Senior Management

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


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.


Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak, Geneva

Head of Programme
Nathalie joined ACAPS in February 2019 as Head of Programme. Previously she has been working with Handicap International for 17 years, heading HI entity dedicated to analysis of ethical and political issues, and support to field programmes and HI decision-making processes. Experienced in analysis and ethical dilemmas related to humanitarian operations, she made regular field visits to Albania, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Kenya, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, DRC, Lebanon/Jordan, Iraq, Syria amongst others. Holder of a PhD in Political Science, she is also a senior lecturer at Geneva University/CERAH (Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action) and teaches on dynamics of actors in humanitarian settings.


Clody Wright, Ethiopia

Deputy Head of Programmes
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.



Ana Escaso Moreno, Geneva

Communications Officer
Ana joined ACAPS team 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, and at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in Geneva.


Fatiha Fares, Geneva

Finance, HR and Administrative Officer
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.


Anna Kubat, Geneva

Administrative Assistant
Anna teamed up ACAPS Support unit in November 2019. Her educational background is related to the Applied Linguistics and French Studies. Her professional path led her to the humanitaria sector in early 2019 when she joined the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) office in Geneva as an administrative assistant.


Rocio Madero Cadarso, Geneva

Communications trainee
Rocio joined ACAPS in March 2020. She holds a BA in Journalism and a MA in Communication of Armed Conflicts, Peace and Social Movements. She has participated in the Inter-University Programme on the Mediterranean and Arab World by the European Institute of the Mediterranean in Barcelona. Prior to joining ACAPS, she worked as a journalist for the Spanish news media, where she developed a professional career on the International/Latin American desk. She also collaborated in the Communication Department of several INGOs, including the Defence for Children International in Geneva.


Maria Marques Nogueira, Oslo

Finance Advisor (on maternity leave)
Maria joined ACAPS in June 2019. She has over eight years of experience in finance and economics. Prior to joining ACAPS, she worked for several private companies in Brazil. She has also been part of the Budget Team of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee.


Kaye Quiban, Brussels

Fundraising and Grant Coordinator
Kaye joined ACAPS in February 2020 to support the retention and acquisition of humanitarian funding partners. She has previously contributed to strategic donor relations and effective grants management with the Norwegian Refugee Council and International Rescue Committee. Experienced in coordinating disaster management and refugee/IDP assistance programs, she has lived and worked in the Philippines, Japan, Tanzania, northern Iraq and Jordan for the Syria Response.



Cristina Contini, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Cristina joined the ACAPS' Analysis Team in November 2019. Previously she worked in Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation for INGOs in several countries, such as the Balkans,Tanzania, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Democratic Republic of Congo. She has also gained experience in data collection and analysis, with a focus in health, protection and food security. She holds a MSc inInternational Economics and she is currently enrolled in a Data Science in-depth course.


Amanda Dochy, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Amanda joined the ACAPS’ Analysis Team in September 2019. She hold’s a master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Studies from Utrecht University and a B.A. in Social Anthropology and Geography from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Prior to joining ACAPS Amanda undertook data analysis for Airwars, a London-based research organization using OSINT to independently assess airstrike civilian casualty. She has previous experience in social science research methods and in professional project management.


Tatjana Eichert, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Tatjana joined ACAPS in September 2019. Previously, she worked with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), UNHCR and collaborated on several research projects related to international relations and humanitarian aid. She holds a doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a master’s degree in Global History from Heidelberg University. Her academic research focuses on the history of refugees and humanitarianism.

Covering: DRC, Congo, CAR, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Turkey, Greece, and Palestine.

Kathryn Giffin, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Kathryn joined the ACAPS analysis team in August 2019. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute Geneva, and a B.Sc. in Sociology from Pittsburg State University. Prior to joining ACAPS, she worked with the global communications team at CARE International in Geneva, where she gained extensive experience in communicating humanitarian response and complex crises. She also has a background in social science research methodologies from working as a research assistant at Pittsburg State University, where her primary focus was refugee crises and policy in the Middle East.

