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June 17-21, 2019
Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs, Washington DC, USA
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Speakers 2017 KCL

The following speakers attended the IRCC 2017 intake at King’s College London:


IRCC Day 5: Application

Ghassan Abdelgadir
Recruitment Operations Director
Networks Resourcing Ltd.
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Ghassan Abdelgadir is a recruitment strategist with background working for NGOs, semi-government and public organizations across North America, Middle East and Africa. With more than 15 years of experience, Ghassan has previously worked for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in North Africa and corporate level organizations in various industries (Banking& Finance, Telecommunications and Health). His interests and specialization focuses on designing recruitment strategies, methodologies of talent assessment, career development, cultural transformation, strategic workforce planning and Diversity & Inclusion. Currently holds the position of Recruitment Operations Director for Networks Resourcing which provides global recruitment services.



IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach
Gesù Antonio Báez
International Development Coordinator
International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG)
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Gesu’ Antonio Baez is a humanitarian and development professional who specializes in foreign affairs, international development, global advocacy, and cross-cultural communication. He currently leads and manages development programs for ISUOG and works with key governments and stakeholders on key issues regarding women’s health and rights. He has worked extensively in East Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. In 2014, he was named by UN Women as Champion Rep for Economic empowerment, leading him to create the “I am (Wo)Man” digital media campaign – the first UN grassroots campaign.


IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach

Ashleigh Kate Slingsby
Communications Officer for the Research and Policy in Development Programme
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
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Ashleigh Kate Slingsby is currently leading publications and communications projects for the Risk and Resilience Programme at the Overseas Development Institute, based in London, UK. Her areas of engagement include socio-economic inequality, social protection, inclusive growth, gender, climate change and resilience. Previously she worked at the United Nations Development Programme’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) in Brasilia, Brazil in Communications and Knowledge Management. She also served as co-editor of the IPC-IG’s flagship publication “Policy in Focus” and worked for UN Women India in advocacy centered communications.


IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach

Tamara Dancheva
Head of Human Rights Programme
Liberal International (LI)
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Tamara Dancheva has served as the Head of Liberal International Human Rights Programme since 2011. Liberal International is the world federation of over 100 liberal and progressive democratic political parties. As part of her role she has established and currently leads an international human rights programme (HRP) which among other achievements saw a global campaign calling for the globalization of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. Ms. Dancheva is the organisation’s main representative before relevant international human rights bodies such as the United Nations Human Rights Council and UN Commission on the Status of Women where she presents and coordinates liberal positions on a variety of human rights issues. She previously held positions with the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, MO, USA), the European Anti-Fraud Office of the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) and the United Nations Secretariat (New York, NY, USA). Ms. Dancheva is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria and holds a Master’s Degree in Politics and Government in the European Union from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, USA.


IRCC Day 3: Project Management

Thomas Eriksson
Deputy Director
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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Thomas Eriksson is an expert in international development with experience at the global policy level as well as at working for ‘real’ development change at country level. He is currently a Deputy Director in the EBRD focusing on blended finance opportunities tackling key Sustainable Development Goals such as climate change and green economy transition, access to needed infrastructure, jobs, functioning markets and financial institutions and ultimately poverty reduction. He has previously worked for over 15 years in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – in its HQ in New York as well as in the field in South Africa and Mongolia. At HQ level he led a policy team improving UNDP’s approaches to capacity development and programme management and worked with governments across Sub-Saharan Africa on their national poverty reduction strategies. In South Africa he was a programme manager on local governance and local economic development and most recently in Mongolia he was the UNDP Country Director leading UNDP’s entire in-country engagement and operation including in areas such as governance and human rights, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and climate change.


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IRCC Day 3: Project Management

Megan Farrer Bristow
Project Manager
British Museum
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Megan Farrer Bristow is currently managing a British Museum project that trains Iraqi archaeologists in emergency preservation and restoration of cultural heritage sites. She relocated to London for her current position, having previously spent three years working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon. In total, Megan has more than four years of project management experience across the UN system, including monitoring and evaluation, reporting and coordination, focusing in particular on the Middle East and North Africa region.


