Staff

Phil Lynch – Executive 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. Phil is a member of the Advisory Board to the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency and a former member of the Australian Government's Human Rights Grants Scheme Expert Panel. Follow him on Twitter @PhilALynch.

Marianne Bertrand – Campaign and Mobilisation Manager
Marianne joined ISHR in June 2019 and tries to expand the reach and influence of ISHR advocacy work with participatory campaigns and by building and mobilising communities of support. Previously, Marianne worked at Peace Brigades International and Amnesty International in the Americas and with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. She holds a Master degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po and an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex. Follow her in twitter @maribertl

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 labour rights and supply chains. She comments on her work, transnational feminism, and geopolitics on Twitter @sarahmcneerGPG key

Marina Dailly - Finance director
Marina joined ISHR in 2013 and has overall responsibility for grant management, programme planning, budgeting, financial reporting and internal controls. Prior to joining ISHR, she had held a variety of senior financial management positions within diverse corporations and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Marina holds a Master in Economic and Commercial Law from University of Lausanne, a double degree in Philosophy/Accountancy from George Mason University.

Paula Danilczyk - Digital communications officer
Paula holds a Master Degree in Media Relation from Warsaw University of Humanities, Poland. Before coming to Geneva, she'd worked for several years as an editor for a Polish 24-hours news channel. She has extensive professional experience in social media, digital project management as well as salesforce and website maintenance. She is now supporting ISHRs communications team to deliver messages through social and mainstream media. First a communications intern at ISHR from August to December 2017, she is now working as a digital communications officer to help the organisation improve its digital strategy. 

Christine Do Phan – Communications manager
Christine joined ISHR in 2017 after several years as a communications professional in the private sector. Christine works to make ISHR advocacy, achievements and calls to action more visible and effective. She manages the production of ISHR’s publications and helps the team craft and deliver their messages through the channels our audiences use, with the help of new narratives and strategic communications. Christine holds Master degrees in management studies from EM Lyon and WHU Koblenz.

Salma El Hosseiny – Human Rights Council Advocate
Salma joined ISHR in 2018 as the Human Rights Council Advocate. She holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Prior to joining ISHR, Salma worked for international and national human rights organisations in the Middle East and North Africa region. Her work focused on the protection of human rights defenders, civil and political rights and women's rights. Follow her on Twitter @salma_ishr.

Adelaide Etong – Africa Programme Officer
Adelaide joined ISHR in August 2017 as a consultant for ISHR's advocacy in Africa. Prior to this, she advocated for the rights of women in Poland and Macedonia as well as for the advancement of freedom of expression in Central Africa. More recently, she worked with indigenous people and minorities in Mauritania for a better protection of their rights, especially victims of slavery. Adelaide graduated with a Master in International Law and Relations from the University of Clermont-Ferrand. Follow her on Twitter @etong_adelaide.

Cédric Gelissen – Visual communications specialist
Cédric comes from the Swiss media industry. For the last 20 years, he was the Broadcast Coordinator and Producer for Swiss TV Sponsoring in the French-speaking National TV. With the producing part of his work, he managed developing graphic design and video-based skills. Joining the ISHR's Communications team for a 6-month mission, he will be in charge of graphic design related work, as well as photo and video shoots of our human rights defenders' profiles and of ISHR's events.

Eva Homolkova – Fundraising officer
Eva joined ISHR in 2018 as a Fundraising Officer. She holds a Master degree in Civil Sector Studies from Charles University in Prague. She has over 10 years of experience in NGO sector, working both in fundraising and project management positions. Prior to ISHR she has worked for several years for People in Need, where she was in charge of the Burma programme, supporting Burmese human rights defenders.

Michael Ineichen – Programme director
Michael joined ISHR in 2006 and has contributed to many of ISHR's core activities and programs and currently coordinates the work on business and human rights defenders. He oversees advocacy at the Human Rights Council, and has contributed to many key resolutions, most recently on the protection of environmental human rights defenders. He holds a Master of International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies. Follow him on Twitter @IneichenM.  GPG Key

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.

