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Gabrielle Beran

Governance and Programme Manager

Gabrielle is ILP’s Governance and Programme Manager. A New Zealand qualified lawyer (call: 2014), Gabrielle is experienced in designing and implementing development programmes all over the world. Gabrielle has worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat where she developed programmes with election management bodies to promote transparent, peaceful, and inclusive elections around the developing world, with a focus on the Pacific and Caribbean. She also brings her experience as an international tax consultant to support all of our case and project areas and oversees the finances and operations of the organisation. Gabrielle has a special interest in supporting women and indigenous peoples’ political participation and gender-responsive budgeting.

Gabrielle holds a joint Bachelor of Arts and of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. She speaks French and is learning Arabic.

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Eva van der Merwe

Director

Eva is a financial crimes barrister and investigator, she leads ILP’s global Anti-Corruption and media defence projects. She previously worked at Transparency International for several years, as TI UK’s legal counsel and for TI’s global Defense Program, where she led anti-corruption projects in Ukraine, Nigeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, and the DRC, among others. Eva managed the movement’s flagship Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index, TI’s largest ever international assessment, evaluating 136 countries’ governance controls. After the Rose Revolution, she moved to Tbilisi to work for TI’s Rep. of Georgia chapter, where she also served as a member of the Rule of Law Subcommittee at the American Chamber of Commerce, advising on state asset misappropriation and monitoring court proceedings. Previously Eva worked for Goldman Sachs and UBS, advising on anti-money laundering, for the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s market abuse division and for PwC’s Forensic Investigations Team, where she specialized in asset tracing and seizure investigations.
 
A UK qualified barrister and Middle Temple Scholarship recipient, she worked as a lead researcher for ‘Insider Dealing: Law and Practice’, published by Oxford University Press. She holds a BPTC, a master’s degree in law, and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic and European Studies, with French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arabic.

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Diana Moraa Mochoge

Africa Project Coordinator

Diana is an international development expert with over 8 years experience working with NGOs in Kenya and the region. She has expertise in advocacy and policy, research and partnership building. Her professional experience spans work on debt relief, tax justice, extractives and Aid and Development effectiveness. Diana is also an international volunteer expert with Financial Services Volunteer Corps where she has trained civil society organizations in ESwatini on participatory budget processes.

 

Diana supports ILP’s expanding partnerships in the Africa region, including implementing the UKAid DFID funded Small Charities Challenge Fund project in Kenya.  

 

Prior to joining ILP, Diana worked at Reality of Aid Africa Network where she coordinated development effectiveness work under Civil Society Partnership on Development effectiveness (CPDE). Diana holds an MA in Development Studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

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Maria Cristina Mundin

Senior Projects Officer

Maria Cristina Mundin is a qualified lawyer in the Philippines and recently completed her LLM in Environmental Law at Queen Mary University of London. She has almost two years of legal experience working in the Supreme Court of the Philippines and five years of legal experience working in the Office of the Solicitor General, defending the constitutionality of laws and state policies particularly in energy policies and infrastructure projects. She taught environmental law and administrative law courses at De La Salle University of the Philippines and Lyceum of the Philippines University.

 

Maria Cristina has published “Access to Environmental Justice: A Closer Look at the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases” and co-authored “A Review of Legal Education in the Philippines,” with former Ateneo de Manila University School of Law Dean Sedfrey Candelaria in the Ateneo Law Journal. She has also served as a research assistant for Dr Antonio G.M. La Vina, the Philippine’s foremost expert in environmental law, and was part of the research and writing team of the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court in the book “Access to Environmental Justice: A Sourcebook on Environmental Rights and Legal Remedies” and “Access to Environmental Justice: A Capacity Assessment on the Pillars of the Justice System.”

During her day off from ILP, she likes to watch science fiction and zombie movies for a sense of normalcy in today’s times.

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Hilary Claire Martindale

Legal Fellow

Hilary is in her final year of studies at the University of Edinburgh, completing a Graduate Entry LLB. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) with Distinction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). During her undergraduate degree she studied the impact of social enterprises in local communities. Hilary is passionate about community engagement and previously volunteered in community radio. In recognition of her volunteer work, Hilary was awarded the John Storey Memorial Scholarship by RMIT.

 

Hilary has previous experience working in logistics and e-commerce. After completing her Graduate Entry LLB, Hilary hopes to practice public international law.

 

On days off Hilary can be found at her local cinema.

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Shaana Sangar

Legal Fellow

Shaana Sangar is joining the team to complete a summer internship. Shaana graduated with a First Class BA Honours in International Development from Leeds University in 2019. She was awarded the prize for highest academic achievement in her degree programme and her work on the Central African Republic’s peace process was selected to be shared with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Africa Desk. Shaana studied both international development modules, such as barriers to development and the politics of aid distribution, and international relations modules, such as crisis diplomacy and security studies. These subjects sparked her interest in human rights law. Shaana went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law with a Distinction at BPP University Law School in London. During her studies at BPP University, Shaana acted as a student representative on the Staff Student Liaison Committee.

 

In January 2020, Shaana will begin the Legal Practice Course with a combined Masters in Commercial Legal Practice at BPP University Law School. In the meantime, Shaana is looking forward to gaining experience in the NGO sector and supporting the mission of International Lawyers Project. 

 

During her own time, Shaana is passionate about food and enjoys trying and making different cuisine.

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Manel Chibane

Legal Fellow

Manel is a French qualified lawyer. She is a Graduate in Law from Paris II Panthéon-Assas University and University College London and in Philosophy from Paris X Nanterre University. She recently completed her LL.M at Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

 

Manel practiced international litigation and arbitration in law firms in London and Paris and gained experience in the human rights field while volunteering for an NGO in the Middle East. While at Columbia, she advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia as a Capstone Consultant. 

Her areas of focus are International human rights law, public international law, media freedom and corporate accountability.   

 

During her free time, she enjoys discovering new movies and sustainable fashion labels.  

 

She speaks French, English, Spanish and intermediate Arabic.

Hanna Nebiyu Vioque

Legal Fellow

Hanna Nebiyu Vioque is joining the team after receiving a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course with a combined Masters in Commercial Legal Practice at BPP University Law School. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, Hanna wrote and edited articles for Advocate Magazine, a student-led publication that covered contemporary issues in Law and Politics. She was also involved in the Unbarred Project, providing prisoners with presentations on gaining employment upon leaving prison and help with calculating disclosing periods under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Her childhood in Kenya and Ethiopia sparked her interest in the human rights field and led her to complete an internship at the Human Rights Law Centre in Nottingham, researching and analysing the jurisprudence of international human rights systems. During her LPC, she also provided legal translation services to Spanish-speaking clients. 

 

Hanna’s wide breadth of experience, living in Kuwait, Kenya, Ethiopia, Spain, and the USA, has allowed her to become attuned to the nuances of doing business and working in different regions and cultures. She is therefore excited to gain further experience in the public sector and promote ILP’s aims across the globe. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys composing music for the piano and songwriting, a creative passion that has strengthened her legal and technical skills further.

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