Office of the Secretary-General

Victor Madrigal-Borloz

Victor Madrigal-Borloz

Secretary-General
Office of the Secretary-General Copenhagen Headquarters

As Secretary-General, Mr Madrigal-Borloz serves as the IRCT Chief Executive Officer, providing strategic leadership to the organisation. He represents the IRCT globally, ensures engagement with the 76-country, 153-centre strong membership, manages the Secretariat and ensures adequate resources to deliver the strategic goals of the organisation. A Costa Rican jurist, he has over 18 years of experience as a human rights advocate: he is a Member of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture and his experience includes nine years as Chief Litigator, Head of the Registry Section and Principal Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C, and five years as Team Leader at the Danish Institute of Human Rights.

Gitte Sørensen

Gitte Sørensen

Executive Assistant
Office of the Secretary-General Copenhagen Headquarters

As Executive Assistant, Ms Gitte Sørensen serves the IRCT Secretary-General and the governing bodies of the organisation. This includes responsibility for all logistics in relation to governance meetings and responsibility for managing meetings, travels and missions of the Secretary-General. Gitte has a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages (English and French) and has been with the IRCT for 23 years. She previously worked in the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels and at the Canadian Embassy in Copenhagen.

Karen Faarbæk de Andrade Lima

Karen Faarbæk de Andrade Lima

Partnerships Officer
Office of the Secretary-General Copenhagen Headquarters

As Partnerships Officer, Karen is responsible for developing partnerships with Governmental donors and Philanthropic foundations. Karen has a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Anthropology & Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology of Development from the University of London. She has previously worked for organisations such as the World Bank and Danida.

Louise Obel Bank

Louise Obel Bank

Partnerships Associate
Office of the Secretary-General Copenhagen Headquarters

As Partnerships Associate Louise is working on the development of partnerships with Danish philanthropic foundations, the Danish Government's pool of funds as well as with the development of relations with individual donors. Louise holds a master degree in social anthropology from the University of Aarhus and has previously worked as a project manager at Excola, a local Brazilian NGO, the Foundation of HRH Crown princess Mary and UNICEF.

Roberto Cubero Espinal

Roberto Cubero Espinal

Regional Associate
Office of the Secretary-General Mexico City

As a Regional Associate based in Mexico City, Roberto is working on organising the logistics of the 2016 IRCTGeneral Assembly and Scientific Symposium. In his role he supports the organisational processes, strategy and policy from the Latin American perspective. Before joining the IRCT, Roberto worked at the General Attorney Office of Mexico, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC, and the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. He has Bachelor’s Degree in Law and is certified on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law by the American University Washington College of Law

European Affairs Office

Mushegh Yekmalyan

Mushegh Yekmalyan

Head of European Affairs
European Affairs Office Brussels office

Mushegh is responsible for the overall functioning of the IRCT office in Brussels including support to membership and Secretariat in fundraising activities. He is also in charge of advocacy, policy and partnership work with EU institutions in Brussels as well as regional organisations including OSCE and Council of Europe in wider European context. A holder of a LLM degree in International Law, Mushegh has over 15 years of experience in development work and human rights. He previously worked for Penal Reform International (PRI) and as a human rights officer at various OSCE missions. He has also worked for the Open Society Foundation as a policy projects coordinator, conducting policy research and advocacy work aimed at supporting the HRDs

Melissa Paintoux

Melissa Paintoux

European Affairs Officer
European Affairs Office Brussels office

As European Affairs Officer, Melissa advocates towards EU institutions for increased consideration of torture-related issues in EU internal and external policies. She is responsible for mobilising EU support and funding for IRCT projects and initiatives. In addition, she supports IRCT members in relation to their collaboration with EU institutions. Before joining the IRCT, Melissa worked in the refugee sector in France and the UK for several years. She managed projects and partnerships related to migrants' health and specialised in vulnerability and special needs issues. She also gained experience in public policy-making in Canada. Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding from Sciences Po Lille and a MSc in Global Migration studies from University College London.

