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. 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.

Michael Anthony – HRCnet coordinator
Michael took up the role of HRCnet coordinator, based in ISHR’s offices, in August 2017. Since 2001 he has worked in international and regional human rights organisations in Geneva, Hong Kong and from New Zealand. His work has focused on campaigning and fact-finding concerning a wide range of human rights issues, notably with a focus on Asia and international advocacy at the UN Human Rights Council.

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.

Paula Danilczyk - Communications consultant
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 trough social and mainstream media. First a communications intern at ISHR from August to December 2017, she is now working as a consultant to help the organisation improve its infographics strategy and tools. 

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.

Salma El Hosseiny – Human Rights Council Advocate
Salma joined ISHR in February 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 advocacy consultant
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 from a Master in International Law and Relations from the University of Clermont-Ferrand. Follow her on Twitter @etong_adelaide.

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.

Tess McEvoy – Programme manager and legal counsel 
Tess leads ISHR's advocacy around the Universal Periodic Review, our work to combat reprisals against human rights defenders and our legal work and strategic litigation. Tess has contributed to ISHR’s Model Law for the protection of human rights defenders. She has also been involved in developing ISHR's strategies to strengthen the UPR and Treaty Body mechanisms. Before joining ISHR, Tess worked with leading international law firm DLA Piper. 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.

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. 

Diego Villanueva – Office management officer
Diego joined ISHR in December of 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.

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.