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

Julie Dénommée

Director of Programmes 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. 

Mélissa David

Director of Finance

Mélissa David 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.

Marie-Claude Mercier

Director of Operations and Partnerships

With a bachelor's degree in psychology and a graduate certificate in project management, Marie-Claude has over 20 years' experience in the management of international development projects and programs.

Early in her career, Marie-Claude worked as a psychosocial counsellor with street youth in Vancouver and Honduras. In the early 2000s, she made the transition to international work with Canada World Youth, where she held various management positions. She then moved to Nicaragua for three years, where she was Country Representative and Director of a bilateral youth agro-ecology project with SUCO. On her return from Central America, she became Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean and then Director of the Volunteer Cooperation Program at Oxfam-Québec. She joined the Office team in 2023.

She has held a number of positions of responsibility in Canada, Africa, Asia and Latin America, managing projects in the fields of gender equality, global citizenship education, the environment, economic development and food security.

Laura Marcela Bolivar

Human Resources Director

Laura has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross for over 16 years, including in Colombia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Libya and Haiti. During her years in the humanitarian world and moving from country to country, Laura specialised in administration and human resources and gained valuable experience in terms of cultural differences and adapting to different working environments under difficult circumstances.

In 2018, she moved with her family to Canada and completed a Human Resources program with the University of Montreal, always with the idea of being able to apply her experience in the field of volunteering, community work or international cooperation.

Laura speaks Spanish, English and French.

Administration and Human Resources

Serge Awad

Assistant to the Director General

Biography to come.

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 Boutier 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.

Eric Jean

Senior International Security Advisor

Eric Jean graduated from ENAP in International Administration and started his humanitarian career in 2003 in Afghanistan with Médecins du Monde Canada. He then carried out 9 other humanitarian missions in emergency and post-emergency contexts with international medical organisations such as Médecins sans Frontières France and the WHO. He has held positions as emergency logistician, operations coordinator and head of mission in Central and West Africa, South East Asia and Haiti.

Between 2015 and 2020, Mr. Jean was Director of the Risk and Security Management Programme at OCCAH ESG-UQAM. He has provided consultancy and training to Quebec government ministries, NGOs and universities in their implementation of the Duty of Care.

In recent years, Mr. Jean has diversified his expertise in the fields of humanitarian negotiation and intercultural communication, notably writing an article entitled "Intercultural Communication: a foundation to acceptance" under the aegis of the GISF.


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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.

Alexander Gonzalez

Financial analyst

With a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Accounting Science and a postgraduate degree in Finance, Alexander Gonzalez started his career in a non-profit organisation for several years, after which he worked in large companies in the production and service sector.

Alexander joined the International Bureau for Children's Rights in May 2022.

Alexander speaks Spanish and French.


Léopold Sibo

financial analyst

Léopold Sibo holds a Master's degree in Economics and Management, with a major in finance, from the University of Félix Houphouët Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. He has several years of experience in administrative and financial management for international NGOs. 

Very early on, he began working for NGOs as an administrative and financial coordinator in Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Chad, Niger, Mali; Coordinator of support services for Handicap International in Afghanistan, then in the DRC. 

Immigrated to Canada in 2018, it is in April 2019 that he came to settle in Quebec, precisely in Trois-Rivières, after a last mission in Mali for Médecins du Monde Belgium (MDM). 

Two years of professional immersion, as an administrative officer for the CIUSSS Mauricie et du Centre du Québec, allowed him to understand the North American context. End of February 2022, he joined the IBCR team, thus rediscovering the humanitarian world where the fight for the defence of the most basic rights of vulnerable populations is a priesthood, a credo. 

He is fluent in French and English. 

Isaac Koffi

Financial Analyst

Biography to come.

Programs and Learning

Djouma Aicha Ouattara

SEA Advisor

Aicha holds a Master's degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Statistics. She began her career in 2015 as a national volunteer in monitoring and evaluation in Burkina Faso. Aicha joined the world of development and humanitarian aid in 2016 as an IT Assistant at Save The Children International working with children. She then moved to the American NGO ACDI VOCA where she held the post of Data Manager in 2017 in the field of resilience and in 2019 at Terre des hommes Lausanne as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the field of resilience and stabilisation. In 2021, she will join the Expertise France team as a Specialist in Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Reporting.

