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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


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

Eurídice Márquez is the GLO.ACT Programme Management Officer where she leads on programme monitoring, evaluation and learning. 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.


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.


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

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

Ilir Boçi is the GLO.ACT Programme Assistant. He provides administrative and logistics support in the implementation of the GLO.ACT Programme on issues related to procurement, travel, finance and human resources. Before joining the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, Ilir was working as a consultant for the Office of Human Resources at the UN Office in Vienna mainly providing support on statistical and financial issues and working on projects related to organizational culture, change management and improving service delivery. Ilir has a M.Sc. degree in Dentistry Sciences and a M.A. degree in International Business Management. Before joining the UN, he worked as a Sales Manager for a pharmaceutical company in Albania. Ilir is fluent in Albanian (mother tongue), English, Italian, and is currently learning German.


Giulia Iovino is the GLO.ACT Project Support Officer. Her role aims at supporting the implementation of GLO.ACT’s national and regional workplans, assisting in the identification of issues and risks to be addressed and recommending corrective actions. She has previously worked for the European Commission Directorate-General for International Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO) where she contributed to the quality of the performance of EU-funded projects and programmes by strengthening the design, monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting systems. Giulia’s employment history includes experiences with UNDP in Istanbul, non-governmental organisations in Cambodia and Japan and the national administration in Colombia. Giulia studied International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs in Italy and Spain and holds a master’s degree in Emerging Economies and International Development from the King’s College London. Besides her mother tongue (Italian), Giulia is fluent in English, Spanish and French and is currently improving her German.


Giulia Iovion, Project Support Officer, UNODC

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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Mahdy Hassan is the National Programme Officer in Bangladesh. He supports the management, coordination and implementation of GLO.ACT. Prior to joining with UNODC, Mr. Hassan worked with UNHCR Legal protection team in Cox's Bazar Rohingya refugee operation where, among other protection activities, he worked as Counter Trafficking focal point and engaged in conducting and designing training for the law enforcing agencies and the staffs of humanitarian agencies. His professional experience also includes working with UNDP, BRAC, Relief International, ARTICLE 19, ELCOP (a human rights based research and education organization) and the National Human Rights Commission in Bangladesh. He has rich experience in working on issues related to crime prevention and human trafficking, designing and development of training material with special focus on the criminal justice system of Bangladesh. Mr. Hassan holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) and a Masters' degree in Law (LL.M.) from University of Dhaka. In addition, he participated in a specialized course of Kathmandu School of Law, Tribhuvan University, Nepal on Economic, Social and Development Rights (ESDR).



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IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland


Heather Komenda is the Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist based in IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been working on trafficking in persons and migrant protection for 15 years, and has worked in in emergency, post-conflict, and development contexts across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. 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, she has worked extensively on organizational development initiatives aimed at improving project and performance management. Heather manages the IOM component of GLO.ACT. 

       Heather Komenda, Programme Manager, IOM

Craig Murphy is the Project Coordinator with the Migrant Assistance and Protection Division based in IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been working on a range of migration issues including trafficking in persons, refugee resettlement, charter and evacuation flights for displaced populations, and humanitarian response for the last 15 years. His work has focused on these issues in the Middle East, Central Africa, the Horn of Africa, South America, and Europe. He has worked closely with governments and partners across the Horn of Africa in developing a network of Migration Response Centers which provide emergency direct assistance and referral to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, as well as migrants and refugees displaced by the conflict in Yemen starting in 2015. He was involved in the Khartoum Process as a delegate for IOM in the discussions which led to the European Union Trust Fund to support managing migration flows in Africa. More recently (2017-2019) Craig managed IOM’s Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism (ERCM), a joint initiative with UNHCR that was established under the New York Declaration in 2016. Craig coordinates the implementation of the IOM components of GLO.ACT.






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