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Amanda Loeffen, MBA, B.Sc.
Director General 

WaterLex Director General, Amanda LoeffenAmanda 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

Rose Osinde AlabasterRose’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

Moez AllaouiPrior 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.

Chris DuckettBA, MA
Development Director

Chris DuckettChris 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@waterlex.org

Géraldine GenéGeraldine 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 

Lenka KruckovaLenka 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. Lenka 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.

Florian Thevenon, PhD
Scientific Officer

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Florian’s work focuses on water and wastewater governance, Integrated Water Resource Management, and Sustainable Development Goal 6 compliance with human rights standards. He worked in several applied research areas, including freshwater ecosystems, environmental policy, climate change and land use. 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 and water cycle. He published more than 40 peer-review articles on water quality assessment in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. He also worked as a consultant for IUCN Marine Group on plastic pollution and Blue Carbon.

Rakia Turner, JD, LLM
Legal Officer

Rakia TurnerRakia 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
External Senior Legal Consultant

Jan van de VenisJan is an expert in the area of human rights-based approaches to sustainable development, water and environmental issues and is a visiting university lecturer, author, advisor and expert lawyer through his law firm, JustLaw. Jan is a Worldconnectors and co-founder and board chair of NGOs Stand Up for Your Rights and The Crowd Versus, linking human rights and sustainable development. Jan is also Vice Chair of the Network of Institutions for Future Generations. He holds two Master of Laws degrees from Universiteit Utrecht.

Sharon Wallis

Administrative and HR Officer

Sharon Wallis photoSharon 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.


Marie-Béatrice Faure, MBA
Finance Officer

Marie-Béatrice joined WaterLex in November 2016 as a Finance Officer, having developed her expertise as Financial Controller and Financial & HR Manager for large corporations within the for-profit sector. Her experience expands across various fields of business such as advertising, automobile and shipping. She holds an MBA from University of Oregon USA, with majors in Finance and HR and a Master in Finance from ESC Clermont Graduate School of Management, France, with majors in Finance and Controlling.