Pursuing her passion, Aicha joined the IBCR family on 22 November 2023 as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor.

Her successful career in Burkina Faso, working alongside children and communities, has given her years of experience not only in monitoring, evaluation and learning, but also in humanitarian aid and working with children.

Constance Naud-Arcand

Senior research and advocacy advisor

Cindy Amaya

Innovation & Experimentation Advisor

With a degree in Law, a certificate in Project Management and PMP® certification, Cindy has over five years of experience in managing projects and programmes for victims of gender-based violence, migrants, women's organisations and LGBTI organisations. 

Her professional and personal background is rooted in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as access to justice for people in vulnerable situations. 

The commitment to the respect, defence and promotion of human rights is particularly close to her heart as it echoes her beliefs. 

Cindy believes that the work of international organisations, such as the IBCR, provides invaluable assistance in strengthening judicial, educational, social and economic systems in developing countries, which is why she has decided to put her knowledge and skills to good use in international cooperation. 

Cindy joins the Bureau team in May 2022.

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 marginalised. 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 Lerenard is a child protection expert, specialised 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 organisations and international organisations 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

Senior advisor in capacity building

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 organisations 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

Children's justice counsellor

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 organisations. 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.

Francisco Javier Montoro

Child Participation Advisor

Francisco Javier Montoro, Child Participation advisor for our Bureau since July 2022, has more than 8 years of experience in the field of cooperation and humanitarian action. His professional experiences have led him to specialize in child participation and protection issues, but also in migration, capacity strengthening, process facilitation and intercultural and cross-cultural approaches.

In addition to his experience in the university field, as well as in local associations and as a consultant, Francisco has worked for international organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children. He is the co-founder and co-CEO of Barbecho, a research and advocacy social initiative for the effective participation of migrants in Spain. He has worked in Tunisia, Romania, Morocco, Togo and Spain.

Throughout his career he has been able to develop different professional skills that he can apply today to his responsibilities at the International Bureau for Children's Rights: facilitation of participatory processes, development of protection, evaluation and participation tools, team coordination, monitoring of research processes, elaboration of training and child-friendly information materials, promotion of human rights in migration contexts and design of advocacy campaigns.

Goro Palenfo

Regional Technical Advisor - Africa

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.

Georges Kambale Sikulikyolo

Child Protection Advisor - democratic republic of the congo

Georges Kambale Sikulikyolo holds a state diploma (BAC) in Social Technique and a bachelor's degree (BAC+5) in Private and Judicial Law from the Official University of Semuliki in DRC. He has more than 8 years of experience in humanitarian emergencies and transitional contexts in the DRC. Georges has worked in international and national NGOs such as International Medical Corps, Concern World Wide, Danish Refugee Council, etc. where he held different positions in the areas of child protection in emergencies, prevention and response to gender-based violence, co-facilitation of the Protection Cluster and the Gender-based Violence Sub-Cluster. 

He has also participated in numerous practical trainings on child safeguarding, protection against exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment and transversal protection organised by UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF, ICRC; etc. In 2022, he graduated from the Professional Development Programme in Child protection in emergency situation in West and Central Africa, Cycle 1 (CPiE PDP Cycle 1) provided by Save the Children.

He has participated in numerous humanitarian responses in the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo; notably in the context of internal displacement due to armed conflict, the response to the 10th, 11th and 12th Ebola outbreaks and the Nyiragongo volcano eruption crisis of 22 May 2021.

He is also a lawyer at the Bar of the Court of Appeal of Ituri since October 2020 after having been a judicial defender at the High Courts of Beni and Butembo in North Kivu since 2015. As a court officer, he has expertise in providing legal assistance to survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and children in conflict with the law before civil and military courts. 

Georges joined the IBCR in August 2022 as a Child Protection and Safeguarding Advisor.

