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Shelter Centre Team
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|Diploma in Architecture and Urbanism of Swiss Federal Politechnikum (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland.
Post graduate study NADEL/ETH for countries in development.
Co-head of private Office for Architecture and Urban Planning.
Member of Swiss Institution of Architects and Civil Engineers (SIA).
Head of Specialised Group for Constructions of SDC/SHA 1988-2005, member of Swiss Rescue Team. 25 years of humanitarian field experience in reconstruction after disasters in many developing countries.
Experienced in rescue and training rescuers as well as in performing assessments and evaluations for NGOs, GOs and UN Agencies.
|PhD, University of Cambridge, UK.
Co-founder of Shelter Centre and, previously, the University of Cambridge shelterproject.
Humanitarian operations in Africa, Asia and Europe with IOM, UNHCR, DFID, CARE, Oxfam GB, ACT, MSF-F.
Policy development collaborations with UN/OCHA, UNHCR, IOM, DFID, ODI, The Sphere Project, Oxfam GB.
Led training with RedR, Oxfam, the IASC Emergency Shelter Cluster and IFRC.
Formerly a Senior Research Associate of the University of Cambridge, lectured at universities worldwide.
Trained as an architect and worked internationally for a number of years in commercial practice.
|Architect RIBA, University of Bath, UK.
Three decades wandering the globe designing and implementing infrastructure projects with humanitarian and development organizations.
Build IT International, CARE, Save The Children US, Medair, CRS, USAID and Oxfam.
Specialist in health and education programmes and shelter reconstruction.
Humanitarian experiences in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Iran, Pakistan. Long term assignments in Bhutan, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, DRC and Namibia.
|Master in Political Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland.Work experience at World Health Organization Albania, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Médecins Sans Frontières Suisse and Institute for Spatial Development Rapperswil.
|BSBA in Computer Information Systems from Appalachain State University, USA.
Many years in the web development industry, specifically building applications in Drupal, and utilizing web mapping technologies.
|Project Assistants 2012|
|Masters in Development Studies, The Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID), Switzerland, 2011.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, University of San Francisco, USA, 2006.
Former Marketing Project Manager, UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, Haas School of Business, 2007/2010; Research Assistant, University of San Francisco, USA, 2006.
|Current Project Manager of the CORE Regional Training Workshops.
MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Leeds and Pennsylvania State University.
Worked with Architecture Sans Frontières UK, Buro Happold, BWP, Engineers Without Borders UK.
|MSc in Social Development Practice at University College London, 2010.
Intern at the Human Relief Foundation, 2011
|Qualified Architect with a Degree from the Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy.
Extensive knowledge in low coast and sustainable building techniques.
Work experiences in Italy, France, Ireland, Switzerland and Ghana.
Development-related projects design, mainly of youth development centres and trade schools.
Former employee of Architectes Sans Frontières France and Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA)
|Senior at Kent State University, UK.
Studying towards a Bachelor Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics.
|MSC in E-Business, Oxford Brookes University, 2010.
BSC in Information Systems and French, Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2009.
|MSc in Architecture and Urban Planning; Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Former Design draftsman for DinA4 Architects Innsbruck, SamOttreinisch Architects and Mikado Architects, Vienna, Austria.
Work experience with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and several private sector architecture firms.
|BA in Architecture, University of Cambridge.
Experience with Architecture Sans Frontières UK
|MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development, Development Planning Unit of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London, 2010.
Qualified Architect from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2005.
Development-related design experience in Rio de Janeiro with Jorge Mario Jauregui Architects, and for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Thinking Development.
Research field experience in Istanbul, Turkey.
Architecture work experience in Portugal, Brazil, UK.
|Studied one year of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Currently studying International Relations and Spanish Language at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
Living in Geneva, Switzerland through Kent State University study abroad program
|Daniel Smith||BEng in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cardiff University, UK, 2011.
Work experience with Engineers without Borders UK in Uganda, Wales, India and England.
Recently involved by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELHRA) in different projects such as Humanitarian Professionalisation, Humanitarian Education and Training Confertence.
|Master in Media Relations & Digital Communication, Il Sole 24 Ore Business School, Milano, 2011.
Bachelors Degree in Cultural and Liguistic Mediation, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2009.
Former UN intern, Web Communication Section, The Joint Inspection Unit, United Nations Office in Geneva.
Work experiences in Italy, France, UK, Switzerland and Australia.
|BA (HONS) in Architecture, University of Brighton, UK, 2010.
Graphic designer, with construction and work experiences in France, England and Scotland.
|Project Assistants 2011|
|Mphil Environmental Design in Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK, 2010.
Bsc Architecture, University of Bath, UK, 2008 / Kungliga Tekniska Hogsolan, Sweden, 2007.
Architecture Experiences - Stantec Architecture Ltd, Canada, 2010 / Operation OF, Uganda, DRC, Rwanda, 2008, 2010 / Ryder, UK, 2006.
