I am an international lawyer with extensive experience working on projects in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. My specialties include international law, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. I have a B.A. in International Affairs and a J.D. with a concentration in International Law.
Currently, I am the Head of the Kyiv field office for OCHA Ukraine. My primary responsibility is coordinating the humanitarian response in Kyiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, and Cherkasy. Working with an excellent team of long-serving and surge staff in Ukraine to help scale up the delivery of humanitarian aid for those affected by the conflict.
Previously, I was posted to the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. Primary responsibility was overseeing reporting needs for the OCHA Iraq office and serving as the secretariat of the Humanitarian Country Team in Baghdad. Major focus was helping to coordinate strategies to serve the needs of Iraq's millions of IDPs that still remain after the conflict with ISIS, through engagement with the Government of Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Government, UN Agencies and NGOs.S.
Prior projects have included research into the effects of conflict-related sexual violence, explorations of the legal framework applicable to mercenaries, examinations of different interpretations of freedom of expression and analysis of the international law relating to armed drones.
I have previously worked as a diplomat in Geneva, an aid worker in Liberia, an NGO executive in Singapore, and a legal officer with the United Nations International Labour Organization. More recently, I have served as a Special Assistant with OCHA's Operations and Advocacy Division, a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and as Deputy Director of Reprieve UK’s human rights and counter-terrorism team.
Since 2013, I have advised law firms, think tanks and international organizations in London, Geneva, New York, and Brussels on issues relating to international humanitarian law, business and human rights, and the promotion of democracy. I have been featured on the site Women in Foreign Policy, and regularly mentor young women on paths they could take to break into foreign policy and international law.
I am an experienced public speaker, and have spoken extensively on a variety of international legal topics, including the intersection between human rights and development. In the past, I have regularly contributed on issues of international law and foreign policy for outlets such as the Huffington Post and LinkedIn, where some of my pieces include meditations on increased female representation in international organizations, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.