Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop, HERE Executive Director

Ed has more than 22 years of experience in humanitarian policy and practice. He has worked extensively on humanitarian issues in collaboration with governments, UN agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, and NGOs. His particular expertise is in the area of humanitarian principles, coordination, and protection. He has led the drafting of the Sphere protection principles (2011 edition), participated in the advisory group for the ICRC professional standards for protection work (2009), represented ICVA in the Global Protection Cluster (2006-2008), participated in the IASC reference group of human rights and humanitarian action (1999-2004), in the UNHCR reach-out process (1999-2001), and four ICRC protection workshops (1994-1998). Ed holds an L.LM in international law with a specialisation in international humanitarian law.


Enrique Jimenez, HERE Programme Manager

Enrique worked for more than 10 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as an administrator, a finance and HR manager in the field, and as the Financial Controller in the HQ in Geneva. During this period, he was involved in many humanitarian emergencies mostly in DRC, Uganda, Tchad, Niger, Angola and Liberia. Before working with MSF, Enrique was responsible for the International Cooperation and Development area for UNESCO-Etxea, a Bilbao-based UNESCO Club. He also managed a unique internship program in the UNESCO for young Basque professionals. Enrique has a degree in Finance, and a Post Graduate degree in Development and International Cooperation from the Basque University – HEGOA Institute (Spain).


Marzia Montemurro, HERE Research Director

Marzia was most recently the Director for Humanitarian Policy and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)’s representative in New York. In this role, she liaised with the UN on a range of humanitarian issues and engaged Member States in a dialogue on issues, such as access and humanitarian principles. Prior to joining ICVA, Marzia worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement in Geneva as their Head of the Africa and Americas department and a country analyst. Leading up to this point, she held positions overseeing refugee response and justice sector reform programmes in Africa. Marzia has a degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste in Italy and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Karin Wendt, HERE Researcher

Karin has specialised in institutional law and international organisation theory, and her expertise pertains in particular to the functioning of the international multi-level regulatory setting. Karin also has significant knowledge of research methodologies, having previously worked as a research associate at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration for many years. Prior to that, she worked with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Karin holds a Licence in International Relations and a Master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.


Céline Studer, HERE Research Assistant

Céline started working in international affairs when she joined the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services, where she got to dedicate her time to promoting the Geneva region as a major hub for humanitarian and other international organisations. She is enrolled in a Master’s degree in socioeconomics at the University of Geneva, that she is currently completing at the University of Zürich, with a focus on migration issues. She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the Universities of Lausanne and Amsterdam.