Organisation Internationale Pour Les Pays Les Moins Avancés (OIPMA)
The International Organization for the Least Developed Countries (IOLDCs)


OUR TEAM


Silvia Cernov

Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer.
info@ioldcs.org

2007-2010 Master in International and European Law of Economics, and Trade (LLM), University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland. 1994-1998 Degree in Civil Law, State University of Moldova, approved in Switzerland (USM). 2015-present Representative of the International Oganization for the Least Developed Countries (OIPMA) accredited to the United Nations. 2005-2015 Administrative Officer, AZ Rapide Sàrl,Geneva 2000-2005 Ministerial Collaborator, Directorate General of International Relations and European Integration, Ministry of Justice, Moldova. Represented Government of Maldavia Government at the European Court (ECHR) of Human Rights, supervision and execution of judgments of the (ECHR).


Aicha Cuneo

Executive Director and Main Representative to the United Nations-Geneva.
a.cuneo@ioldcs.org

Aicha holds University degree in physical chemistry scientific studies and Federal Certificate of Business Employee.
Her 20-year professional experience includes positions as a legal secretary in the field of family and child protection in Switzerland, management, support and coordination of projects. In the voluntary sector, she has been the coach and the administrator the Swiss club Association of Karatedo in Geneva.
Aicha is an effective communicator in French, English and Arabic who provides advice and assistance to staff in the planning, implementation, monitoring of programs and projects.
Aicha represents the Organization in presenting oral statements to the Human Rights Council, Her goal expands into the area of communication with civil society and states.


Chiara Giaccari

Human Rights Officer
c.giaccari@ioldcs.org

Chiara is a Master of Law (LLM) graduate from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations from King’s College London and currently works as an International Law Reporter for Oxford University Press, focusing on judgements by the International Criminal Court, the Extraordinary Chambers for the Courts in Cambodia and the Kosovo Specialist Tribunal. Chiara has previously interned for the International Committee of the Red Cross, and for Physicians for Social Responsibility, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Washington D.C. Her work focuses on violations of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and international criminal law in conflict situations, with a view to conflict prevention and post-conflict peacebuilding.


Marjorie Sage

Digital Communications and Campaigns Officer
m.sage@ioldcs.org

Marjorie graduated with honors from Aix-Marseille University after completing a Master’s Degree in International and Cross-cultural Negotiations (MASNI), specializing in Brazil and Hispanic America. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lancaster University and Jean Moulin Lyon III in International Business Management. Her professional experience includes the position of Marketing and Projects Coordinator for a multinational company based in Geneva where she managed and monitored the marketing and communications projects across 20 African countries. She also worked on ongoing digital campaigns for an independent marketing and advertising agency in London. Marjorie is very much committed to promoting the economic, social and cultural rights of vulnerable groups. She joined the IOLDCs in 2020 to gain experience in the Human Rights field and is very eager to work towards the protection and empowerment of vulnerable populations and to promote positive change.


Javier Rodriguez

Human Rights Officer
javier.rodriguez@ioldc.org

Responsible for: Conflict Prevention, Post-conflict, Peace-building in the crisis LDCs Javier has a BA in Modern History at the University of Navarra and a MA in European Studies at the European Institute of the University of Geneva. In addition, he has followed several courses in Humanitarian Action and Human Rights. He has been a member of the Council of Europe Delegation at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. His major interest areas are Conflict Prevention, Peace building and Human Rights.


Sheila Anazonwu

Project Manager
s.anazonwu@ioldcs.org

Sheila recently joined the International Organisation for the Least Developed Countires (IOLDCs) as a Senior Advisor. Her professional experience spans over 20 years in the field of international health diplomacy, project and conference management. She has worked on numerous major multistakeholder international policy and health-related projects, which have included UN agencies such as the World Health Organization as well as major private sector entities.Sheila holds a Masters’ Degree (MSc) in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours Degree in European and Social Sciences, with a major in French language, from Universities of Southampton and East Anglia, UK, respectively. Her interests include travelling, international affairs and bible study.


David Roethlisberger

Senior Advisor
d.roethlisberger@ioldcs.org

Senior Advisor with IOLDC, David Roethlisberger is a seasoned professional who dedicates a portion of his time to voluntary work. His faculties to set a clear vision, pilot structured strategic plans and lead teams to reach impactful objectives are most appreciated. He has been awarded a Masters degree in Economics, and has followed through with an Advanced Executive Management Programme in a highly ranked Business School. In 1997, rapidly promoted to Head of Desk and youngest Member of the Board of a top five International grain trading and logistics firm, David drives key decisions in very volatile environments. His accreditation as Swiss Mediator in 2009 highlights his ability to unveil simple, rapid and cost conscious agreements, while acknowledging the needs and interests of plural stakeholders. His curriculum includes the foundation and the Presidency of two Public Utility Associations. He climbs 4000m peaks and enjoyschess.


