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Andrew Anderson
Andrew is Executive Director at Front Line Defenders. He took up that role in November 2016 and was previously Deputy Director of the organization for thirteen years. Before joining Front Line Defenders, he worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International where he was Director of the Campaigning and Crisis Response Programme and then Director of the Africa Programme.

He holds an MA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from the City University Business School (London). Andrew represents Front Line Defenders on the Board of the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism.
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Andrea RoccaAndrea Rocca
Andrea is Deputy Director at Front Line Defenders. He joined the organisation in 2008, serving as Protection Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa from 2008 to 2011 and as Head of Protection from 2012 to 2016. Previously he worked at the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Geneva, where he supported human rights defenders in accessing international and regional human rights mechanisms. Andrea is a lawyer by training, specialised in Public International Law and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York.
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Emma AchilliEmma Achili
Emma is Head of the European Union Office in Brussels, and has 20 years of experience of working with the EU. She joined Front Line Defenders after 10 years of working in human rights in EU institutions, and before that in development cooperation.
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Laurent AldenhoffLaurent Aldenhoff
Laurent is Head of Development, working to develop the organisation and expand its international network of public donors, private foundations, government ministries and intergovernmental agencies. Previously, Laurent directed “Access Europe”, a project helping Irish NGOs access EU funding, and worked as project and fundraising manager at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. 
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Jim LoughranJim Loughran
Jim is Head of the HRD Memorial Project, a new initiative launched in 2016, which aims to create a special online memorial to document and celebrate the lives of all HRDs killed since the UN Declaration on HRDs came into effect in 1998. As part of the organisation's work to combat impunity he is also working on a feature length documentary on the global backlash against human rights as well as coordinating strategy on the cases of HRDs who have received long prison terms because of their peaceful human rights work. He was previously Head of Communications.
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Adam ShapiroAdam Shapiro
Adam serves as Head of Communications & Visibility, responsible for campaigning for human rights defenders around the world, and working to increase the visibility of and respect for HRDs. Adam has led innovative efforts to use storytelling and new media to bring forward the work and struggles of HRDs to global and local audiences, including the development of a nonfiction graphic novel series featuring HRDs, including the first book La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico; a monthly video series - Multiple Exposure; radio Public Service Announcement campaigns in Colombia, Honduras and Macedonia; and multimedia campaigns around mega-sports events such as the Olympics and World Cup.
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Tara MaddenTara Madden
Tara has worked with Front Line Defenders since 2004. As Programme Manager, she contributes to organisational planning and reporting, including monitoring of annual business plans and results and oversees the day-to-day running of the Dublin office. She manages the Rest and Respite Programme and has a specific focus on the organisation's work to address the protection needs of women human rights defenders. She oversees publications, translations, volunteers and internships. She previously worked in Japan on the JET Programme and on development projects in Nepal and the Philippines.
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Ed O'DonovanEd O'Donovan
Ed is Head of Protection at Front Line Defenders. In that role he oversees and coordinates the protection of HRDs at risk at a global level. Ed joined Front Line Defenders in 2009 and from then until 2016 he was Protection Coordinator for East Asia, working to support HRDs and build the organisation's network in that region. Prior to joining Front Line Defenders, Ed worked as a political analyst at the EU Delegation in Bangkok. He has an M.Phil in Modern Chinese Studies.
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Erin KilbrideErin Kilbride
Erin Kilbride is Media Coordinator, working with human rights defenders to increase their protection through media. She initiates partnerships with local and international outlets, and creates strategies with human rights defenders to promote their work through digital, print, and film projects. Prior to joining Front Line Defenders, she worked as a journalist in Bahrain, as Gulf & Yemen Editor at Muftah.org, and with Iraqi refugee populations in the US. Her work has appeared in a range of media outlets including Voice of America, Al Jazeera, Think Progress, Middle East Eye and New Internationalist.
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Michelle FoleyMichelle Foley
Michelle is the Events & Promotions Coordinator, responsible for public outreach, since 2009. Prior to joining the team she worked as Senior Liaison Officer with the Niall Mellon Township Trust (NMTT) in Ireland and South Africa and she has also spent time working in Mombasa, Kenya as a City Coordinator with Suas Educational Development. She serves on the Board of Directors of Peace Brigades International, Ireland.
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Maria San MartinMaria San Martin
Maria is Campaigns Coordinator, working to raise the visibility, legitimacy and recognition of HRDs around the world. As part of the Campaigns and Visibility team, she carries out research and consultations with HRDs towards using visibility as a security and protection strategy, and develops collaboratively efforts to campaign on the role and situation faced by HRDs and expand their networks of support. Before joining Front Line Defenders in 2013, she worked in Amnesty International and in development projects in India.