Construction experience in Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 2007.
|Engineering Programme Manager, J/P Haitian Relief Organisation.
Member Institute of Civil Engineer.
Senior Engineer, Ramboll UK.
MEng Civil Engineering with Architecture, Southampton University.
|Masters (MA) in Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2010.
BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, University West of England, Bristol, UK, 1995.
Over ten years of project and information management experience in Humanitarian, Public and Private sectors.
Work experiences in India, Switzerland, Vietnam, Australia and UK.
|Andrew Cusack||Master of Architecture & Certificate of Environmental Design.
Honors Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism.
Bachelor of Environmental Science.
|Alessandra Da Fieno||BA Architecture in Brussels, Belgium. Masters in Sustainable Architecture & Intelligent Buildings, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
Accomplished Architect, previous work experiences with KPF, Reid-Fenwick and Cervera&Pioz, involving projects as Espacio Tower in Madrid, Axa Tower in Paris, Al Asima Tower in Kuwait, Espanyol Football stadium in Barcelona and Chinese Embassy in Madrid.
Founder of the Company Da Fieno Designs.
Humanitarian Consultant with Shelter Centre and nowadays in diverse projects for sustaining entrepreneurs in Latin America.
|Masters Diploma in Interior Design, Creapole-ESDI, Paris, France, 2010.
Previous work experience at Auditoire-TBWA, Paris, 2011.
|Project coordinator/expert in human rights and migration with 8 years experience. Advanced Degree in Law with focus on European Law and International Relations, training courses on project cycle management.
Researcher, Legal Advisor and Project Coordinator for MSF and Save The Children.
Previous experiences as teacher within university courses and technical trainings, as Editor and Head of projects staff and budget, project proposals, Referent for relations with partners and key stakeholders.
|Diploma in Industrial Design, Fachhochschule Münster, Germany, University of applied Sciences, Münster, 2006
Industrial Designer at Nussbaumer Design, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2007-2008.
Graphic Designer & Design Manager at Fairquote Travel Cooperative, Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-2010
Independent Graphic Designer, clients: Young & Rubicam, ICTSD - Intl. Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Procter & Gamble, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. 2010-2011
|Architect and Urban Planner. Master in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture. Universitat Internacional de Barcelona, Spain.
Work Experiences: Development of the MSF OCBA "Small Construction Manual"; Technical advisor at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Government of Timor-Leste; National Director and in Country representative for GERTiL (Study Group for the Reconstruction of Timor-Leste).
International commercial practice in several projects in Portugal and Angola.
|BA Sociology and Economics, Davidson College 2013|
|Alexandra Wohlesser||Human Rights Lawyer, Postgraduate Degree in Human Rights Law, School of Oriental & African Studies of London, UK, 2011. Degree in Law and International Business, International Management Centre of Krems an der Donau, Austria, 2009.
Expertise in Islamic Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian and Constitutional Law.
Previous work experiences in the Permanent Austrian Mission to the United Nations and the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland.
Work experiences in Argentina, Thailand, Malysia, UK and Switzerland.
|Antonia Larissa Noëlle Bengono Muanze|
|Pablo Javier Garmon|
|Stéphanie Gomez de la Torre|
|Project Assistants 2010|
|Elod Balázs||Studying towards a BA in Psychology, University of Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca.
Research Assistant Intern, Center for International Media Ethics (CIME), London, UK.
Four years of Web Design/Administration/Consultancy experience, with inspirations and clients from London, Detroit, Birmingham, Lausanne, San Paolo, Cluj-Napoca, Stadtschlaining.
|Clémence Caraux||Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Geneva Academy of Humanitarian and Human Rights Law.
Masters Degree in Comparative and International Law, Université Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille 3.
Bachelor Degree in European and International law, Université Montpellier 1 / University College Cork.
|Sam Carmalt||SW Consulting SA, Chambésy, Switzerland - computer projects and company management.
Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass., USA - geochemistry and geology teacher.
Peace Corps, Bauchi & Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria.
BA and MA Geology from Yale and Harvard, respectively.
|Sam Collins||BSc Disaster Management and Technology from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Ex-intern at All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI).
|Elvire Corboz||D.Phil candidate (2005-2010) and M.Phil (2005), Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford.
MA (2003), Musicology and Arabic, University of Geneva.
Research and communication intern, Global Coalition - Women Defending Peace, Geneva.
Volunteer, Palestine Red Crescent Society, Ramallah (PoT)
|Brenda Coughlan||BSc Architecture & Diploma in Architecture, Mackintosh School of Architecture, University of Glasgow 2004.
Ex UNV Volunteer in Disaster Management, United Nations Development Programme, Hanoi, Vietnam 2008/09.
|Harry Crofton||MEng Hons Civil Engineering, University of Bristol
F+B Construction, Somerset, UK
NGO Experience in Angola (mine clearing sector)
|Caroline Dewast||Studying towards a MA in Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University.
