Staff

Phil Lynch – Director
Phil is the Director of ISHR and has overall responsibility for the organisation’s strategy, policy, programmes and operations. Under Phil’s stewardship, ISHR has contributed significantly to the development and strengthening of international and national standards and laws on the protection of human rights defenders. Before joining ISHR, Phil founded and led the Human Rights Law Centre and Homeless Law in Australia. Follow him on Twitter @PhilALynch.

Sarah Brooks – Programme manager (Asia and Migrant Rights Defenders)
Sarah is ISHR's programme manager and human rights advocate focused on defenders in the Asian region as well as defenders of migrant and refugee rights. Sarah also supports ISHR’s work in corporate accountability and leads organisational change in digital security. Prior to joining ISHR, Sarah worked to advance US foreign policy in the area of labor rights and supply chains. She comments on her work, transnational feminism, and geopolitics on Twitter @sarahmcneer.

Christine Do Phan – Communications manager
Christine joined ISHR in 2017 after several years as a communications professional in the private sector. Christine manages the production of ISHR’s publications, helps the team craft and deliver their messages through social and mainstream media.  In her free time, she is involved in fundraising activities for various non-profit organisations. Christine holds a Master in management studies from EM Lyon and WHU Koblenz.

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 on Twitter @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.

Rumbidzai Masango – Africa human rights consultant
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 the University of Cape Town. Follow her on Twitter @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. Follow her on Twitter @Tess_L_McEvoy.

Helen Nolan – Training and advocacy support manager
Helen Nolan leads ISHR’s training and advocacy support work, including our flagship Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme, equipping defenders with the knowledge and skills to engage strategically with the UN human rights system. She also coordinates our engagement with the UN’s Special Procedures - independent experts who report and advise on different areas of human rights - and assists in our work on Latin America. Before joining ISHR, Helen worked at ILGA - the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, and has experience in refugee law, women's rights and human rights defender protection. Follow her on Twitter @Helen_ISHR.

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 worked at Amnesty International and Peace Brigades International. Eleanor holds degrees from the University of Oxford and London Metropolitan University. Follow her on Twitter @EleanorOpenshaw.

 

Cholpon Orozobekova – Administration officer
Cholpon Orozobekova joined ISHR in 2016 as our Administration Officer taking care of general admin needs, office logistic for trainings and events, and working with suppliers. Cholpon most recently worked for Foundation Au Coeur des Grottes in Geneva and as UN Correspondent of The Diplomat Magazine in Geneva. She is a researcher and journalist from Kyrgyzstan with almost 20 years of experience investigating human rights violations while working for international media such as BBC, RFE/RL and IWPR. Cholpon holds an Executive Master degree in International Negotiation and Policymaking from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. She also holds an MA in International and European Security from the University of Geneva.  

Pooja Patel – Programme manager (women's rights and LGBTI rights)
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.

Vincent Ploton – Director of development and treaty body advocacy
Vincent joined ISHR in 2016 with more than ten years of experience working on NGO development and with UN treaty bodies, primarily the Human Rights Committee, Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Committee against Torture. He has also undertaken field work in South and West Asia, as well as Colombia. Vincent holds a Masters degree in political science (SOAS, Uni. of London) and in business administration (Lyon). Follow him on Twitter @vploton.

Antsa Rakotonanahary - Finance coordinator
Antsa joined ISHR in 2016. His role is to assist the finance manager on all the tasks related to accounting. Antsa holds a degree in Accounting in France. Previously he's worked in various associations as an accountant and it was during those experiences he discovered the world of the NGOs which sparked his interest and passion for working in the not for profit sector.

Madeleine Sinclair – New York office director and legal counsel (currently on parental leave)
Madeleine is Co-Director of ISHR's New York office, leads our work to combat reprisals against human rights defenders and coordinates ISHR's legal work and strategic litigation. Under Madeleine's leadership, ISHR has contributed significantly to advancing the UN's response to intimidation and reprisals. Previously, Madeleine worked at UNICEF, for the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, and as a lawyer. Madeleine holds a Master of Laws from NYU, a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen's University.

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. 

Clément Voule – 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 on Twitter @cvoule.