Director

Lars Peter Nissen, Geneva

Director
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 www.academic-cowboy.org.

lpn(at)acaps.org

Administration and Finance

Olivier Benquet, Geneva

Head of Support
Olivier joined ACAPS as Head of Support in June 2017. He holds a master from the Institut Supérieur du Commerce, Paris, in Organisational Audit and Management of Human Resources. He has an extensive experience of working with international NGOs both at field and headquarters level. He occupied various positions as head of finance and HR department, and Country Director. He worked in numerous context as former Yugoslavia, Burkina Faso, Gabon, DRC, Uganda, and was in Madagascar as Action Contre la Faim Country Director for the last 3 years.

ob(at)acaps.org

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.

faf(at)acaps.org

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.

michaela.sodergard(at)nrc.no

Analysis

Rachel Agelou, Geneva

Head of Programme
Rachel joined ACAPS in June 2017 as Head of Programme. Experienced in complex emergencies she started her career in the British Military ending in Information Operations and Influence. Rachel moved to WHO and WFP for capacity building for access negotiations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Central African Republic. She moved to Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Civil-Military Coordination and latterly Gender and Protection for IASC GenCap, ProCap. She has a special interest in humanitarian decision making and how passage of information and information analysis shapes humanitarian response.

ra(at)acaps.org

Margaux Boffi, Geneva

Information analyst
Margaux joined ACAPS as Information Analyst in May 2018. She holds a Master’s in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) and a Diploma in Applied Human Rights from Aix-Marseille Université. In the past, she worked as a Regional Campaign Assistant for Oxfam in Latin America, focusing on land access, climate change and gender issues. She also gained experience as Lead Analyst and Project Manager in a security consultancy firm based in Mexico.

Covering: Libya, Niger, Mali, and Madagascar
mb(at)acaps.org

Sophie Block, Geneva

Information analyst
Sophie joined ACAPS as an information analyst in July 2018. She holds a MA in Middle Eastern Politics from the Durham University and a BA in History and Politics. Before joining ACAPS, she worked with a British NGO in Iraq, and has worked with INGOs such as VSO in Nigeria and Palestine. After working for the FCO in London she also spent time shadowing DFIF in Beirut.

sb(at)acaps.org

Daniela Brum, Geneva

Information analyst
Daniela joined ACAPS as Information Analyst in January 2018. She is specialist in Public Health and she holds a MSc in Humanitarian Action with a specialisation in Disaster Analysis and Intervention Design from the University of Deusto and the University of Groningen. She worked at both field and headquarters level, and occupied various positions as team leader and project manager in Brazil. She also has experience working with UN agencies.

Covering: Ethiopia, Somalia, Turkey, and Uganda
db(at)acaps.org

Caroline Gassiat, Geneva

Information Analyst
Caroline holds a Masters in International Relations and an Msc in Violence, Conflict and Development. She has previously worked at a think tank specialising in the analysis of practices and the development of policies for the humanitarian sector, where she focused on the issue of linking relief, rehabilitation and development. More recently, she worked as Knowledge Management Analyst with an NGO, both at HQ level and in Southern Chad where she was in charge of the monitoring and evaluation system of a peace education programme for refugee and local youths.

Covering: Chad, DRC, Burundi, and Senegal
cga(at)acaps.org

Aurore Geiser, Geneva

Information analyst
Aurore joined ACAPS as an information analyst in August 2017. She holds a BA in International Relations and a MS in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in environmental health. She gained experience working with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), first at the Embassy in Senegal and then with the Regional Coordination for Sub-Saharan Africa at the central in Bern.

Covering: Yemen, Cameroon, Ukraine, and Djibouti
ag(at)acaps.org

Francesca Giovinazzo, Geneva

Information analyst
Francesca joined ACAPS as Information Analyst in September 2017. She holds a BA in North Africa and Middle Eastern Studies and a MA in Political Science. Before joining ACAPS, she worked as a trainee for the Democracy and Electoral Observation Division of the European External Action Service. She gained further experience working as an intern for electoral support projects, namely with IFES Libya and UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States.

