PHAP Secretariat

Executive Director
Angharad Laing
Angharad LaingAngharad Laing has worked in the field of humanitarian policy since 2003. The Executive Director of PHAP since its establishment in 2010, she is also a board member of the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) and a member of the Steering Committee of ELRHA. Having previously worked in the private sector, she spent several years with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Contact Angharad.

Collaboration Center Manager
Markus Forsberg
Markus ForsbergMarkus Forsberg manages the Collaboration Center for the Recognition of Skills, Experience, and Learning. He has worked withe PHAP since 2012, focusing on member services and platforms. He has professional experience in IT management and development from the private sector and NGOs, as well as with government, EU, and UN actors. He holds a Master of Politics and International Studies from Uppsala University and Bachelor degrees in social science, political science, and Japanese. Contact Markus.

Office Manager
Martin Damary
Martin DamaryMartin has devoted much of his career to humanitarian causes, with a solid experience in humanitarian protection, engaging State and non-State actors on humanitarian issues, and related fields (ICRC, Geneva Call). A member of PHAP since 2012, he has participated actively in the association's efforts to strengthen peer-to-peer learning and exchange, including by publishing articles on humanitarian principles and the importance of language in humanitarian action. He has also worked in election observation missions (EU, OSCE), one peace observation mission (TIPH), and worked in the private sector. His keen interest in the Middle East and North Africa arose during his studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, prompting him to study Arabic (two-year cycle, Amman and Damascus universities). In 2015 he obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies in adult education from Geneva University. Bilingual French and English, he has a solid experience in managing associations and small businesses in Switzerland. Contact Martin.

Humanitarian Law and Policy Course Director
Théo Boutruche
Théo BoutrucheThéo Boutruche has previously worked as an employee or as a consultant for various organizations in the field of IHL and human rights law, such as the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, the ICTJ, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture, Diakonia, REDRESS, Save the Children and the OHCHR. He also conducted legal research and fact-finding missions in conflict and post-conflict settings such as Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Georgia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Kenya. He was the IHL/Human Rights Expert of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in international law and has taught international law at various universities, including at the University College London. His areas of expertise include in particular the law on conduct of hostilities and targeting, the law of occupation, and regulation of weapons in international law; fact-finding and investigative methodology; documenting sexual violence in war; transitional justice and international criminal law. He was a member of the Harvard Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Reporting and Fact-finding and contributed as an expert to the drafting of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict. He has extensive experience in training on transitional justice, fact-finding techniques and IHL issues. He created and manages The Art of Facts (, a legal blog on Fact-finding and Armed Conflicts. Contact Théo.

Administrative Assistant
Jane Lingad
Jane Lingad Jane Lingad holds an undergraduate in B.S. of Nursing from Gordon College in the Philippines. She has professional experience in software testing, quality control, and customer service. Jane also has experience of community service in rural towns, health centers, and public hospitals. Contact Jane.

Online Events Assistant
Shiela Marie Marcos
Shiela MarcosShiela Marie Marcos holds a B.S. Information Technology degree and has worked in various roles related to customer and technical service for ten years. Apart from her expertise in this field, Shiela also has experience of working on courses for Children with Special Healthcare Needs. Contact Shiela.

Social Media Associate
Deora Ndezwa
Deora Ndezwa Deora Ndezwa has professional experience in the humanitarian and private sectors, where she previously worked in the areas of social media and communications management, charity and NGO funding, and project management. She holds a BA in International Relations from the United States International University (Kenya), a Master of Business Administration from the University of Lincoln (UK) and a Master of Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University (UK). She is fluent in English and Swahili and also speaks Spanish.

Research Associate
Kim Morral
Kim Morral Kim Morral has over 15 years' experience of social and applied research, mostly in the areas of mental health, health promotion and social inclusion. Previously a senior researcher at Leeds Beckett University in the UK, Kim has completed research projects for universities, health authorities, government departments and non-profit organizations. Kim holds a BSc in Psychology and two postgraduate diplomas in Social Research Methods and Mental Health. Contact Kim.

Research Assistant
April Cruzate
April Cruzate April Cruzate holds a BS in Tourism and Resort Management from Cavite State University and has worked as a College Instructor in the Lyceum of the Philippines University – Cavite and also has professional experience of analysis of governmental and non-governmental management systems. Contact April.

Program Associate
Pedro Silva Rocha Lima
Pedro Silva Rocha Liva A collaborator at PHAP since 2015, Pedro Silva Rocha Lima has experience both in the private sector and in the humanitarian sector, having previously worked with safety and security risk management at CARE International. He holds a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh. Fluent in English and Portuguese, Pedro also speaks French and Spanish.