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


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.


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 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.


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.


Maria Marques Nogueira, Oslo

Finance Advisor
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.



Benedetta Cordaro, Geneva Hub

Analysis Team Leader
Benedetta joined ACAPS in June 2019 as Analysis Team Leader in Geneva. She previously worked with IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Iraq as research analyst, and in Bangladesh and Venezuela as Programme Coordinator. She has experience in primary data collection and analysis in humanitarian emergencies, with a focus on forced displacement, refugee and migration crises. She has also gained experience in the private sector as economic and political analyst.
She holds a MSc in International Management (Middle East and North Africa) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an MA in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on migration, and a BA in Middle Eastern Cultures, Languages and Literatures from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.


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.

Covering: Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

Tatjana Eichert, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Tatjana joined ACAPS in September 2019. Previously, she conducted policy research and analysis for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), worked for UNHCR at HQ level and as teaching assistant. Tatjana also gained experience as research assistant in several academic projects focusing on international relations and humanitarianism. She holds a master's degree in Global History from Heidelberg University. Currently she combines her work as information analyst at ACAPS with a doctoral research project on refugee history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Covering: Indonesia, Philipines, Thailand, DPRK, Laos, PNG, CAR, Congo, DRC, and Nigeria.

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.


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, Zambia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

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, Venezuelan Hub

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.


Claudia Manili, Italy

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.


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, Palestine, Iraq, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Ethiopia, Trinidad and Tobago, Djibouti, and Eritrea

Bronwyn Russel, Cox's Bazar Hub

Project 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, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, Cameroon, Madagascar, Somalia, Bahamas, and Haiti.

Jude Sweeney, Cox's Bazar Hub

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.


Amber van Dessel, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Amber joined ACAPS as an information analyst in January 2019. She holds a Msc. in Sociology and a Msc. in Public Management and Policy. Before joining ACAPS, Amber was working at the field level as an operations coordinator for a local NGO in Lebanon. Previously, she supported the grassroots response to the refugee influx in Greece and worked for IO’s such as IOM and ILO at both the country and HQ level. Amber also gained quantitative and qualitative research experience working for research institutes in Belgium.

Covering: Syria, Greece, Lebanon, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and Burundi.

Surge and Response Unit

Angeliki Nika, Geneva

Methodology Adviser
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.


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

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.