Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop
Ed is co-founder and Executive Director of HERE.
He has more than 25 years of experience in humanitarian policy and practice. He has undertaken large reviews and evaluations and 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. Recently, he led evaluations of UNICEF and DEC-funded responses to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. Before HERE, Ed was the Chief executive of DARA in Madrid, and led ICVA between 1999 and 2012. Ed started his humanitarian work with MSF in Amsterdam, where he set up the humanitarian affairs department, and overseas. Ed Schenkenberg holds a master’s degree (LL.M.) in International Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Marzia is HERE’s Research Director.
She 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.
Sophie is HERE’s Administration & Finance Manager .
Holder of an MA in International Relations from the University of New South Wales in Sydney (Australia), Sophie has more than 15 years of experience in the International Cooperation in field and headquarters. She has notably worked for various non-government organisations in the areas of Human Rights and Child’s relief in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Socially active, she has a comprehensive understanding of the civil society in Switzerland (networks, platforms, NGOs and federations). In her current role of Programme Officer, she is in charge of the administration, finance and organisational aspects of the HERE-Geneva office.
Karin is Researcher at HERE.
She 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.
Tim is Junior Researcher at HERE.
He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in European & International Protection of Human Rights from Europa-Institut in Saarbrücken | Germany, and a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. In his thesis, he explored how urban violence is conceived by humanitarian organisations and what implications arise from such an understanding, illustrated through a case study centered around the ICRC. He previously conducted a collaborative research project initiated by HERE and the Graduate Institute, analysing the role of standards in humanitarian work.
Valentine is Junior Research Assistant at HERE.
She holds an LL.M in Public International Law from the University of Leiden, and an LL.M in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex. Her theses focused, respectively, on Islamic law and IHL in detention contexts, and analysis of the PSEA framework through the lens of the UN Women, Peace and Security architecture. Prior to joining HERE, she worked with ICRC, in open-source investigation with Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps, and as a resettlement legal adviser with StARS, a Cairo-based NGO providing assistance to refugees.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Daniel Toole | Chair
Daniel Toole is currently a private consultant helping companies and organisations with strategic and management issues. He previously worked for over 30 years with the UNICEF, most recently as UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific and previously for South Asia. He also served as Director of Emergency Programmes at UNICEF, as Chief of Staff to the UNICEF Executive Director, and as Country Representative in Mali and in Rwanda immediately following the genocide. His work in UNICEF and previously with USAID and Peace Corps included extended periods in Asia, Africa and New York, as well as numerous missions in South American and the Middle East. From 2001-2003, he was Chief Operating Officer of the start-up team of Acumen Fund, now Acumen, the first venture philanthropy fund supporting international private social enterprises. Daniel continues to serve as an Advisor to Acumen. Daniel Toole holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, now part of Eramus University.
Kathleen Cravero is a Distinguished Scholar at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and a co-Director of CUNY’s Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health Policy. Dr. Cravero is also a Professor of the Practice at University of Bridgeport School of Public and International Affairs in Connecticut (USA) and an independent consultant on ending violence against women and children. She served as President of Oak Foundation for ten years, stepping down in February 2019. In this capacity, she supported the Trustees of Oak Foundation to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Prior to her tenure at Oak Foundation, Dr. Cravero worked for over two decades on a range of international development issues, from newly emerging democracies to conflict and emergency situations. She held different senior positions in various UN agencies, including UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. At UNDP, she chaired the Steering Committee of UN Action: Ending Sexual Violence against Women in Crisis and Recovery Settings, which united the work of 12 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict. Dr Cravero holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Fordham University), and a Masters in Public Health (Columbia University).
Niels Dabelstein was Head of the Evaluation Department of Danida, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark from 1988 to 2007. He was Chairman of the OECD/DAC Working Party on Aid Evaluation from 1997 to 2002. He led the drafting the DAC Principles for Aid Evaluation (1991) the DAC Guidelines for Evaluating Humanitarian Assistance (1998) the DAC Evaluation Glossary (2002) the DAC Guidance for Joint Evaluation (2005) and the DAC Evaluation Quality Standards (2006). From 2007 – 2012 he managed the Joint International Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration, which received the American Evaluation Association 2012 Outstanding Evaluation Award. In 1994 he initiated and led the Joint Evaluation of the International Response to Genocide in Rwanda. He promoted the creation of ALNAP (honorary member since 2007) and he was Chairman of the board of the Humanitarian Accountability Project, which led to the creation of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) in 2003. He was instrumental in initiating and managing the ‘Tsunami Evaluation in 2005-2006. He has served as member or chair of a number of committees and boards concerned with development, humanitarian and human rights issues and has been teaching evaluation at three Danish Universities as well as at IPDET at Carleton University in Canada. Niels Dabelstein holds a M.Sc. from Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration.
Martha Maznevski is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Faculty Director for Executive Education at Ivey Business School, Western University. She is an expert in global teams, global leadership, culture and identity, and empowering individual differences. Before joining Ivey as a Professor, Dr. Maznevski served fifteen years as Professor at IMD (Institute for Management Development) in Switzerland. She developed, directed, and taught in open and custom executive education programs for senior leaders, including CEOs, from a wide range of industries and in countries around the world. She also directed IMD’s globally top-ranked MBA program. She publishes the popular textbook International Management Behavior, now in its 7th edition, with Ivey professors emeriti H. Lane and J. DiStefano. Her research has been published in leading journals including Journal of International Business Studies and Strategic Management Journal. Professor Maznesvki holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour, which she completed at Ivey.
David Noguera is the president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Spain since October 2016. He previously worked as a general practitioner in Girona, before going to the field with MSF for the first time in 2001 as part of a mission caring for migrant populations in the Canary Islands. Since then David’s work with MSF has taken him to Somalia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Angola, Zambia, India, Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Libya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. David has extensive experience in emergencies, and has worked in a variety of contexts, from nutritional crises to epidemic outbreaks. Founder of ReAcció Humanitària, an organisation that seeks to increase social knowledge on humanitarian crises and NGO’s response, he has worked for institutions like the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and organisations such as the Red Cross. Dr. Noguera holds a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (UAB, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) and an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health (UB, Barcelona University).
Balthasar Staehelin is Director of Digital Transformation and Data at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He joined the ICRC in 1993 and has served in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and at headquarters. From 2002 to 2006, he was delegate-general for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing all ICRC work in that region, including the operation in Iraq. He served as deputy-director of operations for policy and global affairs from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he left the ICRC to join the local government in Geneva where he ran the department in charge of providing social welfare, housing, health and integration programmes for asylum-seekers and refugees. He returned to the ICRC in August 2012 and served as the organisation’s deputy director-general for eight years. Mr Staehelin holds a master’s degree in history, English literature and constitutional law from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Laetitia van den Assum
Laetitia van den Assum currently works as an independent diplomatic expert. Previously, she served as ambassador of the Netherlands to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, to South Africa, to Kenya and Somalia, to Mexico and to the UK. Earlier, she worked as UNICEF’s representative in Tanzania and also assisted UNAIDS with policy development. In 2016/2017 she was a member of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, chaired by Kofi Annan, which advised the Myanmar government on reforms required to ensure a joint future for Rakhine’s ethnically and religiously diverse population. Ms. van den Assum is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion and also a senior advisor of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. She regularly contributes opinion articles to publications in SE Asia and Europe. She holds law degrees from Amsterdam University and Columbia University (Ll.M.)