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.
Peter Grant – Commissioning Editor
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.
Silvia Quattrini – MENA Programmes Coordinator
Silvia is the MENA Programmes Coordinator. She joined MRG as Drama, Diversity and Development Project Assistant in 2014, working from Tunisia for three years. She holds a Masters in Translation Studies (Arabic – English), a Masters in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and she is currently pursuing an LLM in International Human Rights Law.
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.
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.
Clémence Hamiti – Statutory Partnerships Officer
Clémence joined MRG Fundraising team in October 2016 and provides support in seeking new funding opportunities and co-financing existing projects, and also in nurturing donors and managing statutory/individual donations. She holds a Master from Sciences Po Grenoble in International Relations with a specialisation in the INGOs sector, Human Rights and double discrimination affecting indigenous women. She speaks French, English and Italian.
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.
Lucy was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year category at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2017. She was recognised for her role in winning leading cases and her commitment to the cause of indigenous and minority rights.
Email: Lucy.Claridge@mrgmail.org | Twitter – @claridgelucy
Ruth Barry – Legal Officer (currently on leave)
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.
Jennifer Castello – Legal Officer/Juriste (non practising lawyer)
Jennifer joined the legal department in September 2017 as a Legal officer challenging slavery in Mauritania through strategic litigation, capacity building and international advocacy. She is a qualified French lawyer and has worked extensively on immigration and asylum law. Jennifer has been involved in international tribunals working for the international criminal court and the united assistance to the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia.
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.
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.
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.