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Meet the GLO.ACT Team

GLO.ACT is being implemented by staff from UNODC and IOM offices based in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

 

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UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria

Ms. Aimée Comrie is the Project Coodinator for GLO.ACT Middle East & Asia. Aimée was previously the policy lead on GLO.ACT from 2015-2018, supporting project management and policy oversight across the 13 partner countries. A qualified lawyer with 15+ years of experience in international investigations/prosecutions, she has investigated sexual enslavement, forced labour and the use of child soldiers in DRC, Sudan and Uganda among other countries for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2004-2011), leading the collection of evidence in situations of conflict. At the ICC, she helped develop policy guidelines on interviewing vulnerable victims and witnesses including children. As legal adviser to the OSCE Special Representative on human trafficking (2011-2015), she designed and delivered capacity building to judges, prosecutors and law enforcement, as well as led research and policy development on TIP for organ removal and financial investigations. She is a member of the New York State Bar, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a graduate of Oxford University (Masters in Forced Migration Studies) and McGill University (Civil Law, Common Law, Anthropology).  She recently published on TIP and situations of conflict, and on international criminal investigations, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Aimee Comrie, GLO.ACT Policy Lead, UNODC

Ms. Eurídice Márquez is the GLO.ACT Officer in Charge overseeing the implementation of the programme across the 13 partner countries. Eurídice is a Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, Organized Crime Branch at UNODC. She has  over 10 years of progressive working experience at UNODC and IOM on the prevention and fight against trafficking in persons (TIP) and the smuggling of migrants (SOM).  Eurídice is trained on human rights and crime prevention issues, gender equality and gender mainstreaming, results-based management, SAP/UMOJA, as well as programme monitoring, evaluation and learning. Eurídice conducts assessments and capacity building trainings, engages in policy development as well as in programme development, management, monitoring, evaluation and learning of the UNODC Global Programmes against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants and liaises with different stakeholders and donors. Before joining UNODC, she worked for more than 6 years as a Regional Migrant Assistance Coordinator at the International Organization for Migration's Regional Offices in Brussels and Vienna, respectively, and supported IOM field offices and in turn the national governments in the development and implementation of their national strategies against TIP and SOM and the provision of direct assistance to victims of trafficking and migrants in vulnerable situations. She also worked at Spanish and Moroccan Human Rights NGOs. Eurídice studied Political Science in Spain and France and holds a Master's degree in Political Science specialising in European Union Affairs from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Besides her mother tongue (Spanish), Eurídice is fluent in English, French and German.

Ms. Samantha Munodawafa is the Policy lead for GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East. She has worked for 6 years at the UNODC Regional Office for Southern Africa, where she coordinated the regional human trafficking and migrant smuggling project implemented in the 15  member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), first as a National Project Coordinator, then later as a Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer. This included provision of technical assistance to member states to develop and update counter-trafficking legislation and policy, provision of capacity building assistance to the criminal justice sector, establishment of data collection systems and supporting regional intelligence-driven law enforcement operations. Before joining UNODC, she worked for various human rights organisations, most recently, Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa as a Legal Counsellor, and then as Head of its Refugee Law Clinic. Samantha is an admitted attorney of the High Court in South Africa, who holds a Master's degree in Law (LL.M.) from the University of Pretoria.

 

Ms. Emmanuelle Kunigk is the GLO.ACT Communications Officer and has has 15 years of communications experience in the not for profit sector as well as the private sector. Emmanuelle is currently the Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) United Nations communications consultant. In the past, she has also worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as regional Communications Officer for the organisations Southeast Asia and the Pacific office. As communications consultant Emmanuelle plays an integral part in the way organisations communicate the impact of their work on their intended beneficiaries, as well as helping to secure  major grants and awards. Prior to working as a consultant and for UNODC, Emmanuelle also worked all around the world for a broad range of organisations including Integrity Action (a UK based NGO), the National Anti- Corruption Commission of Thailand (ONACC) and various private sector corporations. Emmanuelle holds a BA (Hon) from School of Oriental and African Studies, an MSc from the London School of Economics and was Vice-Chair of the Board of a trading and contracting company based in Lebanon from 2014-2018 as well as a board member of the British International School in Jakarta/Indonesia from 2007-2008.

