Bridget Musungu

Published: 8 Mar 2022

Bridget Musungu is an independent consultant. She brings over 10 years’ experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy space in Africa. She holds a BA & MA in International Relations from the United States International University of Africa (USIU).  Bridget has focused her career on understanding and supporting civil society groups advocating for civil liberties…

Mariajose Laker

Published: 9 Jun 2021

Mariajose Laker is a public administration graduate from Kampala international University with over 5 years’ experience in financial management. She has served in different capacities and in several work environments including Amazima Financial Services, Reach Out HIV /AIDS Initiative and AAR Health Care Uganda. Mariajose joined IRRI in 2021.

Emilie Oelgaard

Published: 25 Jan 2021

Emilie is a human rights professional with a passion for refugee rights and the right to asylum. She holds a BA in History and Politics from Queen Mary, University of London and an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York. Before joining IRRI…

Joanita Nantume

Published: 16 Dec 2020

Joanita Nantume is a Programme Associate at IRRI where she supports the various administrative and programmatic areas. Prior to her joining IRRI, she volunteered at AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Zambia and interned at Child Welfare in South Africa. She is also a recent MA International Relations graduate from USIU-Africa in Kenya and holds a Bachelor’s…

Georgia Cole

Published: 16 Dec 2020

Georgia Cole is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. This research was completed during her time as a Research Fellow at the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her work explores migration dynamics and diplomacy between the Horn of Africa and…

Anderson Opoka

Published: 3 Nov 2020

Anderson supports the formulation and implementation of programmes and administrative strategies at IRRI. Prior to this, he worked as an intern with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Uganda

Dismas Nkunda

Published: 27 Oct 2020

Dismas Nkunda is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atrocities Watch- Africa. Dismas was also co-founder and co-director of IRRI. Nkunda is a well recognized Ugandan who made his mark on the African scene…

Lucia Slot

Published: 16 Sep 2019

Lucia completed her MA degree in International Criminology at the Free University of Amsterdam (2016), for which she conducted ethnographic research into the rights and reception of unaccompanied migrants in Eastern Sicily during the Italian migrant crisis in 2015. She gained an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology from the University of Amsterdam (2013)….

Nicolas Parent

Published: 16 Sep 2019

Nicolas is a Research Associate at the Centro de Investigación, Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Peru. He has experience as a researcher and practitioner in the field of migration, where he has worked with organization’s such as the Observatory for Human Rights for Forced Migrants in Turkey (OHRFT), Association for Solidarity with Refugees (Mülteci-Der), and as…

Sirak Akalu Iyassu

Published: 16 Sep 2019

Sirak is a lawyer, a writer and a social entrepreneur from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He obtained his BSc in computer science from Bahir Dar University and his law degree from Saint Mary’s University. He has authored two books, one about the environment and the other about arbitration. His interest in forced migration arises from his…

Cristina de Nicolás Izquierdo

Published: 16 Sep 2019

Cristina is a political scientist, specialising in conflictology, humanitarian action, and forced migration, with 20 years of experience in governance and multisectoral leadership, civil society capacity development, and management of humanitarian missions, particularly in conflict and unstable post crisis situations. Additionally, she has provided technical assistance in governance to countries recipient of the Global Fund…

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 and democracy advocate, Achieng has over 22 years’ experience in the promotion and protection of human…

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…

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…

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 (ACHPR). She is a lawyer and human rights advocate who has specialised in international human rights law…

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.