs. Fanny holds a Master in Fonction Publique Internationale from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Paris and a Master in English Studies from the Paris IV-Sorbonne University. 

Clement Voulé – African Advocacy Director and Programme Manager (States in Transition)
Clement leads our work to support defenders in States in transition and at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. Before joining ISHR in 2006, Clement was Secretary-General of Amnesty International Togo and head of the Togolese Coalition of HRDs. Clement is Vice-Chair of the West African HRDs Network and a member of the African Commission Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment & Human Rights Violations. Follow him at @cvoule.