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Shelter Centre Team
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Tom Corsellis President
|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.
Heiner Gloor Honorary President
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.
Executive Support Manager
|Fully qualified Solicitor and Notary Public, specialising in Human Rights, Immigration & Asylum Law.
Obtained Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Aberdeen in 2008 and an LLB (Honours) Degree from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007.
Bachelor of Engineering Degree (First Class Honours) majoring in Mechanical Engineering, University of Tasmania, AUS
PhD in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Tasmania, AUS & the University of Cambridge, UK
Lecturer at the University of Tasmania - Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics and, Design and Communication
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania
Member of the Tasmanian University Union’s Student Representative Council
Member of a number of a number of advisory committee’s and boards at the University of Tasmania and other sporting clubs
Having developed technical engineering expertise in a highly competitive field, whilst simultaneously following my deep passion for sustainability, equality and social justice, I have reached a point in my life where I am committed to merging these two currently distinct aspects of my life.
Partnership Development Manager
|Masters in History, University of Cambridge, UK.10 years of experience working in the UK charity sector, in organisation management, representation, fundraising and advice giving.|
|MSc Development and Planning, DPU UCL. 8 years experience in project management , communications, copywriting and digital advocacy, in a variety of environments and specifically for NGOs. Also experienced in participatory/commuinty planning, and event concept and production.|
|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 of Law and Economics, University of Geneva, 1984 and 1995 respectively.
Dave Curtis ICT Support Manager
Masters (MA) in Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University, UK.
BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, University West of England, Bristol, UK.
Advanced Diploma Project Management, CIT, Australia.
IBM Notes CLP, CAD.
Over ten years of project and information management experience in Humanitarian, Public and Private sectors.
Work experiences in India, Switzerland, Vietnam, Kenya, Australia, and UK.
|Project Assistants 2013|
Masters Degree in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture, UIC, Spain
Bachelor Degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management, VIA, Denmark
Work experience in Ireland, Australia, Vietnam and Mongolia
Bachelors of Architecture, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India.
Masters in Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, India.
Urban Planner , W.S.P Sweden and National Consulting Bureau , Libya.
Lecturer at MEASI Academy of Architecture,India.
Gate Scholar and Project Assistant, Department of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, India.
Over 7 years of commercial practice in Architecture and Interior Design.
Area of personal research interest has been Access and Mobility for the mobility impaired. Am currently working on DRR for the mobility Impaired, an attempt on Community based Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Plan.
Masters of Arts in International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Flagler College
Professional experience as a contracting analyst at the U.S. Department of State.
Colgate University class of 2014, New York, USA
Working towards a BA in International Relations and Economics
Studying International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland
Master degree in Political Science and International Relations, University of Lausanne (2012).
Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations, University of Lausanne & University of British-Columbia (2010).
Professional experience with the Video Unit, Media Relations and Public Affairs Service, UNHCR. Former researcher at the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI) and journalist at The Global Journal, in Geneva.
||BA Hons in International Relations, University of Sussex, UK & International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (2012).
Volunteering work within sustainable development in Sri Lanka.
Work experience in Switzerland, UK and Japan.
|Christopher Hendrickson||BA English Literature, Lancaster University|
BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations Lancaster University
Senior at Kent State University, USA.
Currently studying towards a Bachelors of Science in Public Health, with a concentration in Global Health.
Living and studying in Geneva, Switzerland through Kent State's study abroad program.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, expected August 2013 from Kent State University
Voluntary work for Habitat for Humanity in the US
Independent audio engineer/music producer
||BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), 2005Key interests: Theatre in Health Care / Education3 years event management experience in London experiential marketing agencies
Arts in the community projects include; South Africa (facilitator), Australia (grant writer)
||Master's degree in International and European Law - West Virginia university (2011) & Grenoble University (2012) Bachelor's degree in Law, Grenoble University (2010)
Professional experience as an intern in the EU delegation to India in New Delhi (2012)
|Florence Foster||Having worked as a Human Rights monitor and training assistant for the International Service for Human Rights followed by work in the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, I have specialized in Good Governance and Human Rights in the framework of development and TA projects.
