Management Comittee

Martin Causin

Director General

Martin Causin holds a Master's degree in law from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. As a volunteer member of the association Défi Belgique Afrique from 1996 to 2002, he obtained his first professional position as general manager of this association. He was in charge of the transition to NGO status and coordinated the implementation of development education projects.

Wishing to experience a country in the South, he spent seven years in Burkina Faso as country representative for ADJAO. It was at this time that his commitment to children's rights took root, as he worked to facilitate access to sport and leisure activities for the most disadvantaged young people. In 2013, he joined Avocats Sans Frontières Belgium, first as base manager in Bunia in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, then as head of mission in Tunisia, and then in the Central African Republic. On each occasion, he led programmes aimed at improving access to justice for the most vulnerable people, particularly women and minors, as well as projects to defend victims in international criminal justice.

He joined the IBCR at the beginning of 2017, with the desire to contribute more directly to the development of adequate child protection systems that respect their rights. His first position at the IBCR was as Project Manager in Burkina Faso, which allowed him to further specialise in capacity building of actors in the child protection system. After four years on this project, he became IBCR's regional representative in Africa. This last function, focused on the development of the IBCR in Africa and the coordination of our actions on this continent, was a springboard towards the general management of the IBCR, a position held by Martin Causin since January 2022.

Mélissa David

Director of Finance

Mélissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from HEC Montréal. She has several years of experience as a manager in large and small Quebec companies. She specializes in strategic alignment and the implementation of new management systems. 

After a two-year stay in Haiti, her parents' native country, she redirected her career towards charitable organizations in order to share her knowledge and work in NPOs to defend the underprivileged.

Beyond her involvement with IBCR, Melissa is actively involved in community work, particularly in services related to educational success in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.    

Melissa is fluent in English, French and Creole.

Morgane Faber

Human Resources, Administration and Security Director

Morgane holds a Master's degree in International Studies. She began her professional career in development aid at the IBCR as a project assistant trainee where she later served as Logistics and Administration Assistant for two years. She left the Office in 2017 to start a humanitarian career in the field.

Morgane spent two years in Central Africa with Première Urgence International, first as Logistics and Administration Manager in the Central African Republic and then in Cameroon where she also held the position of Field Coordinator. She recently returned from Yemen after more than a year as Emergency Response Field Coordinator, supervising a flying team active in several governorates of the country.

Capitalizing on her experience in remote areas with varied and volatile security contexts, Morgane is passionate about emergency humanitarian aid and global, multi-sectoral, rights-based response in dignity for all.

 Morgane is fluent in French and English. 

Cathy Launay-Alcala

Director of Programmes and Operations

Cathy Launay-Alcala has worked for over fifteen years in the business tourism industry in Europe, the Caribbean and North America. After working for a few years as a project manager, she quickly moved on to managing a tourism establishment, then to entrepreneurship by co-founding a tour operator and an event agency in the Dominican Republic. As a signatory of the initiative led by the Dominican National Council for Childhood and Adolescence (CONANI) to fight against the sexual exploitation of children, she raises awareness and advocates for responsible and ethical tourism.

In 2013, she immigrated with her family to Canada and joined the IBCR team a year later. Successively in charge of communications, then partnerships, Cathy is now Director of Operations and Programs. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian and holds an MBA from the University of Southern Brittany and a Certificate in Economics from the Centro de Aplicaciones Económicas Empirica in Santo Domingo.


Programmes and development

Montréal office

Dimitrina Raby

Deputy Director of Operations

Dimitrina joins the IBCR team with over 16 years of experience managing international and community development programs. Trained as an international cooperation volunteer and with subsequent management courses under her belt, her career took off in Mali where she worked for 5 years with Right To Play in positions of progressive responsibility up to Country Manager, bringing inclusive sport for development programming in protective environments for children and youth. Back in Montreal, she set up and coordinated the Pathways to Education school perseverance program in Pointe-Saint-Charles on behalf of the YMCAs of Quebec, where she supervised a large team of employees and volunteers.

Dimitrina then returned to international development, managing a project for women and youth participation and empowerment in Senegal for Equitas, a human rights education organization. After a brief stint as Account Director in fundraising for Canadian charities at Fundraising Direct, she recently ensured the opening of country offices in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti for the CLE Volunteer Cooperation Program, focused on education, for the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation. She is fluent in French and English.