Covering: CAR, Pakistan, Haiti, and Lebanon
fg(at)acaps.org

Roos Groen, Geneva

Information analyst
Roos joined ACAPS in July 2018. She holds a MSc from the University of Amsterdam in International Development Studies Research. Before joining ACAPS she worked with Oxfam Novib on local humanitarian leadership and with the Centre of Sustainable Development Studies. Roos gained fieldwork experience in Tacloban City, the Philippines, studying urban governance and resettlement, and in Soroti, Uganda, while conducting an assessment study on saving groups.

rg(at)acaps.org

Katja Groesschen, Geneva

Information analyst
Katja joined ACAPS in August 2017. She holds an MA in Political Science from Heidelberg University, with a specialization in International Relations. She has a strong background in conflict research, as she has been working for several years as a team coordinator and researcher at the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK), focusing in particular on Latin America. She gained further experience working on local peace-building and transitional justice in Colombia. Most recently, she worked as a Carlo Schmid Fellow in the Resettlement Unit at UNHCR Ecuador.

Covering: South Sudan, Colombia, Congo, and Kenya
kg(at)acaps.org

Claudia Manili, Geneva

Information analyst
Claudia joined ACAPS in October 2017. She holds a Master’s of International Relations at the University of Milan, and a Master’s in International Humanitarian Action at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Aix-Marseille Université. In the past she worked mainly in project management for INGOs and UN agencies in several countries, such as Tanzania, Greece, Iraq and Ethiopia.

Covering: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Eritrea, and Papua New Guinea
cm(at)acaps.org

Angeliki Nika, Geneva

Senior Analyst and GCSI Focal Point
Angeliki is a senior analyst and focal point for the upcoming Global Crisis Severity Index project. She has previously worked with ACAPS as an Information Analyst from October 2015 to October 2016 focusing on Nigeria and Somalia. She was involved in the ACAPS Caribbean response to Hurricane Irma and Maria project and was deployed to Dominica in December 2017. Before then, she worked with local human rights organisations and IOM on the mixed migration response in Greece and Malta. And between October 2016 and October 2017 Angeliki worked as a policy and advocacy officer with Oxfam in Greece. She holds a Bachelor's in International and European Studies and a Master's Degree in Public International Law and Human Rights.

an(at)acaps.org

Alex Odlum, Geneva

Senior Analyst and Analysis Team Leader
Alex joined ACAPS as an Information Analyst in September 2015. From November 2016, he was seconded to the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP) in Amman, Jordan for one year. He has been co-leading the analysis team since December 2017. Prior to joining ACAPS; Alex’s work and research focused on displacement and migration, particularly in the MENA region. 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.

ao(at)acaps.org

Maria Luisa Olavarria, Geneva

Humanitarian Analysis Programme (HAP) Training Coordinator
Maria Luisa is the Coordinator of the upcoming ACAPS Humanitarian Analysis Programme (HAP). She has previously worked with ACAPS as an Information Analyst (2014-2015) and was deployed as an ACAPS Roster Member to the Caribbean in 2017-2018. After her initial year with ACAPS, she worked for two years with UNICEF as a Programme Officer at the Office for Emergency Programs (EMOPS). Previously, Maria Luisa had worked on projects in New York, Nepal and Argentina.
Maria Luisa was born in Venezuela. She holds a bachelor in Modern Languages from the Universidad Metropolitana, a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and a Master’s in International Policy and Human Security from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

mlo(at)acaps.org

Vladimir Puscalau, Geneva

Information Analyst
Vladimir holds a BA in Journalism from University of Westminster, a MRes in Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe from University College London, and a LLM in International and European Law from University of Tilburg. Among others, he gained experience volunteering with REDRESS, a UK-based human rights NGO, and, more recently, working with the Norwegian Refugee Council in Greece.

