Lars Peter Nissen, Geneva

Lars Peter Nissen has been Director of ACAPS since 2009. Experienced in response to both sudden-onset disasters and more protracted crises, he has for the past 20 years worked in numerous crisis across the world, including Myanmar, Pakistan, El Salvador, Turkey, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, DPRK, Afghanistan, and Zimbabwe. He has conducted a range of reviews and analyses of humanitarian programmes for NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Mr Nissen is a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen and blogs on

Tinahy Andriamasomanana, Geneva

Information Analyst
Tinahy holds an MSc with distinction in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Political Science, International Development, and Geography from McGill University. Prior to joining ACAPS, she worked within the Mediation Support and Policy Programme at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. She has gained experience in research, policy analysis, and information management through placements with the International Organization for Migration, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Tinahy joined the ACAPS team as an Information Analyst in August 2016.

Rolf Martin Bakken, Norway

Training Coordinator
Rolf has more than 15 years of experience with emergency response and coordination of humanitarian assistance. He is a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team, and has worked in Asia, Caribbean, Middle East, South East Asia, West and East Africa. He holds a Master-degree in Disaster Management, and has worked with evaluations, contingency planning, design and facilitation of courses and simulation exercises. Rolf worked for ACAPS on the Syria Needs Analysis Project as an Assessment Expert from 2013 to 2014, and now works on capacity development projects as a Training Coordinator.

Mieke Bisschoff

Administration Volunteer
Mieke joined ACAPS as part-time administration volunteer in October 2016. Before moving to France, she worked as a consultant and recruiter in several companies. Besides recruiting and training people, she also has experience in setting up individual training programs, payrolling, and negociating offers.
With a background in psychology, she likes to see the interaction and development between people.

Judith Burchett, Geneva

Project Development Manager
Jude is ACAPS’ Strategic Project Development Manager, responsible for designing and setting up new projects with various partners. She is also team lead for the the Refugee/Migrant Crisis (Europe) project. Jude has been with ACAPS since its inception, with past roles including Refugee/Migrant Crisis project and Ebola Needs Analysis Project team lead, deputy team lead for SNAP in Beirut and ACAPS Training Coordinator in London. Her background is in learning and development and project management, with a particular focus on capacity building. She holds a Masters’ degree in Education, health promotion and international development.

Patrice Chataigner, Geneva

Senior Analyst
Patrice has been involved in relief activities as emergency coordinator and emergency desk for Horn of Africa, middle East, Great Lakes, South East Asia, Central and South America for ten years. He spent two years involved in emergency preparedness projects and training for middle East and Latin America. He is currently working part-time for ACAPS as Senior Analyst. Patrice has a B.A. in International Law and Political Science and a Masters degree in Humanitarian Action and Public Health.

Paul-Antoine Chataing, Geneva

Information Analyst
Paul-Antoine joined ACAPS as information analyst in September 2016. He holds a master from the IEDES at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, in Development Studies, majored in Crises: emergency and development operations. He previously worked as a research assistant for ACLED with a focus on civilians protection during peacekeeping deployments. He also gained experience at the United Nations Secretariat General in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations within the Great Lakes team.

Genevieve Davies, Geneva

Information Analyst
Genevieve joined ACAPs in January 2017. She holds a BA in International Development and an MA in Post-war Recovery Studies. Genevieve has experience working as a research assistant at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, with a primary focus on the post-conflict environment in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Most recently she has worked as a monitoring and evaluation consultant in Jordan and worked extensively with UNICEF and UNHCR in the monitoring of a pilot unconditional cash assistance programme, as well as monitoring of Syrian refugee families living in host communities.

Caroline Draveny, Geneva

Communications & Administration Manager
Caroline’s communication experience includes both United Nations and NGO positions. She has worked as Communications Officer for the World Food Programme in Geneva and for Human Rights Watch in Brussels. She also has experience as a Public Information Officer for UNOCHA in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Geneva. Caroline joined the ACAPS team mid-March 2010 as the Communications Officer.

Clarissa Dudenhoeffer, Geneva

Information Analyst
Clarissa Dudenhoeffer holds a BA in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a MA in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz, with a specialization in Conflict Studies. Clarissa has spent time working and studying in Israel, Iraq and several South American countries.

Nik Engel, Geneva

Senior Analyst
Nik joined ACAPS in October 2016 as a Senior Analyst. Before then, he worked for different UN peacekeeping operations in an analytical and operational capacity mostly focusing on Early Warning and Early Response in conflict and L3 environments. Nik holds a law degree from the University of Göttingen.

Ana Escaso, Geneva

Communications Assistant
Ana joined the ACAPS team as communications assistant in January 2017. She holds a MA in Journalism and Media within Globalization through the EU’s Erasmus Mundus scheme, with a specialism in Financial Journalism from the City University London. She worked for several broadcasting and news outlets in Spain, Denmark and London. She also conducted a traineeship in communications at the European Parliament. Most recently, she has worked as a communications intern at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva.

Fatiha Fares, Geneva

Administrative Assistant
Fatiha has joined ACAPS as Administrative Assistant in September 2015. Holder of a BA in English, her professional path started as a USAID project development staff member in Rabat, Morocco operating within a population and health program. As she settled in Switzerland, Fatiha developed and assumed roles within the Trade Finance area for over ten years for international organisations, providing regional support with a major focus on Africa and the Middle East.