Nicolas Robe

Operations coordinator

Nicolas holds a master’s degree in International Security and Defense from the University of Grenoble. After that, he acquired over ten years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector.

Nicolas entered the humanitarian and development sector first at the French Red Cross and then at Médecins du Monde as an intern on the theme of security. He moved to Kalemie in the DRC as a logistician for Médecins du Monde France and for Solidarités Internationale as a base manager in Bentiu, South Sudan.

He started working for ACTED in 2010 as Logistics Manager in DRC. He became Deputy Country Director, then Country Director in CAR, Mali and Niger.

In 2015, he joined ACTED's headquarters and became Director of Security & Safety where he supervised 35 to 40 countries on security and humanitarian access issues. He has traveled to many countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and has participated in numerous humanitarian responses in CAR, DRC, South Sudan, Sahel, Yemen, Syria and Iraq, the Philippines and Nigeria.

Nicolas moved to Quebec with his family during the summer of 2018.

Lise Goin

Operations coordinator

Lise is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Master’s in international relations. After working in the financial sector, she engaged in humanitarian project management, notably within the contexts of the Iraq and Syrian humanitarian crisis. Lise has field experience in project implementation, particularly in child protection, health, food security and livelihoods with local and international NGOs. She cooperated with OCHA for the third-party monitoring of projects funded within the Syria Cross-border Humanitarian Fund. She also worked for the UNEP to mobilize key stakeholders for the implementation of the Convention of Biological Diversity.

While on mission, Lise noticed the harmful impacts of environmental pollution and disasters on the most vulnerable people, in particular infants and children. She came back to university in 2020 to study environmental health and disaster management to contribute to increased mainstreaming of environment in humanitarian projects.

She speaks fluently French, English and Spanish.

Emmanuelle Parent

Coordinator of the Volunteer Cooperation Programme

With an MBA in Business Management and a Bachelor's degree in International Studies specialising in project management, Emmanuelle Parent has many strings to her bow. She has several years of experience in international cooperation in project management, organisational development and monitoring and evaluation roles in Cameroon and Burkina Faso as well as strong experience in entrepreneurship and business development in the private sector. Moreover, in 2018 she co-founded a mineral analysis, environmental and quality control laboratory headquartered in Montreal and operating a first subsidiary in Burkina Faso.

Through her professional experience, Emmanuelle has developed an expertise in strategic planning, business development and results-based management.

After a few years in the private sector, Emmanuelle returned to international development in 2020, the sector where she feels her skills have the most impact.

Marc-André Talbot

Volunteer Cooperation Program Officer

Graduate in Applied Political Science with a specialization in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Project Management in International Development and Humanitarian Action. Marc-André has several years of project management experience in Canada and internationally.

Over the past two years, he has worked in cooperation in Latin America to strengthen a cooperative of women farmers in Nicaragua and has worked with young people with disabilities in Honduras in micro-entrepreneurship, but he also worked on organizational development and project management.

Passionate and humanist, Marc-André has a strong interest in the rights of children and women, as well as the economic development of marginalized populations. He is also fluent in French, English and Spanish.


Geneviève Trépanier

Project Manager

Holder of a Master's degree in International Studies and a Bachelor's degree in social work, Geneviève has worked in the world of international solidarity and project management for the past ten years. Passionate about human rights issues and cross-cultural perspectives, her career commenced with a mandate geared towards assessing human rights issues in Guatemala in 2011. Motivated to bring together people of different ethnic origins, she subsequently worked for six years as a coordinator, trainer and guide, helping to initiate teenagers to international cooperation, mainly in Latin America. Sensitive to inequalities and human rights issues, she collaborated with the IBCR in 2018 regarding the Voluntary Cooperation Program monitoring in Peru. More recently, Geneviève also worked as an event planner consultant for the City of Montreal administration as well as for the "Comité régional d'éducation pour le développement international de Lanaudière (CRÉDIL)", where she organized, among others things, the "Journées québécoises de la solidarité internationale" in 2018.

As a proactive multi-tasker, Geneviève joins the IBCR team because she strongly believes that every child, locally or abroad, deserves a fair chance to develop and flourish to its fullest potential. Therefore, she hopes that her work will contribute to a more egalitarian world.

