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 on Twitter at @PhilALynch.

Sarah Brooks – Programme manager (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 on Twitter at @sarahmcneer.

Tom Clarke – Head of communications
Tom Clarke is leading and coordinating ISHR’s communications and media work while Olivia Starrenburg is on maternity leave. Tom joins us from the Human Rights Law Centre in Australia. Tom has a background in media production and social justice campaigning. He’s involved in various solidarity campaigns in the Asia Pacific region and has provided media production and consultancy services to a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Follow him on Twitter at @TomHRLC.

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.

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.

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 the University of Cape Town. Follow her on Twitter 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. Follow her on Twitter @Tess_L_McEvoy.

Helen Nolan – Training and advocacy support manager
Helen Nolan leads ISHR’s training and advocacy support work, and coordinates our engagement with the UN’s Special Procedures - independent experts who report and advise on different areas of human rights. She also assists in our activities in 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. Helen holds a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College in Dublin. 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.

Fabiana Pardi – New York fellow
Fabiana joined ISHR as a Harvard Law School Irving R.Kaufman Fellow. Previously, Fabiana worked as a Human Rights Specialist at the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington D.C and has experience in human rights defenders protection and issues related to the independence of judges and lawyers. Fabiana holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Harvard Law School and a Juris Doctor from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. 

Pooja Patel – Programme manager (women's rights and LGBT rights) and human rights advocate
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 at @vploton.

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 is currently on maternity leave but  usually 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. 

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 at @cvoule.