Alex joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies in March 2020 as Research Coordinator for the Humanitarian Encyclopedia project. His work experience spans research and analysis, needs assessment, information and knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation, with humanitarian organisations including ACAPS, the International Organization for Migration, Lessons Learned Simulations and Training, and the Mixed Migration Centre. His research interests include organisational behaviour and decision making in humanitarian crises, coordination in humanitarian information systems, and migration policy and governance. Alex holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and Bachelors of Law and International Studies from the University of Adelaide.
Baptiste Martin has 20 years of experience in conflict and post-conflict contexts, including in Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and the G5 Sahel region. He has mainly worked on protection of civilians and stabilisation issues, with both humanitarian actors – including Première Urgence Internationale, MSF, UNHCR and OHCHR -, international peace operations and regional defense forces.
Baptiste has spent most of the last decade with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), both in the field and at UN headquarters in New York. In field missions, he has worked as a humanitarian officer, head of field office and stabilization team leader under UNMIS in South Sudan, as well as a protection of civilians adviser to MONUSCO in the DRC, MINUSCA in the CAR and MINUSMA in Mali. At UNHQ, he headed the Protection of Civilians Coordination Team of DPKO, where he led the development of the Policy on theProtection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping.
In 2017-2018, as a PoC Expert for the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy, he drafted the DPKO Protection of Civilians Handbook, acted as a mentor for the 2018 Swedish Viking exercise, drafted the Protection of civilians strategy of the Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) on Boko Haram and contributed to the development of the NATO Protection of civilians Concept.
In 2018-2020, he joined the OHCHR as a Senior Human Rights Officer and head of the G5 Sahel Joint Force IHL/IHRL compliance framework project, based in Mali.
In addition to joining the Center early 2021, Baptiste is currently supporting human rights compliance of national park rangers in the DRC.
He graduated from the Sorbonne University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo).
Ben is working at the Centre as a project coordinator, focusing on the conceptualisation and development of a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on Research in Humanitarian Settings.
Before joining the Centre in January 2021, Ben worked in start-ups, multinationals and research institutions. His research interests include health systems, chronic diseases in humanitarian settings, evaluations of complex interventions and health-related behavioural change. He holds an MSc in Global Health from the University of Copenhagen with a specialisation in disaster risk management and a BA in healthcare management from the Management Centre Innsbruck.
Buğra joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies in September 2021. Before joining the team, he had four years of experience serving as a Teaching Assistant for Applied Research Projects (Capstone Projects) in the Conflict and Security specialization track of the Interdisciplinary Master Programmes at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Under this position, he has collaborated with more than 30 different international organizations, NGOs, and UN agencies based in Geneva on more than 40 different applied policy reports related to conflict, development, migration, peacebuilding, sustainability, and humanitarian studies.
He is currently pursuing his PhD in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute. Previously, he completed his MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabanci University and his BA in Philosophy with a Minor Degree in Political Science at Bilkent University.
His research areas include humanitarian and development assistance, humanitarian diplomacy, soft power, emerging donors, and comparative policy analysis.
Fields of interest
Humanitarian diplomacy Soft power Humanitarian and development assistance Emerging donors Humanitarian action Medical humanitarianism Humanitarian project management
Daniel Henao is a Medical Doctor with more than ten years of experience planning, implementing and monitoring evidence-based public health interventions in more than 15 countries in America, Africa and Middle-East. Daniel has worked in the public, development (UN) and humanitarian (ICRC) sectors at national and international levels. He co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and participated in academic initiatives with the Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (Emerging Voices for Global Health).
Daniel is currently a PhD student in Global Health at the University of Geneva. His main research purpose is to understand why decentralization reforms of the health systems work or don’t work in fragile States.
Joanna Bourke Martignoni is a Senior Researcher at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and an Affiliate of the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute. Her research areas include the right to food, land commercialization, climate change, the right to education, and gender equality. She is a postdoctoral researcher and coordinator on the DEMETER (Droits et Egalité pour une Meilleure Economie de la Terre) multidisciplinary research for development project (2015–2021) that is examining land commercialization, gendered agrarian transformation and the right to food, with Cambodia and Ghana as case studies.
In addition to her research work, Dr Bourke Martignoni teaches courses on economic, social and cultural rights, international organisations, development, international humanitarian law, transitional justice and feminist theory at the University of Fribourg, the Geneva Academy and at the Australian National University.
She has also worked as a consultant to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In addition, she has held positions as a programme officer on women’s rights at the World Organisation Against Torture and as a legal adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Dr Bourke Martignoni has degrees in South East Asian History, Political Science and Law from the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, a Master’s in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a PhD in law from the University of Fribourg. Her doctoral thesis examined the human right to education in the context of international development cooperation programmes with special reference to the role of the World Bank.
