Guillaume Landry

Director General

Guillaume Landry is a specialist in child protection, having gained considerable professional and academic experience in over 40 countries across the world. He has been involved with various prominent organisations, such as UNICEF Quebec, where he was the Young Ambassador for action against anti-personnel mines (2002—2003), and the ECPAT International network in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was on the team researching the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Since then, the African continent has become his area of interest: he acted as Child Protection Advisor for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and served as Research Specialist and Project Manager in West Africa on behalf of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. Author of numerous texts and publications, Guillaume wrote a number of works, including Children and Armed Conflict – A Guide to International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law (2009) and a series of country profiles on the realisation of children’s rights in North Africa (2007), in the African Great Lakes (2009) and in the Middle East and North Africa (2012), as well as the reference book Connaître les droits des enfants appliqués au Québec (Knowing the Rights of Children Applied in Quebec) (2009). Thanks to his advanced knowledge, he was asked to collaborate on updating the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations training module on child protection with the support of Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Guillaume is also a teacher, giving classes and leading numerous training sessions on subjects related to children’s rights. He also works as a consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, GIZ, Save the Children and the Canadian International Development Agency. He became Director of Programmes and Development at the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR) in September 2006 and was named Director General in April 2014. He graduated from York University (Canada) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) in International Studies, and from Uppsala University (Sweden) in Humanitarian Aid. He is the father of two young boys. He speaks French and English, and has a basic knowledge of Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese.               Ext. #222

Cathy Launay-Alcala

Communications & Partnership Officer

Cathy Launay-Alcala has more than 15 years of experience working in the tourism and events industry in Europe, the Caribbean and North America. Having acted as a project manager for several years, she quickly turned her attention to managing organisations in the tourism industry, including managing a hotel and co-founding a travel and events company in the Dominican Republic. Through her professional experience and personal travels around the world, Cathy often witnessed exploitation involving minors, including sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism and child labour. This led her to regularly solicit her clients (including corporations and members of the general public) for fundraising initiatives, and motivated her to volunteer at an orphanage and become a member of the National Council for Children and Adolescents in Santo Domingo. 

Cathy immigrated to Canada in 2013 and joined the IBCR in September 2014.  She has a Master’s of Business Administration from Bretagne Sud University in France and a Certificate in Economy from the Centre for Empirical Economic Studies in Dominican Republic. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Italian.              Ext. 243

Karla Ponce

Director of Administration, Finance and Human Ressources

Karla Ponce was born in El Salvador and emigrated to Canada with her family, at a very young age.

During her career as a member and senior manager at one of Canada's largest IT services provider, Karla simultaneously managed several large teams and projects on schedule and within budget. With her enthusiasm and organisational skills, she has over 11 years of experience in human resources management, customer service, coaching and training. Karla is also studying management at HEC Montréal.

Karla has always been drawn to different humanitarian causes and is especially sensitive to causes affecting women and children. The opportunity to defend her convictions and have a rewarding experience led her to join the IBCR team and take up this new challenge!

Karla speaks French, English and Spanish.                       Ext. 223


Programmes and Development

Roxana Gallant

Operations Coordinator

A graduate in political science and a master's degree in public and international affairs, Roxana has worked for several years in the field of international development and human rights. Before joining IBCR, she worked for nearly two years on the field, in international cooperation, where she developed an expertise in gender and project management.

She recently worked for Oxfam-Québec in Burkina Faso, where she implemented a project to combat violence against women and girls and strengthened the capacity of local organisations in women's economic empowerment. She has also worked at the Center for Studies and International Cooperation as a gender equality advisor and at Médecins du Monde Canada's headquarters in support of international project management.

Her passion for human rights led her to work in several other countries, including Austria, where she worked on conflict prevention issues with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and in Chile, where she did research on the application of international law on indigenous rights.

Roxana is fluent in French, English, Spanish, German and Farsi.   ext. 244

Alejandro Rodríguez Aguirre

Expertise & International Development Coordinator

Inspired by the protection of human rights, Alejandro has worked for nearly 9 years in international cooperation projects and humanitarian aid in Colombia, Sao Tomé and Principe, France and recently in Canada.

His areas of expertise are adolescence, sexual and reproductive rights, maternal and child health, HIV prevention and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.

Mobilized by his interests, Alejandro has had the opportunity to coordinate the implementation of large-scale projects within United Nations agencies (UNFPA and IOM). He has also actively participated in the drafting of public policy documents geared to generating platforms to guarantee the rights of children, adolescents and women.

