Phil Lynch – Director
Before joining ISHR in 2013, 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 with human rights defenders and organisations in East Asia, particularly in countries with restrictive operating environments, and contributes to our strategic engagement with corporations. Sarah joined ISHR in 2015 after four years 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 International Labor Organisation in Bangkok. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts/Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Follow her at @sarahmcneer.
Sophie Charpié – Office Manager and Administrator
Sophie joined ISHR in 2014. Prior to this, she worked for the French embassy of Bahrain, where she managed cultural and educational affairs. She has also managed the secretariat of Arigatou International, a Geneva-based organisation focused on children’s rights. Sophie holds a Master of Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Marina Dailly – Accountant and Finance Manager
Marina joined ISHR in 2013. She is responsible for ISHR’s finance and grant management. Previously, she has 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 Bachelor’s 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.
Michelle Evans – New York Manager and Advocacy Coordinator (on sabbatical)
Michelle manages ISHR’s New York office and coordinates our advocacy at UN headquarters. Prior to joining ISHR, Michelle worked as a journalist in the US, Central America and Central Asia and with a number of leading human rights NGOs and coalitions, including the Coalition for an International Criminal Court, the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Earth Times Foundation. Michelle holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Michael Ineichen – Programme Manager (Corporate Accountability) and Head of Human Rights Council Advocacy
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.
Ben Leather - Advocacy, Training and Communications Manager
Ben joined ISHR in 2014 after five years with Peace Brigades International in Mexico, where he helped draft a Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and designed PBI's Advocacy Training Program. Ben previously worked with Plas Madoc Communities First in the UK. He has a History degree from University of Liverpool and has studied human rights and peacebuilding at Abo Akademi and European Security & Defence College. Follow him at @BenLeather1.
Rumbidzai Masango – Africa Human Rights Consultant and Ambassador Bari Bari Fellow
Rumbi works as a consultant with ISHR with a focus on supporting African human rights defenders and enhancing the legal environment in which they work. Rumbi has previously worked with the Tax Justice Network Africa in Kenya, an Extractive Industries Policy Officer with the Economic Justice Network in South Africa, and as a gender policy advisor in Zambia. In 2014 she undertook an Open Society Internship in Rights and Governance with ISHR in Geneva. Rumbi holds a Master of Public Administration from the Central European University and a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Cape Town.
Tess McEvoy – Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate
Tess is a lawyer, specialising in indigenous land rights, on secondment to ISHR from leading international law firm DLA Piper. Before joining ISHR, Tess volunteered and worked with community legal centres in Australia focused on refugee rights (CASE for Refugees) and women's rights (Women's Legal Referral Service). Tess holds a law degree from Murdoch University and a psychology degree from University of Western Australia.
Eleanor Openshaw – Programme Manager (NGO Participation) and Head of Regional Advocacy
Eleanor leads ISHR’s work to combat reprisals and much of our work at the Inter-American Commission. Before joining ISHR, Eleanor was responsible for the human rights defenders program at Amnesty International and worked for Peace Brigades International. Eleanor is a fomer 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 LGBT 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 – Programme Manager (Reprisals) and Legal Counsel
Madeleine leads ISHR’s work to combat reprisals against human rights defenders and is also responsible for our legal work, including the coordination of pro bono work by ISHR's partner law firms. 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 – Communications Manager
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 as a communications officer in June 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’s Children-Youth section and held different advocacy and communications positions for several Geneva-based human rights NGOs. Fanny holds a Master’s Degree in 'Fonction Publique Internationale' from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Paris and a Master’s degree in English Studies from the Paris IV-Sorbonne University.
Clement Voulé – Programme Manager (States in Transition) and Head of African Advocacy
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.