Emmanuelle Kunigk, GLO.ACT Communications, UNODC

Mr. Ashenafi Gebreegziabher has been a Programme Assistant at UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section since December 2011. Previously, he worked as an IT trainer with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Information Technology Service section UNODC for ten years. He is the focal point for financial and administrative matters of the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section at HQ and in the field. His tasks include preparing budget proposals, financial reports to donors, monitoring the financial status of the three global projects within the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section and Regular Budget including assisting on the recruitment of staff.

Ashenafi Gebreegziabher Project Assistant, UNODC

Mr. Aleksander Piecyk is the GLO.ACT Project Support Officer. His role includes project management and implementation, monitoring, reporting, as well as training field staff on project tools and data collection. Alex worked in Bangkok in the UNODC Border Management programme where he helped develop a secure communication platform to collect and share information at border locations to combat transnational organized crime. He has led workshops across Southeast Asia, training national officers along with national representatives on using mobile technology for data collection and intelligence sharing. He briefed senior officers of the Thai Royal Police on the importance of implementing technology to improve border security. Alex has worked with UNODC experts to develop academic training modules on anti-narcotic policies, smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons, wildlife and forest crimes and the training of border officers and investigators.

Alex Piecyk, Project Support Officer, UNODC

Mr. Ilir Boçi is the GLO.ACT Programme Assistant and he supports administrational human resources issues, travel arrangements and the organization of meetings and events. Before joining the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, Ilir was working as a consultant for the Office of Human Resources with the Staff Development Unit at the UN office in Vienna mainly providing support on statistical and financial issues and projects related to organizational culture, change management and improving service delivery. Ilir has a M.Sc. degree in Dentistry Sciences and is currently finishing his second Master's degree in Business Management. Before joining the UN, he worked as a Sales Manager for a pharmaceutical company in Albania.

Ms. Rima Al Kaissi is the GLO.ACT Project Associate. She has previously worked as a consultant in the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch, where she contributed to the implementation of projects in the MENA region, as well as Asia and Europe. Rima has acquired knowledge in a variety of areas such as Human Rights in criminal justice responses to terrorism and countering the financing of terrorism and contributed to the UNODC guidance manual for Member States on terrorist financing risk assessments. She worked together with experts to develop and implement a series of training modules for Libyan Judges resulting in a course design incorporating Human Rights perspectives into the Libyan High Judicial Institute's curriculum, as well as to several training courses for Libyan officials on crime scene and post blast investigation techniques. In addition, she also developed a project for Iraq focusing on women's role in countering terrorism.  Before joining UNODC, Rima worked for two years as a consultant at UNIDO, where she developed a project to support vulnerable migrant and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon. She also worked for three years as a Coordination Officer at the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq in Vienna. Rima holds a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Leicester and is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of London. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French and German with good knowledge of Spanish. 

 

 

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Ms. Shahida Gilani is the National Project Officer for GLO.ACT in Pakistan. She is a qualified lawyer and provides substantive and technical expertise for the implementation of activities. She also contributes to technical consultations with donors and other actors in relation to measures against trafficking in persons and/or smuggling of migrants. Shahida has been a development expert for 20 years of her professional career. She has worked in different capacities with the EU project "Civilian Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Agencies on Counter Terrorism, Interfaith League against Poverty, Ministry of Finance, Pakistan, FAO and a UNDP-funded project on agriculture extension. Shahida Gilani, Pakistan National Project Officer, UNODC

 

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IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

 

Ms. Heather Komenda is a counter trafficking professional with 12 years of experience implementing counter trafficking projects in emergency, post-conflict, and development contexts. She joined IOM in 2004 and has worked in South East Asia, East Africa and the Horn, and the Middle East and North Africa. She has provided technical assistance and advisory services to governments in the development of counter trafficking legislation, national plans of action, and national referral mechanisms; capacity development services to national police departments, immigration services, government ministries, service providers, and civil society organizations; and has overseen provision of direct assistance services to hundreds of vulnerable migrants. In addition to her counter trafficking work, Heather has worked extensively on organizational development initiatives aimed at improving project and performance management.

Heather Komenda, Programme Manager, IOM

 

 

 

 

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