Alejandro has a Bachelor of Health Sciences, a Specialized Studies Diploma in Public Services Administration, a Master of Science in Development and Public Health from the University of Bordeaux (France) and a Master of Arts in Health Promotion from the University of Navarra (Spain). He also holds a University Certificate in French-speaking Culture from the University of Bordeaux.

Alejandro joined the IBCR team in November 2017 as a Support Officer for the AMENA Program.                         Ext. #242

Julie Potvin-Lajoie

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) coordinator

Graduated in international studies and modern languages and holding a postgraduate degree in sustainable development management, Julie has been working for several years in international cooperation, economic development and project management, both in Quebec and in the field. She has worked with groups of artisan women in Guatemala and Bolivia and helped with the outreach and commercialization of fair trade products for the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation. More recently, she worked as a development and management consultant in Honduras with Oxfam’s-Québec partners in Tegucigalpa and in the dry tropic region of Honduras, collaborating in the implementation of social art projects for young people and projects addressing violence against women. These experiences allowed Julie to work in widely varying environments, with committed young people as well as with artisan women in rural areas. She also worked in human resources, as a volunteer recruitment officer for Crossroads International and as administrative agent of international programs for Oxfam-Québec. Julie is fluent in French, English and Spanish.                  Ext. #247

Daredjane Assathiany

Expertise Officer For Children & Justice

Daredjane Assathiany is a lawyer, with diplomas in International Development and Latin-American Studies. She also holds a Master’s Degree in International Law, during which she focused on penal, migrant and refugee issues.

For the last 15 years, she has dedicated herself to ensuring proper accessibility to the justice system, while defending the vulnerable and the marginalized. While working for various NGO’s in Guatemala and Burundi, she acquired expertise in subjects such as impunity in the aftermath of an armed conflict, by intervening among victims, women and children. She has also gained valuable experience regarding education and the implementation of human rights, for migrants and victims of racial profiling, in rural areas, such as Burkina Faso and Quebec.

Before joining the IBCR in 2016 as a Quality Control and Documentation Officer, Daredjane worked in the Netherlands (2009-2014), as a lawyer at the International Criminal Court (ICC). She was part of the team having judged Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo, both from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Daredjane later integrated the ICC’s Outreach Unit, where she facilitated the comprehension of legal developments by the population.

After a period of consultancy works, Daredjane chose to rejoin the IBCR as a Justice for Children Specialist.

Nadia Lopez Téllez

Expertise Officer for Children & Violence

Nadia Lopez Téllez works in defence of human rights, of children and women for more than twenty years. She has started in the academic field by doing research on the situation of children and women in Colombia. Motivated by the desire to do more, Nadia got involved in the field of NGOs. 

She has participated in the creation of different services of intervention for children victims of multiple violence. She has designed protocols, training programs and community and institutional policy dialog initiatives regarding the protection of children's rights.

Nadia has participated in various citizens' initiatives for the defence of the rights of women and children. She has been involved in many processes for the restitution of the rights of children victims of armed conflict, child victims of sexual violence and exposed to domestic violence, mainly in Colombia and Canada.

Nadia holds a degree in sociology, a Masters degree in Political Science and International Relations as well as a Master in Political Philosophy. She has worked for international organizations such as Plan International and Greenpeace and has also been a consultant for UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women.                  Ext. 241

Tarik Marc

Project Manager, Voluntary Cooperation Programme

Tarik Marc studied International Development and Project Management at the University of Montreal before setting out to work on several international cooperation projects in Latin America and Africa, which has occupied his time for the past 10 years. He has coordinated projects in diverse contexts, ranging from rural communities in Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras and Guatemala to assisting the President’s Office in Senegal with the organisation of the Summit of La Francophonie. He has also managed voluntary cooperation programmes at the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation in Guatemala and Senegal.                  Ext. 233

Fernando A. Chinchilla

Special Project Officer

Fernando A. Chinchilla is an expert in international cooperation. For nearly 20 years, he has been working on conflict resolution (peace-making, peace-keeping, peace-building, democratization processes, war-to-peace transitions), in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Before joining the IBCR, he has been visiting scholar at diverse North American and Latin American research centres, lecturer and professor in Canadian, Colombian, Mexican, and Spaniard universities, and consultant for the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and the Organisation of American States. He has organized and executed nine fieldworks in seven Latin American and Sub-Saharan Africa countries. He has also been research assistant at the UNDP (Costa Rica), administrative assistant at the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education, and short-term (electoral) observer for the OAS and the European Union.