Dr Erica Moret is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Global Governance and Visiting Lecturer at the Department of International Relations/ Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She is the coordinator and co-founder of the Geneva International Sanctions Network (GISN) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Global Security Studies. She holds a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford, where her research focused on the health and socioeconomic impacts of US sanctions on Cuba. A former diplomat, she is also a graduate of France’ Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), where she specialised in European Union foreign and security policy.
Dr Moret is a leading expert on sanctions, and particularly on how these ever-popular instruments of foreign and security policy interface with humanitarian considerations. Her research has included that of lead/ sole author in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and policy publications on a range of EU foreign policy, global governance, international security, humanitarian and sanctions-related topics, including in relation to Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba, and in connection with financial sector over-compliance or “de-risking”, cyber security, chemical weapons abuses, conflict resolution, nuclear non-proliferation, Brexit, disinformation, cryptocurrencies and informal governance.
She wrote one of the first peer-review articles that sought to examine the likely humanitarian ramifications of broadened EU sanctions on Syria and Iran (European Security, 2015) and has served as an independent expert and advisor on this wider subject to the EU and UN (including to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, UNICEF and the Human Rights Council). Since 2015, she has organised consultations on the humanitarian situation in Syria on behalf of the Swiss government and in 2019-2020 she convened the “Compliance Dialogue on Syria-Related Humanitarian Payments”, a project run through the Graduate Institute; funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and supported by the European Commission, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) and the World Bank (https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/index.php/communications/news/compliance-dialogue-syria-related-humanitarian-payments). She has provided tailored training on these areas for the UN Security Council’s high-level sanctions course (2019-20; of which she was a core teaching team member) and the University of the West Indies Diplomatic Academy (2020). She has spoken on the same subject at the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group and has taught the IHEID Masters lecture series on “International Sanctions in a Changing Geopolitical Order” since 2020. She has also advised the Canadian, French, German and UK governments on their sanctions policies, including providing evidence to Inquiries for both UK Houses of Parliament and serving on various high-level EU task forces.
From 1 October 2020, Dr Moret acts as Project Lead on a two-year Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS)-funded project entitled “When Money Can’t Buy Food and Medicine: Banking Challenges in the International Trade of Vital Goods and their Humanitarian Impact in Sanctioned Jurisdictions” (https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/index.php/research-centres/global-governance-centre/when-money-cant-buy-food-and-medicine-banking-challenges). The project employs a mixed-method approach and works closely with a team of humanitarian actors, sanctions experts and international law scholars to explore challenges faced by medical and food companies, as well as humanitarian organisations, in operating in “unbanked” jurisdictions under sanctions and wider regulations. She is also employed on the European Research Council (ERC) Project “Bombs, Banks and Sanctions”, led by Professor Grégoire Mallard, to plan a Special Issue in a leading law or International Relations journal on the topic of sanctions, COVID-19, humanitarian access and international law. As a seasoned public speaker, Dr Moret chaired a webinar panel in June 2020 exploring the unique humanitarian challenges faced by heavily sanctioned countries in light of the new coronavirus pandemic (https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/covid-webinar-sanctions) and regularly moderates other high-level events, including lectures given by former heads of state and other leading public figures.
Fatima re-joined the Centre in August 2021, having worked here for a humanitarian Distance Learning course from 2013 to 2016. Fatima owns a federal administrative diploma. She has worked for several companies in the private sector and non-profit organisations in favour of training, integration and reintegration of people with little or no Swiss qualification.
Besides her work at the Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Fatima volunteers at the Geneva Red Cross as a French teacher for people with a refugee permit or in a difficult situation.
She is a former agronomist who spent 12 years in the grain trading environment, where she held different positions from logistic, merchandising, business analytics, marketing and project management.
In 2017 she decided to transfer her competencies to the humanitarian sector, and joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies as project manager of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia. Apart from the overall project management, she is taking responsibility for the development of the digital platform and fundraising activities.
Francesca is in charge of content creation and is responsible for the digital presence of the Centre. She is also the communications focal point for the Centre’s students.
Before joining the Centre in 2019, Francesca covered various communications roles (media relations, event management, strategic communications) in the private and non-profit sectors. She has more than a decade of experience in communications and holds a MA in Political Science and Sociology.
Helene has been working as an evaluator in the humanitarian sector for the past decade with a specific focus on cash and market based programming. She heads Key Aid Consulting‘s work on cash and market-based programming, as well as capacity development. She has supported the institutionalisation of cash and market-based programming for UNDP, UNHCR, IRC, Save the Children, CARE, Oxfam and World Vision, among others. She has also authored several related guidance documents, including the CaLP Programme Quality Toolbox and the PCMA guidance, and was involved in the Sphere Standards revision as a cash specialist. Helene is a member of the CaLP Technical Advisory Group and the Market in Crisis Advisory Group. Hélène also regularly designs and trains humanitarian practitioners on cash and market-based programming. She is a lecturer with Manchester University and Sciences Po Paris.