Covering: Iraq, Sudan, Jordan, DPRK, and Myanmar
vp(at)acaps.org

Jude Sweeney, Geneva

Senior Analyst and Analysis Team Leader
Jude joined ACAPS in 2015. During her time with ACAPS she has worked on a variety of projects. She primarily focused on South Sudan before being seconded to Jordan in April 2017 to support the Mixed Migration Platform. In October 2017 she returned to Geneva to take up the role of senior analyst and analysis team leader. She holds a BA in Politics and an MA in Post-war Recovery Studies.

js(at)acaps.org

Anna Tuson, Geneva (currently on maternity leave)

Editor
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.

at(at)acaps.org

James Sparkes, UK

Designer and Facilitator (Humanitarian Analysis Programme)
James was deployed to Nigeria as an ACAPS roster member in October 2017 to lead a Joint Education Needs Assessment and has subsequently joined the Geneva team to support the development and delivery of a new external Humanitarian Analysis Programme. James has over 10 years humanitarian experience including four and half years as head of the Global Education Cluster based in Geneva. He has significant field experience from deployments including to Iraq, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He holds a BScMEng in Microelectronic Systems Engineering and an MA in Education and International Development and is currently studying coaching and mentoring with the Institute of Counselling in the UK.

jes(at)acaps.org

Ewa Wieliczko, Geneva

Information analyst
Ewa joined ACAPS as an information analyst in September 2017. She holds a Master’s degree in Law with a specialisation in Fundamental Rights and Liberties. After working for the Polish Representation to the Council of Europe and the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities, she conducted her own research on the gender dimensions of mass atrocities and their prevention. Before joining ACAPS, she played a significant part within the activist scene in Poland, creating her own movement and coordinating the Great Coalition for Equality and Choice. She has an extensive background in mediation, training, and human rights education.

Covering: Syria, Palestine, Mauritania, and Bangladesh
ew(at)acaps.org

Communications

Caroline Draveny, Geneva

Head of Communications
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 Head of Communications.

cd(at)acaps.org

Ana Escaso, Geneva

Communications Officer
Ana joined ACAPS team as Communications Officer 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.

ae(at)acaps.org

Operations

Clody Wright, Nepal

Field Operations Coordinator
Clody started working for ACAPS in 2013, helping establish assessment preparedness for the disaster management community in Bangladesh. Clody is now responsible for ACAPS’ field operations. Before working for ACAPS, she was a humanitarian consultant with specialisation in humanitarian action and disaster management. She has led several situation analysis and review exercises for Save the Children, UNDP, IOM and other INGOs. Clody is currently based in Kathmandu.

cw(at)acaps.org

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.

rmb(at)acaps.org

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 currently coordinates the H2H network, a dynamic group of specialist humanitarian service providers engineering new solutions and services that enable the sector to perform better, and is leading on the development of ACAPS’ humanitarian analysis programme aimed at building the analytical capacity of external partners. Jude has been with ACAPS since its inception, with past roles including team lead for both the Refugee/Migrant Crisis and Ebola Needs Analysis Projects, deputy team lead for SNAP in Beirut and ACAPS Training Coordinator. Her background is in learning and development and project management, with a particular focus on capacity building.
jb(at)acaps.org

Lidia Leoni, Bangladesh

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.

Email: ll(at)acaps.org

Sean Ng, Bangladesh

Senior Analyst and Team leader in Cox's Bazar
Sean joined ACAPS as Senior Data Analyst in 2017. He holds a Masters in International Development and a BA in Communications Studies. He has worked in humanitarian industry in a number of roles in planning, implementation, quality assurance and data analysis. He has worked in China, Thailand, Japan, the Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

sn(at)acaps.org

Nic Parham, Lithuania

Assessment and Analysis Expert
Nic Parham joined ACAPS in 2011 as a core roster member, initially focusing on the development and delivery of assessment trainings before moving to Beirut to establish the Syria Needs Analysis Project (SNAP). More recently he has been focusing on forecasting analysis. Following an early career in the British Army and business management, Nic worked for different NGOs and OCHA in both complex emergencies and the immediate aftermath of sudden onset disasters. He is an active UNDAC member.

njp(at)acaps.org

Sandie Walton-Ellery, Perth

Assessment Expert
Sandie has been working consistently on needs assessments since 2007 and she has been a remote part of the ACAPS team since its inception. She spent 12 years living in South Asia and she he has been deployed for ACAPS to: lead real time assessments and analysis, work on training and capacity building, and facilitate assessment preparedness in places including Eastern Ukraine, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh (a country she retains a strong interest in). Sandie is particularly keen on how to give voice to affected people themselves and how to better value local knowledge on disaster events.

swe(at)acaps.org