He is currently an associate member of Les Afriques dans le monde, an expert member of the Peace Operations Network, a member of the Laboratory of Criminology and Social Studies on violence, and a senior fellow at the Canadian International Council.

Originally from Costa Rica, Fernando has resided in Angola, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Mozambique, and South Africa. He graduated from the University of Montreal in 2008 in political science. He speaks Spanish, French, and English, and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese.

Daniel Martin Santos

Project Manager - Honduras

Daniel is a psychology graduate from the University of the Basque Country in Spain. He holds a post graduate degree in Speech Therapy as well as a degree as an Agent for Equal Opportunities for Women from the Interuniversity Europe/Latin-American Network for Social Policy Applied Studies. 

For more than 13 years, he has been working in humanitarian contexts, on different topics such as armed conflicts, general violence, natural disaster, and emergency disasters such as Haiti’s earthquake in 2010. He has an experience working in different countries including Colombia, Algeria, Bolivia, Burundi, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Honduras.

Daniel participated in different workshops and events aiming to strengthen and mobilize children, young people and leaders in civil societies as well as to promote the protection of the rights of most vulnerable population.

His previous mission was in Honduras where he led the development of documents and protocols related to Child Protection including the Monitoring and Evaluation Manual for temporary protection centres, social protection subsystem, conceptual and functional framework and guidelines for Foster Care.

Daniel joined the IBCR in February 2018 as Project Chief in Honduras.

Jorge A. Taylor Santos

Passionate about human rights, Jorge has studied constitutional law and has obtained several professional certifications, including comprehensive prevention of urban violence.

He was first vice-consul at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, then he became legal adviser to the Council of State and collaborated with various public institutions (offices of human rights, justice, governance, decentralisation), commissions such as the Civil Registration and Monitoring Unit (URSAC) and programs for the protection of human rights.

In 2016, he became Director of the technical and legal ministry for the General Protection System commission. Then, he was appointed advisor to the Office of the Secretary of State and the Offices of Governance, Justice and Decentralisation, until joining IBCR as an expert.

Gerardo Molina

Finance and Administrative Officer, Honduras

Gerardo has worked as an internal auditor for more than 6 years in  vehicle distribution groups (Nissan, Kawazaki, Chrysler) and in different banks in Honduras, also as head of credit card operations for a financial group, all before entering the international cooperation sector. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a finance coordinator for Oxfam Great Britain, where he was responsible for the financial, accounting and administrative oversight of various economic development, human rights and humanitarian interventions. He has an extensive experience working with partners in international development projects such as civil society organizations, but also with several donors. Finally, Mr Molina works in both Spanish and English.

Sylvia Chaves

Project Manager-Costa Rica

Sylvia holds a bachelor's degree in collective communication, a licence in public relations as well as master's degree in gender and intrafamilial violences. During her professionnal journey, Sylvia cumulated rich experiences in management for socio-environnemental projects as well as being the head of different development and human rights fondations in Costa Rica. Sylvia also carried out works related to social communication, gender, childhood, environment and public-private partnerships, among others, while also working as a journalist and teacher. 



Ximena Maria Sandi Chaves

Administrative & Projects Logistics Assistant - Costa Rica

Ximena Maria Sandi Chaves is originally from Costa Rica. She holds a BA degree in Human Resources and she also accumulates 5 years of professional experience during which she acquired experience in different areas including administration, organization, logistics and judicial collections.

She is passionate about social work and children and she participated in non-profit community groups mainly with organizations targeting children at social risk.

Ximena joined the IBCR in January 2018 for the position of Administrative & Projects Logistics Assistant in Costa Rica.

Martin Causin

Project Manager - Burkina Faso

After a graduate of law (university of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium), Martin moved to Burkina Faso where he worked a few years as a volunteer for the Belgian association ADJAO. He was in charge of the global management of projects in education with a focus on girls' access to primary school and better access to leisure activities and culture for all children. From 2013, he continued his career in international NGOs, and still on the African continent. The first three years, he worked for Lawyers Without Borders (Belgium), first as regional manager in DRC, then as head of mission in Tunisia and finally as project manager in CAR. He worked on projects improving access to justice for the most vulnerable populations, particulary women and minors, as well as projects in assistance and legal representation to victims on international criminal justice.

To come back in West Africa, he became flying head of mission for french NGO Islamic Relief France (short missions in Mali and Niger) and, after completing a year, he joined IBCR to work again in Burkina Faso and to contribute to the protection and promotion of children's rights in this country for which he really wanted to act.