Covering: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand.

Francesca Giovinazzo, South Sudan

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.


Katja Groesschen, Bogota

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.


Tommaso Grossi, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Tommaso joined ACAPS as Information Analyst in March 2020. He holds a MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is currently completing his MSc with the International Inequality Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE). His research focuses on social and public policy, migrations, economic inequality, and the use of algorithms in welfare systems. He also writes for different Italian newspapers.


Candice Holt, Cox's Bazar Hub

Information analyst
Candice joined the ACAPS team in June 2018 when she was deployed as the Assessment Coordinator for the Cash Feasibility Assessment in Fiji. She holds an MA in Humanitarian Assistance from the Humanitarian Leadership Centre at Deakin University. In the past, she worked mainly in community-based disaster risk reduction programming, and information management and data collection in emergencies for INGOs in the Asia-Pacific region.


Medinat Adeola Malefakis, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Medinat joined ACAPS in November 2019. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Berlin Social Science Centre. Before that, Medinat was a research fellow with the United States Institute of Peace (RESOLVE NETWORK), and a junior researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Halle, Germany. Her academic projects focused on terrorism and humanitarian displacement in the Lake Chad Basin of West Africa. She holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Zurich and the Nigerian Defense Academy. Medinat also holds a master's degree in International Studies from the Nigerian Defense Academy where she majored in conflicts and internal displacement in Nigeria.

Covering: Nigeria, Cameroon, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Claudia Manili, Geneva Hub

Mixed Methods 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.


Angeliki Nika, Geneva Hub

Senior Analyst
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.


Claudia Ortega Muga, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Claudia joined the ACAPS analysis team in November 2019. She holds an MBA in International Business Administration and Multilateral Financial Institutions from the Foreign Trade Institute of Spain (ICEX), and a B.A. in International Relations from Complutense University of Madrid. Prior to joining ACAPS, she worked at the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in India as an International Trade Advisor. She has also acquired experience in the private sector working for different companies as an economic and political analyst.

Covering: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Chad, and Niger.

Beatrice Riva, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Beatrice joined ACAPS as an information analyst in September 2019. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and pursued her postgraduate studies in the field of security. Before joining ACAPS, she worked as a trainee in the European institutions and in a Brussels-based NGO, focusing on EU-MENA relations and policies. Beatrice has also gained experience in Lebanon and Jordan, in local and international NGOs and research centres, with a focus on issues of gender and children’s education.

Covering: Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Iraq, Haiti, Syria, Lebanon, Bahamas, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

Bronwyn Russel, Cox's Bazar Hub

Programmes Adviser
Bronwyn joined ACAPS in September 2018. She holds a Master´s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa. Before joining ACAPS Bronwyn lead the Inter Agency Common Feedback Project in the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Nepal for three years. She has previously worked for OCHA during the Nepal earthquake response, in disaster risk reduction for UNDP before the earthquake, and as a policy analyst for the Government of Canada for several years focused on human rights.


Laura Spray, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Laura joined the ACAPS analysis team in August 2019. She holds an MSc in Environmental Risks and Human Security, a joint degree from the United Nations University and the University of Bonn. She has work experience in emergency response and preparedness at both the international level–through UN OCHA in Geneva–and at a local level, working for a West London Borough’s emergency management department. She was also a research assistant for the German Development Institute, focused on topics such as global climate action and policy. Prior to her relevant work experience, she gained a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Covering: Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan, Comoros, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, DPRK, and Philippines.

Surge and Response Unit

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.


Sandie Walton-Ellery, Perth

Senior Analysis Adviser
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.


Humanitarian Analysis Programme

Eirini Karanisa, Geneva

Training Project Officer
Eirini Karanisa joined ACAPS in early November 2019. She has an education background both for children and adults. She holds a Master from the University of Geneva in Teaching and Learning Technologies. She has worked for various organizations as a pedagogical engineer where she applied her skills related to adult education. Most recently, she has worked at ICRC as assistant for the revision of the Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) course.


James Sparkes, UK

Designer and Facilitator
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.