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.

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Mélissa David

Director of Finance

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

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

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

Melissa is fluent in English, French and Creole.

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.

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Martin Causin

Regional Representative Africa

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.

Morgane Faber

Human Resources, Administration and Security Director

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

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

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

 Morgane is fluent in French and English. 

Programmes and development

Montréal office

Dimitrina Raby

Deputy Director of Operations

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

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


Julie Dénommée

Expertise and ATS Coordinator, Child Participation Focal Point

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

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

Daredjane Assathiany

Child Rights - Based Approach Coordinator, Justice for children Focal Point

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

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

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

After a period of consultancy works, Daredjane chose to rejoin the IBCR as a Child Rights Outreach Coordinator, Child Justice Focal Point.

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Geneviève Trépanier

Project Manager

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

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

Geneviève is fluent in French, Spanish and English. 

Elizabeth España Gonzales

Child protection advisor

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

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

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

Elizabeth is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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

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.

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Étienne Tessier

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

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

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

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

Ornella Atangana

Gender Equality Advisor

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.

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Regional offices

Ndeye Astou Fall

Project manager - Burkina Faso

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

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

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

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

Saratou Kaboré

Finance Officer - Burkina Faso

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

Saratou is fluent in French and English.

 She joined the IBCR in June 2021.

Ousmane Sawadogo

Deputy Director of Operations - Burkina Faso

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

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

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


Goro Palenfo

Technical coordinator - 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.

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.

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.

Miroslava Cerpas

Legal expert - Honduras

Miroslava Cerpas is a lawyer by training. During her studies, she dealt with human rights issues, including immigration, forced displacement, refugees, human trafficking and gender.

During her eight years of experience in the field, Ms Cerpas has held a series of positions assisting victims of human rights violations. She has also worked to promote human rights in government and international bodies, both in the judicial systems and in civil society.

Miroslava has coordinated the Human Mobility Space of the Centre for Research and Promotion of Human Rights CIPRODEH. There she represented victims, led training processes and conducted advocacy work. Miroslava has also led organisations promoting human rights, such as the CSO Network for the Protection of Displaced Persons. She has also had the opportunity to represent victims of human trafficking in the Quality of Life Association.

Through her experiences, Miroslava has worked with various groups in vulnerable situations, such as children, women and indigenous peoples. In 2019, she was awarded the William D. Zabel Human Rights Award by the US Human Rights First organisation for her recognised work in the defence of human rights, particularly during the wave of migration that affected Honduras in 2018.

Camille Gallie

Project manager - Senegal

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

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

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

Maurice Michel Sambou

Finance Officer - Senegal

Maurice Michel SAMBOU is an accountant by training, he holds a Master 2 in Financial Engineering, Bac+5 at the Institut Supérieur de Management (ISM) in Dakar, a Master in Management, Option: Finance - Audit - Management Control and a Baccalauréat G2 (Quantitative Techniques of Management/Accounting). He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of administrative, accounting and financial management within various projects, programmes and international organisations working in the sectors of education, health, promotion of rural communities, agribusiness etc.

He started his career successively at the UNESCO Martin Luther King Club in Dakar; at the UNESCO Dakar Regional Office (BREDA) within the Division of Educational Policies and Strategies (EPS); at the Senegalese Literacy Caravan; at GIZ as manager of the Senegalese-German Project for the Promotion of Rural Communities in the Kaolack and Fatick Regions (GTZ - PROCR); within the Support Project for the fight against AIDS in West Africa (SIDA3) executed by the Centre for International Cooperation in Health and Development (CCISD) - Canada; at the NGO AIDE ET ACTION Internationale and at the Association Afrique Agro Export (AAFEX).

His professional career has given him knowledge of the procedures of several donors: EU, AFD, UNICEF, CIDA, GIZ, World Bank etc. He has trained several members of grassroots community organisations in micro-project management and school projects. During his professional career, he also participated in capacity building in management of various field partners.

