Amanda Loeffen, MBA, B.Sc.
Director General – a.loeffen [at] waterlex.org
Amanda became the WaterLex Director General in August 2016, after a year in charge of operations. Her role is to develop the strategy and vision for WaterLex, now that it is entering a more mature stage. Her responsibilities cover the development of the programmes, staff and long-term financial health of the organization. Amanda previously led a water resource project management company in New Zealand, where she oversaw the design, environmental consent and multi-stakeholder engagement for a large community-owned irrigation scheme. She also has experience in raising funds, developing businesses and leading people in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She holds an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth University, USA, and a B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey in the UK.
Rose Osinde Alabaster, MA
Programme Director, Africa Region – r.osindealabaster [at] waterlex.org
Rose’s expertise informs WaterLex’s work on the right to water and understanding of the complex inter-relations between agencies, governments and civil society, especially on improving governance and institutional development. Before joining WaterLex, she worked as a governance specialist for the Urban Sanitation Portfolio Projects for the Africa Development Bank (with the Africa Water Facility). Previous assignments focused on undertaking WASH programme /project evaluations and country WASH and urban development assessments working with a wide variety of partners in Africa and Europe. She holds Masters degrees in communications and in conflict resolution and water governance from the University of Bradford, UK, and is pursuing a doctorate in multi-level water governance with Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Moez Allaoui, LLM, MA
Senior Legal Consultant – m.allaoui [at] waterlex.org
Prior to joining WaterLex, Moez worked in Tunisia as director of legal affairs in SONEDE (the public drinking water utility) and also served a three-year term on the SONEDE International SA board of directors. He holds a B.A. in private law and a Professional Master of Law Degree in legistic and translation from the University of Al Manar (Tunisia), as well as an LLM in international economic and development law from the University Descartes Paris 5 (France). He has published many articles and studies on the human right to water and about water utility management in several scientific journals and specialized websites. He also contributed to the recognition of the right to water in the Tunisian constitution approved in January 2014.
Development Director – c.duckett [at] waterlex.org
Chris has fifteen successive years of experience in development, fundraising and donor relations for international human rights NGOs. Immediately prior to joining WaterLex, he led the International Service for Human Rights’ successful, multi-faceted and sustainable fundraising efforts which included increasing the number of overall grants, their average amount and duration, and renewal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in geography from UCLA and a Masters in politics from Lund University, Sweden. He also studied at U.C. Berkeley and Univ. of Amsterdam.
Géraldine Gené, Lawyer, Notary Public
Consultant – g.gene [at] waterlex.org
Geraldine has practiced law in Costa Rica for 30 years, as a Judge and as Litigator and owner of her own firm, with a focus on international business, litigation, project management, human rights, conciliation and mediation. Geraldine is a dual citizen of Venezuela and Costa Rica. She came to WaterLex to develop projects that would allow us to help Latin American countries to fully understand and secure their right to water. Géraldine holds a degree in law from the Autonomous University of Central America (Universidad Autónoma de Centro America) in Costa Rica, and a degree from the University of Georgetown and INCAE in Legal Issues of International Business (Nicaragua). She has participated in the XXV Interdisciplinary course on Human Rights held by the Inter American Institution of Human Rights (Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, Costa Rica), and is a trained Mediator and Conciliator from de Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (Costa Rica).
Lenka Kručková, LLM
Legal Officer – l.kruckova [at] waterlex.org
Lenka manages our NHRI Water Initiative programme, and coordinates legal research projects for WaterLex. Prior to her work with WaterLex, she served as executive editor of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law. She also took part in the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) where she co-authored a memorandum on the legal framework and existing accountability mechanisms in relation to Canadian mining operations in Canada and abroad. Kruckova holds an LL.M. in public international law from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and international law from UQÀM (Canada).
Viktoria Mohos Naray, LLM, MA
Senior Legal Advisor – v.mohos [at] waterlex.org
Viktoria’s expertise informs several of the ongoing WaterLex policy projects. She has worked in various areas of multilateral diplomacy (trade, agriculture, IP, energy, and more) in addition to her specialisation in international environmental affairs, climate change and water. Prior to joining WaterLex, she worked as an international environmental policy and law specialist at the Diplomatic Service of Hungary (Senior Diplomat), the European Commission and UNITAR. Viktoria holds a law degree from ELTE University (Budapest, Hungary), an LLM in international economic law and EU law from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and a MA in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Austria).
Communications Manager – l.sorrentino [at] waterlex.org
Lynn has a background in communications, project management, and fundraising. Most recently, she held the role of programme management officer for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, coordinating the Danone-Evian-Livelihoods partnership. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and two postgraduate diplomas in environmental decision-making and development studies.
Florian Thevenon, PhD
Scientific Officer – f.thevenon [at] waterlex.org
Florian’s work focuses on alternative wastewater treatment systems and climate change in the context of Sustainable Development Goal 6. Previously, he worked on environmental assessment and water quality monitoring in East and West Africa, South America, Asia and Europe and published more than 40 peer-review articles on the impact of anthropogenic pollutants (trace metals, bacteria, POPs, pesticides, radionuclides and organic nutrients) on water resources. He also worked as a consultant for IUCN Marine Group on marine plastic pollution and Blue Carbon. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Aix-Marseille (France). His research focused on the reconstruction of climate variations and human impact on the environment, by studying climate archives (marine, lacustrine and ice cores) and biomass burning activity in the tropics.
Rakia Turner, JD, LLM
Legal Officer – r.turner [at] waterlex.org
Rakia is a U.S. qualified attorney who was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2003. She has worked as an advocate for immigrant and refugee legal rights with an Atlanta based non-profit organization representing low-income clients. She also managed the organization’s family violence protection and prevention program where she litigated domestic civil matters in State Superior Court and supported coalitions working on issues of gender-based violence, including the U.S. federal Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign. In addition to her public sector work, she has several years of experience in private client international wealth planning working for a private bank in Geneva. Rakia holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Juris Doctor in law from the University of North Carolina, and an LLM in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Geneva.
Jan van de Venis, LLM
Senior Legal Consultant – j.vandevenis [at] waterlex.org
Jan is the co-founder and board chair of Stand Up for Your Rights, an NGO linking human rights to sustainable development. Jan is an expert in the area of human rights-based approaches to sustainable development, water and environmental issues. He is also a visiting university lecturer, author, advisor and expert lawyer through his law firm, JustLaw. He holds two Master of Laws degrees from Universiteit Utrecht.
Administrative and HR Officer – s.wallis [at] waterlex.org
Sharon joined the WaterLex team in 2015 and is our Administrative and HR Support Officer. Her background includes managing finances, events and projects as well as human resources and office environments. She has worked for large corporations supporting senior level executives, as well as banks and in a consumer goods setting most recently before joining WaterLex.