Management Comittee

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

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

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.              Ext. 243

Programmes and development

Montréal office

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

Arsène François

Operations Coordinator

Arsène holds a Master's degree in Development Studies and has been working for over five years in the field of international development.

He began his professional career as a volunteer in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo with an association of young workers. He then worked for four years in a European consulting firm specialized in the evaluation of development cooperation policies and programs. There, he accumulated a solid experience in international project management by coordinating multiple technical assistance for European Union delegations in Africa and Asia. More recently, he coordinated various studies in the Sahel within the Evaluation and Learning Department of the French Development Agency.

Over the course of his career, Arsène has developed expertise on interventions in precarious situations in sub-Saharan Africa. It has confirmed to him the even greater importance to be given to the social and economic inclusion of vulnerable groups in these contexts, particularly young people.

In 2020, he immigrated to Canada and joined IBCR as Operations Coordinator.

Arsène is fluent in French and English and has a good knowledge of Italian.

Alejandro Rodríguez Aguirre

Volunteer cooperation program 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

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.

Julie Dénommée

Monitoring and Evaluation for Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Child Participation Coordinator

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 Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability Coordinator. 

Étienne Tessier

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

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

Daredjane Assathiany

Expertise Coordinator - 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.

Linda Tremblay

Expert - Violence and Children

Linda Tremblay holds a Master's degree in Psychosocial Practices Studies. After working in Canada as a specialist in gender equality and violence against women and children in centres for assistance to fight against sexual assault, and then as a teacher at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), she went to work in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as an advisor on legal issues and services for victims of violence.

Linda has also worked as an international specialist on a bilateral project between the Canadian Embassy and the Ministry of Education in Honduras, the implementation of a Gender Commission within the Ministry and a study on reported cases of violence in 8,025 schools in the country's 18 departments, among others. She has lived in Bolivia and Peru where she supported the creation of inter-institutional networks against domestic violence, in addition to being a consultant for UNICEF. In Haiti, Linda has worked on behalf of UN Women and the major women's organizations she has supported in their services to victims (shelters, shelters for sexually assaulted minors, day centers). She also participated in a major research project in Jamaica by the Jamaican Coalition for Children's Rights (JCRC) on the implementation of the rights of very young children (0-8 years).

As a member of the first cohort of the Flora Tristan and Manuela Ramos House International Human Rights Course in Peru, Linda identified good human rights practices in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Kenya. She has worked at the Centre for Arab Studies for Development (CÉAD) and at SALAM, the group for Peace in Palestine.  It also carried out a mission to observe peace agreements in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza). An activist involved in the struggle against apartheid, she participated in the first African National Congress in South Africa.

Upon her return to Canada, she joined the team at the International Bureau for Children's Rights as an expert on violence against children. Linda is fluent in French, English, Spanish and créole.

Simon Tourte

Pedagogial Expert

With a master's degree in Organisational Psychology and a master's degree in Industrial Relations, Simon began his career as a Human Resources Consultant. Subsequently, his interest in skills development led him to specialise in training development and coordination. With experiences in several sectors, ranging from Non-profit Organisations to the video game industry, Simon has developed strong skills in needs analysis and the design of adapted solutions.

Curious and creative, he quickly learned to use different tools to meet the challenges facing him, including online training tools and strategies. Sensitive to international issues, Simon studied in China and worked in Italy with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), supporting training projects to train Social Protection experts. By joining the IBCR, Simon is happy to be able to put his knowledge and experience in support of a cause that is close to his heart. ; Ext. 243

Ornella Atangana

Gender Equality Expert

A graduate in social work, Ornella Atangana possesses several years of experience in projects of international scope in Canada as well as in Central Africa. Her areas of expertise include gender mainstreaming, violence against women and girls, refugee resettlement, and youth mobilization.

Before joining IBCR, Ornella worked for nearly two years in voluntary cooperation with Oxfam in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she supported the joint development of a 5-year gender equality organizational strategy and coordinated gender mainstreaming throughout the organization's projects. She also worked to strengthen the capacity of Oxfam staff and local partners in the application of gender justice, both in the project cycle and at the institutional level.

Beyond her passion for gender equality, Ornella is just as interested in youth-centered initiatives. To this end, she began her career as a Social Worker for child protection in Gabon. Subsequently, she worked for two years on the implementation of a joint program between the YMCA and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), notably responsible for the production of booklets and other orientation resources targeting young refugees soon to be settled in Canada.

Ornella is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Ludovic Guerrero

Operations and Programme Support Officer

Before moving to Quebec in 2017 then graduating with a Master's degree in International Development and Humanitarian Action Management from Université Laval, Ludovic started his higher education in France, majoring in International Trade. He then moved into the field of international cooperation, in order to use his professional skills to support causes he believes in, such as the protection of children's rights.

