International Bridges to Justice is led by a group of over 65 employees, interns and volunteers throughout the world. Browse through the staff working at our headquarters office in Geneva and our seven regional offices situated in Asia and Africa.
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The office in Geneva serves as the global headquarters of IBJ.
Karen Tse – Founder and CEO
Karen founded International Bridges of Justice in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. A former public defender, Karen first developed her interest in the cross section of criminal law and human rights as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 1986, after observing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial; thousands of prisoners of all ages being held without trial, often having been tortured into making so called confessions. In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders and subsequently served as a United Nations Judicial Mentor. Under the auspices of the U.N., she trained judges and prosecutors, and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia.
In the initial stages, she negotiated groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. Under her leadership, IBJ has expanded its programming to include Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe and India. In addition to the Defenders Resource Centers in those countries, IBJ also sponsors independent Justice Makers in 25 countries. IBJ has created a Global Defense Support Program to bring IBJ assistance to public defenders worldwide. In 2010, IBJ launched the Justice Training Center in Singapore. A graduate of UCLA Law School and Harvard Divinity School, Karen was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders in 2007. She has been recognized by the Skoll Foundation, Ashoka and Echoing Green as a leading social entrepreneur. Karen was the recipient of the 2008 Harvard Divinity School’s First Decade Award, and the 2008 American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award. She also received the 2009 Gleitsman International Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.More on Karen
Sanjeewa Liyanage – International Program Director
Sanjeewa oversees IBJ's international portfolio of programs and is working to develop new initiatives that bring IBJ methodologies to defenders worldwide. Originally from Sri Lanka, Sanjeewa assumed the role of IBJ's International Program Director in October 2006 after over 12 years of experience in project management in Asia. He began his career as the Asian Coordinator for International Young Christian Students (IYCS) in 1988, where he conducted social awareness and leadership training programs for students in 14 Asian countries. In 1995, he joined the Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC), a regional human rights NGOs based in Hong Kong, where he assisted human rights related legal training programs for different groups including civic group leaders, lawyers and judges from the Asia-Pacific region. He represented ALRC at numerous UN forums including the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, preparatory meetings leading to the World Conference against Racism in Warsaw and Bangkok and the Committee against Torture. Sanjeewa was the East Asian focal point for the NGO Coalition for International Criminal Court (CICC). He has undergone human rights training at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague and Danish Institute (formerly Danish Centre) for Human Rights (DIHR) in Copenhagen. He obtained his Masters of Law (LLM) (Human Rights) at the University of Hong Kong in 2004.
Brian Rohan – Special Projects Director
Brian coordinates special outreach and strategic initiatives at IBJ. Prior to relocating to Geneva in 2010, Brian lived in Cambodia for seven years, working as Land and Livelihoods Advisor for the American Bar Association. In this position he oversaw legal advocacy efforts focusing particularly on land and environmental rights and assisted Cambodian NGOs to conduct high profile legal advocacy. Complementing his work with IBJ, Brian remains active in Cambodia, working with lawyers who have launched the country's first public interest law firm. Prior to his work in Cambodia, Brian worked with the ABA's Rule of Law Initiative in Washington, D.C. first serving as Country Director for Moldova and Ukraine, and as Director of the Environmental Law Programs; later on, he worked as Associate Director of the Asia Law Initiative, in which position he oversaw the launch of ABA's environmental governance programming in China.
In addition to these positions, he has lived and worked on rule of law and environmental governance projects in East Africa and the former Soviet Union. He began his legal career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's office in Boston, Massachusetts, after graduating from New York University School of Law in 1990. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. and is fluent in Khmer.
Ekaterina Dimitrova – Chief Financial Officer
Ekaterina has over 15 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, management and coordination of programmes and projects in the public and private sector including 6 years as senior expert in the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Organizations Directorate of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also worked for a number of international projects with UNDP, USAID, World Bank and EU and she has expertise in reporting, budgeting, compliance, knowledge management, research and analysis.