Governance and Policy

Miriam Reventlow

Miriam Reventlow

Director of Governance and Policy
Governance and Policy Copenhagen Headquarters

Miriam holds a masters’ degree in law and studied in Germany and South Africa. She has over a decade of experience in promotion of human rights and democracy. Before joining the IRCT she worked at the German Foreign Ministry, the German Red Cross and organisations in France and South Africa.

Margaret Hansen

Margaret Hansen

Membership Liaison Officer
Governance and Policy Copenhagen Headquarters

Margaret's responsibilities include mapping of member centres, processing of membership applications as well as grants management and coordination. Her previous experience includes administrative functions in UNICEF - both at Headquarters and Country Office levels. Margaret holds a MA (Ord) in French and Psychology and Diplomas in Business Administration

Daniela Jorge Ayoub

Daniela Jorge Ayoub

Governance Associate
Governance and Policy Copenhagen Headquarters

Daniela is responsible for supporting the logistical planning and organisation of the 2016 General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. She holds over five years of professional and academic experience within the NGO and Education sectors throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Former positions consisted of project management, administration, as well as monitoring and evaluation work. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Management and is currently pursuing an MSc in Development and International Relations/Global Refugee Studies at Aalborg University in Copenhagen

Pablo Guerra

Pablo Guerra

Student Assistant, Membership services
Governance and Policy Copenhagen Headquarters

Pablo is responsible for providing support to the sub-grants and membership processes and contributes to donor reporting and knowledge management with input from grantee reports. He also supports the Secretariat with ad-hoc translations to and from Spanish and English, and responds to the needs of member centres in Latin America. Pablo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and is currently studying an MSc in Engineering Management at the Technical University of Denmark. Before joining the IRCT, he was volunteering for two years at the Board of European Students of Technology, where he worked on numerous projects.

Research Development

Leanne MacMillan

Leanne MacMillan

Director of Research Development
Research Development Copenhagen Headquarters

As the Director of Research Development, Leanne is responsible for managing the research to develop indicators for the right to rehabilitation, creating research relationships and introducing a system wide record system to use clinical data for human rights outputs. A trained refugee lawyer, Leanne has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the global human rights sector. Her previous roles include Manager of Amnesty International’s global refugee programme, Representative to the UN for the Secretariat of Amnesty International and Director of Policy and External Affairs. She has carried out research in over 20 countries including post-conflict and conflict zones. Leanne is currently undertaking studies towards a Masters in Science degree in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Nicola Anne Witcombe

Nicola Anne Witcombe

Editorial Assistant - Torture Journal
Research Development Copenhagen Headquarters

Nicola works on running and developing the Torture Journal, an academic interdisciplinary journal key to the torture movement. Her two main areas of expertise are language and law, being an experienced academic proof-reader with a Master’s Degree in English literature as well as having six years’ experience as a solicitor in immigration and employment in the UK. Nicola has been involved in a number of different NGOs, including being a Trustee for the UK-based charity Student Action for Refugees and a volunteer legal advisor on family reunification at the Danish Refugee Council for many years. She is currently studying towards a Masters in Law at the Open University.

Lisa Haagensen

Lisa Haagensen

Project Coordinator - DFI Project
Research Development Copenhagen Headquarters

Lisa is responsible for coordinating the delivery of the EU-funded Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) Project during its final phase of implementation. Her responsibilities include coordinating the ongoing development and modification of a unified clinical data collection system; coordinating and monitoring the outputs from over 30 member organizations in Asia, Europe, Latin America, MENA, and Sub-Saharan Africa; and ensuring project compliance to and accountability with EU regulations. She has five years of experience in the academic and non-profit sector in Johannesburg, London, Beijing, and Copenhagen, and holds a BA in Clinical Psychology, and an MSc in Political Science

Harry Shepherd

Harry Shepherd

Student Assistant - DFI Project
Research Development Copenhagen Headquarters

As DFI Project Assistant, Harry works on the Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) Project during its final phase of implementation. His role is to support the Project Coordinator in delivering the project. His responsibilities include helping to manage the delivery of an improved DFI database fostering user uptake across the IRCT members monitoring and coordinating member centre outputs and ensuring compliance with EU project regulations. Harry has spent two years at Vodafone UK in London where he worked across multiple business units in the business-to-business sphere. He holds a BA in International Business and is currently studying an MSc in Global Development at The University of Copenhagen alongside his work at IRCT.