Walid Jebili

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Walid Jebili, who joined the IBCR in July 2023, brings significant experience in the field of monitoring, evaluation and learning. He holds a PhD in economics and a master's degree in statistics, and has developed a solid understanding of the challenges of inclusive development through his various professional experiences.

In his practice, Mr Jebili emphasises a community-based approach, valuing listening to and understanding the needs of local populations. This focus on participatory evaluation and empowerment has been a common thread throughout his professional career.

Before joining the IBCR, Mr Jebili worked in collaboration with universities, development agencies and NGOs. This experience enabled him to play an active role in the design and evaluation of various programmes, with the emphasis on converting analysis into practical action.

Within the IBCR, Mr Jebili contributes to the development and optimisation of the monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning system, ensuring that it serves as a lever for strengthening the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of programmes. Committed to a process of continuous learning and improvement, it aims to strengthen the impact and sustainability of the organisation's initiatives, while respecting its ethical principles and quality standards.

Deeply committed to children's rights and inclusive development, Mr Jebili aims to make a positive contribution to the IBCR's initiatives, bringing his skills and experience to bear for the benefit of the organisation.

Isabel Boucher

Junior advisor in child participation

After teaching for two years in a school in Quebec, Isabel Boucher persued her studies in the field of international development and humanitarian action. This change was greatly influenced by her participation in an agroecology internship in Togo and an internship as a pedagogical agent in Madagascar.

In April 2022, she completed her Master of Science in Administration in International Development and Humanitarian Action Management with a 4-month internship in the Office's expertise team as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Intern.

After an enjoyable and rewarding experience, Isabel joins the IBCR team as a M&E Support Officer in May 2022.

Isabel is fluent in French and English.

Lucie Allingri

Pedagogical Engineering Consultant


Lucie Allingri Chevallet joined the IBCR team at head office on Monday 15 January.

She began her career in France, where she worked for 10 years as a social worker in adult psychiatry and then as a social work trainer.

She then turned to teaching children and adults, working in schools in Northern Macedonia for 3 years. She then moved into the development sector, working for 5 years in Morocco as head of education in a national NGO specialising in children's rights, and then as an independent consultant. She developed face-to-face and online training tools in the fields of child protection, such as the prevention of gender-based violence and sexual violence against children. Finally, for the last 2 years, she has worked as a pedagogical advisor on a professional development programme for humanitarian child protection workers in emergency situations in West and Central Africa, alongside Save the Children.

Since January 2024, Lucie has been working as an educational engineering consultant at the Office.


Rebecca Martin

Senior Communications Advisor

With a degree in International Relations (in business) from the Université Catholique de l'Ouest d'Angers (France) and an MBA in Marketing and Management from ISC Paris, Rebecca has kept pace with developments in business and digital commerce to become a specialist in marketing and communications strategies. Over the past 20 years, she has worked as a true business partner with prestigious international companies to strengthen their brand image.

The diversity of demanding business sectors (automotive, luxury goods, banking), professional experiences (commerce, management, communication) and life experiences in Europe, South-East Asia and North America, multilingualism (French, English, Spanish, German), voluntary work experience in India (medical logistics) and Africa (helping to set up water disinfection systems) have given Rebecca cross-disciplinary sources of inspiration and the assets to help organisations succeed through an experiential marketing approach.

Rebecca joined the IBCR in May 2023 as Senior Communications Advisor.

Guillaume Bambina

Event and print communications advisor

Guillaume Bambina has a university degree in Organisational Communications and a professional degree in Event Communications since 2015, and has devoted his career to honing his skills and expertise.

For five years, Guillaume worked in communications and events for a professional association, where he gained in-depth knowledge of communications issues specific to not-for-profit organisations (NPOs). He then joined a public relations agency to broaden his knowledge and experience of the media world, both in Quebec and across Canada.

With his outgoing and sociable personality, Guillaume is a true jack-of-all-trades. His enthusiasm, proactivity and commitment enable him to bring a human dimension to every project he takes part in, something he considers crucial. He attaches great importance to teamwork, convinced that the success of a project depends on everyone working together and pooling their strengths. As a result, he has no hesitation in bringing together all the resources needed to fuel his thinking and achieve his objectives.