Agnès Kaboré

Technical Coordinator - Burkina Faso

Agnès Kaboré/Ouattara is a socio-economist by training and holds a Higher Diploma in International Social Work and a Master of Arts in Administration and Social Economics, obtained at the University of Aix Marseille II (France). She has held several positions of responsibility in public administration in Burkina Faso (Director General of Social Action, Director-General for the Protection of the Child, Director of Family Promotion, National Director of several projects…) and in NGOS and international institutions. Agnès Kaboré has a solid experience about social issues and particularly those related to the protection of the child and the rights of women in her country and in Africa. She has chaired several working groups on the issues of population and of the child in Burkina Faso, is a member of the National Council for population and was, from 2008 to 2013, member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child of the African Union (AU), where she successively held the functions of vice-chair and chair. In the framework of these different functions, Agnès has contributed to the development of several reference documents on policies and strategies for the promotion of the rights of children in a situation of vulnerability in her country and in Africa.

Agnès is very active in the associative sector, is president of an association responsible for the coordination of social interventions in the city of Ouagadougou and is a member of the Red Cross in Burkina Faso since 2005. She has been an advisor at the Economic and Social Council of Burkina Faso and a member of several boards of directors including UNICEF, the National Social Security Fund, the University’s National Center of Works as well as the Training and Development Center in Social Work, of which she was the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

Agnès loves sports and particularly volleyball. She has evolved on the national level in Burkina Faso. She was captain of the team of the Africa International Sport (Ivory Coast) from 1981 to 1984 and the holder of many trophies.

Goro Palenfo

Social Work Expert - Burkina Faso

After his studies in Sociology at the University of Ouagadougou, Goro Palenfo has followed a vocational training at the National Training Institute in Social Work (INFTS), which has enabled him to start his professional career in the public administration where he has worked as a state agent within the Ministry of Women, the National Solidarity and the Family, in Burkina Faso. During these years, he has served in various services at the regional and the central level of this specific Ministry. He has collaborated with the INFTS as a lecturer, coach of students trainees and director of Master’s thesis for students in Administration and Social Affairs.

The protection of the Child in Burkina Faso is a domain that Goro therefore knows particularly well, which has allowed him to accompany and strengthen the capabilities of several national organizations and associations working in this field. He is also a founding member of the "Social Impact Service," a local association which aims to contribute to the implementation of the socio-educational policy of the Government of Burkina Faso, by proposing innovative services offers adapted to the social needs of populations.

He joined the project team of the IBCR in Burkina Faso in August 2017 in order to contribute actively to strengthening the capacity of social workers.

Wakilou Senou

Expert for training Security Forces in Children's Rights - Burkina Faso

My name is Wakilou Senou, I am 34 years old and I am married with two children. I have engaged with the IBCR in Burkina Faso as a Defense and Security Forces expert. I hold a Master's degree in Law from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and a Master's degree in International Security and Defense Law from the University of Grenoble (France).

Before joining the IBCR, I was police commissioner in the Burkinabe National Police, where I gained 7 years of experience in the management of public security and the protection of people and property.

My commitment to the cause of children dates from my early childhood because I came from a family where excision was practiced. I rebelled against this practice, which stopped it for my younger sisters. During my academic career, I followed many trainings in order to reinforce my capacities in the field of child protection. On the field, during the seven years I've worked in the police, the issue of the rights of children has always occupied a place of choice. In my first position of responsibility, in Fada N'gourma (in the East of Burkina Faso), I set up, with the regional actors of child protection, the first network of protection of the child in this area. My second position has allowed me to strengthen the collaboration with other protection actors and to oppose children detention under inadequate conditions. My last position, at the Ouagadougou Central City Police Station, led me to be designated human rights focal point within this department and I became a teacher of human rights courses at the National Police School of Ouagadougou. 

The goal in integrating the IBCR project team in Burkina Faso is to concretize my commitment in a professional and permanent way, within a structure whose mandate is to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights by building the capacity of actors and contributing to better multisectoral coordination.

Sabine Zongo

Finance and Administrative Officer, Burkina Faso

Sabine Kiemtore Zongo has been working since 2005, first as the internal auditor for an international NGO (Compassion Internationale), then as an accountant for the CRS (Catholic Relief Service), where she worked on the support programme for women and children as well as the on support programme for child education. Sabine is married and the mother of a little girl. Sabine likes to prepare Mossi and Ivorian dishes for her friends and family.

Émile Darribère

Project Manager - Democratic Republic of Congo

Biography coming soon

Fabrice Kazadi

Social work expert - Democratic Republic of Congo

Fabrice Kazadi is a graduate in sociology and has taught in high school for 10 years before following the path of social work. 