Geneviève is fluent in French, Spanish and English. 

Émilie Claveau-Baril

Project Manager

In 2018, Émilie graduated from a Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and International Relations, where she developed a multidimensional critical analysis uniting law, economics and political science. She obtained her Master's degree in Administration in International Development and Humanitarian Action Management at Université Laval in 2021. That same year, she consolidated her knowledge by specialising in international project management, which enabled her to apply the tools of results-based management in her work.

In 2019, Émilie joined an international cooperation project in a rural agricultural cooperative in Cambodia. There, she plays an active role in organisational development and financing infrastructure for the economic empowerment of the cooperative's farming families. Émilie particularly enjoys using her creativity and critical thinking skills in the development of management tools. Émilie has also been a consultant for the planning of a socio-environmental impact study of mining activities in Boké, Guinea.

In 2021, she completed a 6-month internship at IBCR where her role was to support the finance and operations departments in project management. Passionate about social justice and management, Émilie enthusiastically joined the IBCR's operations department as a project manager in 2022. Émilie is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Goro Palenfo

Regional Technical Advisor

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.

Julie Dénommée

Deputy Director of Expertise and Learning

For several years, Julie Dénommée has been forging an expertise that combines practices to promote children's rights with scientific research. Holder of a doctorate in anthropology and a DEA in philosophy for children, she initially worked on the development of research tools and collaborative methodologies with children in West Africa. In this context, she coordinated various regional child participation projects. These projects have led her to focus on communication for development and the use of culture as a tool for social change and the dissemination of knowledge.

At the same time, she carried out a wide range of consultations in Latin America and Africa, where she implemented participatory evaluation and experience capitalization processes. She remains convinced of the importance of monitoring and learning throughout our actions in order to always remain attentive to the needs of the populations and local actors. After two years as an audiovisual consultant for the IBCR, she decided to join the team as a Expertise and ATS Coordinator, Child Participation Focal Point. 

Daredjane Assathiany

Senior Children's Rights Advisor

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 Child Rights Outreach Coordinator, Child Justice Focal Point.


Sandrine Lerenard

Senior child protection advisor

Sandrine is a child protection expert, specialized in armed conflicts, migration, advocacy and humanitarian crisis. She holds a degree in crisis analysis and humanitarian aid and has completed various courses with CERAH (Humanitarian Aid Training and Research Centre) and ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross).

She has more than 10 years’ experience working in different contexts, mainly in the Near East, Europe and Western Africa. She brings in vast working experience with community based organizations and international organizations such as UNICEF and Save The Children, where she elaborated protection strategies, led projects, conducted research, managed and trained teams.

In 2022 she joined the IBCR as senior child protection advisor.

Rebeca Alamo Hernandez

Training and skills development advisor

As Human Rights & Inclusive Development specialist, Rebeca Alamo Hernandez has gained more than 20 years of work experience in the field of international cooperation with a strong focus on capacity development.

Her professional and academic background has enabled her to support several advocacy, awareness-raising and training initiatives involving different stakeholders in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Addressing inequalities at local and international level, especially towards women, children, migrants and people with disabilities, has led her to live in several developing countries. She brings in vast working experience with international organizations such as Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion) and Plan International, and with several national community-based NGOs.

After more than seven years with Handicap International as a technical advisor in inclusive development and capacity building for disabled people's organizations in Africa and Asia, she joined the IBCR team as a training and capacity development advisor. Born in Mexico, she has a Belgian university degree in Political Science, International Relations, and a Masters in Adult Education. Rebeca is fluent in French, English and Spanish and has a good knowledge in German and Dutch.

Elizabeth España Gonzales

Child protection advisor

Elizabeth España Gonzales is a lawyer, graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, with many years of experience in the field of human rights. She is a member of the Barreau du Québec with a Juris Doctor from the University of Montreal as well as an Interdisciplinary master's degree in children's rights from the University of Geneva. She is particularly interested in access to justice and the protection and promotion of children's rights.

In 2016, Elizabeth worked as a volunteer legal advisor in Colombia and Mali in different projects, implemented by IBCR and Lawyers Without Borders Canada, aimed at protecting and defending the rights of children, women and other communities in vulnerable situations. Until 2018, she carried out several mandates in capacity building and supported different local human rights organizations. In 2019, she worked as a research assistant, for a member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which allowed her to learn about current issues in this area.

