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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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Jason Rosario Braganza

Director

Jason is a Kenyan Economist with over ten years of experience working on international development in Africa. Jason has focused his work over the past decade on trade and regional integration; finance for development and tax; illicit financial flows and domestic resource mobilisation; and poverty and inequality. Jason leads ILP’s Tax Reform work that is focused on finding solutions that enable developing country governments maximise their revenue collection through taxation, and strengthen Civil Society voices in advocacy on reforming fiscal systems to reduce fiscal leakages. Prior to joining ILP, Jason served as the Deputy Executive Director and Head of Research at Tax Justice Network Africa where he led their work research and advocacy on illicit financial flows and tax justice at the continental and global level. Jason has previously worked as a Senior Analyst at the Development Initiatives - Africa Hub; and an ODI Fellow Economist at the Ministry of East African Community in Kenya. 

Jason holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex (UK), and an Undergraduate Degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and has published numerous articles on tax and finance in the African region.

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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 Co-ordinator

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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Peter Kavanagh

Fundraising Advisor

Peter works part-time for ILP, helping to develop our strategic fundraising outreach and supporting our funding partnerships with stakeholders. Living and working in the UK, Africa, and the USA has afforded Peter a unique perspective of the sensitive balance between philanthropy and profit.

 

Peter has worked for a range of charity clients within the international development, education, heritage, arts, and social issues sectors of the nonprofit world.

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Hilary Claire Martindale

Legal Fellow

Hilary Claire Martindale is currently studying a graduate law degree at the University of Edinburgh. Hilary previously completed a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) with Distinction from RMIT. She has experience in logistics, administration and e-commerce

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Phillip Ku

Legal Fellow

Phillip Ku is currently completing the Legal Practice Course with a combined Masters in Commercial Legal Practice at BPP University Law School. Previously, he graduated from Durham University with a law degree, mainly focusing on financial, corporate and tax law. During his time at university, he was the editor-in-chief of the Durham University Pro Bono Society publications. The pieces that the society published addressed the most recent changes in legislation and their potential impact on the local community and the student population, and was awarded special recognition by the Durham County Council in 2018. During his studies at BPP University, Phillip led multiple pro bono clinics and projects in the capacity of a student director, as well as participated in weekly clinics at the North Kensington Law Centre, providing legal advice to households that face issues regarding housing law.

 

Phillip has had multiple experiences working at international law firms such as Baker McKenzie, and focused mainly on financial and corporate law. During his internships, he has also worked with NGOs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, campaigning against human rights violations and human exploitation. 

 

During his down time, Phillip is an avid collector of antiquarian books and loves fishing and scuba-diving.

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Maria Cristina Mundin

Legal Fellow

Maria Cristina Mundin is a qualified lawyer in the Philippines, currently completing 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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Shaana Sangar

Legal Fellow

Shaana is joining the team to complete a summer internship. She graduated with a First Class degree in International Development from Leeds University in 2019 and went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law with a Distinction. Shaana is looking forward to gaining experience in the NGO sector and supporting the mission of International Lawyers Project.

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