Guillaume joined the IBCR in July 2023.

Angie-Isabelle Barrientos

Digital communications advisor

With a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Laval, Angie-Isabelle combines her interest in visual communications with her desire to make a difference.

During her internship as a social communications officer with Carrefour de solidarité internationale, she devoted herself to the fight gender inequality, particularly by combating domestic violence against women in Peru. Her creativity, attentive listening and attention to detail have been essential in developing strategies to raise awareness in the Peruvian community.

In addition to her achievements, Angie-Isabelle is also co-founder of a digital platform showcasing players and organisations in the east end of Montreal, demonstrating her deep commitment to social justice. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Angie-Isabelle joins the IBCR in July 2023, bringing with her her passion and expertise to contribute to impactful and international solidarity projects.

Operations and Projects

Équipe Siège

Ellen Azambuja

Operations Support Officer

Nicolas Robe

Senior Operations, Development and Partnership Advisor

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.

Audace Ntezukobagira

Operations coordinator

Biography to come.

Équipe PCV

Imane Jorho

Mobilization agent

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.


Democratic Republic of Congo

Mahamadi Oubda

Project Office Manager - Democratic Republic of Congo

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."

Edouard Ilunga Tshilumba

Administration and Logistics Manager - DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

He holds a 5-year degree in economics and management.  He has 11 years' professional experience in logistics management, mainly in the humanitarian sector. He has worked with several international organizations on emergency projects in the DRC.

Corneille Muhindo Kambere

Child protection specialist - Democratic Republic of Congo

Corneille holds a Bachelor's degree (BAC+5) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since 2014, he has been involved in preventing and responding to violence against children in humanitarian emergency and recovery contexts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He has worked for national and international NGOs such as ACOPE (Actions Concrètes pour la Protection de l'Enfant) as Psychologist for children released from armed forces and groups, Head of the Psychosocial and GBV component and then Head of the Protection Program. At FARMAMNDI (Farmaceuticos Mundi), I was Country Project Technician. At IRC (International Rescue Committee), worked as Senior Officer Child Protection and then Officer in North Kivu.

He has also taken part in numerous practical training courses on protection against exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment and cross-cutting protection organized by the IRC, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF, etc., and particularly with the IRC. With IRC in particular, Corneille has been trained in a number of psychosocial approaches, including ASE, SHLS, COMIC, Case Management, SAFE, PARENTING, Girlshine, Now I am Strong, etc., and in economic recovery, including LEARN TO EARN.

Corneille joined the Bureau in March 2023 as a Child Protection Specialist.

Marthy Anneyo

Warehouse Driver

Charles Mushagaluza

Child Protection Specialist - Democratic Republic of Congo

Born in South Kivu, Charles Mushagaluza graduated as a sociologist from the Faculty of Social, Political and Administrative Sciences at the Official University of Bukavu. He is an expert in project management and experienced in advocacy and in rights-based, gender and development approaches.

Charles started his humanitarian career as a Protection Coordinator of the Educating Children Together 3 (ECT3) a project implemented in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituria, based in Bukavu, DR Congo from 2012 to 2014, for the International Governance Institute.

From 2014 to 2016 and based in Kinshasa, Charles served as a Project Manager of the Educational Centres for Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups (EAFGA) project implemented in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Ituri, Maniema, Tanganyika (Kalemie), in what is now Haut-Katanga, in the DRC for the INGO Family Heath International. He then assumed the responsibilities of coordinator of the "Food For Education" project in Eastern DRC, for the FAO DIMITRA programme, from 2016 to 2017.

Before joining IBCR in 2022, he was safeguarding coordinator for the Girls' Education Challenge program (GEC-T) for 5 years from 2017 with World Vision RD Congo, a program implemented by World Vision and Save the Children in the Greater Kasai and Greater Katanga regions of DRC.

With a wealth of experience in different international organisations, he has also followed numerous certified training courses and acquired many skills in management, monitoring and evaluation of child protection projects, enabling him to design tools for this purpose.

