Staff and Associates

Achieng Akena

Executive Director

Achieng Akena joined IRRI as Executive Director in May 2019, bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in...

Matt Oliver Kinsella


Matt Oliver Kinsella specialises in research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation in the humanitarian, development and human rights fields.  He is...

Naomi Kabarungi Wabyona

Programme and Communications Officer

Naomi supports IRRI’s new research and advocacy project on peaceful co-existence of host and refugee communities in Northern Uganda. She...

Sandrah Akello

Finance and Administration Manager

Sandrah received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management from Makerere University. She holds certificates in Grants Management (MANGO), Finance...

Djibril Balde

West Africa Focal Point

Djibril focuses on raising public awareness about the refugees and asylum seekers issues and advocates for fair and effective legal...

Yotam Gidron


Yotam is currently pursuing a PhD degree in African History at Durham University. He holds an MSc degree in African...

David Kigozi

Director, Sudan Programme

David leads IRRI’s Sudan Programme which focuses on enhancing, defending and promoting human rights in Sudan, particularly in the country’s...

Thijs Van Laer

Director, Prevention and Resolution of Exile Programme

He manages IRRI's work on the causes, consequences and prevention of mass human rights violations and refugee crises, by conducting research and advocacy on crisis situations in Sub-Saharan Africa and on the regional and international responses

Bronwen Manby


Bronwen Manby is an independent consultant and visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for the Study...

Tigranna Zakaryan


Tigranna Zakaryan began her work in Uganda as a US Fulbright Scholar in which she researched the flight histories of settlement-based...