Joëlle joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies (at the time known as PIAH) in October 2007 . With a degree in Business Administration (HES) she has worked for a number of companies in the Geneva region.
She acquired various skills prior to joining the Centre, among others in implementing customer satisfaction surveys and designing a salary management programme.
Laura has worked on sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response, protection, human trafficking and forced displacement within the human rights, humanitarian and international relief fields since 2005 in Kosovo, Colombia, Moldova, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, DRC, Iraq, Greece and Italy among other countries. She regularly supports Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other international and national organisations in several contexts.
Laura graduated in International Relations from the University of Turin (Italy) and obtained a Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation from the Global Campus of Human Rights in 2007. Laura qualified as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) from the University of Worcester (UK) in 2016.
Ludovic joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies in April 2021 as the new Distance Learning Specialist. His expertise lies in creating effective and entertaining e-Learning courses, digitising trainings and managing LMS. Ludovic started his career as a substitue teacher in Geneva’s primary schools before getting curious about the integration of new technologies within educational environments. This interest led him to get his Master degree in Advanced Learning and Teaching Technologies from the University of Geneva. Before joining the Centre, he worked with SMEs, big corporations and – most importantly to his values – international organisations.
Mariana Ferolla is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and has a Master’s Degree in Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. Mariana’s research focuses on human rights applied to migratory contexts, international refugee law, and economic, social, and cultural rights. She is a member of the International Law Association and the European Society of International Law.
Before joining the Centre, Mariana acted as a volunteer in the legal sector of the Jesuit Service for Migrants and Refugees – Belo Horizonte between 2020 and 2021 and as a teaching assistant at UFMG in 2019. She received scholarships from the Canadian government’s Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (2016) and the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (2013-2014).
Marianne joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies in May 2019. She holds a Master 2 in Analysis of Countries in Crisis and Humanitarian Action and a Master in Trade and Sales. She has expertise in project coordination as well as in administration and marketing. With professional experience both in the private and NGOs/IOs sectors in the Geneva region, she is able to advise and run projects, whether they involve the administrative setting up of projects or the implementation of marketing strategies.
For the previous four years, Marianne was working for an international NGO leader in the non-formal education field, in charge of corporate communications. She worked on the creation and dissemination of printed and digital communications tools, editing and translation of various types of documents, social media moderation, event management, being involved in a multicultural and worldwide spread team.
Romain joined the team in 2014. With a Master in Educational Technologies from the University of Geneva and a Master in Computer Science from EPFL, he has expertise in pedagogy and educational technologies as well as in web technologies, databases and programming. With an experience of several years in each of these areas, he is able to advise and run projects, whether they involve the creation of distance training (e-learning / blended learning) or the implementation of learning platforms and environments.
Before joining the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Romain worked for four years for a private company creating e-learning courses for the medical device domain. In this role he had the opportunity to work on the content of the courses, to be involved in the production process, decision making and management. In his last position at that firm, he was in charge of all the activities and processes related to the maintenance and development of the online platform, production of e-learning courses, quality control, and customer support.
Ms. Sali Hafez (MHS, BDS) is an experienced global health specialist and researcher who worked extensively in humanitarian health, health system strengthening in fragile states, sexual and reproductive health in emergencies, adolescent health, gender-based violence and protection. For the last 10 years, she has led humanitarian and development response in over 10 countries (Egypt, Iraq, Djibouti, Bangladesh, Lebanon and Jordan, Uganda, Kenya, Afghanistan and Yemen), with reputable United Nations Agencies, INGOs, and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Her field experience is complemented with technical knowledge, academic study and professional learning.
Although trained as a dentist and oral surgeon, she specialized in public health in humanitarian settings, and obtained her MHS in Global Health at the University of Tampere in 2017. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in global health at the University of Geneva.
Sali is interested in working on innovation, humanitarian financing, localization and decolonization of global health, particularly in humanitarian settings.
Sian has worked in the humanitarian sector for 20 years, managing external relations for various organisations including IFRC, MSF and DNDi. She has a post graduate degree in journalism and a Masters in Communications Management. Sian specializes in strategic communications, partnerships, publications, brand management and organizational development.
Thuy is in charge of the management of course administration. She has joined the Geneve Centre of Humanitarian Studies in December 2016. With her Master of Business Administration degree, she has brought over six years of experience inadministration. Prior to joining team, she worked in the education sector, NGO and the United Nations.