Fabrice Kazadi

Child Participation Specialist - Democratic Republic of Congo

Fabrice Kazadi has a degree in sociology (Bac+5) from the University of Lubumbashi. After his university studies, he worked as a secondary school teacher for over 10 years.

It was in 2002 that he embraced social work. From 2002 to 2017, he worked successively as Center Supervisor and then as Project Director at the Centre professionnel d'encadrement des jeunes, an NGO specialized in the socio-professional reintegration of children with broken families and children released from armed forces and groups.

In parallel to his work, Fabrice held the position of supervisor of REEJER (Réseau des éducateurs des jeunes et enfants de la rue), a platform of child protection NGOs. He was also in charge of the institutional diagnosis of REEJER's member NGOs and of those who were applying for REEJER membership. This institutional diagnosis aimed to identify the weaknesses of the member NGOs in order to strengthen their capacities.

In 2017, Fabrice joined IBCR as a Social Work Expert in charge of child protection for a period of two years. After IBCR in 2019, Fabrice works for UNICEF as a consultant from November 2019 to January 2020, supporting the provincial divisions of social affairs in Kinshasa and Central Congo.

Before returning to IBCR as a Technical Specialist in Child Participation and Community Mobilization in August 2022, it was with the Office's volunteer cooperation project, PRIDE, that Fabrice worked as a Volunteer Cooperant with the Center for Education and Social Reintegration of Minors in Conflict with the Law (CERMICOL) in Bobo-Dioulasso/Burkina Faso from January 2021 to the end of March 2022.

Romeo Baluge

Child Protection Specialist - Democratic Republic of Congo

With a Bachelor's degree (BAC+5) in psychology, Romeo Baluge has focused his career in the field of child protection and gender with responsibilities for coordination and technical support to projects and programs. As a member of the national organization Coopération Locale pour le Développement Régional, he was in charge of the project All Children for a Green World from 2006 to 2008.

Passionate about working with children and other protection actors, Romeo has worked with several children's rights organizations: American Bar Association, War Child Uk, International Rescue Committee where he held managerial and humanitarian coordination positions in emergency and development contexts from 2009 to 2020. He also spent two years in a community resilience project in Central Africa with the NGO Invisible Children.

He joined the IBCR DRC Office at the end of November 2022 to help strengthen the child protection system.

Gina Senga

Finance Manager - Democratic Republic of Congo

Biography to come.

Gloria Khonde

Housekeeping attendant - Democratic Republic of Congo

Biography to come.


Seynabou Seck

Expert in Gender and child participation - 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.

Felipe Juárez

Project Office Manager - Senegal

Felipe holds a master's degree in international development cooperation from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). He began his career in the humanitarian and development world in 2006 as an intern with Medicus Mundi in Burkina Faso. The following year, he became General Coordinator of the organisation and remained in Burkina until 2009. He returned to Spain to work as Regional Delegate for Action Against Hunger between 2010 and 2012. He returned to Burkina Faso in 2012-2013. He then joined the Spanish Red Cross as Delegate in Guinea-Bissau (2014-2015), then as Head of Delegation in Niger (2016-2019). After a break, he will work for Médecins du Monde in Spain from 2021 to 2022.

A lover of Africa, Felipe has extensive experience in managing development and humanitarian action projects, working in a variety of intervention sectors (food security, malnutrition, water and sanitation, community development, protection, refugee populations, etc.).

Felipe will join the IBCR team in December 2022 as Head of Office in Senegal.

Bigué Diouf

Penitentiary expert - Senegal

Bigué holds a bachelor's degree and a master's certificate in sociology of the family, women, children and the African environment, from the Université Gaston Berger in Saint Louis, Senegal, and a master's degree in human rights, humanitarian action, mining and energy from the Institut des Droits de l'Homme et de la Paix at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.

A career secondary school teacher, Bigué is a specialist in education, having been a certified teacher for over 12 years.

A specialist in child protection and rights, as well as gender and development, she has conducted personal field research in these areas in collaboration with the University of Geneva.

Bigué is an active member of the Organisation Nation des Droits de l'Homme, Senegal's leading human rights organisation, where she is Secretary General responsible for women, children and people living with disabilities.