Beginning in June 2020, she supported the development of training modules for different actors of the child protection system and provided technical advice as a child justice consultant for IBCR.

Elizabeth is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

She joined the IBCR team in May 2021 as a child protection advisor.

Juliette Denizart

Educational Engineering and Knowledge Management Advisor

An engineer by training, Juliette started a software company after her studies to make teaching with students more collaborative. After 2 years, she joined a collaborative innovation company, where she worked for 3 years. There, she developed a project-based learning programme for adults and also did some marketing tasks.

Juliette has always been involved in social innovation, starting with a social innovation education programme at her university. Later, she launched a challenge to promote the Sustainable Development Goals and social innovation for universities around the world in partnership with the UN and AUF.

Juliette joins the IBCR in 2021 as an Educational Engineering and Knowledge Management Advisor to put this commitment at the heart of her professional contribution.

Étienne Tessier

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

Étienne Tessier holds a master's degree in public administration (ENAP). His career has led him to evolve in the public service as well as in international and community development. More specifically specialized in program evaluation, he has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a volunteer for CUSO International and in Montreal as a strategic advisor for Dynamo.

Over the past few years, Étienne has had the opportunity to give numerous training sessions and support various organizations and roundtables in their participatory evaluation processes, as well as coordinating the evaluations of several initiatives and programs. Since 2018, he is a member of the Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme (SQEP), and joined their Board of Directors in november 2020.

Étienne also holds a master's degree in music and is a passionate guitarist.

Regional offices

Ndeye Astou Fall

Project manager - Burkina Faso

After obtaining a Diploma in Community Social Work in 2004 in Senegal, Ndeye Astou FALL began her professional activities by conducting field surveys and carrying out consultancy contracts. These experiences led her to work in 12 regions of Senegal.

Ndeye Astou joined the world of non-governmental organisations in 2007, initially in the nutrition sector. She then continued her career by entering the field of child protection in 2013. She has worked with the NGOs Child Fund, Secours Islamique France, SOS Villages d'Enfants Sénégal and Plan International Sénégal. She later became involved with the Danish Refugee Council, an experience that strengthened her capacity for community-based work, particularly regarding interventions in emergency areas. This work led her to work in the field of child protection in emergencies, gender-based violence case management and community protection.  

In the course of her professional activities, she has worked in many countries in West Africa (Mali, Senegal, Niger, Guinea Conakry and Benin) and in Central Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since May 2021, Ndeye Astou FALL has been project manager in Burkina Faso for the IBCR.

Mahamadi Oubda

National Technical Coordinator - Burkina Faso

After obtaining a master's degree in biological sciences with a major in biology and plant physiology in 2004, Mahamadi OUBDA joined the National Police School to obtain a diploma as a prison security inspector after two years of study.

Holder of the diploma of Inspectors and integrated into the civil service, he occupied for about ten years within the penitentiary administration several positions of responsibility; director of penitentiary establishment, director of detention and security, director of personnel, secretary general of the training school, administrator within the board of directors of the penitentiary training school and member of the scientific council of the center of re-education and social reintegration of minors in conflict with the law of Koumi. During this professional experience, he conducted interventions with children in conflict with the law as well as with other children at risk including children living with their incarcerated mothers.

In 2015-2016, he began studying child rights protection at Thomas Sankara University, from which he obtained a Master's degree in child rights protection in 2016. He took part in the two editions of the scientific days on childhood in Burkina Faso organized by the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) of the University Joseph KI-Zerbo, an article of which was published in a collective work at Harmattan Burkina Faso.

In October 2018, he joined IBCR in the implementation of the project to build the capacity of police officers, gendarmes, magistrates and social workers in child law in Burkina Faso. At the end of the project, he joined WAO-Afrique Togo as a volunteer. And since September 2021, he has been participating in the implementation of the project: "Preventing and protecting sexual and gender-based violence against children in Burkina Faso."

