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.

Online Events Coordinator
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.

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.

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.

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.

Credentialing Program Associate
Jennifer Howard
Jennifer Howard Jennifer Howard has over 15 years of professional experience with NGOs and universities, mostly in the area of crime victims rights and services. She also has several years of experience managing credentialing programs. Jennifer holds a master's degree in Nonprofit Management from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in Gender Studies from the George Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies with minors in Sociology and Child Development from Vanderbilt University.

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.