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Philipp Woschitz Philipp Woschitz
Philipp Woschitz is European Union Office Advocacy Officer, responsible for raising cases of human rights defenders at risk with European Union and Member State authorities and for carrying out research on EU external action in relation to the protection of human rights defenders. Before joining Front Line Defenders he worked as Political and Human Rights Officer at the EU Delegation to the Philippines, in charge of liaising with human rights defenders and implementing the EU's human rights policy.
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Caitriona RiceCaitríona Rice
Caitríona has been working with Front Line Defenders since April 2005. As the Head of the Protection Grants and Evaluations she has primary responsibility for leading and developing Front Line Defenders' security grants program, including liaison with human rights defenders, other donors, and the organisation of emergency grants. She also has responsibility for field based evaluation of the security grants programme together with other aspects of Front Line Defenders work. Caitríona represents Front Line Defenders on the Board of the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism. Prior to this position Caitríona served as the Protection Coordinator for the Americas.
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sinead nolanSinéad Nolan
Sinéad Nolan has worked with Front Line Defenders in different capacities, including as grants coordinator and protection coordinator, before taking up her current role as Events and Promotions Coordinator. She has a particular focus on Latin America, having previously worked with Peace Brigades International's Mexico project, based in Chihuahua City. She was also part of the 2016 Caravana Colombiana, which observed the situation of human rights lawyers during the signing of the peace accords. Closer to home, she has worked in homeless services in Dublin and has also done voluntary work with sex workers. Sinéad has an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies.
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Ivi Oliveira
As the Protection Coordinator for the Americas, Ivi is responsible for maintaining and developing Front Line Defenders' contacts with human rights defenders throughout the Americas, providing rapid response to cases of HRDs at risk, undertaking research and fact-finding missions on the threats and attacks that they face, providing analysis and producing relevant materials to take action in their support.
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Aloys Habimana
Aloys Habimana is Protection Coordinator for Africa at Front Line Defenders.
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Maria (Masha) Chichtchenkova
Maria (Masha) is Protection Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia at Front Line Defenders.
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Sayeed Ahmad
Sayeed is the Protection Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific. Before joining Front Line Defenders, Sayeed had worked with Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) as Manager for its South and East Asia Programme and subsequently also as Director (Programme). He served as the 'Public Information and Training Expert' at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bangladesh. His responsibilities at the Commission included assistance in planning and implementing its Public Information and Capacity Development activities.
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Moataz El-Fegiery
Moataz El Fegiery is the protection coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. He has over 14 years of field experience in human rights research and advocacy in the MENA region. Before joining Front Line Defenders, El Fegiery was the executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and MENA deputy director of the International Centre for Transitional Justice. He was also a research fellow at the Foundation of International Relations and Dialogue (FRIDE). El Fegiery is the treasurer and member at the executive committee of the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network since 2006 and board member of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. He has MA and PhD in law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
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Anne Rimmer
Anne Rimmer is the Training Coordinator at Front Line Defenders.
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Wojtek Bogusz
Wojtek Bogusz is Digital Protection Coordinator at Front Line Defenders.
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Clare Borinski
Clare Borinski is Finance Officer at Front Line Defenders.
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Kim Wallis
Kim is the Institutional Grants Manager. Kim has over ten years of experience of working in the development and human rights sector. She has lived and worked in Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Ireland.
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Rachel Breen
Rachel is the Executive Assistant to the Directors.
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Elisa Sjödin
Elisa is Grants Coordinator for the Middle East/North Africa and Africa regions. Previously, she did research on water shortage in the West Bank for a university research centre and worked in social media and communications for minority and indigenous rights NGO based in Brussels.
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Rena Garrigan
Rena Garrigan is Finance Officer at Front Line Defenders.
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Katsiaryna Borsuk
Katsiaryna is the Research Fellow for Europe & Central Asia working with the Protection Coordinator for the region to support human rights defenders at risk. Over past nine years Katsiaryna worked with various national and international organisations on the issues related to human rights (namely advocacy and promotion of human rights of LGBTIQ people), civil society empowerment (consulting, project management, organisational development, partnership and coalition building), youth politics and environment protection.
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Rafael Diógenes Marques
Rafael is the Research Fellow for the Americas working with the Protection Coordinator for the region to support human rights defenders at risk. Prior to joining the team, he was working as a lawyer in a NGO that provides socio-legal assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons and immigrants in Brazil. He has also volunteered in an human rights organization in the West Bank, Palestine, and participated in the Rio+20 Conference representing a Brazilian civil society organization.
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