Advisory Committee

Elwyn Lloyd Jones

Special Advisor on Energy and Infrastructure Development

Elwyn is an Electrical Engineer with a master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (where he also taught), and a bachelor’s from the University of Cape Town. He is an honorary life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. With over 25 years’ experience as an independent Contractor/Consultant he is helping organizations (in both the Private and Public sectors) with implementing Enterprise Information Systems, to meet their organizational change objectives. (Usually in the Energy, Telecommunications, and Healthcare domains, with several clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.) – More recently he is shifting his focus towards charities, fundraising, and campaigning. Full profile

Syson Siima

Special Advisor on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

She is a dynamic civil engineer, holds a master’s degree in International Water and Sanitation Management from the Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), Loughborough University and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Makerere University in Uganda. Syson is currently serving as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project Officer in Ukraine with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He has previously worked with IOM in the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Gaziantep, Turkey and as a WASH consultant in Geneva. Prior to that, she had worked with UNHCR as WASH officer in Malawi and Engineering Ministries International where she was involved in several water, wastewater and stormwater design projects in Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full profile

Chloe Parpaleix

Special Advisor on Resource Acquisition and Donor Compliance (Francophone Portfolio)

French national, holds a master’s degree in International Relations, Francophonie, and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree in Public International Law from the University of Lyon III, France. She previously worked with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, with the NGO, Volunteers Initiative Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal, and currently with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) France. Full profile

Natasha Barigye

Special Adviser on Access to Justice

Ugandan national, holds an LLM in International Criminal Justice & Armed Conflict from the University of Nottingham University, a Diploma in Legal Practice & Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from Uganda Christian University Mukono. Natasha works as an international lawyer with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague and has previously worked on the Domonic Ongwen Prosecution Team at the ICC, with the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) in Arusha, Tanzania and with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague. Full profile

Karina Alves Pina

Special Advisor Psychosocial Support Programs

Brazilian national, licensed Clinical Psychologist, with specialty in Clinical Psychology from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She holds a master´s degree in International Humanitarian Action from the University College Dublin and in Disaster Analysis and Preparedness from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Karina is currently works with the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and was previously a Regional Staff Counsellor for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) covering East and North-East Africa. Prior to this she worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), the private sector and as a psychologist in public schools, government agencies and hospitals in Brazil. Full profile

Elena Iwanski

Special Advisor on Child Protection and Safeguarding

Elena completed an African-European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations, which encompassed a module in Forced Migration, Gender and Post-conflict setting in East Africa at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. For several years, she worked as a social worker with unaccompanied minor refugees in Switzerland and in the Comoros. During her time as programs officer at Global Refugee Initiatives (GRI) she introduced critical safeguarding policies and developed education and psycho-social support programs for the refugee communities in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, Uganda. Based on her field experience, Elena joined the GRI advisory committee to further share her expertise with the team.

Justus Vundi

Special Advisor on Information Management Systems and Technologies . 

Justus is an Alumni of Daystar University in Kenya where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Management Information Systems major). He has over 20 years working as an Information Management Officer for various humanitarian organizations in Kenya, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Justus has hands on experience in big data management, Mapping & Geospatial data analysis, systems user support, systems analysis, database design and administration, project management, web solutions development both in Microsoft and open-source technologies. When not on a humanitarian assignment, Justus engages in fruit-tree farming.