Achieng Akena

Published: 6 Jun 2019

Achieng Akena joined IRRI as Executive Director in May 2019, bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in strategic leadership, institutional resource management and advocacy networks in the UN and AU. A passionate and committed human rights advocate, Achieng has over 18 years’ experience in the promotion and protection of human rights of…

Fiona McKinnon

Published: 17 Dec 2018

Fiona co-edited the Rights in Exile newsletter for six years before becoming the publication’s Editor in Chief. She has practiced law in various states in the USA and served as a Legal Advocate at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance in Cairo, Egypt, where she represented clients in Refugee Status Determination cases before UNHCR. She…

Fiona McKinnon

Published: 25 Nov 2018

Fiona co-edited the Rights in Exile newsletter for six years before becoming the publication’s Editor in Chief. She has practiced law in various states in the USA and served as a Legal Advocate at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance in Cairo, Egypt, where she represented clients in Refugee Status Determination cases before UNHCR. She…

Matt Oliver Kinsella

Published: 8 Oct 2018

Matt Oliver Kinsella is currently pursuing his PhD with the Human Rights Consortium at the University of London. He contributes to IRRI’s research outputs as well as collaborating on his doctoral research on human rights, migration, and humanitarianism. Matt also serves on the Board of Latin American Foundation for the Future (LAFF) and the Executive…

Johanna Seidl

Published: 8 Oct 2018

Johanna Seidl coordinates IRRI’s citizenship and statelessness work in East Africa and is responsible for IRRI’s resource mobilization. She started working with refugees and asylum seekers in 2012 and holds a M.Sc. International Relations and Development – Global Refugee Studies. Prior to joining IRRI, Johanna worked as Regional Advocacy and Communication Officer, supporting projects combatting…

Naomi Kabarungi Wabyona

Published: 5 Oct 2018

Naomi supports IRRI’s new research and advocacy project on peaceful co-existence of host and refugee communities in Northern Uganda. She also manages IRRI’s strategic communications, online presence and dissemination of reports. Naomi brings with her nine years of professional experience in  media campaigns management, research writing and advocacy for development and social change organisations. Prior…

Chidi Odinkalu

Published: 9 Jul 2018

Chidi Odinkalu is a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is also the senior team manager for the Africa Program of the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) and was, until recently, the chair of the Governing Council of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission. Chidi received his Ph.D. in law from the London…

Christian Jorgensen

Published: 5 Mar 2018

Christian Jorgensen is a law student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in political science and a graduate of DePaul University where he received an MSc in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies. He has volunteered with various organisations throughout the…

Raymond Brown

Published: 22 Feb 2018

Raymond M. Brown is a partner in the Litigation Department of Scarinci|Hollenbeck Attorneys at Law and is the Chair of the White Collar Defense and Corporate and International Human Rights Compliance Practice Group. .He concentrates his practice in internal investigations, corporate compliance and all other aspects of white collar criminal defense. Mr. Brown has been…

Sandrah Akello

Published: 15 Nov 2017

Sandrah received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management from Makerere University. She holds certificates in Grants Management (MANGO), Finance for Non-Finance Managers (ACLAIM), and Project Planning and Management (UTAMU). Sandrah is currently pursuing the Certified Public Accountant’s Certificate (Uganda).

Salima Namubsoya

Published: 14 Nov 2017

Salima Namusobya is the Executive Director of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) and an expert member of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.She is a lawyer and human rights advocate who has specialized in international human rights law and forced…

Djibril Balde

Published: 13 Nov 2017

Djibril focuses on raising public awareness about the refugees and asylum seekers issues and advocates for fair and effective legal processes for asylum seekers. He hosts a weekly French/English radio interview show called Le Banc des Réfugiés, where he interviews asylum seekers and refugees. In addition, he organizes public fora, issues press releases, holds press…

Yotam Gidron

Published: 1 Oct 2017

Yotam is currently pursuing a PhD degree in African History at Durham University. He holds an MSc degree in African Studies from the University of Oxford and an LLB degree from Tel-Aviv University.

Lucy Hovil

Published: 13 Sep 2017

Lucy advises IRRI on research methodology across a number of programmes and conducting research and writing focusing on citizenship, displacement and cycles of violence. Lucy also conducts outreach and networking with partner organisations in the UK and is the Managing Editor for the International Journal of Transitional Justice. She was formerly the Senior Research and…

David Kigozi

Published: 13 Aug 2017

David leads IRRI’s Sudan Programme which focuses on enhancing, defending and promoting human rights in Sudan, particularly in the country’s conflict areas. The programme focusses particularly on strengthening capacities of local civil society to monitor and document human rights violations. It also conducts awareness raising among communities on their human rights so that they are…

Thijs Van Laer

Published: 23 Jun 2017

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

Published: 15 May 2017

Bronwen Manby is an independent consultant and visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for the Study of Human Rights. She previously worked for the Open Society Foundations and Human Rights Watch. She has written extensively on statelessness and the right to a nationality in Africa, and leads the development of the…

Tigranna Zakaryan

Published: 14 Apr 2017

Tigranna Zakaryan began her work in Uganda as a US Fulbright Scholar in which she researched the flight histories of settlement-based Congolese refugees through an ethnographic lens in order to inform the challenges they face in establishing socioeconomic livelihoods and integration in Uganda. She worked with host communities and local government structures to gauge their perspectives on…

Themba Lewis

Published: 13 Sep 2016

Themba holds graduate degrees in refugee studies from the University of Oxford and the American University in Cairo, and Level 2 Senior Caseworker Accreditation with the UK Legal Services Commission. He has taught on refugee rights in Bulgaria and Egypt, provided legal representation for detained asylum seekers in the United Kingdom, and is a Registered…

Mandy Jam

Published: 13 Sep 2016

Mandy has recently completed her MA degree in Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University (2015), for which she has conducted ethnographic research into locally expressed, informal structures of humanitarianism and the discursive production of alternative camp (hi-)stories amongst long term camp residents in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Parts of her research were published in article-form in…