Driven by the desire to work in favour of human rights, Ludovic joined the team of the International Bureau for Children's Rights as an administrative assistant. He is fluent in French and English.

Regional offices

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.

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.

Mahamadi Oubda

Expert in Penitentiary Security - Child Protection - Burkina Faso

Mahamadi Oubda holds a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Ouagadougou, a Diploma of Prison Security Inspectors from the National Police Academy and a Masters Degree in Child Protection and Children's Rights from the University of Ouaga II. This latest academic training has equipped him with in-depth expertise allowing him to better address issues related to children in contact with the prison environment.

He served as Director of the penitentiary facility, Central Director (human resources, detention and operations) and as Secretary General at the National School of the Penitentiary Security Guard. He has collaborated with several NGOs including the Order of Malta, the Hans Seidel Foundation and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the training of prison staff. He has also collaborated with the United Nations in the process of deploying Burkinabe correctional officers to peacekeeping operations. In addition, he has been a trainer of prison staff at the National Police Academy and then at the National School of the Penitentiary Security Guard in penitentiary law.

Since October 2018, Mahamadi has held the position of Expert in Penitentiary Security - Child Protection at the IBCR satellite office in Burkina Faso.

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.

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.

Gustavo Adolfo Duque Martín

Project manager - Honduras

Gustavo is a trained psychologist with a specialty in Social Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He holds a Master in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization from the Open University of Catalonia and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Catholic University of Avila (Spain). 

For over fifteen years, Gustavo held several director and coordinator positions in international organisations in Spain and Central America such as the Spanish Red Cross, which defend and promote human rights of different groups in situations of vulnerability. Gustavo has also worked as a senior consultant for different international organisations developing program and research evaluations related to the prevention of child and youth violence in Central America.

He has extensive experience in managing programs in numerous fields, including early childhood care, education, literacy, peace and human rights, and food security. He also promoted the development of several public policies in the educational field such as the National Inclusive Education Policy and the Human Rights Education Policy in Honduras.

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.

Senia Andino

Legal expert - Honduras

Senia Andino is a lawyer in Honduras and also holds a Master's degree in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resources.  

She worked for 5 years as a prosecutor´s assistant  in the area of common crimes and environment and was then assigned to the Special Prosecutor's Office for Children, where where she discovered her passion for the protection of children's rights.

In 2014, Senia was hired by the Directorate of Children, Adolescents and the Family (DINAF) of Honduras, as a legal expert.

In 2018, she was elected to participate in a training of trainers process with the Bureau, representing DINAF, and she is certified trainer in children's rights by the Bureau and its partners.

Senia speaks fluent Spanish, and English is her second language. 


Erick Núñez

Expert in operational management - Honduras

Erick is an Industrial Engineer graduated from The National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), and has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and ISO 9001, and 20 years of experience in raising and standardising processes.

He has participated in the preparation of POE Manuals and flow charts for the Directorate for Children, Youth and Family (DINAF) of Honduras and for the Secretary of Health.

He worked as a Process Reengineering Consultant for Toyota in Bolivia and Chile.

His first link with the IBCR was as an independent consultant, making the flowcharts for the Comprehensive Care Project for NNA in Honduras (Pro-Niñez project)

He considers the IBCR's mission to be extremely important in the fight for the respect of human rights and especially of children and adolescents.

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.

Émile Darribère

Project Manager - Democratic Republic of Congo

With a degree in International Public Law, Émile Darribère has more than 15 years of experience in international organizations. He has a wide range of skills and expertise in the fields of law enforcement, justice, governance and child protection. After his entry into the legal profession, he assumed a politico-administrative position. Émile Darribère then worked for the Réseau Citoyen Network Justice et Démocratie as a project manager for a capacity-building project for police officers, magistrates and civil society actors.

In addition, he has also worked as Assistant Programme Coordinator of the Management Unit of the Support Programme for the Strengthening of Justice in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (PARJE) aimed at improving judicial governance, a programme funded by the European Union. With proven experience in project development and implementation, Émile Darribère counsels several civil society organizations. In parallel with his career, Émile Darribère is a researcher and member of the UK Human Rights Centre.

Darribère joined the team in 2016, first as a consultant in charge of leading the data collection from the specialized Child Protection and Sexual Violence Prevention units of the Congolese National Police, then as a national consultant on child protection - police expert, and later as a technical coordinator for the police, justice and social work sectors. Nowadays, he is the project manager on the project to strengthen the capacities of police, judges and social workers in child protection matters in the DRC.

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.

Descartes Kitumua Kapata

Administrative and Financial Officer - Democratic Republic of Congo

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.

Stany Bukasa Malu Malu


Stany Bukasa Malu Malu has a university degree in business and finance from the Institut Supérieur de Commerce de Kinshasa, where he majored in marketing.