Ousmane Sawadogo

Deputy Director of Operations - Burkina Faso

Ousmane Sawadogo holds a master's degree in macroeconomics and development management from the University of Ouagadougou. He began his professional career as a teacher in secondary schools. It was during this teaching period that his passion for the promotion and protection of children was born.   In 2013, he was admitted to the gender adviser competition. At the end of a two-year training course, he obtained a diploma in gender promotion and joined the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action in 2015. Ousmane  also holds a master's degree in Gender, Population and Development from the Pan African Institute for Development/West Africa and the Sahel. 

 Since 2016, he has been working in a Directorate General in charge of studies and policy formulation for gender and child promotion.  He collaborates with IBCR in the framework of the implementation of the project "Strengthening the capacities of security forces, magistrates and social workers in child protection 2015-2020 in Burkina Faso". 

It is in this logical continuation that he decides to join the IBCR team in Burkina Faso as a Child Protection Expert - Gender and Child Participation Focal Point on 23 June 2021. 


Saratou Kaboré

Finance Officer - Burkina Faso

Saratou Kaboré holds a Bachelor's degree (BAC+3) in Accounting and Financial Techniques and a Master's degree (BAC+4) in Accounting, Control and Audit. She then joined an Association for the Promotion of Human Health for the European Union's water and sanitation project and Plan International Burkina's child survival project. She then worked in an accounting firm as an auditor and in NGOs such as GTENF as an Administration and Finance Officer and Plan International Burkina as an Administrative and Financial Coordinator and later as an Accounting and Financial Manager for several projects. During her professional career, Saratou has participated in capacity building in accounting and financial management for financial managers and partners in project implementation in the field and in offices. She has also provided training and refresher courses in financial management to NGO financial managers.

Saratou is fluent in French and English.

 She joined the IBCR in June 2021.

Daniel Karama

Driver Logistician - Burkina Faso

After a long experience in the driving field at SATGURU TRAVEL in Burkina Faso, Daniel joins the team as a Driver-Courier in order to contribute to the IBCR's mission.

Highly motivated by any humanitarian approach, the choice to apply specifically within the NGO IBCR is a real conviction.

Lorena Mayén

Social Work Expert on Human Trafficking - Honduras

Passionate about the defence and promotion of human rights, Lorena has worked for almost 16 years in many internationally renowned organizations in Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Her areas of expertise are: the prevention of urban violence, the protection of people in vulnerable situations (women, the elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, ethnic groups, children and adolescents), the fight against gender-based violence and the integration of a gender perspective in the development of the Honduran education system.

In the course of her career, she has been in charge of large-scale projects and has contributed to the implementation of both national programmes, such as the National AIDS Forum and Work Vision Honduras, and international programmes, particularly within United Nations agencies. Indeed, she was a consultant at the United Nations Development Programme for Women and project coordinator at the Observatory for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Lorena holds several degrees, including a Bachelor's degree in Pedagogy from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), a Master's degree in Local Development and Tourism from the Central American Technological University (UNITEC) and a PhD in Political Science from the International Atlantic University. She also has qualifications in planning (gender and public security) and urban violence, human rights and politics.

Lorena joined the team of the Tegucigalpa Office in Honduras in June 2019 as a social expert. She is working for the project to strengthen the capacity to combat human trafficking, especially women and girls.

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.

Camille Gallie

Project manager - Senegal

With a degree in human sciences and a master's degree in European studies, Camille Gallie has been working in the field of international development for the past ten years. 

She began her career in Paris and then in Brussels, where she was an advocacy officer for World Vision. For several years, she held project management and leadership positions in the areas of child protection, advocacy and resilience. She later served as a senior advocacy fundraising advisor for Save the Children. She moves to Senegal in 2018 to work as a consultant in coordination and organisational development and as a management and leadership trainer. Passionate about the defence of human rights and management, she has worked for international organisations in Haiti, Great Britain and Senegal.

Camille Gallie speaks French, English and has basic knowledge of Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Yayra Dabla

Finance Manager – Senegal

Yayra holds a Master's degree in Accounting and Financial Management from CESAG (Centre d'Etudes Supérieures en Gestion). She started her professional career at Habitat for Humanity International and then at Ecobank Senegal. But her passion for working in development organisations caught up with her and she joined a British international non-governmental organisation, Oneworld UK in 2012. Her responsibilities quickly evolved from administrative and financial manager to programme officer.  Through her involvement in the use of ICTs for development, she has been involved in raising awareness of sexual and reproductive health in Senegal and governance through election monitoring in several African countries.

