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


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.


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.



Benedetta Cordaro, Geneva

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.


Kathryn Giffin, Geneva

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: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Mozambique, Indonesia, Philippines, DPRK, Iran, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and Malawi

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.


Francesca Marini, Geneva

Information analyst
Francesca joined ACAPS analysis team in September 2018. She holds a MA in Contemporary Arabic and Islamic Studies, and a BA in North African and Middle Eastern Studies from the Autonoma University of Madrid. She gained experience in building projects on sustainable tourism and non-violent popular resistance in Palestine in 2017. She has also worked in the frame of the refugee crisis response in Italy as project coordinator providing basic services and integration opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees.

Covering: Colombia, Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mauritania, Mozambique, South Sudan, and Venezuela.

Eric Nicolas, Geneva

Information analyst
Eric joined the ACAPS analysis team in December 2018. He holds a master’s degree in International Development from the London School of Economics, in addition to bachelor’s degrees in Political Science from Columbia University and Sciences-Po Paris. Immediately prior to joining ACAPS, Eric worked for WFP in Sudan, focusing primarily on issues related to food security analysis and refugee profiling. He has also gained experience working as a research intern for Action Aid India, and as an external student consultant for the Overseas Development Institute in London.

Covering: CAR, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Mauritania

Angeliki Nika, Geneva

CrisisInSight Project Manager
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.


Florence Peschke

Information analyst
Florence joined ACAPS as an information analyst in September 2018. She holds a master’s degree in international politics and international law and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, political science and comparative literature studies. Prior to joining ACAPS, she collaborated with NGOs such as Amnesty International and the International Press Institute, focusing on press freedom and grave human rights violations. She also supported the German Corporation for International Cooperation’s program to strengthen the rule of law in Mexico and conducted field research on human rights defenders.

Covering: Afghanistan, Cameroon, DRC, El Salvador, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine

Laura Spray

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: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Madagascar, Brazil, Comoros, Lesotho, Trinidad and Tobago, Cameroon, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, and Tanzania

Amber van Dessel, Geneva

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, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Sudan, and Turkey

Alina Zalewski, Geneva

Information Analyst
Alina joined ACAPS in October 2018. She holds a MSc in Environmental Risks and Human Security from the United Nations University. Before joining ACAPS, she worked in northern Uganda with a local NGO in response to the South Sudanese refugee influx, focusing on education and gender issues. Furthermore, she has experience working with UN Women at headquarter level. Alina has also worked on projects dealing with climate change adaptation, food security and migration as a research assistant at the German Development Institute, among other organisations.

Covering: Costa Rica, Haiti, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, Kenya, and DRC


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.


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.



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.


Vladimir Puscalau, Bangladesh

Information Analyst, Cox's Bazar Analysis Hub
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.


Bronwyn Russel, Bangladesh

Team Leader, Cox's Bazar Analysis Hub
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.


Sudeep Shrestha, Bangladesh

Information analyst, Cox's Bazar Analysis Hub
Sudeep joined ACAPS in August 2018. He holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development. He has worked in several humanitarian organisations where he has played different roles such as Information Manager, Learning and Knowledge Management Specialist, Programme Manager, Team Leader and Programme Coordinator.


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.


Clody Wright, Ethiopia

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.