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.
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.
Inge FrandsenFinance 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.
Berta SoleyKnowledge Development Focal Point and Torture Journal Editor Associate
Berta holds a Bsc. in Social Education at Ramón Llull University and a Msc. in Development and International Relations at Åalborg University. Besides that, she is currently finishing her Postgraduate in Dynamic Psychology on Gender-Based-Violence and her Masters on Social Innovation. Berta has experience working within human rights and international development and cooperation at the UNDP Samoa and other NGOs, in the areas of M&E and project management. She later on combined this experience with academia, education and research at several universities, where she worked as a professor and coordinated the teaching quality unit, as well as the research and international relations departments. Berta is well-experienced with journal publishing processes, as well as the development of e-learning platforms. Furthermore, with a great interest in the prevention and response to violence against women, she conducted research on gender studies and specially gender-based violence.
Hugh MacleodCommunications Lead
Hugh is responsible for producing IRCT's multimedia content to meet the communications goals of its new Strategy. Hugh's work seeks to engage survivors, and those who support them, to speak about their experiences, and to explain to IRCT's diverse audience the role of the organisation and its member centres as global leaders in the documentation and rehabilitation of torture. Before joining the IRCT, Hugh qualified as a barrister at the English Bar having completed a Master's in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law and was formerly a Middle East correspondent for the British and American press based in the region for a decade.
Carmen AraujoProject Associate
As Project Associate, Carmen will be working with the Tech for Democracy project, where she will support the development of IRCT’s Anti-Torture Database. Carmen holds a master’s degree in social work and studied in Spain, Italy, and the UK. Prior to joining the IRCT, she worked as a statutory social worker in Scotland in the area of health and social care. Carmen also has a background in community education.
Mohamed RashwanAssistant to the Secretary-General
At IRCT, Mohamed supports the Director of Operations and the Secretary-General in tasks related to day-to-day management, including fundraising efforts and outreach, member engagement and knowledge development activities as well as various administrative and technical duties. He has been actively engaged in civil society for the last half a dozen years, both nationally and internationally, in fields such as charity, community engagement, advocacy and activism. He is currently serving on two boards in Danish based community organizations.
Sumaya MaskinGrants & Administrative Assistant
At IRCT, Sumaya will be working in relation to local partners & reporting processes as a support to staff across all teams, as well as to support key secretariat planning processes, support others to keep deadlines, and keep things moving forward in an engaged and helpful way with members from around the globe. Sumaya holds a degree in Arabic literature at Aleppo University, Syria. Before joining the IRCT she worked at the University of Aleppo as a finance office and supplies administrator than 15 years.
Roberto FrifriniAdvocacy Officer
Roberto has been working in the human rights field for over ten years, spent roughly five years working in human rights projects in Turkey with the Human Rights Agenda Association, before turning more towards UN, EU and domestic advocacy work as Turkey, Algeria and Shrinking Space Programme Officer with EuroMed Rights in Paris and Brussels. Roberto holds an M.A. in International Relations and European Studies from the Institute d'études européennes from the University Paris and he's currently pursuing a PhD at the Centre d'études juridiques of the same University. Besides English, he speaks French, Italian and Turkish.
At IRCT Josina supports the IRCT’s Istanbul Protocol implementation activities. Josina holds an LLM in International Law and Human Rights and studied in the Netherlands, Taiwan, and Jerusalem. Currently, Josina is finishing her second master's degree in Near Eastern Languages. In the past, Josina has been engaged in youth and language exchange programs.