Hicham Jradi - Finance and Administration Officer
Hicham obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lebanese University in Lebanon in 2003. In October 2012, he received his MBA, with a major in global banking and finance, from the European University Geneva. He has experience as an Administrative Assistant, recruitment coordinator and financial officer.
Frederick Kalema – Budget Intern
Frederick obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Virginia. Born and raised in the Washington DC Metropolitan area Frederick’s family who are originally from Uganda recently moved to Geneva a year and half ago. In the past he has interned and worked for various international and government organizations such as the World Bank, The DC Superior Court, and ITU. At IBJ his main role is working on the budget for Burundi, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.
Kelly Ganon – Legal Intern
Kelly is an American student entering her final year of undergraduate studies in sociology at Northeastern University in Boston. As an avid traveller with a deep interest in criminal law, Kelly came to Geneva to work primarily on IBJ’s eLearning and DefenseWiki initiatives. Her previous professional experience includes an internship with federal prosecutors at the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston and research at an interdisciplinary academic centre focused on violence and conflict studies. Upon graduation in 2014, Kelly intends to first gain more experience in the legal field through employment as a paralegal before entering law school, and eventually pursuing a career in criminal law.
Diala Alqadi – Legal and Development Intern
Diala Alqadi is a third year undergraduate student at Duke University in North Carolina majoring in International Comparative Studies with a focus on the Middle East, and minoring in both Computer Science and Economics. She has grown up in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and has come to Geneva to practice French and learn more about the field of international relations and law. She is strongly committed to the implementation of human rights through local and regional development, and is at International Bridges to Justice to further explore and develop her passion.
Tvisha Shroff- Legal and Development Associate
Tvisha obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Pune, India in 2012 and enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi. She has had a years experience working as Law Clerk and Research Assistant to a Judge of the Supreme Court of India where she worked on various constitutional law matters. She is primarily involved in IBJ’s eLearning and DefenseWiki initiatives. Strongly committed to the cause of fundamental rights and freedoms, she plans to practice as a human rights and constitutional law litigator in India.
Darja Jovanovic - Program Management and Development Associate
Darja obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Serbia, University of Belgrade in 2011. She has over 5 years experience in working in various NGOs in Serbia, and one year of volunteering in Switzerland, where she was involved in developing this sector trough attending and organizing seminars on project writing, capacity building, training and leadership. She has also over 6 years experience as a consultant in records management, project management, as well as event planning in cultural institutions. She is happy to work for IBJ, as it is giving her the opportunity to combine two of her passions – field of human rights and methodology of the project implementation.
Greg Marcar - Program Management and Development Associate
Greg studied philosophy and theology at St Andrews University in Scotland, before going on to complete a postgraduate degree in law. Having previously been involved in advocacy work with an organisation committed to advancing freedom of religion and conscience around the world, he came to Geneva to work on establishing a network of support amongst churches and religious organisations for IBJ.
Etsehiwot Kassa - Development Intern
Etsehiwot finished her studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada with a bachelor of commerce degree. She has lived in various countries, as she was originally born in Ethiopia and then attended school in Canada. Her commerce degree allowed her to gain work experience in various fields throughout the business world. However after living in Geneva for a couple of years she has gained interest in the various NGOs.
Katherine Lam – Social Media and Web Development Intern
Katherine is a student at Boston University in Massachusetts studying International Relations and Journalism. Currently in her third year of undergrad, she is spending a semester in Geneva studying international law, learning some French, and gaining knowledge and experience working at IBJ. Katherine has previously worked at the BU Law Review office and interned at a Zach Sang and the Gang radio show located at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Upon graduating in 2015, she hopes to combine her interests in broadcast journalism and international affairs to do producer work at a major global news agency.
Madeline Britvec – Development Intern
Madeline is pursuing a major in economics with a minor in statistics at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She is currently spending the semester studying at the University of Geneva, gaining knowledge in international relations and French as well as building upon her interest in humanitarian development through IBJ. After she graduates in 2015, Madeline plans join the Peace Corps and eventually pursue a MBA in entrepreneurship.
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