Secretariat

The Secretariat is in charge of implementing the Executive Board’s decisions and of ensuring the daily functioning of the organisation.

Geneva Headquarters

Mona M'Bikay - Executive Director

Mona M’Bikay joined UPR Info in September 2017 as the new Executive Director. Mona M'Bikay is a human rights lawyer with 20 years of working experience acquired at both national (Swiss Federal Office of Justice and Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Law Firms and Administrative Tribunal in Geneva) and at international level (UN OHCHR, Regional Office for Southern Africa, UNDP Bangladesh, Rights and Development Consultancy).

Her expertise includes human rights and sustainable development, gender equality, democratic governance, rule of law, business and human rights and public international law. She has a vast experience developing capacities of various national partners to advocate for the respect of human rights.

She holds a Law degree from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, a Master in International Studies with specialisation in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills from the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University, United Kingdom and a Diploma in Sustainable Development and Human Rights from the Human Rights Centre, University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica.

She is fluent in French and English and has good knowledge of Dutch and German.
She is a passionate runner and mother of two children.
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Aoife Hegarty - Programme Manager

Aoife (pronounced "Ee-fa", a popular Irish first name) joined the staff of UPR Info in 2015, bringing with her several years of international experience in human rights. She has a strong knowledge of regional and international mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights, in particular the United Nations human rights machinery. Aoife began her career at the Copenhagen-based think tank Freedom Rights Project working primarily on freedom of expression, and subsequently on women's rights and gender issues for an international NGO based in Geneva.

Aoife holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Copenhagen with a specialisation in human rights and humanitarian law. She has a particular interest in the confluence of law and international relations in the Middle East. Aoife speaks English, Gaelic, Danish and French, and has conversational Arabic.

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Hans Fridlund - Programme Manager

Hans joined UPR Info as Follow-Up Project Manager in 2016. Previously to this commitment he worked extensively on strengthening the capacity of national NGOs and advancing domestic human rights implementation, paying particular attention to minority rights. He first got acquainted with Geneva through his position with WFUNA where he conducted human rights trainings for member organisations in parallel to engaging with the Human Rights Council. Hans holds an M.A. in Human Rights from the University of Essex and his dissertation addressed the charge on the universal application of human rights from proponents of cultural relativism.

Hans has a keen interest in human rights implementation on the ground and values the impact local experiences have on global efforts to promote and protect human rights. He speaks Swedish, German, and English.

Follow Hans on Twitter: @hfridlund
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Nargiz Arupova - Programme Manager

Nargiz has joined UPR Info in July 2017 as a Programme Manager. She has extensively worked on international human rights, development and rule of law. Prior to joining UPR Info, she has worked at the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces where she contributed on monitoring the capacity building of National Human Rights Institutions and on enhancing the good practices of parliamentary oversight of the security sector. Moreover, she has worked at the Geneva Infant Feeding Association and the International Institute for Humanitarian Law.

Nargiz holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University and an LL.B. in European Law from Maastricht University. She speaks fluently Russian, French, English and has good knowledge of German.
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Anna-Thérèse McGivern - Programme Officer

Anna joined UPR Info in 2016 having previously interned at UPR Info after graduating from Maastricht University with a Masters in Globalisation and Development Studies. She also spent some time working at the UK Mission in Geneva and prior to moving to the Netherlands, for her studies, Anna lived and worked in York, UK. She studied Political Sciences at the University of York (UK) having worked for an international NGO in the UK and Liberia.

Anna's interests lie in globalisation and development, the environment, and the universality of human rights. She is learning French and pursuing el buen vivir.

Follow Anna on Twitter: @ATMcGivern
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Tenar Lorente - Junior Programme Officer

Tenar joined UPR Info in August 2017 having interned at the organisation since February 2017. Before joining UPR Info, Tenar worked in the Spanish Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva and other NGOs, acquiring firsthand knowledge of human rights and their mechanisms in Geneva.
Tenar has studied in Spain, the University of Arkansas in the US, and the Spanish Royal Institute of European Studies. Her interests lie in the protection of all human rights and giving local voices a platform to be heard. She also is a contributor for The Typewriter.
She speaks Spanish, English, and French fluently, and has conversational Italian.

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Africa Regional Office

Gilbert Onyango - Regional Director

Mr. Gilbert Onyango graduated in 1999 with an LL.B Degree from Dr. BAM University, Aurangabad, India and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in 2002. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public. In 2008, Gilbert graduated from the United States International University, Africa (USIU-A) with a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Management and Organisational Development. In 2012, Gilbert graduated with a Masters of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Development Studies with major in Human Rights, Development and Social Justice from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Gilbert joined The CRADLE-The Children’s Foundation in 2002 where he rose to the position of Deputy Director. Between June and December, 2010, he worked as Regional Deputy Director for the Canadian Bar Association’s Strengthening Access to Justice in Eastern Africa (SAJEA) Programme in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In May, 2010, he founded The East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights) where he where served as Regional Director from December, 2010 to May, 2015. Mr. Onyango joined UPR Info in 2015 as the Africa Regional Coordinator and is now Africa Regional Director.

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Koffi Leon Kouame - Programme Officer

Koffi joined UPR Info Regional Office for Africa in September 2017 as a Programme Officer. Prior to this, Koffi Co-Founded and served at the Ivorian Observatory for Human Rights (OIDH) as Secretary General and Associate Researcher, where his duties included investigating conditions of arrest and pretrial detention in Côte d’Ivoire.
Koffi previously worked with Actions for the Protections of Human Rights (APDH) in Abidjan, where he provided legal assistance to the victims of the Ivorian crisis and conducted investigations which resulted in the publication of several reports including ‘’La Justice nous a oubliés’’ (2013). He has also worked for the African Union Election Observation Mission in Comoros and for CIVICUS in Geneva, Switzerland.

Koffi holds a Bachelor in English Literature from the University Felix Houphouët Boigny of Abidjan and his interests lie down in the protection of Human Rights, in promoting democracy good governance, and particularly strengthening civic space for Human Rights Defender to carry out social changes.
Koffi is a national of Côte d’Ivoire and speaks French and English.

Follow Koffi on twitter: @leonkk77
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Fredrick Kinama- Finance and Administrative Officer

Mr. Fredrick Kinama is a Certified Public Accountant in Kenya. He is a finance professional with over 10 years Experience in NGO finance and administration management.
Previously, Fredrick worked at Tearfund-UK as Finance advisor - West Africa region team; Project accountant at Aga-Khan Foundation East Africa; Finance and administration Consultant USDA/USAID; Assistant Finance Officer University of Missouri assistance Program.

He also has worked in different African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Zanzibar and Liberia. Fredrick holds a Bachelor's degree in Business administration from SMCU, 3 year diploma in Business management from Sigalagala TTI in addition to being a Certified Public Accountant Kenya from Kenya College of Accountancy University.
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