An activist and defender of women's and children's rights, she has attended a number of training courses on issues relating to gender equality, notably with the Organisation International de la Francophonie and Senghor University in Morocco.

With the Senegalese prison administration, she has helped children deprived of their liberty to realise their right to education and to prepare for their social reintegration as head of education at a juvenile training centre.

Moussa Diagne

Advocacy and child participation expert - Senegal

Moussa DIAGNE is an urban development engineer specialising in children and young people. He studied at the Ecole Nationale d'Economie Appliquée (ENEA), specialising in communication techniques at the Institut Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (ISSIC).

He was a research assistant at the Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Transformation Economiques et Sociales (LARTES) at the Institut Fondamentale d'Afrique Noire (IFAN), where he took part in several ethnographic and anthropological studies before working with other firms, university laboratories and local and international NGOs on research and action research. For nearly 20 years he has been interested in the development of vulnerable groups, and in particular youth movements, through the construction of discourse and their contribution to civic life.

He has built up extensive experience in project evaluation across sub-Saharan Africa, notably in Senegal, Benin, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali and Togo, on issues relating to child protection such as FGM, HIV and mother and child health, youth movements and organisations in their interactions with CSOs, resilience processes involving vulnerable groups such as children/young people and women, and so on.

Mané Mbaye

Justice Expert - Senegal

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

Expert in Social Work - 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.

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.

Yayra Dabla

Finance Manager – Senegal

Yayra Dabla 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.

Ndella Mboup

Administration and Logistics Manager- Senegal

Papa Ousmane Diankha

Logistics Driver - Senegal

Biography to come.

Burkina Faso

Ndeye Astou Fall

Project Office 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.

Zoénabou Ouedraogo

Specialist in child participation and protection - Burkina Faso

Valentin Ouedraogo

Child protection expert - Burkina Faso

Valentin Ouedraogo holds a Bachelor's degree in Project Management from the International Management Institute of Burkina Faso and has been a social worker and child protection specialist since 2007. He is also a Specialised Education Inspector from the National Institute of Training in Social Work (INFTS).

He has been a humanitarian actor since 2019, which has allowed him to acquire a wealth of experience in accompaniment and community development.

Valentin joins the IBCR team in 2022.

Madina Traore Birba

Finance manager - Burkina Faso

Biography to come.

Laurence Gongnimbou

Administration and Logistics Manager - Burkina Faso

Laurence holds a Master's degree in Management and Business Administration from the Free University of Burkina Faso, a Bachelor's degree in Project Management and a University Diploma in Technology, option Executive Secretary. She then acquired about ten years of professional experience in the humanitarian and development sector.

Laurence entered the humanitarian and development sector first with International Development Enterprises (iDE) and then with UNDP through the ITC project as a consultant. She then worked for a microfinance organisation, Union Régionale des Coopératives d'épargne et de crédit du Nazinon, and as a Human Resources Assistant for Chemonics International, working for the Burkina Faso Regional Program resilience project.

Laurence joined the IBCR team on 09 May 2022.

Béatrice Kaboré

Technical coordinator - Burkina Faso

Biography to come.

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.

Talato Tiemtore

Maintenance worker


Rachida Ousmane

Technical specialist in children's rights

Rachida Ousmane, a lawyer by training, holds a master's degree in business law from the University of Private Law in Bamako. With over eight years' experience, she has worked with various national and international NGOs, notably on women's leadership, negotiation coaching for effective communication with adolescent girls and children, awareness-raising on gender issues and gender-based violence, as well as advocacy to influence positive behavioral change and promote access to justice for victims.

She is also a facilitator on issues of children's rights and gender-based violence.

Alouadia Tenintao

Technical specialist in child protection

Alouadia holds a Master's degree in Private Law, which he obtained in 2014 from the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences at the University of Bamako. With 8 years' experience in implementing child protection activities within various international organizations, Alouadia has extensive expertise in child protection, as well as solid experience in strengthening the child protection system, particularly with regard to reinforcing defense and security forces (FDS) and psychosocial support (MHPSS).