She speaks French and is fluent in English.

Seynabou Seck

Gender expert - Senegal

Seynabou Seck holds a Master's degree in Business Administration as well as a Master's degree in Project Management. She has also obtained a diploma in social work and has already worked with national and international organisations in Senegal.

With more than 17 years of experience in her field, she has dedicated her career to working on gender equality and the promotion of human rights. In the course of her career, she has carried out support and coordination missions for the promotion of gender equality with several international organisations. She has also conducted about ten studies on gender analysis and facilitated about thirty training workshops on gender equality. Her experience includes monitoring, support and evaluation in the development sector.

Seynabou Seck speaks French, English, Wolof and Bambara.

Mané Mbaye

Justice Expert

Lawyer with a Master 2 (DEA) in Health and Environmental Law and a certificate in project management and creation. These degrees have enabled her to work with several non-governmental organizations. She began her career at Family Health International, FHI 360 Senegal as a project assistant. Mané then held the same position at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights/Regional Office for West Africa (OHCHR/WARO). An active member of the Association des Juristes Sénégalaises (AJS) since 2013, working for the promotion and protection of human rights, particularly those of women and children, Mané has performed various tasks within the association, from legal advisor in one of its reception and listening centers, to managing three major projects within the organization in the areas of advocacy, lobbying, and the reduction of gender-based violence involving adolescents and youth, especially girls.

For two years, she also chaired a platform called Right Here Right Now (RHRN) Senegal, an advocacy and capacity building program for the respect and guarantee of the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents and young people that brought together ten (10) Senegalese civil society organizations.

Cheikh Oumar Ba

Social Work Expert - Senegal

Cheikh Oumar BA has a degree in legal and political sciences from the University Cheikh Anta DIOP in Dakar and the National School for Specialised Social Workers (ENTSS) in Senegal. Cheikh Oumar BA works as a social worker in the field of the protection of children's rights.

Throughout his professional career, he has been heavily involved in the Employment and Disability Project of the NGO Handicap International. Through personalised social support, he has been heavily involved in the socio-professional inclusion of people with disabilities. Cheikh Oumar BA worked as a child protection officer at SOS Children's Villages Senegal through the Programme d'Accompagnement des Communautés pour la Protection de l'Enfant in the region of Kolda, an area facing multiple security problems. He has had the opportunity to accompany families in their training process on parenting education. It has also provided support to community child protection structures (children's clubs, neighbourhood child protection committees), the development of advocacy, the mobilisation of resources, and the implementation of awareness-raising activities related to child protection.

Jean René Lohoungue

Administrative & Logistics Assistant

Supply Chain Manager and consultant in organisational strategy, fundraising and project management. Jean René has extensive experience in all areas of administration and logistics, in supply chain management and in the management of development projects and projects.

He began his experiences within the multinational DHL Global Forwarding as administrative and logistic support. Then came to the American NGO ChildFund Senegal as Operations Officer, where he was in charge of coordinating all administrative and logistic activities of the national office. From there was born his passion for the management of development projects. Jean René is also an entrepreneur, he is at the origin of the Vision Future strategy.

Holder of a Master in Supply Chain Management from the African Institute of Management and a Certification in project management from the LINGOs platform (Learning in NGOs) Membership Level 2, he is committed to work for and with the most disadvantaged populations, encourage gender equality, protect children's rights and promote diversity.

Antoine Gomis

Police expert – Sénégal

Antoine Gomis holds a certificate in social emergency in Paris (2005), a D.I.U. "Street children and young people" from the universities of Paris 6 and Paris 12 (2008) as well as a certificate on the care of child victims of trafficking. He also has a training as a trainer (2012) that he carried out with Humani Centre, before joining the Bioforce Afrique centre as a project coordinator in the field of international solidarity (2018-2019). During his career, he has set up several capacity building trainings on issues related to the care of children and young people at risk in the street and/or in conflict with the law.

Antoine worked for Samu social Sénégal as a social worker specialised in intervention with street youth from 2004 to 2007, and then as social coordinator of an emergency shelter providing nursing and psychological care to youth from 2007 to 2022. He therefore has extensive experience in dealing with street children and young people.

As a family mediation specialist with Samu Social International, Antoine has worked with the Forces Démocratiques du Sénégal (FDS) in the field of family re-bonding and family reintegration of trafficked street children.

