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 Support
Caroline’s experience in the humanitarian sector 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 gained experience as a Public Information Officer for UNOCHA in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Geneva. Caroline joined the ACAPS team in 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.



Danielle Ayo, Geneva

Communications trainee
Danielle joined the ACAPS Communications team in August 2020. She holds a BA in International Relations and Film & TV from the Nottingham Trent University. Previously, she worked in the Public Information section of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, and supported annual conferences of the Essl Foundation. Through her passion of combining design, communication and international relations, Danielle has worked closely with the Philippine Embassy, PACES, and led multiple campaigns focused on the youth sections of MFC across Europe.


Ana Escaso Moreno, Geneva

Communications Coordinator
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

HR Technical Officer
Fatiha joined ACAPS in 2015. Fatiha had worked as Project Development staff for USAID and assumed roles in Trade Finance for international organisations in Switzerland. Fatiha developed into the Human resources area over the past years and is currently assuming Human Resources Officer role within ACAPS.


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 Defence for Children International in Geneva.


Antoine Marinot, Geneva

Graphic Designer
Antoine joined ACAPS in October 2020 as Graphic Designer. He holds a BA in Graphic Design and Visual Communication, and a Masters degree in Digital Creation and Publishing from Paris 8 University. He has worked for several agencies in Paris before going freelance, with clients ranging from big brands to small independent businesses. He is particularly interested in branding, webdesign and all printed material.


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.


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.



Ali Arbia, Geneva Hub

Senior Analyst
Ali joined ACAPS in March 2020 as Senior Analyst for the Rapid Analysis Team. Previously he worked for over ten years as researcher and trainer, covering issues ranging from armed violence to arms trafficking and international trade. He did field research in several African countries including Tunisia, Madagascar, Mali, and Mauritania. He holds a PhD in International Relations (Political Science) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and was a Post Doctoral researcher at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin.


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: COVID-19 Secondary Impacts Project

Paroma Ghose, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Paroma joined ACAPS in August 2020. Previously, she worked with the MERIAM consortium, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva Call, the Kutumb Foundation, and several other humanitarian organisations. She holds a PhD in International History, and a Master's in International Development, both from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). Her academic interests have centered primarily on two separate themes: hunger and famine (MDev), and rap music and belonging (PhD).

Covering: Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, and the Pacific.

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: COVID-19 Secondary Impacts Project

Francesca Giovinazzo, Geneva Hub

Qualitative 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.


Leah Grace, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Leah joined the ACAPS team in August 2020. She holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining ACAPS, Leah conducted bespoke analysis for security and not-for-profit clients at Ridgeway Information, a London-based OSINT research organisation. She has also worked in Colombia with local NGOs and with the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalisation (ARN), a government agency responsible for reintegrating demobilised fighters into society.

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.


Xiomara Hurni-Cranston, Cox's Bazar Hub

Team Leader
Xiomara joined ACAPS in June 2020 as the Cox's Bazar Hub Team Leader. Prior to joining ACAPS, she spent six years working for various NGOs, civil society organizations, and think tanks on issues ranging from humanitarian crisis analysis and protection to preventing violent extremism and political analysis. She holds an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in both Anthropology and World Religions from McGill University.


George Ingles, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
George joined ACAPS as an Information Analyst in June 2020. He holds a BA in History and Politics from the University of Sussex, as well as an MA in Journalism, Media and Globalization through the EU’s Erasmus Mundus scheme, specialising in Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam. Before his MA, George worked in various capacities for non-governmental organisations in Switzerland (Inter-Parliamentary Union), Cambodia (SeeBeyondBorders), Lebanon (Soutien Belge Overseas) and Hungary (IFRC).

Covering: Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and DPRK.

Joel Kaiser, Geneva Hub

Team Leader, COVID-19 Analysis Project
Joel joined ACAPS in May 2020 as the Covid-19 Analysis Team Leader. Previously he worked for three years in applied innovation, testing and adapting robotics and digital technologies for humanitarian action. Prior to that he led MEDAIR’s Emergency Response Team for 6 years, deploying into over a dozen sudden-onset emergencies around the globe. He also spent 7 years managing longer-term recovery projects, particularly in Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Haiti. Joel is a certified Project Management Professional with an MA in International Studies (Complex Emergencies), and he is currently studying towards an MSc in Applied Neuroscience.


