Mark Lattimer – Executive Director

Mark Lattimer is the Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International, an NGO in consultative status with the UN which works with 150 partner organisations in over 60 countries worldwide. Formerly with Amnesty International, he is frequently used as an expert by UN agencies, the Council of Europe and the OSCE, and is the author or editor of a number of books, including Justice for Crimes against Humanity (2003) and Genocide and Human Rights (2006).


Claire Thomas – Deputy Director

Claire leads on Evaluation, Human Resources, contributes to fundraising and oversees some of MRG’s overseas projects as well as contributing to overall organizational management. Claire has a special interest in cultural programmes, advocacy strategies and techniques, gender, intersectional discrimination as well as currently the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030.


Policy and Communications 

Carl Söderbergh – Director of Policy & Communications

carl-soderberghCarl has been heading MRG’s Policy & Communications department since 2009. He has previously worked for Amnesty International (Sweden) and UNHCR. He assisted in opening Amnesty’s office in Afghanistan, and worked for UNHCR in Pakistan and Sudan.


Emma Eastwood – Senior Media Officer

Emma has worked with MRG’s communications team for almost a decade. She is responsible for coordinating MRG’s international press work, as well as overseeing our online and social media presence, commissioning documentary films, and training our partners in using the media for advocacy.


Rania El Rajji – MENA & Yemen Programme Coordinator

Rania joined MRG in 2013 as Middle East and North Africa Programme Coordinator and was in charge of implementing MRG’s work, especially focusing on religious minorities, in the region. In 2015 she started up MRG’s work on Yemen, which continued throughout the conflict. Rania has a human rights background and has mostly focused on conflict areas, in the MENA and in the East and Horn of Africa where she has extensively worked and lived.


Peter Grant – Commissioning Editor

peter-grantPeter has edited publications at MRG since 2013. He has also worked as a freelance researcher and writer on urbanization, climate change and migration.



Jasmin Qureshi – Web and Production Coordinator

Jasmin coordinates digital communications, design and production and has worked with the communications team since 2011 . Previously she worked as a writer for BBC Magazines and coordinated media and digital communications at NGOs including the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women in Thailand, where she also co-edited the Anti-Trafficking Review.

Email: | Twitter: @JasminQureshi

Glenn Payot – UN Advocacy Consultant

Glenn has been representing MRG at the United Nations since 2013. Previously, he worked as delegate to the UN for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and as UN advocacy officer for the coalition Impact Iran.


Development & Partnerships

Cécile Clerc – Head of Development & Partnerships


Cecile has been running MRG’s Development & Partnerships team since 2007. She has extensive experience in fundraising.


Dixie Hawtin – Project & Partnerships Officer

dixieDixie supports MRG colleagues and partners to design and fundraise for new projects supporting minority and indigenous communities all over the world. She has previously designed and led several capacity building, advocacy and research projects to promote human rights on the internet at Global Partners Digital, and a public legal education programme at the Citizenship Foundation.


Cultural Programmes

Oliver Loode – Head of Cultural Programmes

oliverOliver has been leading MRG’s Culture team since 2015. He has organized indigenous and minority-themed cultural programmes, such as Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture and Dovlatov Days in Tallinn (Estonia). Oliver is currently serving as Expert Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) where he is the focal person for Culture and Tourism.


Silvia Quattrini – Drama, Diversity and Development Project Assistant


Silvia joined MRG as Drama, Diversity and Development Project Assistant in 2014 and she is currently based in Tunisia. She holds a Master in Translation Studies (Arabic – English) and a Master in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.



Legal Cases

Lucy Claridge – Legal Director

lucy-claridgeLucy manages the Legal Department and has run MRG’s strategic litigation programme since 2009. She is a UK-qualified solicitor with extensive experience litigating and advocating minority and indigenous peoples’ rights issues before regional, international and domestic bodies. Lucy was previously Legal Director at the Kurdish Human Rights Project & Deputy Director of British Irish Rights Watch, and is currently a trustee at Anti-Slavery International.

Email: | Twitter –  @claridgelucy

Ruth Barry – Legal Officer

Ruth BarryRuth engages in litigation & legal empowerment work as part of MRG’s strategic litigation programme. She is a qualified solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales, with extensive experience litigating on behalf of communities against multi-national corporations and on behalf of minorities and indigenous peoples before various domestic, regional and international bodies. Ruth was previously a solicitor with the International and Group Claims department of Leigh Day, London.


Janvier Bigrimana – Central and East Africa Legal Officer

Janvier is a Burundi qualified lawyer and human rights activist, with considerable experience representing victims of human rights abuses in East and Central Africa. He has experience in both national and international litigation, has worked as Secretary General of FOCODE (working on transitional justice in Burundi), is an active member of Burundi Bar Association and has also worked with NGOs such as Trial International and Lawyers Without Borders. Janvier joined MRG in December 2016 and speaks both French and English.


