Contributors to this blog express their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of MRG as an organization

Clive Baldwin

Clive Baldwin was Head of Advocacy at Minority Rights Group International (MRG) from 2002-2007 and has spent extensive periods working in Europe, Africa and Asia. He previously worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia-Hercegovina and in Kosovo, and was a practising human rights lawyer. He is now Senior Legal Advisor at Human Rights Watch in New York.

Matilde Ceravolo

Matilde Ceravolo was a Country Coordinator in Colombia, where she designed and supervised projects in support of IDPs and Children’s Rights. From June 2005 to December 2006 she supported the Aka in their actions to promote human rights in the CAR. She currently works as a Fundraiser at MRG. She holds a master in Pacification and Administration of Regional Development.

Chris Chapman is Head of Conflict Prevention at Minority Rights Group International. Previously he worked as a conflict resolution trainer, human rights monitor and journalist in Haiti and Guatemala. He is the author/co-author of the MRG reports “Why a Minority Rights Approach to Conflict: The case of Southern Sudan”, and “Minority Rights: the Key to Conflict Prevention”. He has a Masters degree in Armed Conflict and Crisis Management from the Open University of Catalonia.

Lucy Claridge joined MRG as Head of Law in 2009. A practising human rights lawyer with a Masters in International Peace and Security from King’s College London, she was Legal Officer and then Legal Director at Kurdish Human Rights Project between 2004 and 2009, where she managed a vast caseload before the European Court of Human Rights concerning a wide range of human rights violations within the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan.  She has also spent several years in private practice, focusing on media litigation, including issues regarding freedom of expression, and has worked at Liberty and as Deputy Director of the London-based British Irish Rights Watch.

Neil Clarke is Programmes Officer for Africa at Minority Rights Group International. He joined the organisation in 2004, initially working on programmes in Asia and South East Europe.

Cecile Clerc

Cecile Clerc is Fundraising Coordinator at MRG. She joined the organization in April 2007 having previously worked in the management of EU Funding/Statutory Fundraising in UK and overseas charities and local government bodies.

Emma Eastwood is Media and Events Officer at Minority Rights Group International. Her responsibilities include liaising with the international media, writing and editing material for the MRG website, contributing to MRG’s State of the World’s Minorities and online campaigns. She previously worked with Peace Brigades International as an international observer in Guatemala and as Communications Officer in Colombia.

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Paolo Gerbaudo is a journalist and researcher. He currently acts as UK correspondent for Italian daily “Il Manifesto” and is completing a PhD on the relationship between communication, space and participation in the anti-authoritarian Left. He has worked as a media trainer in Mexico and Honduras and as Production Coordinator for MRG in London.

Nurcan Kaya is Turkey/Cyprus Coordinator at Minority Rights Group International and Director of Turkey programme at Global Dialogue. Previously she worked as anti-discrimination law officer at MRG and as a researcher at the Human Rights Law Research Center of the Istanbul Bilgi University. She is specialised in human rights – in particular minority rights, equality, anti-discrimination remedies under international human rights and European Union law – and violence against women. She holds an LLM in international human rights law from the University of Essex.

Ishbel Matheson

Ishbel Matheson was formerly the BBC’s East Africa Correspondent. She has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. She was the Head of Policy and Communications at MRG between 2006 and 2008.

Farah Mihlar has worked as a journalist for several international media organizations, including Reuters and BBC World Service. She covered Sri Lanka for more than 10 years, reporting extensively on the conflict from the war torn areas. Since 2004 she has worked in the field of human rights with various organisations including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She currently works at Minority Rights Group International as the media officer and Sri Lanka Programme Coordinator. She holds a MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and is writing up a PhD on religious studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Carl Soderbergh is MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications. He joined the organization in 2009, having previously worked for Amnesty International. Carl travelled to a number of countries on Amnesty research missions and helped to open an office in Kabul, Afghanistan for them. He has also worked for UNHCR in Sudan and Pakistan.

Preti Taneja is MRG’s Commissioning Editor. She has twice edited MRG’s flagship publication, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous People, in 2009 on Education, and in 2010 on Religious Minorities. She is the author of two MRG reports on Iraq: Assimilation, Exodus, Eradication, Iraq’s Minority Communities since 2003, (2007) and Uncertain Refuge, Dangerous Return: Iraq’s Uprooted Minorities (2009, with Chris Chapman). She is an award winning filmmaker and has worked in Asia, Africa and Europe making documentaries for several NGOs. As a freelance journalist she contributes to Guardian Unlimited and Reuters Alertnet among others.

Farah Mihlar has worked as a journalist for several international media organizations, including Reuters and BBC World Service. She covered Sri Lanka for more than 10 years, reporting extensively on the conflict from the war torn areas. Since 2004 she has worked in the field of human rights with various organisations including  the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She currently works at Minority Rights Group International as the media officer and Sri Lanka Programme Coordinator. She holds a MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and is writing up a PhD on religious studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Lali Foster

Lali Foster joined MRG’s Fundraising team in 2012. She previously worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Thailand and Myanmar and with the Citizenship Foundation in the U.K. Lali is keenly interested in migrant integration and public discourse on migrants and migration.

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