Iulia Duca

Human Rights Officer
i.duca@ioldcs.org

Iulia has a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, specialization Geostrategy and Security from the Diplomatic School of Spain. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania as well as academic training on Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation from the International University Centre for Peace Missions (IUCPM) in Spain. She has participated in several Human Rights courses, conferences and seminars organised by organisations such as the International Federation of Red Cross, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Spain, UNITAR and the Diplomatic School of Spain. She has worked with several Permanent Missions to the United Nations and government diplomatic entities in Geneva, Switzerland and Spain, respectively. Iluia has also engaged extensively in volunteer work, one of the most recent being in Uganda, with the Fundacíon del Valle (Spain) and Kioga Foundation (Uganda), where she promoted the right to education for all children.


Elena Müller

Human Rights Officer
e.muller@ioldcs.org

Elena obtained her Master of Arts in English Language, Law and Political Science from the University of Zurich in 2017. Her professional experiences include the position of Junior Project Manager with a Swiss trading company with a focus on Central Asia which involved postings in Zurich and in Uzbekistan. She also was an Academic Intern in the Political and Economic Division at the Embassy of Switzerland in Austria. She has recently completed an internship at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN refugee agency. Elena is very much committed to promoting the rights of vulnerable persons. Her work focus at the International Organisation for the Least Developed Countries (IOLDCs) is on conflict prevention and the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs).


Maheshwari

Human Rights Officer
m.maheshwari@ioldcs.org

Maheshwari graduated with a Master's in International Relations from Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA) degree in English Studies from Christ University, India. Between March 2018 to date, Maheshwari, has undertaken various internship programmes with Geneva for Human Rights (GHR) and Education Relief Foundation (ERF), in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also Consulting Editor for The Kootneeti in New Delhi, India, an independent publication on International Relations and Diplomacy. Her primary areas of work with the International Organisation for Least Developed Countries (IOLDCs), are SDGs addressing the topics of Children in Armed Conflict (IHL), Human Rights and Climate Change, Human Rights Mechanisms at the UN, Foreign Policy Studies. She is also responsible for drafting and editing website and newsletter content. Maheshwari, as a member of Geneva for Human Rights (GHR), has participated in the Human Rights Council, UPR, EMRIP and the Treaty Body sessions for 2019.Maheshwari is from Bangalore, India.


Sandra Muya Miyanga

Human Rights Officer
s.muya.miyanga@ioldc.org

Sandra Muya is a Congolese lawyer holding a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva University. She has advocated on the rights of women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As a lawyer, she has worked on sensitive cases of sexual violence as international crimes. Sandra Muya is on the roster of Experts in Sexual and Gender Based Violence ( SGBV), conjointly held by UN Women and Justice Rapid Response, a Geneva-based NGO. The experts on this roster are deployable to international and regional accountability mechanisms, in order to investigate and prosecute SGBV. She is also on the list of assistants to counsels at the International Criminal Court. Sandra Muya is the author of a 360-page book published in 2015 on the war in the DR Congo.


Eléonore Mandra

Human Rights Officer
e.mandra@ioldc.org

Eléonore has Master of Laws degrees (LL.M) in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and in International and European Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and University of Geneva, respectively. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in Swiss Law from the University of Fribourg. Eléonore’s notable professional experiences include internships with the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico and MINORITIES RIGHTS Organization (MRO), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She also was a volunteer for the association AnnasLinnas in Damour, Lebanon. These experiences have enabled her to pursueher passionate desire to contribute to the fight against serious violations of Human Rights and impunity worldwide. She very much looks forward to being a team member of the International Organisation for the Least Developed Countries (IOLDCs). Eléonore, born in Geneva, is of Swissnationality.


Emilie Guignon

Human Rights Officer
emilie.guignon@ioldcs.org

Emilie holds a Master’s degree in International Law, majoring in Human Rights, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding. She is a specialised «International Legal Officer for Consolidation of Peace». As Project and Research Assistant at Destination Justice in Cambodia, and Max Plancks Foundation in Germany, she explored the role of the rule of law and access to justice in post-conflict settings, as well as contributed to and developed capacity building’s projects. She also underwent an internship at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) in Geneva where she carried out research at policy level. The focus of her work at the International Organisation for the Least Developed Countries (IOLDCs), is on SDG16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR), conflict prevention, and children in armed conflict, through a multidisciplinary approach to Human Rights, Development and Peace.