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RCC Day 3: Project Management

Mike Penrose
Executive Director
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
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Mike Penrose is an experienced leader in humanitarian and crisis management with a background in working for Government, Non Governmental and Commercial organisations. Currently being an Executive Director of one of the UK’s Leading Child Rights organisations, he was previously CEO of Action Contre Le Faim in Paris, and Global Humanitarian Director at Save the Children International. He is a senior leader with a track record in the commercial, humanitarian, development and international sectors, and over 17 years experience working for NGOs and DFID.



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IRCC Day 2: Research & Policy Recommendations
Gabriela Alvarez Minte
Gender Equality Advisor
Plan International UK
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Gabriela Alvarez Minte is a development practitioner from Chile with years of experience in the international cooperation system. She previously worked as the Gender Advisor for Plan International UK. Prior to Plan, Gabriela was engaged as Programme Specialist for the Latin American and Caribbean Section at UN Women at HQ in New York USA, and previously in the same position in the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She worked for several years in an NGO in Chile. She holds and Social Anthropology degree from Universidad de Chile, a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London and a MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford.


IRCC Day 2: Research & Policy Recommendations

Martin Ehrenberg
Head of Stakeholder Relations, Technical Cooperation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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Martin Ehrenberg, LL.M., is a German lawyer with extensive professional experience in the design and implementation of technical assistance funded by multilateral development banks or institutions (EBRD, World Bank, ADB, EuropeAid etc.), public procurement law and international contract law. He joined the EBRD in 2008. Martin previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington DC and as a legal counsel for one of Germany’s leading consultancies specialising in development cooperation.

As Head of Stakeholder Relations for EBRD’s Technical Cooperation (TC) Department, Martin represents the EBRD vis-à-vis senior stakeholders to promote EBRD’s TC programme and related consultancy opportunities (worth approx. €170 million per annum), to ensure effective delivery of complex TC programmes and to coordinate the implementation of specific TC initiatives involving EBRD’s clients (public and private), other international organisations, multilateral development banks, bilateral aid agencies, donors, consultant associations, foreign trade institutions, chambers of commerce, academia etc.


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IRCC Day 2: Research & Policy Recommendations
Isabel San Martin
Research Assistant
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
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Isabel San Martin is a lawyer specialising in international law, currently working as a Research Assistant at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Prior to joining the LCIA, Isabel worked at the Mission of Spain to the United Nations (New York) as a Political Affairs expert during Spain´s membership of the Security Council. During that time she worked in the Security Council´s agenda in Africa and Afghanistan. She has also worked in several international law firms and at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Washington DC).


IRCC Day 1: Introduction

Fred Carver
Head of Policy
United Nations Association – United Kingdom (UNA-UK)
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Fred Carver is the Head of Policy for UNA-UK, leading the organisation’s policy development. He works with the Campaigns and Outreach teams on the policy content of their projects, and also has a particular focus on UNA’s work on UN Peacekeepers. Prior to joining UNA-UK, Fred ran the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a human rights NGO which campaigned for a lasting peace in Sri Lanka based upon justice and accountability for crimes committed in the course of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Before then he worked in local government and as a researcher and writer. He conducted field research in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Israel and Palestine.


IRCC Day 1: Introduction

Alexandra Gordina
YPUN, Ltd.
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Alexandra Gordina is currently an Economic Affairs consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) mainly focusing on Empretec, a capacity-building program fostering entrepreneurship in developing countries. She is an international development professional with over six years of expertise across different agencies and functions. Alexandra founded YPUN, Ltd. in 2014 to help young professionals get hired for their ideal job in international affairs area with a meaningful raise, while skipping the irritation of the typically discouraging failures.