Shirley Igbinedion, Nigeria

Information Analyst
Shirley holds an MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Jos in Nigeria and a BA in Psychology from the United States International University in Kenya. Before joining ACAPS in October 2016, as Information Analyst, she worked as a reporter. She had also gained valuable experience within communications, research, and the health development sector.

Lidia Leoni, Geneva

Information Analyst
Lidia joined ACAPS as an information analyst in October 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, with a specialisation in International Relations. Previously, she worked on state fragility assessment methodologies at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi and on the role of media frames in the Kashmir conflict at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. She was also involved in a project promoting cultural activities in Pakistan, Danka.

Jane Linekar, Geneva

Analysis Team Coordinator
Jane joined the ACAPS team as editor in March 2014. Before then, she worked at Médecins Sans Frontières and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, and freelanced for other UN agencies. Jane is from the UK, where she worked for the Guardian, among others, before moving to Geneva.

Alexandre Mailloux-Dupere, Geneva

Information Analyst
Alexandre joined the ACAPS team as an information analyst in August 2016. He holds a MA in international law and international politics, as well as a BA in applied political science from the Universite de Sherbrooke. He has always had a strong interest in security and humanitarian issues. Before joining ACAPS, he has completed an internship at the NGO Liaison Unit of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Thomas Norman , Oslo

Deployment Adviser
Tom has an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development and a BA in Philosophy. He has previously worked with corporate development projects on emergency response with FAO and supply chain management with WFP, and had various consultancy roles within the private and public sector. He has a background within youth work and has lived/worked in the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, and Norway.

Nadia Noumri, Geneva

Lead Analyst / Analytical Thinking
Nadia joined the ACAPS team in July 2014 as an Information Analyst and later on as ENAP Lead Information Analyst and Ebola Field Focal Point in Sierra Leone. Since December 2015, she is the Project Lead for the Analytical Thinking project. Previously, she worked with ICMPD on a European-African intergovernmental dialogue on migration issues and with a French organisation (ANAFE) on legal support to asylum seekers. Prior to that, she spent a year in Uganda and East Africa.

Alex Odlum, Geneva

Information Analyst
Alex joined ACAPS as an Information Analyst in September 2015. Since November 2016, he has been seconded to the Mixed Migration Platform, based in Amman, Jordan. Alex has a background in law, international relations and communications with his research focusing on housing, land and property rights in situations of displacement and return migration. He holds degrees in law and international studies from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Cécile Rossi, Geneva

Information Analyst
Cecile joined ACAPS in October 2016. She holds an MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Politics from King’s College London. Before joining ACAPS, she completed an internship in risk analysis at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, specialising on security issues in Africa and the Middle East.

Daniel Sneddon, Geneva

Information Analyst
Daniel joined ACAPS as an information analyst in July 2016, shortly after completing his Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology major) from the same university. Prior to joining ACAPS he gained a breadth of research, data analysis, policy writing and management experience with the World Health Organization in Geneva, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York and Engineers without Borders Australia.

Michaela Sodergard, Oslo

Finance and Grants Advisor
Michaela joined ACAPSas a Finance and Grants Advisor in January 2016. Prior to joining Acaps she has worked with ProCap and GenCap projects in different capacities within the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNOCHA. She has previously worked for the Finnish Red Cross and had different roles in both local and national government in Finland. She is also a trainer in International Humanitarian Law. Michaela has a MSc in Political Science, a MSSc in Disaster Relief (healthcare) and a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies.

Jude Sweeney, Geneva

Information Analyst
Jude joined ACAPS in October 2015. She holds a BA in Politics and an MA in Post-war Recovery Studies. Jude has experience working with local NGOs in Kosovo and Colombia, focusing on issues concerning transitional justice and collective memory. During her time at ACAPS her primary focus has been on South Sudan. In November 2016 she was based in Juba to support a countrywide needs assessment with the Education Cluster.

Leonie Tax

Interim Operations Manager
Leonie has been working for ACAPS for over 5 years, first in Geneva and more recently as part of the Strategic Needs Analysis Project (SNAP) in Beirut, the Ebola Needs Analysis Project (ENAP) in Liberia and the Assessment Unit in Nepal. Leonie holds a BA in International Law and a MA in Humanitarian Action. She is currently acting as Operations Manager.

Anna Tuson, Geneva

Anna joined ACAPS in November 2016 as editor after working in journalism and communications for over a decade. Most recently she was part of establishing an NGO in Turkey to aid Syrian refugees through education and livelihood support, where she then worked as communications manager. She holds an MA in International Journalism and a BA in Political Science and Media Studies.

Toby Whittaker, Geneva

Information Analyst
Toby joined ACAPS as an information analyst in September 2016. He has completed a MSc in comparative and international education from the University of Oxford, as well as a BA in demography from the University of Strasbourg. Prior to joining ACAPS, he has conducted an internship at UNESCO and has led a conservation project in Greece.

Karen Zamberia, Geneva

Information Analyst
Karen joined ACAPS in September 2016. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology (Social Work stream). She is currently pursuing a Master degree in International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has previously worked as a research assistant at the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Swaziland chapter. She also has experience in psycho-social therapy and support of orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as in the rehabilitation of foreign national prisoners at His Majesty’s Correctional Services (HMCS) in Swaziland.