International Secretariat

Lisbet Ilkjær

Lisbet Ilkjær

Acting Secretary General
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Lisbet Ilkær has been working with the IRCT in the past as a Director of Organisational Development and has led the Task Force for the 2017 Mid-term Review. By closely working with the Executive Committee, the Council and the member organizations of the IRCT, she has contributed to updating the IRCT strategy and since 2018 acted as an external strategic consultant to the organization. Lisbet has taken the position of an Acting Secretary General on 1st of May and will stay in this position until the new Secretary General takes over in September 2019.

Alexandre Leal de Freitas

Alexandre Leal de Freitas

Legal Associate (M&E)
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Alex is part of the organisational taskforce of 2017, responsible for supporting the mid-term review of the strategic plan and building a project-based structure for the organisation.  He is also leading the development and fundraising of a project for LGBTI victims of torture. Alex holds a Bachelor in Law and a Master‘s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. His professional experience includes working as a consultant for culture change in the private sector and the coordination of social projects with non-profit organisations. 

Asger Kjærum

Asger Kjærum

Director of Advocacy
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Asger is responsible 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 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 twelve years of experience working with implementation of human rights norms at the international and national level.

Chris Dominey

Chris Dominey

Project Associate/Editorial Assistant - Torture Journal
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Chris is responsible for the publication of the Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture. His work includes managing both technical and substantive aspects of the journal and its workflow, including collaborating with the Editor-in-Chief to develop themes and seek strategic contributions. Chris is specifically concerned with building impact and functionality for the global anti-torture sector, building contributor capacity, and working with IRCT’s member centres to play an active role in improving the publication’s fit for purpose. 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.

Gitte Sørensen

Gitte Sørensen

Executive Assistant
International Secretariat Copenhagen

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 25 years. She previously worked in the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels and at the Canadian Embassy in Copenhagen.

Inge Frandsen

Inge Frandsen

Finance and Procurement Officer
International Secretariat Copenhagen

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 Lin

James Lin

Istanbul Protocol Programme Coordinator
International Secretariat Copenhagen

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 the acquisition of evidence and knowledge production. In addition, James teaches transitional justice as a recurring visiting assistant professor at National Taiwan University.

Josina Bothe

Josina Bothe

Intern
International Secretariat Copenhagen

As an intern at the IRCT’s Advocacy team, Josina supports the IRCT’s programme to promote the use of forensic and health-based evidence and the implementation of the Istanbul Protocol. She recently completed the LLB programme in International and European Law at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Lisa Haagensen

Lisa Haagensen

Project Manager - GATE Project
International Secretariat Copenhagen

As Project Manager, Lisa is responsible for the delivery of the Global Anti-Torture Evidence (GATE) Project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Her responsibilities include coordinating the ongoing development of a unified clinical data collection system and managing the outputs from member organizations in Asia, Europe, Latin America, MENA, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She previously coordinated the implementation of the Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) project. Before joining the IRCT, Lisa worked in the academic and non-profit sector in Johannesburg, London, and Beijing. She holds a BA (Hons) in Clinical Psychology, an MSc in Political Science and is currently completing an MSc in Development and International Relations/Global Refugee Studies at Aalborg University in Copenhagen.

Miriam Reventlow

Miriam Reventlow

Director of Operations
International Secretariat Copenhagen

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.

Nuri Sharashidze

Nuri Sharashidze

Student Assistant
International Secretariat Copenhagen

As a student assistant, Nuri supports the Secretary General in her daily tasks, preparation and facilitation of meetings and other administrative duties related to governance, communication, monitoring and evaluation. Previously, he has worked on EuropeAid project proposal development and management. Nuri holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in International Public Administration and Politics at Roskilde University.

Richard Walakira

Richard Walakira

Student Assistant - Operations
International Secretariat Copenhagen

As a student assistant, Richard ensures that the Operations team functions flawlessly. His responsibilities include assisting the director of operations and the fundraising officer. Before joining IRCT he worked as a senior fundraiser and a fundraising coach at UNICEF Denmark. Richard is a student of BSc. in International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School.

Rudolf Podkrivacky

Rudolf Podkrivacky

IT Student Assistant
International Secretariat Copenhagen

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.

Sureka Murray

Sureka Murray

M&E and Communications Associate
International Secretariat Copenhagen

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.

EU Liaison Office

Dastan Salehi

Dastan Salehi

Project Associate GATE Project
EU Liaison Office Brussels

As Project Associate, Dastan assists the implementation of the Global Anti-Torture Evidence (GATE) Project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. He previously worked as Advocacy Associate at the IRCT Secretariat in Copenhagen and has work experience in the European Union as well as with IRCT member Freedom From Torture. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dundee and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford.

Melissa Paintoux

Melissa Paintoux

European Affairs Officer
EU Liaison Office Brussels

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.

Merav Bat-Gil

Merav Bat-Gil

Fundraising Officer
EU Liaison Office Brussels

As a Fundraising Officer, Merav is closely working with international donors and private agencies to secure funding for IRCT’s projects and activities. Prior to joining IRCT, she was working as an independent organizational development consultant for civil society organizations, supporting them with donor strategies. In the past she has also worked with ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees, as an international relations program director, and has additionally undertaken various positions in Italy, Tanzania, Israel and Germany. Merav has over 20 years of working experience and holds master’s degree in International Cooperation and Development from University of Florence.

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