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.
Audrey is an experienced humanitarian aid worker who coordinated humanitarian projects for INGOs, including MSF, Oxfam and Première Urgence Internationale in post-conflict and acute emergencies contexts. Her previous experience also includes technical assistance for development cooperation organisations. She recently co-led the real-time evaluation of the response of the Belgian Development Agency to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a strong interest in the humanitarian-development nexus.
Before joining the Centre, Audrey worked at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a researcher in maternal and newborn health. She focused on implementation research to improve quality of maternal and newborn care in low-resources settings, and methodologies to evaluate large-scale public health interventions.
Audrey is currently working on developing strong research methodology to document and measure the wider and long-term impact of attacks on healthcare. Her research work also looks at mitigation measures that alleviate the impact of attacks on healthcare on health systems and affected populations. She is currently conducting case studies on attacks on healthcare in the Central African Republic and Afghanistan.
Audrey holds a Master in Political Sciences from the University of Louvain-la-neuve, and a MSc in International Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
She is proficient in French and English, and speaks fluently Spanish. She enjoys practicing her Wolof and Sango.
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 on 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 & 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 United Nations 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.
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 joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies in May 2019. Prior to joining the team she covered various communications roles in Italy, the UK and Switzerland in the private and non-profit sectors. She has more than ten years’ experience in communications and holds a MA in Political Science and Sociology. She is from Italy and is fluent in Italian and English, and has conversational French.
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.
Joy joined the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies in November 2018 as the knowledge manager of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia research project. Prior to that, Joy has worked with international organisations at national and international levels in humanitarian and development fields. Joy’s wide-ranging experience includes operation coordination, partnership building and international cooperation, project and knowledge management, advocacy, policy making and implementation. Joy’s academic accomplishment includes a master’s degree in public administration and international development. Joy considers knowledge management and organisational learning essential to enhance the effectiveness of the humanitarian sectors, and through which to create a better future of people in need. A few thoughts can be found from her paper at: http://www.ejkm.com/volume16/issue1/p70
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.
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.