He has organised and supervised the participation of several African companies in the agricultural and agri-food sector in various events (fairs, seminars, missions) abroad: in France, Germany, Morocco, Ghana, Ivory Coast, etc.

Maurice Michel SAMBOU has joined the IBCR team as Finance Officer Senegal.

Benjamin Ndeye

Justice Expert - Senegal

Benjamin holds a Master's degree in Business Law and a PhD from Cheikh Anta Diop University. He began his career at the African Network for Integrated Development (ANID), where he held the positions of Assistant Legal Officer as well as Head of the Northern Department and Head of Operational Coordination of Projects. 

He then became the Coordinator of the Community Justice Facility of the Justice Sector Program of the Government of Senegal. Benjamin is currently Head of the Legal Affairs Unit of the National Sanitation Office of Senegal (ONAS), Treasurer of the Senegalese Network for Reproductive Health and Human Rights (RESSRDH) and Expert Consultant in charge of legal affairs for the RH Conseils Group.  

Passionate about the defense of children's rights and fundamental freedoms, he joined IBCR to work for the cause of children as a Justice expert for our project in Senegal. 

Seynabou Seck

Gender expert - Senegal

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

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

Seynabou Seck speaks French, English, Wolof and Bambara.

Cheikh Oumar Ba

Social Work Expert - Senegal

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

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

Jean René Lohoungue

Administrative & Logistics Assistant

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

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

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

Voluntary coopération

Mariama Dione

Regional Manager - sub-Saharan Africa

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

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

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

Diana Carvajal

Regional Manager - Latin America

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

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

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

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

Lara Pocock

Regional Manager - North Africa and Madagascar

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

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

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

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


Cécile Bettega

Communications and Engagement Coordinator

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

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

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

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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.

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Patricia Hajjali

Communication Officer

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.

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

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Víctor Díaz

Financial Support Officer

Víctor Díaz has extensive professional and academic experience in Colombia and Spain. Víctor is an accountant, has advanced studies in project management and finance, and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and Management - MBA.

Víctor began his career in the insurance sector and has spent several years of his professional life working for major multinational and national companies in the private and public sectors. Due to his great capacity for continuous improvement and versatility, Víctor has to his credit the coordination of great responsibility and teamwork, which has allowed him to work and coordinate different projects from their design to their completion, participating in the implementation of information systems, process improvement and the automation of operations in existing information systems. Hence his interest in specialising in this field.

Passionate about travelling, Víctor has developed an open-mindedness and interest in discovering new places, new cultures and new experiences.

In his mind, one illusion: to continue learning, especially now that he is joining an international cooperation organisation. Víctor feels comfortable knowing that his efforts, time and knowledge contribute to the social good and are translated into action to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

Victor has joined the IBCR team as Financial Support Officer.

Descartes Kitumua Kapata

Financial Support Officer

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.

Audrey Langlassé

Human Resources 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.


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Ludovic Guerrero

Safety, safeguarding and wellbeing at work manager

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. 

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Julia Hassard

Administrative Assistant

Julia studied Political Science and International Development at McGill University, with a minor in Sociology. In 2017, she participated in a mission to Southern Thailand with the objective of integrating sustainable practices for economic growth in rural villages so as to protect marine biodiversity in the area. As such, she acquired a passion for international cooperation projects which integrated sustainable development objectives in policies for social equity and economic growth.

During her academic journey, Julia also held a job with the Canadian government acting as a facilitator for incoming immigrants and providing clients with social insurance numbers, access to unemployment benefits and pensions for senior citizens. In the context of the pandemic, she volunteered to work on the front lines with the Canadian Red Cross. In that position, she was able to contribute to their efforts of assisting long-term care homes in crisis.

At the end of her deployment, Julia decided to pursue a career focused on protecting the rights of marginalized and vulnerable communities. She is delighted to be joining the administrative team at the IBCR and ready to contribute to their efforts in protecting the rights of children locally and internationally. She is fluent in French and English with working knowledge in Spanish.