Master of Science (MSc), International Relations: Genocide, Security & Development, Foreign Policy of Developing States
BA (Hons), Arts and Event Management: Educational and humanitarian initiatives
|Agne Kazimieraityte||Bachelor of Management and Business Administration, Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2012
Intern at a non-profit organisation, specialised in European Projects for young people, in Italy, 2012
|Claudia Brunner||Masters in International Affairs, the Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID), 2012
Bachelor of Arts in International Liberal Studies, Waseda University in Japan, 2010
Professional experience as an intern at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Surge Capacity Section of the Emergency Services Branch, 2011 and in media at CNN Japan, 2011/2012
|Fabio Ferreira||Certificate of “IT Systems and Networks” RUMOS S.A..
Experience as IT Specialist, Portuguese Public Sector.
Organizer of the Portuguese IT LAN Party festival.
Consultant for CTEL LDA Enterprise (sells and installs IT equipment on behalf of the European Commission in Africa and Middle-East).
Instructor for computer training in Rabat and Casablanca,Morocco.
|MSC in E-Business, Oxford Brookes University, 2010.
BSC in Information Systems and French, Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2009.
|Project Assistants 2012|
|Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, Expected May 2013|
|Peter Crook||Clinical medical student, University of Cambridge, 2012-date.
BA (Hons) in Pre-clinical Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, 2009-2012.
Voluntary teaching experience in Rwanda, Indonesia and the UK.
Diploma in Financial and Project Management for NGOs, Graduate institute, Geneva 2008.
|Myriam Favier||Masters in International Security and Defense ( with focus on gender issues and humanitarian law) in 2011 and Masters in Economic Expertise and International Project Management in 2010 (Université Pierre-Mendès France, Grenoble and UPEC, Paris)
Master 1 in International Affairs applied to languages from Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle.
Diploma in Arabic from the National Instiute of Oriental civilizations and languages ) INALCO in Paris.
Professional experience as an intern and consultant with UNESCO ( Geneva Liaison Office and Cabinet of the Director General -HQ Paris), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA- CAP section) and with NGOs in Grenada, Peru, Morocco, France, Switzerland, Italy.
|Lukasz Kruk||MSc. in Geospatial Technologies awarded by UN Lisboa, WWU Muenster and
UJI Castellon university consortium
MSc. in Geography awarded by University of Gdansk
|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.
|Sarah Cook||BA Hons in Architecture from the University of Cambridge.
Experience in development-related projects in Cape Town, South Africa and for Global Vision International as well as in private architectural practice.
|Colin Delmore||MA Sociology and Anthropology, Central European University
BA Hons Sociology, University of California Berkeley
Work experience in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, UK, and the US
|Stephen Fitzmaurice||Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng)
BEng (Hons) Civil and Coastal Engineering, UK
Humanitarian relief and development experience in South Sudan and Haiti
12 years experience in UK private civil engineering sector
|Elisa Fulgenzi||MA (Applied Linguistics), University of York, 2011
Laurea Specialistica in Modern Languages and Literature, University of Rome Tor Vergata , 2009
|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.
|Edward Jacob||Colgate University Class of 2013
Projected Bachelor of Arts Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on Human Security in the Middle East.
Financial work experience in Manhattan, New York, USA
|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.
|Sarah Moses||Junior at Colgate University, New York, USA
Working towards a BA in political science and economics
Studying international relations in Geneva, Switzerland.
|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.
|Andrew Wingate||BA Modern History, University of Oxford, 2010
Former researcher at UNI Global Union head office in Nyon, Switzerland, 2010-2011
Volunteer researcher for the European Elite Athletes Association (EU Athletes) 2011
|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.
|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)|