Adelaide Etong – Legal Assistant

Adelaide has been assisting MRG’s legal programme since January 2017. She is passionate about human rights, especially in Africa. Before joining MRG, she worked on women’s rights in Poland, minorities in Macedonia, detainees’ rights in Cameroon and more recently as a Legal Consultant for the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva.


Lesego Nswahu Nchunga – Botswana Legal Officer

Lesego is a civil society lawyer and has been practicing for five years. Her interests lie in a human rights approach to dealing with matters relating to marginalized communities. Lesego’s work with MRG includes advocating for political participation, use of mother tongue and land rights for people from non-Tswana communities. Lesego has also been named one of Botswana’s ’50 Changemakers under 40 years’ (September 2016).


Kanyinke Sena – Kenya Advocacy Officer

Kanyinke Sena joined MRG in September 2015 and also serves as a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights Working Group on Indigenous Populations. Kanyinke teaches law at the Faculty of Law, Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya. He previously served as member and first African to Chair the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Kanyinke has a Law Degree from the University of Mysore in India, and a Masters and PhD in Law from the University of Arizona in the US.


Andrea Spitálszky – Europe Legal Officer

IMG_3860Andrea runs the EU-funded Macedonia programme to combat discrimination against Roma and she also assists in growing MRG’s legal work in Europe. She is a Hungarian lawyer specialized in human rights and international law. Andrea previously worked as a Legal Officer at the Mental Disability Advocacy Center and as a research consultant for the European Network Against Racism and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund.


Finance, Administration and IT

Saima Nasim – Finance Officer

Saima has been working in the charity sector for 9 years. Before joining MRG, she worked for WFP, Maries Stopes International, Plan UK, Care International, Internews Europe and London Zoo. She has experience in grants accounting and donor compliance ( EU, DFID and USAID ) and she deals with grants from the proposal phase of the budget up to the project close out.


Daniel Szucs – Finance & Administration Officer

Daniel is the Finance and Admin officer who deals with, among other things, the payroll, payments and reimbursements, as well as aspects of statutory and internal financial reporting.



Nicole Girard – Asia Programme Coordinator

nicoleNicole has worked on MRG’s programmes in Asia since 2010.  She specializes in minority and indigenous rights in South and Southeast Asia, women’s rights in particular, with a focus on ethno-religious nationalism and armed movements for south determination and the rights of indigenous peoples to land and natural resources.


Nurcan Kaya – Turkey and Cyprus Programme Coordinator


Nurcan Kaya is a lawyer specializing in human rights – in particular minority rights, equality and anti-discrimination law. She has worked as a researcher at the Human Rights Law Research Center of the Istanbul Bilgi University and for Global Dialogue as Director of Strategic Fund for Turkey. She is a PhD candidate at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.



Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights

Miriam Puttick – Civilian Rights Officer

miriamMiriam first joined MRG in 2013 and is passionate about human rights in the Middle East. She is the author of several reports on Iraq, including ‘From Crisis to Catastrophe: The situation of minorities in Iraq and No Place to Turn: Violence against women in the Iraq conflict’.

Email: | Twitter – @miriamputtick

Europe Regional Office

Neil Clarke – Head of Europe & Central Asia Programme & MD of MRG Europe

neil-clarkeNeil has been working with MRG since 2004, in various roles as part of MRGs Africa, Asia and European programme’s teams. Since 2009, he has been both MRG International’s Head of Europe & Central Asia programmes and Managing Director of MRG Europe (the regional office for MRG), based in Budapest, Hungary. Neil is responsible for management of the MRG Europe office and development and coordination of MRGs regional programmes and advocacy in Europe and Central Asia.


Zsófia Farkas – Managing Director


Zsófia is the Managing Director of Minority Rights Group International Europe, Eastern Partnership and Central Asia Regional Office. As an advocacy officer, she worked for various humanitarian and development NGOs on issues, like child trafficking, child protection, minorities and migration.


Marta Kubicza – Office and Finance Assistant

martaMarta has been part of the Budapest team since September 2015 , switching from the for-profit sector after 7 years, currently pursuing her second degree in law . Her tasks include financial and general program support. Marta has a special interest in fundamental rights, especially regarding the balancing between providing the freedom of speech and assembly and protecting groups from hate crimes.


Africa Regional Office

Félicien Balikunda – Capacity Building Officer, Africa Regional Office

Felicien joined MRG in July 2011 as Programme Assistant in Africa Office. He is now working as Capacity Building Officer.  Before joining MRG, he worked with Uganda Red Cross Society and GTZ as Education Assistant and Programme Assistant respectively in a refugee settlement in Uganda.

Agnes Kabajuni – Africa Regional Manager


Agnes is MRG’s Africa Regional Manager. She has over 16 years of experience in the field of human rights and has extensively worked in research and advocacy, both on international and national levels. Her area of expertise includes cultural rights, women’s rights and ethnic minority and indigenous rights.


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