Amanda Loeffen, MBA, B.Sc.
Amanda Loeffen is a water governance expert, leading a qualified team of lawyers, policy makers, and technical experts with expertise in water law and policy at WaterLex. Prior to joining WaterLex, Amanda directed 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 hydro-irrigation scheme. She has also worked in business management in the private sector, predominantly in natural resources. She has a BSc (hons) in Chemistry from the UK, and an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth University
Rose Osinde Alabaster, MA
Programme Director, Africa Region
Rose Alabaster is a water and sanitation governance and policy expert (with specialised knowledge of human rights and conflict resolution), with close to twenty years of global experience working at national and international levels with key development partners, including regional banks such as the African Development Bank. Her experience goes beyond the traditional water sector partners, and includes the management of projects that support sustainable planning, evaluation and research on social and economic issues. Rose’s expertise extends at advisory level to governments and programming. She holds Masters degrees in communications and in conflict resolution and water governance from the University of Bradford, UK.
Moez Allaoui, LLM, MA
Senior Legal Consultant
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.
Géraldine Gené, Lawyer, Notary Public
Legal Advisor, Latin America
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, and is a trained Mediator and Conciliator from de Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce.
Lenka Kručková, LLM
Legal Officer / Programme Manager
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. 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
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
Rakia, a U.S. qualified attorney, manages legal research projects and works with the NHRI Water Initiative delivering trainings on water governance and human rights. Prior to her work at WaterLex, she served as an advocate for immigrant and refugee legal rights and litigated domestic civil matters. 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 (law degree) from the University of North Carolina, and an LLM in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Geneva.
Administrative and HR Officer
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.
Marie-Béatrice Faure, MBA
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.
Jamie Low Shiang Ying, BBA, MBA
Assistant to Director General
Jamie works as the Assistant to Director General. She is a self-directed individual with a background in hotel management such as organising travel and accommodation, meetings and business affairs. She is also multi-lingual speaking six languages fluently, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Malay. Jamie holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration Major in International Business from the European University Montreux, Switzerland
Jean Willemin, MA
Sociologist by training, Jean Willemin has worked in the human rights fields for nine years both for the international and civil society organisations. Since 2014, he has been increasingly engaged in water governance issues as an analyst and as a project manager. He holds a Master in Sociology from University of Geneva. Jean is also a qualified facilitator and intervenes in this capacity for governments and civil society organisations.
Partnership Development Manager
Desmond Gallagher is an experienced business development and training professional, with key expertise in North American communication and software multinationals. He has thirty years of experience in establishing and building business centres, including employment for physically challenged and blind personnel, particularly in remote areas of Canada. Having studied Business Administration from Brock University in Canada, and with strong partnership development skills in a range of US multinationals and product lines, Desmond offers an approachable point of contact for charitable foundations and private donations.
Melissa Rib, MBC
Melissa recently joined the WaterLex team as Communications Coordinator. She has over fifteen years of experience in communications and marketing in the private sector, mainly in the industrial field, in The Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland prior to joining us. Melissa holds a Master of Business Communications from the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Research Consultant, Africa Region
Ambroise is a Professor of Law at Université Catholique du Congo, Kinshasa (DRC) and Doctor-Researcher in the faculty of Law at the University of Fribourg. His fields of research include constitutional law, labour law, freedom of expression, studies of genocide, social responsibilities of transnational companies, women and family rights, and general public law. Prior to his work in WaterLex, he provided project research support related to international and national water laws and policies with particular emphasis on the Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management, country mapping and reviews of the HRWS framework.
Gabriella Mendes Borba, LLB
Gabriella is a qualified lawyer, certified by the Brazilian bar association in 2015. During her studies she has worked at the IBMEC Rio Janeiro University’s pro bono law firm and at the State Attorney’s office in Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, she was a member of the Brazilian delegation in the Youth 20 Summit in Sydney, Australia. The Y20 summit is a youth conference that precedes the G20 meeting, where delegates develop a declaration expressing concerns of young generations, which is passed on the G20 leaders. Currently Gabriella is studying to obtain a master degree (LLM) in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva.