International Secretariat

Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry

Secretary-General
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Lisa is responsible for visionary leadership of the IRCT global secretariat team as they support the 160 member centers in the implementation and achievement of the strategic objective of the IRCT: Life after torture: improved quality of life for torture victims worldwide. Lisa’s responsibilities include ensuring financial sustainability, strong membership engagement and results and a well-run organization with good staff welfare. Lisa is primary liaison with the Executive Committee of the IRCT. Before coming to IRCT Lisa had a distinguished career that started as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and includes more than 20 years as a manager of humanitarian response. Her major focus areas have been the humanitarian principles and transparent accountability to stakeholders. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan and a Master of Science, Non-Profit Management, from the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Lisa is mom to 4 children and married to Hans.

Inge Frandsen

Inge Frandsen

Finance Officer
International Secretariat Copenhagen

As Finance and Procurement Officer, Inge is responsible for managing the financial reporting on IRCT projects and arranging flights for IRCT staff as well as IRCT members and other stakeholders participating in the organisation’s various project activities. Inge also manages IRCT procurements and other staff and admin related tasks. Inge has more than 25 years’ experience within accounting and administration in an international environment and holds a Certificate in Business Language from Copenhagen Business School.

Rhona Goodarzi

Rhona Goodarzi

Advocacy Associate
International Secretariat Copenhagen

As Advocacy Associate, Rhona supports the work of the Istanbul Protocol Programme Coordinator in advancing knowledge on the health-based consequences of torture by drafting expert statements, designing and developing capacity building programmes on health-based and forensic documentation, and using that knowledge to inform advocacy campaigns and strategic case interventions. This involves working in close coordination with the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG). She brings to the Secretariat her experience interning at the Instituto de Terapia e Investigación sobre las Secuelas de la Tortura y la Violencia Estatal (ITEI), the IRCT’s member centre based in La Paz, Bolivia. Having studied across three countries, Rhona holds an LL.B. (Hons) in Law and French from the University of Edinburgh and an LL.M. from McGill University where she carried out multiple research projects relating to the field of International Human Rights Law.

James Lin

James Lin

Istanbul Protocol Programme Coordinator
International Secretariat Copenhagen

James leads the design and delivery of the IRCT’s global programme to promote implementation of the Istanbul Protocol (UN Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment). His work includes advancing knowledge on the health-based consequences of torture, building the capacity of civil society on health-based and forensic documentation, and using that evidence and knowledge in advocacy and strategic case interventions. James also coordinates the activity of the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG). James comes to us with considerable field experience in both conflict and post-conflict settings. Prior to the IRCT, he was Head of the Bangkok Regional Office for Southeast Asia of FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights). In addition, he has served as Country Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)’s offices and programmes in both Nepal and Thailand. He also worked for many years in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). James is a licensed attorney and holds a Juris Doctorate (Hons) and a Bachelors in Anthropology. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, where he conducts research on the practices of NGOs in acquiring evidence and producing knowledge. In addition, James is an Adjunct Professor at National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), where he teaches transitional justice and business and human rights, and a Lecturer in Law at Richardson Law School University of Hawaii Manoa.

Asger Kjærum

Asger Kjærum

Director of Advocacy
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Asger is responsible for designing and implementing the IRCT's advocacy strategy to make the right to rehabilitation a reality for torture victims around the world. He oversees a broad spectrum of interventions to promote change in public policy and legislation and supports proper investigation and documentation of torture at the national, regional and international level. Asger is regularly invited to speak on issues related to torture victims’ rights and best practices to eradicate torture, development of advocacy capacities and effective engagement with UN mechanisms. As a Danish jurist, he has thirteen years of experience working with implementation of human rights norms at the international and national level.

Miriam Reventlow

Miriam Reventlow

Director of Operations and Fundraising
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Miriam holds a masters’ degree in law and studied in Germany and South Africa. She has over a decade of experience in promotion of human rights and democracy. Before joining the IRCT she worked at the German Foreign Ministry, the German Red Cross and organisations in France and South Africa.

Berta Soley

Berta Soley

Knowledge Development Focal Point and Torture Journal Editor Associate
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Berta holds a Bsc. in Social Education at Ramón Llull University and a Msc. in Development and International Relations at Åalborg University. Besides that, she is currently finishing her Postgraduate in Dynamic Psychology on Gender-Based-Violence and her Masters on Social Innovation. Berta has experience working within human rights and international development and cooperation at the UNDP Samoa and other NGOs, in the areas of M&E and project management. She later on combined this experience with academia, education and research at several universities, where she worked as a professor and coordinated the teaching quality unit, as well as the research and international relations departments. Berta is well-experienced with journal publishing processes, as well as the development of e-learning platforms. Furthermore, with a great interest in the prevention and response to violence against women, she conducted research on gender studies and specially gender-based violence.

Hugh Macleod

Hugh Macleod

Communications Associate
International Secretariat Copenhagen

Hugh is responsible for producing IRCT's multimedia content to meet the communications goals of its new Strategy. Hugh's work seeks to engage survivors, and those who support them, to speak about their experiences, and to explain to IRCT's diverse audience the role of the organisation and its member centres as global leaders in the documentation and rehabilitation of torture. Before joining the IRCT, Hugh qualified as a barrister at the English Bar having completed a Master's in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law and was formerly a Middle East correspondent for the British and American press based in the region for a decade.

Mohamed Rashwan

Mohamed Rashwan

Student Assistant
International Secretariat Copenhagen

At IRCT, Mohamed supports the Director of Operations and the Secretary-General in tasks related to day-to-day management, including fundraising efforts and outreach, member engagement and knowledge development activities as well as various administrative and technical duties. He has been actively engaged in civil society for the last half a dozen years, both nationally and internationally, in fields such as charity, community engagement, advocacy and activism. He is currently serving on two boards in Danish based community organizations.

EU Liaison Office

Dastan Salehi

Dastan Salehi

Advocacy and Grants Officer
EU Liaison Office Brussels

As Advocacy Officer, Dastan supports IRCT members advocate for the right to rehabilitation in key legislative and policy processes at the national, regional and international level including at the United Nations, the European Union and in the countries where IRCT members are present. He leads the IRCT’s advocacy toward EU institutions and supports members engage with UN human rights mechanisms. Dastan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dundee and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford.

Melissa Paintoux

Melissa Paintoux

European Affairs Officer
EU Liaison Office Brussels

As European Affairs Officer, Melissa advocates towards EU institutions for increased consideration of torture-related issues in EU internal and external policies. In addition, she supports IRCT members in relation to their collaboration with EU institutions. In 2019, Melissa has been appointed as an expert for European Asylum Support Office (EASO) working group for the development of an EASO Practical Tool on Vulnerability Assessment. Before joining the IRCT, Melissa worked in the refugee sector in France and the UK for several years. She managed projects and partnerships related to migrants' health and specialised in vulnerability and special needs issues. She also gained experience in public policy-making in Canada. Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding from Sciences Po Lille and a MSc in Global Migration studies from University College London.

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