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 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
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.
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
Dixie 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.
Oliver Loode – Head of Cultural Programmes
Oliver 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.
Lucy Claridge – Legal Director
Lucy 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.
Ruth Barry – Legal Officer
Ruth 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
Andrea 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.
Pinar Canga – Turkey Programme Assistant
Pinar assists the Turkey Programme at MRG since June 2016. She is a PhD student in Law at City University London. She has a special interest in minority issues, immigration law and child rights.
Nicole Girard – Asia Programme Coordinator
Nicole 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
Miriam 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’.
Europe Regional Office
Neil Clarke – Head of Europe & Central Asia Programme & MD of MRG Europe
Neil 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
Marta 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.