Ed Schenkenberg van Mierop, HERE Executive Director

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 Universit, the Netherlands.

Sophie Parron, HERE 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.

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.

Tim Buder, HERE Junior Researcher

Tim holds an LL.M. in European & International Law, where he specialised in European and International Protection of Human Rights. Before joining HERE as a Junior Researcher, he conducted a collaborative research project initiated by HERE and the Graduate Institute in Geneva, analysing the role of standards in humanitarian work. He is currently finishing his Master in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute, focusing on armed conflicts and humanitarian action.