Fabiana Leibl - HRCNet coordinator
Fabiana coordinates the HRCNet, a network of 16 regional and international and human rights organisations, created in 2016 to enhance NGO engagement with the Human Rights Council and to strengthen the Council’s impact and influence on the ground. Fabiana is a lawyer and holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. For the past years, Fabiana has worked with different civil society organisations, such as Amnesty International (London), CIVICUS (South Africa) and Conectas Direitos Humanos (Brazil). Before joining the HRCNet, Fabiana led the international advocacy and protection programme at the Right Livelihood Foundation, in Geneva.

Tess McEvoy – Programme manager (LGBTI rights) and legal counsel 
Tess McEvoy (she/her) leads ISHR's legal protection work, including contributing to a Model Law for the protection of human rights defenders. She is part of ISHR's legal team which engages in strategic litigation for the protection of human rights defenders. With Helen Nolan, Tess co-leads ISHR's work on LGBTI rights defenders. She also engages with UN mechanisms in New York including the General Assembly and the Commission on the Status of Women. Before joining ISHR, Tess worked with leading international law firm DLA Piper, and with community legal centres working on womens and refugee rights. Tess holds a Juris Doctor from Murdoch University and a psychology degree from University of Western Australia. Follow her on Twitter @Tess_L_McEvoy.

Zamzam Mohammed – Fellow (New York)
Zamzam joined ISHR in 2019 as a Fellow at ISHR's New York office where she works to protect and ensure the accessibility of UN systems to human rights defenders. Zamzam holds a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M) from Harvard Law School and is qualified as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Zamzam is passionate about women and children's rights and has experience working on international accountability for human rights abuses. She has also worked as an Associate for Kaplan & Stratton Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. Follow her on Twitter @zammy_mohammed."

Helen Nolan – Programme manager (Training and LGBTI rights)
Helen Nolan (she/her) leads ISHR’s training and advocacy support work, including the  Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme and ISHR Academy, equipping defenders with the knowledge and skills to engage strategically with the UN human rights system. With Tess McEvoy, she co-leads ISHR's work on LGBTI rights defenders. Helen also coordinates ISHR's engagement with the UN’s Special Procedures - independent experts who report and advise on different areas of human rights - and assists with ISHR’s work on Latin America. Before joining ISHR, Helen worked at ILGA  World, and has experience in refugee law, women's rights and human rights defender protection. Follow her on @Helen_ISHR.

Eleanor Openshaw – New York 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.

Pooja Patel – Programme director
Pooja joined ISHR in 2014 and leads our work supporting women HRDs. 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 director and legal counsel
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.

Raphaël Viana David – Asia Programme Officer
Raphaël (he/him) joined ISHR in 2018 and has been ISHR’s Asia Programme Officer since May 2019, supporting human rights defenders in the Asian region. He holds a Dual Master’s Degree in Human Rights and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and Peking University, with prior experience in providing legal assistance to asylum-seekers in France. Follow him on Twitter @vdraphael. GPG Key

Diego Villanueva – Office and programme management officer
Diego joined ISHR in 2017 after 12 years of experience in events administration, hospitality, and customer service industries and a recent position as office manager for a Geneva-based software company. At ISHR Diego is in charge of office management and administration, as well as supporting the different program teams to help them achieve important progress on the set goals. Diego has also been an LGBTI and migrant rights activist in Mexico and the USA, which inspired the idea of one day working for a human rights NGO. Diego studied foreign languages and literature at UNAM in Mexico City, in addition to Hospitality and Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco C.A. GPG Key

Clément Voule – Senior advisor
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.

Stéphanie Wamba – Africa Programme Advocacy Consultant
Stéphanie joined ISHR in May 2019 as a consultant for ISHR’s Programme Advocacy in Africa. Her work focuses on  ISHR thematic priorities in Africa, mainly supporting research, advocacy, monitoring and reporting on human rights defenders' protection laws in Africa. Before joining ISHR, Stéphanie worked at Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network in Cameroon for the protection and promotion of human rights and human rights defenders in Central Africa. She holds a Dual Master’s Degree in private Law and Strategy, Defense, Security, Conflict and Disaster Management from Dschang University and Research Center for Political and Strategic Studies of Yaounde II University. Follow her on Twitter @StephanieWamba