Lisa is responsible for visionary leadership of the IRCT global secretariat team as they support the 160 member centers in the implementation and achievement of the strategic objective of the IRCT: Life after torture: improved quality of life for torture victims worldwide. Lisa’s responsibilities include ensuring financial sustainability, strong membership engagement and results and a well-run organization with good staff welfare. Lisa is primary liaison with the Executive Committee of the IRCT. Before coming to IRCT Lisa had a distinguished career that started as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and includes more than 20 years as a manager of humanitarian response. Her major focus areas have been the humanitarian principles and transparent accountability to stakeholders. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan and a Master of Science, Non-Profit Management, from the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Lisa is mom to 4 children and married to Hans.
Inge FrandsenFinance and Procurement Officer
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.
James LinIstanbul Protocol Programme Coordinator
James leads the design and delivery of the IRCT’s global programme to promote implementation of the Istanbul Protocol (UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment). His work includes advancing knowledge on the health-based consequences of torture, building the capacity of civil society on health-based and forensic documentation, and using that evidence and knowledge in advocacy and strategic case interventions. James also coordinates the activity of the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG). James comes to us with considerable field experience in both conflict and post-conflict settings. Prior to the IRCT, he was Head of the Bangkok Regional Office for Southeast Asia of FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights). In addition, he has served as Country Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)’s offices and programmes in both Nepal and Thailand. He also worked for many years in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). James is a licensed attorney and holds a Juris Doctorate (Hons) and a Bachelors in Anthropology. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, where he conducts research on the practices of NGOs in acquiring evidence and producing knowledge. In addition, James is an Adjunct Professor at National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), where he teaches transitional justice and business and human rights, and a Lecturer in Law at Richardson Law School University of Hawaii Manoa.
Eleanor started her five month internship at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims Secretariat in Copenhagen, March 2020. This opportunity was as a result of an awarded scholarship for high academic performance following her graduation in the European Masters for Human Rights and Democratisation in 2019 at the Global Campus of Human Rights. Following the first semester of the Masters in Venice, Italy, Eleanor completed her second semester at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia which included the compilation of her socio-legal research thesis titled ‘SOGIE Human Rights’: How is the European Court of Human Rights Shaping Queer Emancipation? under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Rajgelj. Eleanor additionally holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from RMIT University, Australia which comprised of two internships in the NGO sector for Adult Mental Health in Australia and Children and Family Services in Scotland. Eleanor went on to work for two years in Child Protection, in a regional community that particularly struggles with the drug ICE, family violence and poverty. Having worked and studied in a variety of fields, Eleanor intends to now bring her skills and strengths to the fight against torture at the IRCT and be a part of the global movement on rehabilitation for torture victims.
Sureka MurrayM&E and Communications Associate
As the M&E and Communications Associate, Sureka is implementing and monitoring the IRCT M&E system in order to gather and articulate the results of the worldwide network of rehabilitation centres that are part of the IRCT. Sureka is responsible for tracking progress of set indicators and targets to ensure the IRCT delivers on its strategy and mission and produce narrative reports to relevant target groups. Sureka also ensures the translation of IRCT results into communication through the website and social media. Prior to IRCT, Sureka worked in the humanitarian sector with the Danish Refugee Council, REFUNITE and the UN through research and trainings in human rights and refugee protection. She holds an MA in Advanced Migration Studies from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Global and Cultural Studies from Roskilde University.
Soran AzadStudent Assistant
Soran Azad is from Iraqi Kurdistan but has been in Denmark since 2015. He is currently studying International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School. Soran has several years of working experience in cross-countries with main focus in business and civil society sector. He is also author of a philosophical book in Kurdish language, titled Self-Expression. Back in Kurdistan, he was a political activist promoting freedom of speech and freedom of diversity and individuality. In IRCT, he supports the Secretary General in her daily tasks, preparation and facilitation of meetings and other administrative duties related to governance, communication, monitoring and evaluation. Soran enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, and socializing in his spare time.
Miriam ReventlowDirector of Operations
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.
Chris DomineyKnowledge Development Associate
Chris is responsible both for knowledge facilitation and skill acquisition across IRCT’s global membership and for the publication of the Torture Journal. His work involves building impact of collective knowledge as a tool for the global anti-torture sector, and providing solutions to facilitate skill acquisition. Chris manages all aspects of the Torture Journal and its workflow, including collaborating with the Editor-in-Chief to develop strategic research themes and seeking contributions along research and geographic priorities to improve the Journal’s fit for purpose. He also partners with IRCT’s member centres to play an active role in contributing relevant and timely research, developing global knowledge and imparting locally-held resources. Chris is particularly concerned with facilitation of research and knowledge from under-represented communities. Chris additionally provides substantive support to IRCT’s advocacy and legal initiatives. Prior to joining the IRCT, Chris held roles at the International Organisation for Migration in New York and in San Salvador, and at NGOs in Spain and Israel. He holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law and an LL.B in Law.
Asger KjærumDirector of Advocacy
Asger is responsible for designing 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 torture victims’ rights and best practices to eradicate torture, development of advocacy capacities and effective engagement with UN mechanisms. As a Danish jurist, he has thirteen years of experience working with implementation of human rights norms at the international and national level.
Mohamed RashwanStudent Assistant
Mohamed supports the daily operations to the Secretary-General.
As an intern, Lillian supports the Istanbul Protocol programme and the coordination of the Independent Forensic Expert Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law and is currently pursuing an LL.M. in technology law at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
Rudolf PodkrivackyIT Associate
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.
EU Liaison Office
Dastan SalehiAdvocacy Officer
As Advocacy Officer, Dastan supports IRCT members advocate for the right to rehabilitation in key legislative and policy processes at the national, regional and international level including at the United Nations, the European Union and in the countries where IRCT members are present. He leads the IRCT’s advocacy toward EU institutions and supports members engage with UN human rights mechanisms. Dastan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dundee and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford.
Melissa PaintouxEuropean Affairs Officer
As an European Affairs Officer, Melissa advocates towards EU institutions for increased consideration of torture-related issues in EU internal and external policies. In addition, she supports IRCT members in relation to their collaboration with EU institutions. In 2019, Melissa has been appointed as an expert for European Asylum Support Office (EASO) working group for the development of an EASO Practical Tool on Vulnerability Assessment. 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.