After his university studies, Stany chose to pursue a professional career in non-profit organizations. He has extensive experience in logistics, procurement and fleet management in several international organizations, including Medicus Mundi International, Belgian Red Cross, National Commission for Demobilization and Reintegration (CONADER), Lawyers Without Borders Belgium, RCN Justice & Democracy.

Voluntary coopération

Diana Carvajal

Regional Manager Latin America (Voluntary Cooperation)

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.

Master's degree in international law (U. Laval/U de Louvain-la-Neuve), her postgraduate training also includes a specialisation in economics (U. de Los Andes) and a certificate in transnational law (U. of Geneva). Member of the Quebec Bar, she maintains her license to practice law in Colombia and is currently a candidate for the Juris Doctor in the Common Law programme at the University of Sherbrooke. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Lara Pocock

Regional Manager - North Africa and Madagascar (Voluntary Cooperation)

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.

Dieyla Thiam

Regional Manager - Sub-Saharan

Passionate about the promotion of human rights and community development, Dieyla Thiam worked for almost 10 years with Médecins du Monde in Senegal in development programs; first as a project administrator, then as a coordinator.

She has thus ensured the implementation of projects on the promotion of the sexual and reproductive rights of young adolescents, on the prevention and fight against gender-based violence and the empowerment of young people and women, and on the defence and promotion of human rights for discriminated groups with an emphasis on their right for healthcare and a life free from all violence.

Today, what motivates her most is to be able to participate in the definition of strategies and actions to accompany the process of change for an inclusive, just and egalitarian society for all vulnerable groups, especially women, children and youth.

Dieyla is a qualified jurist, holding a Master's degree in public law with a major in international relations from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and an MBA in organizational management from the Institut de Formation en Administration et Création d'Entreprises in Dakar.



Geneviève Trépanier

Executive Assistant

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. 

Cécile Bettega

Communications and mobilisation 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. ; poste 242

Marielle Collet

Communications Officer

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

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.

Émilie Denis

Human Resources & Security Coordinator

Émilie has a master's degree in Human Resources Management and has been working for the past 10 years in recruitment, employee management and training management.

She has worked in multiple Human Resources departments internationally (France, Canada, Mauritius) and has also volunteered in Jamaica to work in a local NGO that helps the local population, especially children.

Combining her expertise in Human Resources and her volunteer experience in the field, it is quite natural that she joins the IBCR teams as Human Resources and Security Coordinator in order to put her skills at the service of the protecting of children's rights.

Alexandra Yavar

HR and Security Officer

Alexandra Yavar was born in Peru and emigrated at the age of 5, to Canada with her family. With a bachelor's degree in business administration in human resources from the University of Quebec in Montreal, she has more than four years of experience in recruiting and managing personnel. She has worked for several companies in the retail and sales sector.

Even though this is her first position in an international cooperation organisation, she has always wanted to work for an organisation where she can help people in need. Thanks to her many trips, she has been able to identify several social issues that are close to her heart and important to her.

She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Graciella Nicintije Mugisha

Administrative assistant

Native of Burundi, Graciella lived in several countries in Africa and Europe before emigrating to Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montreal, which allowed her to acquire expertise in International Cooperation and Philanthropic Management in order to work in solidarity and humanitarian organisations.

Sensitive to the issues facing vulnerable communities, She has over the years volunteered for local organisations such as Jeunesse Unie in Montréal and international ones such as UNICEF.

This is her first position in an international cooperation organisation.

Graciella is fluent in Kirundi, French and English.


Gladiz Falcon

Accountant Assistant

Gladiz Falcon completed her technical university studies in Peru before moving to Canada, where she lives since 2010. She first worked in various industries such as food production and accounting studies when she decided to focus her career on the defence of human rights, especially those of children, whom she particularly cares about.

Empathetic, open-minded and warm-hearted, she maintains excellent interpersonal relations with her entourage.

In addition to her commitment to the IBCR, Gladiz works towards the physical and mental well-being of children through the organisation in which she actively participates.

Gladiz speaks Spanish, French and English

Audrey Langlassé

PCV Financial Support Officer

Audrey is a graduate of the University of Montreal, where she followed several programmes: Hispanic Studies, International Cooperation and Management of small and medium-sized businesses, with the idea of being able to work in an organisation that works for children internationally. Indeed, the welfare of children and the rights of women have always been issues that were close to her heart.

Her ease and fluidity of the Spanish has enabled her to undertake projects as a voluntary aid worker in the Dominican Republic, where her mission was to effectively promote the youth center of a Bateye and the importance of education among youth. With a passion for travel, Audrey has developed a great open-mindedness and an interest in the different cultures of the world.

This is her first position in an international cooperation organisation. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and she is currently teaching herself Portuguese as a personal interest.