Advocacy

Asger Kjærum

Asger Kjærum

Acting Director of Advocacy
Advocacy Copenhagen Headquarters

Asger has the responsibility of shaping and implementing the IRCT's advocacy strategy to make the right to rehabilitation a reality for torture victims around the world. He oversees a broad spectrum of interventions to promote change in public policy and legislation and supports proper investigation and documentation of torture at the national, regional and international level. Asger is regularly invited to speak on issues related to the implementation of torture victims’ right to rehabilitation and the Istanbul Protocol, development of advocacy capacities and effective engagement with UN mechanisms. As a Danish jurist, he has nine years of experience working with implementation of human rights norms at the international and national level.

James Lin

James Lin

Istanbul Protocol Programme Coordinator
Advocacy Copenhagen Headquarters

James leads the design and implementation of the IRCT’s programme to share its health-based knowledge on investigation and documentation of torture and to promote full implementation of the Istanbul Protocol (IP). His work includes undertaking advocacy on law and policy, case interventions, capacity development and IP training. He also coordinates the activities of the Independent Forensic Expert Group. James has over a decade of field experience working in conflict and post-conflict areas. Prior to the IRCT, he was Head of the Bangkok Regional Office for Southeast Asia of FIDH and Country Director for ABA ROLI’s offices in Nepal and Thailand. He has also held several posts in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the OSCE mission. James is a licensed attorney with a Juris Doctorate and a BA in Anthropology.

Rachel Towers

Rachel Towers

Advocacy Advisor
Advocacy Copenhagen Headquarters

As Advocacy Advisor, Rachel works with the IRCT’s regional advocacy strategy, promoting the right to rehabilitation as well as key thematic issues relevant to IRCT members, including forced migration and torture. She also develops input to policies on international human rights standards relevant to IRCT members and is the advocacy advisor for IRCT members participating in the EU-funded DFI project. Rachel qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and has a European Masters in human rights and democratisation. Before joining the IRCT she worked as a Lawyer for the UK Government on immigration and asylum cases.

Lorena Torres

Lorena Torres

Communications Associate
Advocacy Copenhagen Headquarters

Lorena supports the advocacy team with their communications activities and leads the planning and execution of the global 26 June Campaign. She began her career at the IRCT as an intern and later as a student assistant. She brings experience from a number of human rights organisations, including Norwegian’s People Aid, MS Action Aid and Crossing Borders, and has previously worked for the National Department of Communication at the Ministry of Education in Ecuador. She is also the co-founder of bambúProjekt, an NGO promoting the rights of children in the Ecuadorian highlands. Lorena studied Anthropology at the University of Hamburg and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Development, specialising in Global Refugee Studies, from Aalborg University in Copenhagen.

Operations

Inge Frandsen

Inge Frandsen

Finance and Procurement Officer
Operations Copenhagen Headquarters

As Finance and Procurement Officer, Inge is responsible for managing the financial reporting on IRCT projects and arranging flights for IRCT staff as well as IRCT members and other stakeholders participating in the organisation’s various project activities. Inge also manages IRCT procurements and other staff and admin related tasks. Inge has more than 25 years’ experience within accounting and administration in an international environment and holds a Certificate in Business Language from Copenhagen Business School.

Marianne Hansen,

Marianne Hansen,

Human Resources Officer
Operations Copenhagen Headquarters

As the Human Resources Officer Marianne has the responsibility of handling the entire lifecycle of IRCT employees, update and implement HR policies and procedures, take part in various committees as well as handling security and health & safety. Marianne also supports the IT set up. Marianne holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration and a Master of Public Health and has previously worked in various international settings in commercial businesses.

Rudolf Podkrivacky

Rudolf Podkrivacky

IT Student Assistant
Operations Copenhagen Headquarters

Rudolf supports the IRCT Secretariat with IT. His responsibilities include… He recently completed a Bachelor's Degree in Global Business Informatics and is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Bachelor's Degree in Global Business Informatics.

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