Alouadia began her humanitarian career as an MRM Agent, then progressed to the position of Child Protection Team Leader on the project "Addressing the immediate needs and promoting community reintegration of children affected by the multidimensional crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic in Ségou and Mopti". This mission ran from 2018 to 2021 with Coopérazione Internazionale - COOPI in partnership with UNICEF.

From 2021 to 2022, Alouadia held the position of Protection Assistant with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as part of the project to strengthen coordination, the rapid assessment system and responses for the protection of conflict-affected populations in the Mopti region.

Before joining the Office in February 2024, Alouadia was Protection, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer at Save the Children International Mali (SCI) on a project covering the regions of Ségou, Sikasso, Mopti and Gao. This project, carried out in partnership with the European Union (ECHO), had a sub-regional scope, encompassing Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

Harouna Salé

Project Office Manager - Mali

Biography to come.

Aboubacar Harouna

Finance Manager - Mali

Aboubacar HAROUNA 30 years old, Master 2 in Audit and Management Control, 7 years of experience in Finance-Accounting-Auditing for national and international organizations and accounting and financial audit firms. Previously in charge of Finance at OXFAM international in Mali/Financial Administrator of the DGD22-26 Program, I have held the position of Financial Manager of the Mali IBCR project office since September 25, 2023.

Mamoudou Dicko

Responsable Administration et Logistique - Mali

I have a degree in logistics and transport from IUG in Bamako.

I started my professional career with NGOs such as :

  • The NGO CARE International in Mali as ADMIN SUPPORT OFFICER for 4 years in Bandiagara
  • The NGO Cooperazione internazionale in Mali as Base Logistician in Ségou for 2 years
  • The Malian Red Cross as National Logistician on the DG ECHO PPP project in Bamako for 1 year.

I have 7 years of experience in humanitarian logistics management.

I have held the position of Logistics Admin Manager since September 2023 with IBCR Mali.

Assitan Traore

Technical Coordinator - Mali

Assitan holds a master's degree in project/programme management and has more than eight years' experience with NGOs, including five and a half years in management in various fields, including gender-related social and behavioural change, community development, partnership development, capacity-building for community players, project management, coaching, women's empowerment, women's leadership development, economic integration and youth development. She also has excellent communication and organisational skills. Dynamic, flexible and open-minded.

Ousmane Sankare

Head of Security - MALI

Holder of a Master's degree in Law obtained in 2017 from the University of Private Law in Bamako, Mali. He is currently pursuing a Master 2 in International Relations and Diplomacy.

His professional career began as an associate in law firms, before becoming a legal and judicial assistant with the JUPREC project in Mali, funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by Avocats Sans Frontières Canada. It was here that he began to forge his path towards humanitarian assistance, with a particular passion for the protection of human rights, focusing on the most vulnerable communities, especially women and children.

This passion eventually led him to redirect his career towards humanitarian work as a safety and security manager, where he is convinced he can make a significant contribution to the relief of populations in need. His humanitarian experience began in the national office of World Vision Mali, an organisation known for its commitment to the well-being of children and vulnerable communities.

He then broadened his experience by working with renowned organisations including UNESCO, ACTED France in Mali and WeWorld GVC Italy in Mali, holding key positions in security and safety.

In October 2023, Ousmane SANKARE joined the IBCR team as Head of Security for the Mali country office. This new step in his career underlines his ongoing commitment to the protection of human rights, particularly those of women and children, in a context where security is crucial.

Saharou Tigana


Holder of a Master's degree in Law from the University of Legal and Political Sciences in Bamako, I have over 8 years' experience in the field of human rights and local authority governance. Previously, I held the position of Regional Representative of the National Human Rights Commission of Mali in Gao, then Community Facilitator for the Institute for Popular Education, as part of the USAID/MALI-SIRA project, and then Assistant in the Planning and Governance Support Department of the Koulikoro Regional Development Agency.

In addition to my expertise in children's rights, community mobilisation and adult education, I am doubly certified as a trainer in gender in humanitarian action and in gender, peace and security.

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