Director

Lars Peter Nissen, Geneva

Director
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 www.academic-cowboy.org.

lpn(at)acaps.org

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.

ob(at)acaps.org

Fatiha Fares, Geneva

Administrative Assistant
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.

faf(at)acaps.org

Analysis

Sophie Block, Geneva

Information analyst
Sophie joined ACAPS as an information analyst in July 2018. She holds a MA in Middle Eastern Politics from the Durham University and a BA in History and Politics. Before joining ACAPS, she worked with a British NGO in Iraq, and has worked with INGOs such as VSO in Nigeria and Palestine. After working for the FCO in London she also spent time shadowing DFIF in Beirut.

Covering: Syria, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Guatemala, Honduras, Spain
sb(at)acaps.org

Margaux Boffi, Geneva

Information analyst
Margaux joined ACAPS as Information Analyst in May 2018. She holds a Master’s in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA) and a Diploma in Applied Human Rights from Aix-Marseille Université. In the past, she worked as a Regional Campaign Assistant for Oxfam in Latin America, focusing on land access, climate change and gender issues. She also gained experience as Lead Analyst and Project Manager in a security consultancy firm based in Mexico.

Covering: CAR, Niger, Mali, Lesotho, Burkina Faso, Mexico, Algeria, Thailand
mb(at)acaps.org

Daniel Chaplin, Geneva

Information analyst
Daniel joined the ACAPS Team in October 2018. He holds a MSc in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation from Lund University and a BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography from The University of Exeter. Prior to joining ACAPS, Daniel worked for the Risk and Resilience Programme of ODI, with a focus on intersectional approaches to vulnerability reduction and resilience building. He has also worked on projects related to climate change, food security and livelihoods in Nepal with an INGO and in Uganda with WFP.

Covering: Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea, Jordan, Madagascar, Egypt, Bosnia, Panama, Tanzania
drc(at)acaps.org

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.

Covering: DRC, Cameroon, Senegal, Venezuela, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras
cga(at)acaps.org

Roos Groen, Geneva

Information analyst
Roos joined ACAPS in July 2018. She holds a MSc from the University of Amsterdam in International Development Studies Research. Before joining ACAPS she worked with Oxfam Novib on local humanitarian leadership and with the Centre of Sustainable Development Studies. Roos gained fieldwork experience in Tacloban City, the Philippines, studying urban governance and resettlement, and in Soroti, Uganda, while conducting an assessment study on saving groups.

Covering: Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Haiti
rg(at)acaps.org

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.

nhz(at)acaps.org

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: South Sudan, Colombia, Congo, Djibouti, Mozambique, Ecuador, Venezuela
fm(at)acaps.org

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: Ethiopia, Chad, Turkey, Malawi, Brazil, Tunisia, Senegal
en(at)acaps.org

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.

an(at)acaps.org

Alex Odlum, Geneva

Senior Analyst and Analysis Team Leader
Alex joined ACAPS as an Information Analyst in September 2015. From November 2016, he was seconded to the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP) in Amman, Jordan for one year. He has been co-leading the analysis team since December 2017. Prior to joining ACAPS; Alex’s work and research focused on displacement and migration, particularly in the MENA region. He holds degrees in law and international studies from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

ao(at)acaps.org

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, Argentina, Burundi, Cameroon, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Rwanda, Peru
pfp(at)acaps.org

Vladimir Puscalau, Geneva

Information Analyst
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.

vp(at)acaps.org

Jude Sweeney, Geneva

Senior Analyst and Analysis 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.

js(at)acaps.org

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: DRC, DPRK, Greece, Libya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Kenya
avd(at)acaps.org

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: Sudan, Iraq, Uganda, Italy, Mauritania, Morocco,
az(at)acaps.org

Communications

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.

cd(at)acaps.org

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.

ae(at)acaps.org

Operations

Katja Groesschen, Bangladesh

Information analyst, Cox's Bazar Analysis Hub
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.

kg(at)acaps.org

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.

njp(at)acaps.org

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.

br(at)acaps.org

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.

sds(at)acaps.org

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.

swe(at)acaps.org

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.

cw(at)acaps.org