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 has professional experience in IT management and development from the private sector, as well as with UN institutions in New York and Geneva, the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, and the Uppsala Peace Museum. 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.

Community Engagement Manager
Nishanie Jayamaha
Nishanie JayamahaNishanie has over 14 years of experience with UN agencies, governmental institutions, and NGOs. She has worked in the gender and humanitarian field since 2000 with the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), Humanitarian Information Centre (HIC), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat at country, regional, and headquarters levels. Her experience includes managing emergencies ranging from sudden-onset disasters to complex emergencies and building partnerships with NGOs, UN agencies, Member States, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, donors, and non-traditional actors. Nishanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, Sociology and Psychology from Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka and a Master’s degree in International Relations from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Contact Nishanie.

Communications Manager
Barbara Sartore
Barbara SartoreAfter focusing on human rights and humanitarian law during her academic studies, Barbara Sartore held positions within international NGOs providing humanitarian assistance at the global level. Prior to joining PHAP in 2017, Barbara worked with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and managed the communications department of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Padova (Italy), a Master's Degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), and an Advanced Certificate in Corporate Communications from the University of Fribourg's School of Management. In addition to English and French, Barbara also speaks Italian and Spanish. Contact Barbara.

Credentialing Program Coordinator
Mariska De Keersmaecker
Mariska De KeersmaeckerMariska De Keersmaecker holds an LL.M. in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Law degree from the University of Leuven. Mariska previously gained experience at the Field Operations Division of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the Relations with Arms Carriers Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Contact Mariska.

Program Officer
Mirja Peters
Mirja PetersMirja Peters has worked in humanitarian assistance and human rights since 2007, including with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, and NGOs in Latin America. Her professional experience has included the protection of human rights defenders and environmental emergencies, as well as event management and coordination, communication, and knowledge management. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Dresden University, Germany, and a master's degree in International Law (Specialization Human Rights) from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. Contact Mirja.

Project Officer
Liz Arnanz
Liz ArnanzAfter working in the areas of diplomacy, security, and cooperation in Romania, Estonia, and Spain, Liz Arnanz most recently worked for the European Commission at DG ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Her professional focus has been on humanitarian policy, inter-institutional communication, and event management. She is an International Relations and Translation graduate with a Master’s degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe. Contact Liz.

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.