Since March 2022, Antoine Gomis is Police Expert for Senegal at the International Bureau for Children's Rights.

Voluntary coopération

Mariama Dione

Regional Manager - sub-Saharan Africa

Mariama holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Montreal. She has more than 10 years of experience in project management, partnership development and human resources in several organizations in Quebec. She began her career as a regional development officer in an organisation whose mission is to promote and develop children's interest in culture and scientific and technological leisure activities. Sensitive to the issue of community service development, she held a position as Project Manager of the Memory Walk for the North Shore Alzheimer Society, with the main task of organizing their largest fundraising campaign.

She then moved into human resources as Volunteer and Services Coordinator for an organization in Montreal that offers socio-community services focused on the well-being and overall health of seniors. Aware of the reality of community organizations, she brought her expertise to the Centre d'action bénévole de Rosemont as a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, she was involved with Frontier College from 2007 to 2010 and was involved with the Fondation Paul Gérin Lajoie for the francisation and literacy of children.

A Canadian of Senegalese origin, she currently lives in Burkina Faso where she began a career in international development at the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation as a volunteer and partner support officer. At the end of her mandate she joined the IBCR in July 2021 hoping to continue to contribute in my own way to the issue of child rights protection. Mariama has solid experience in planning, organisation, evaluation, supervision of volunteer teams and organisational structure analysis.

Diana Carvajal

Regional Manager - Latin America

Diana P. Carvajal is a lawyer with extensive experience and academic training in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.

She has served as volunteer legal advisor in several Latin American countries, where she worked on projects, implemented by the International Bureau for Children's Rights and Lawyers Without Borders Canada, aimed at protecting the rights of children, women, and other communities in situation of vulnerability. In this context, she has contributed to the representation of victims of human rights violations as well as to the development of litigation strategies and advocacy before the organs of the Inter-American human rights system and the International Criminal Court. Previously, she served as representative of the Ombudsman's, in some areas, heavily affected by violence and at high risk of public order disruption that were demilitarised for the purpose of peace talks. There, she was responsible for protecting and promoting human rights and respect for international humanitarian law to contribute to the resolution of the armed conflict. She has also worked as a legal officer in the Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia and as an invited lecturer of the Training, Technology and International Cooperation Department of the same organisation.

Constantly seeking to combine her professional and academic trajectory, she has carried out numerous researches on international justice, armed conflict, transnational litigation, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the rights of victims of serious human rights violations, particularly children, women, and indigenous peoples, among others. She has also provided training on issues related to human trafficking, strategic litigation, transitional and post-conflict justice, constitutional law, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Recipient of a Juris Doctor from the Common Law programme of the Université de Sherbrooke and a Master's degree in International Law (U. Laval/U. de Louvain-la-Neuve), her postgraduate studies also include a specialisation in Economics (U. de Los Andes) and a Certificate in Transnational Law (U. de Genève). Member of the Quebec Bar, she is also licensed to practice law in Colombia. She speaks English, French and Spanish.

Lara Pocock

Regional Manager - North Africa and Madagascar

Lara Pocock has a good experience in Canadian politics and international development. She has served as Parliamentary Assistant and Policy Advisor to Canada's Minister for International Development. During her four years of employment in Ottawa, she notably supported the work of MPs in various caucuses and contributed to the drafting and dissemination of Canada's feminist international aid policy. She has also worked to ensure the smooth running of programs that strengthen gender equality and human rights.

Lara fundamentally believes in the importance of humanitarian actions based on the defense of rights. She is particularly interested in strengthening the rights of adolescents, particularly through the acquisition of knowledge and services on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

During her experience in the office of the Minister of International Development, Lara defended the right to quality education for all, especially for girls and boys in harsh contexts.

Lara Pocock holds an MA in Public and International Affairs (MAPI) from the University of Montreal and a BA (double major) in International Relations and Middle East Studies from McGill University.


Cécile Bettega

Communications and Engagement Coordinator

With a master’s degree in communications, and having studied marketing and sociology, Cecile have chosen to focus her career on non-profit organisations. She worked for several years in cultural and university fields in France, where she implemented and managed communications strategies, with a specialisation in event organisation and image management from the web presence to the media.