During 15 years, he has been the project manager in a local NGO protecting children where he worked in the field of family reunification and socio-economic reintegration for children living on the street as well as children who were previously associated with armed groups.


While working as a project manager, he's also been part of the team of supervisors of the Educators Network for Street Children (Réseau des éducateurs des enfants et jeunes de la rue, REEJER), a group of NGOs working to protect children. 

Since 2008 and until he started working at the IBCR, Fabrice has been a national trainer in social work. He has trained several social workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

He joined the IBCR in August 2017 as a social work expert. 

Bruno Sadila Badianga

Police Expert - Democratic Republic of Congo

After studying law at the University of Kinshasa, Bruno Sadila became involved in the judiciary, where he worked as a judge for children.

While working at the courthouse, he has also taught law and the rights of citizens while supporting human rights organisations and women farmer's organisation as a consultant.

Bruno Sadila also brought his expertise on a project regarding the Democratic Republic of Congo's police reform implementing a new mode of police operation called local police. He joined the IBCR in September 2017 as a police expert. 

Odon of Christ Mupepe Mandola G.N

Justice Expert – Democratic Republic of Congo

Holding a BA degree in law from the University of Kinshasa, Odon du Christ Mupepe began his professional career in the judiciary as a Public Prosecutor, then as a judge of the peace, acting as a judge for children.

In addition to the judiciary, he has been involved as a training consultant in elementary legal concepts by training paralegals and resource personel in civil society organisations on behalf of the Belgian International NGO RCN Justice & Democracy.

Odon du Christ Mupepe has a long, solid, rich and versatile professional experience. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of planning, management and the implementation of development projects. 

He has representation  and coordination capabilities and manages international development programs, particularly in the areas of judicial capacity-building and police reform, including the area of child protection and the fight against impunity for sexual violence.

He has worked with RCN Justice & Democracy as Head of Antenna Bas-Congo and Project Manager, with ProJustice/USAID as Coordinator of Judicial Training, with PwC/SSAPR as Provincial Coordinator in Kasaï Occidental now known as Kasaï Central and also as Project Manager to support the General Inspection of the Police. Has has also worked with Avocats sans Frontières as Program Manager and GIZ/Project to strengthen the Congolese National Police in the fight against sexual violence and the protection of the child.

Odon joined the IBCR in January 2018 as a Justice Expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Agathe Riallan

Quality, Technic & Control Officer - DRC

Agathe Riallan holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and a master’s degree in private criminal law, both obtained in France. Passionate about international law and international politics, Agathe decided to complete a master’s degree in International Law and International Politics applied at the University of Sherbrooke.

Agathe has been actively involved in Amnesty International student association of the University of Sherbrooke as Vice-President. In fact, she has organised numerous events and conferences aiming to raise awareness on human rights; she was also involved in the organisation of human rights awareness conferences for the Canadian Red Cross. Finally, Agathe has completed several research assignments for Lawyers without borders and the International Legal Aid Office, a legal clinic providing advice to disadvantaged people.

Deeply convinced that development begins with the warranty of the access to basic human rights, Agathe joined the International Bureau for Children’s rights in August 2017 as an intern. Today, she is a Support Officer in the Sub-Saharan Africa Department.

Bertin Mbu Mveta Bera

Finance and Administrative Officer - Democratif Republic of Congo

Bertin Mbu Mveta Bera, who is Congolese, studied Commercial and Financial Sciences, majoring in Business Management, at the Institut Supérieur Technique et Commercial (ISTC) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He spent eight years teaching elementary and secondary school, and nine at the Bondeko Clinic in Kinshasa as the Head of Movements for the Sick, Social Causes, Statistics and Recovery. He also gained 10 years of experience at RCN Justice & Démocratie, GIZ, Helen Keller International, and the French Red Cross in the areas of administration, human resources, logistics, finance and accounting.


Patricia Hajjali

Executive Assistant

Patricia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, a Minor in Arabic language ​​and culture and a Certificate in Socio-digital Communication of Organisations.

Throughout her career, she has worked with several non-profit organisations, such as Juripop, as a researcher social media manager for the programme Droit de Cité and Artist Without Borders Canada (ASF Canada) as a public relations trainee.

More recently, she has been actively involved in developing an online presence audit for the Institute of Packaging Technology and Food Engineering (ITEGA).

By joining the IBCR team, Patricia aspires today to be able to combine her passion for social justice and international development and her expertise in communications.