Volunteer and recently made associate for Architecture Sans Frontieres-UK.
Ex-Intern in the Programa Urbano DESCO, Peru.
BA (Hons) in Architecture, Oxford School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University.
|Monica Fernandez||Masters in Design Studies in Urban Development, GSD, Harvard University.
Graduate degree in Community Environmental Studies, Tufts University (USA) 1995-1998.
Bachelors degree in Architecture, Universidad Central de Venzuela 1989-1994.
Worked in Venezuela and internationally in architecture and urban development for 15 years.
|Eleanor French||LLM in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
BA (Hons) Law, Cambridge University.
|Thomas Harwood-Stevenson||BA in Design - University of Otago
BSc in Computer Science - University of Otago
Have been working within the construction industry as a drafting technician/CAD Manager and then teaching drafting and 3D modeling for the past 5 years.
|Mark Hopley||MEng Hons Civil Engineering, The University of Nottingham (UK), 2001-2005.
Site Manager / Site Engineer, Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd, 2005-2009.
|Shernelle Howell||BA Hons Graphic Design with printmaking and photography (2007)
4 years work experience, in print media.
|Greta Köhler||MA in American Studies and Sociology, University Leipzig, Germany
Experience working with UNHCR and Peace Brigades International
|Alexandra Lamb||BA in history and political science, University of Melbourne and Sciences Po, Paris, 2008
MA in political science at IHEID, Geneva 2010
Experience with UNFPA, IFRC and the Global Detention Project
|Jonathan Le Mare||BEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience, University of Manchester, 2009.
Year in industry: Process Engineer, Sellafield Ltd.
Academic assistant to lecturer, coordinating EU funded research at University of Manchester.
|Victoria Lee||Master in Architecture, MIT
MPhil Environmental Design, University of Cambridge
BS Art and Design, MIT
|Federica Lisa||MA in Development and Emegency Practice, Oxford Brookes University, 2010.
MSc Hons in Architecture and Building Techology, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2007.
Bachelors degree in Architecture, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2004.
Ex-intern at SEEDS India.
|Cíaran Malik||BA MEng Hons in Civil and Structural Engineering, Cambridge University.
Ex-Intern at National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET).
|Dan McJacobson||BS Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois
Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois
LEED Accredited Professional
5 years experience in HVAC and high performance building design
|Sanjay Mukherjee||Architect with over 10 years of experience in humanitarian shelter and sustainable architecture in community based programmes. B. Arch from Sir JJ College of Architecture- Mumbai, MBA Constructon Management from NIM- New Delhi, Experience in field operations with Oxfam GB, Red R India, Oxfan India, Care International, SANE, IFRC and Shelter Centre.|
|Mirjana Ostojic Parish||MA in European Studies (European Integration and Regionalism), Graz, Austria.
UN’s Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (post-conflict state building).
USAID’s Justice Sector Development Project (legal aid reform in Bosnia).
NATO Stabilisation Forces.
|Liz Palmer||MSc Sustainability of the Built Environment, Brighton University, UK.
BA Architectural Technology, Diploma Applied Design Architectural Technology, Cape Technikon, Cape Town.
Architectural Technologist for: MorganCarn Partnership, UK; JPR Architects, Sydney; Barrollwebber Architects, UK.
|Amina Saoudi||MA in International Organization (IGOs-NGOs)/ Diploma of the Institute of Political Studies, Sciences-Po Grenoble.
Undergraduate degree in History, Universite Pierre Mendes-France.
Worked for ICRC (Protection) and UNHCR (Durable Solutions)
|Julie Schneider||BA Visual Communication, Haute École d'Art et de Design, Geneva.
Accademia delle Belle Arti, Bologna.
CFC Graphic Design, École des Arts Appliqués, Geneva.
|Anna Standertskjold||BComm, majors in Marketing/Management.
BA, major in Development Studies - University of Melbourne, Australia.
Marketing Executive, Next Digital.
Livelihoods Intern, UNHCR.
Public Affairs Intern, Australian High Commission Singapore.
|Richard Sutton||BSc (Hons) Construction Management: 1st Class.
|Ahmed Syed||BSc Hons Software Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University 2008.Information Manager, UK Dep. for Communities & Local Gov., London.
Ex-intern, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London.
|Polina Ulendeeva||BFA in Product Design and Sustainability, Parsons School of Design, Newschool University, New York, 2008.
Junior Designer, Nulux Inc, New York, 2008.
|Kristina von Petersdorff||European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation, EIUC, Venice, Italy
University Degree in Law, Bonn University, Germany
Experience in law firm (asylum law), UNHCR (Protection), Project Manager in NGO (Network Orientation)
|Johanna Weststrate||MSc Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, TU Delft.
Architect, AYESA, Barcelona.
|Former Interns (2009)|
|Former Interns (2008)|