French of Spanish and Italian origin, Cécile has always had a strong attraction for the international and multicultural contexts, as evidenced by her academic and professional background. She studied in the United States, and worked in Spain and France, before moving to Canada in 2018, and speaks French, English and Spanish.

Very aware of issues related to gender equality and social justice and driven by a desire to act in favour of human rights, Cécile joins the IBCR team with the desire to put her skills at the service of a cause that benefits our societies.


Marielle Collet

Communications Advisor

From the strategy of communication plans, to marketing content, organization and participation in events, Marielle has acquired over the course of her experiences very good communication skills both internally and externally for an organization. With two diplomas, a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Marketing (in France) and a second in International Commerce and Management (in Canada), and several training courses in SEO, corporate social responsibility, or in the promotion and protection of social and environmental rights, it is full of energy that Marielle joins the IBCR in 2020 as part of the communications team.

Marielle is of French origin and has lived in Canada since 2011. Before joining the IBCR, she worked in several international contexts, notably in Australia, France, Spain and Bolivia. She has managed the communications of programs and training for professionals, particularly in sustainable investment, worked in marketing and communications with several social start-ups, and more recently under contract with an international development mission (Eqwip Hubs) that trains and supports young entrepreneurs in Bolivia.

Active in the associative and voluntary sector, Marielle is a member of the Board of Directors of the "Club d'Investissement responsable du Québec" and takes care of the community relations.

She is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and also has basic knowledge of German and Portuguese.

Patricia Hajjali

Communications Advisor

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.

Gabriel Faye

Safety and Security advisor

With a Master's degree in Business Law from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Gabriel then attended the National Police School of Senegal, from which he graduated as a Police Commissioner.

After serving for several years in the Senegalese Police, as Chief of the Surveillance Division (an anti-terrorist division), and driven by an intention to embrace an international career, Gabriel returned to Cheikh A. Diop University to obtain another Master's degree in International Relations before being recruited by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), as a Security Specialist.

With UNDSS, Gabriel had a 21 year career as a UN System Security Advisor (UNSMS) in several countries, some of them in crisis such as; Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, DR Congo, Haiti and Burundi.

In December 2020, Gabriel decided to take early retirement from UNDSS, and moved back to Montreal, but continued to work with UN Agencies as an International Security Consultant. In this capacity, he travelled to Haiti again in August 2021, for a security assessment mission for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Gabriel is very interested in security assistance to humanitarian operations in an emergency and/or crisis context and as such has become very familiar with the work of INGOs. He was recruited in March 2022, by the IBCR, as an International Health and Safety Advisor.

Gabriel is fluent in French and English.

Maureen Boutier

Procurement and Logistics Advisor

Graduating in 2020 with a Master's degree in International Law from the University of Montreal and in 2021 with a Certificate in Women's Studies from Concordia University, Maureen has consolidated her skills in human rights and gender equality. Maureen has a keen intersectional perspective on gender inequalities of girls in Quebec and elsewhere.

She has joined associations such as Women's in international security UDEM where she is the general secretary. Through her actions, she promotes the professional development and leadership of women in international security. In addition, she is a volunteer in the association Mother with Power where she supports single mothers in order to empower them.

In 2021, she completed a 6-month internship at the IBCR, where her role was to support the expertise team on strengthening human rights from a gender perspective. Stimulated by the values and work of the Office, she enthusiastically joined the IBCR's team in 2022. Maureen is fluent in French and English, and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Descartes Kitumua Kapata

Financial Analyst

With a bachelor's degree in business and computer science and a diploma (BAC+5) in economics and management from Kongo University, Descartes first worked as a coach-trainer and then as an accounting and administrative manager at I&F entrepreneurship. He has also worked in several non-profit associations as an accounting and financial consultant, including the Association of Women Physicians Working at Kongo Central, the Support Team Project for the Development of Family Initiatives and the Regional Support and Training Centre for Development.

He is proficient in a number of integrated management software packages and has also worked as a consultant for many private companies in the implementation of management software packages. Descartes has also been a researcher at the Center for Studies and Research on Economic Analysis and Policy in Brazzaville, where he gained expertise in statistical data analysis.

In August 2019, he joined the team as the Administrative and Financial Manager.

Khaoula Elhafiane

Accounting Technician

Biography to be published