Lamiya Mahpara Ahmed, Cox's Bazar Hub

Information analyst
Lamiya joined ACAPS as Information Analyst in June 2020. Prior to joining ACAPS, she worked on rapid analysis as Information Analyst for Start Fund Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has also gained experience as a research assistant for the University of Bath Department of Social and Policy Sciences, focussing on extreme poverty in Bangladesh and policy analysis. She holds a M.Sc in International Development from University of Bath.


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.


Federica Mastroianni, Cox's Bazar Hub

Information analyst
Federica joined ACAPS Cox’s Bazar Analysis Hub as Information Analyst in April 2020. Before joining ACAPS, Federica worked as Information Manager for the UNHCR Regional Office for Southern Europe, the IFRC Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, the Danish Refugee Council in Myanmar and as part of the Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team, with a focus on protection information management and community engagement. She holds an MA in International Cooperation and Development.


Gayané Naroyan, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Gayané joined ACAPS in August 2020. She holds a M.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of Fribourg. Prior to joining ACAPS, she gained work experience with international and national NGOs in Switzerland and Armenia. Recently, she earned an Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices – Conflict and Fragility Management from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in collaboration with the American University of Central Asia.

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

Angeliki Nika, Geneva Hub

Senior Analyst & Methodology Advisor
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.


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: Jordan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and Vanuatu.

Bronwyn Russel, Canada

Programmes Adviser, COVID-19 Analysis Project
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.


Nour Shamseldin, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Nour joined ACAPS as Information Analyst in June 2020. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Leiden University, and B.Sc. in Political Science from Cairo University. Prior to joining ACAPS, she worked as a MENA and asylum research consultant. Nour also gained experience in Lebanon where she worked as a research assistant in various institutions such as Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, Foreign Policy Magazine and the Financial Times.

Covering: Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Mauritania, Jordan, Lebanon and Libya.

Abim Sharpe, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Abim joined ACAPS in May 2020. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Drexel University and a M.A. in Political Science with a focus on globalization from the University of Lausanne. He previously worked as an intern at the Bureau de l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes (BEFH), a government office in charge of promoting gender equality in Canton Vaud, Switzerland.

Covering: DRC, Congo, CAR, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Chad, Niger, Ukraine, Turkey and Greece.

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: COVID-19 Secondary Impacts Project

Nora Sundberg, Geneva Hub

Information analyst
Nora joined ACAPS in August 2020. She holds a MA in International Conflict Analysis and a BA in International Comparative Politics and International Law. Prior to joining ACAPS, Nora has worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), OHCHR, UNDP and at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre as a research assistant. Coming from a multicultural background, she is a polyglot who has lived across three continents. Her academic interests have centered primarily on two separate themes: Child Soldier recruitment and rehabilitation in West and Central Africa and scenario analysis on new emerging conflicts in West and Central Africa.


Ewa Wieliczko, Amman

Senior analyst, MENA CrisisInSight team
Ewa joined ACAPS as an information analyst in September 2017. She currently holds a Senior Analyst position based in Amman, responsible for the CrisisInSight portfolio with a Middle East and North Africa focus. Previously she was an Analyst in the ACAPS Yemen Analysis Hub responsible for trends, protection and gender analysis and the capacity building. Before joining ACAPS, she worked for NGOs and grassroot movements in Poland focusing on women rights and gender issues. She holds a Master’s degree in Law with a specialisation in Fundamental Rights and Liberties.


Surge and Response Unit

Alexandra Howes, Geneva

Data Scientist
Alex joined ACAPS in April 2020. She holds a master's degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining ACAPS she worked as a data scientist in the agricultural technology industry. She has also worked on a number of other data science projects including analysing customer insights for Twitter, studying large particle physics datasets for Fermilab and CERN, and exploring the application of machine learning in digital marketing.


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.


Steve Penson, Geneva

Data Scientist
Steve Joined ACAPS in May 2020. He has a background in geographical information systems (GIS) and data science and is a volunteer with MapAction and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Prior to joining ACAPS Steve worked as a Consultant for a London and Cambridge based technology consultancy, developing data centred programmes and tools focussing on helping drive better decision making within multiple sectors. Steve holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Sheffield and is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


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.