Zhicheng Ding

Human Rights Officer
z.ding@ioldc.org

Zhicheng holds a bachelor's degree in Law from South China University of Technology. After her graduation, she went to Cairo, Egypt to provide pro bono legal aid services to asylum seekers from Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia in their Refugee Status Determination (RSD). She went on to pursue a Master's degree in International Affairs, majoring in protecting the rights of vulnerable population in emergency settings, at The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland. She has just completed her internship with UNAIDS, in the area of forced displacement, conflict, HIV/AIDS and women in emergency settings. Her areas of work with the International Organisation for the Least Developed Countries (IOLDCs) are counterterrorism, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), child protection and health in emergency settings. Zhicheng, originally from Guangzhou, China, is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


Albulena Ajdini

Human Rights Officer
a.ajdini@ioldcs.org

Albulena has a Masters degree in Art and Management Policy with a Major in International Relations from the University of Corvinus, in Hungary2019,Albulena did an Internship with Terre des Hommes in Budapest. The work she has undertaken has involved investigating the link between children's rights and the environment and ways in which education can be used as a tool to raise awareness among children and engage their participation.


Mugaruka Maimona Gabriel

Human Rights Officer
info@ioldcs.org

Responsible for: Regional representative in East and Horn of Africa He holds a Master’s degree in Security Studies, Faculty of Socio and Economic Sciences, Cavendish University Uganda, Kampala, Uganda. He is a Coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Solidarity Network, HRDS Net C/o Amnesty International (Africa Regional Office Consultant, Journalist researcher in Human Rights, Child and Women Protection, Conflicts Resolution, Community development, Cultural and Ethnic Negotiations, National and International Relations, Business Administration, Gender Balance Advisor, Security Advisory (Multilingual : French, Swahili, English ). Carried out plan of action in peace and Conflict Management (Conflict Resolution, the interest based relation Approach, Reconciliation and peace Building, Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Gabriel has undertaken Training on how to networking with other NGO in the East and horn of Africa with Africa Human Rights Education Program extensively experienced in peace building, negotiation, conflicts resolutions and community development. Undertakes periodic field visits to monitor programs, as well as conducts periodic program reviews with UN counterparts. Proposes and/or undertakes action on operational activities affecting project management and implementation. Provides advice and assistance to staff and other partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of program/ project(s).



FORMER TEAM


Mr. Brandon Mikuriya

Main Representative to the UN Head quarters in New York

Brandon Takashi Mikuriya will graduate from New York University with a B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies. His academic interests include economic development, international trade, and ethnic minority rights. He serves as the IOLDCs’ Main Representative to the UN Secretariat in New York. His duties include drafting and delivering oral and written statements, attending relevant forums, and articulating the needs of the IOLDCs’ constituents to influential UN bodies. Beginning in July, he will assess and mitigate “ESG” risk (environmental, social, governmental) for a private equity consulting firm and signatory of the UN PRI initiative.


Giulia Borsa

Human Rights Officer

Giulia is a Human Rights Lawyer and the Main Representative of IOLDCs in Geneva. She is coordinating a new division on Climate Change and Human Rights preparing new reports and projects on this issue, as well as cooperating with the other divisions of IOLDCs. With an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Oxford Brookes University and a background in law from Spain, Giulia is also an independent researcher on Climate Change related impacts, including displacement. Before working for IOLDCs, she worked for more than 3 years for a Spanish NGO. Giulia is also strongly committed to the rights of vulnerable people such as indigenous communities and children, especially their education. Likewise, she works hard to create a safe and enabling environment for Women. Giulia is devoted to making this World a sustainable, peaceful and fairer place.


Jessica Ambiero

Human Rights Officer

Jessica is a B.A Graduate from Cambridge and she is now pursuing a M.A in International Relations. Her academic interests include economic development, international human rights law, communication and conflict and Humanitarian action. Whilst studying, Jessica was a member of the Cambridge University United Nations Association. She also worked as a former London Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics, being a multilingual translator for foreigner visitors moreover aiding and accommodating multinationals of the 2012 Olympics. Jessica is a former representative and Awarded Silver for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, where she worked with and volunteered for NGOs who target to improve the development and wellbeing of children and aid to find work for women in less developed countries. Jessica has a real passion for Human Rights and Development, focused on the rights of women and children in LDC and conflict-affected countries.


Laura Perucho Garcia

Human Rights Officer

Responsible for: Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the crisis LDCs Laura has a degree in Journalism and Anthropology and currently is pursuing a Master program in Migration Studies in Geneva. She has working experience as a volunteer at the Local Group of International Amnesty in Valencia. She has travelled around Europe in order to learn English and French. Her passion is Human Rights and Development, and she sees her future working in this field as a journalist or researcher.


Michelle Ammann

Human Rights and Communication Officer

Responsible for: social media development Current Bachelor student in Political Science and International Relations at University of Lausanne and part-time journalist of the student newspaper “L’auditoire”, Michelle is very interested in the issues of human rights and development. She has working experience as an English teacher in one of the poorest districts of Peru, that strengthened even more her wish to support the development of the countries in need.


Patricia Paramita

Human Rights Officer

Responsible for: UN Charter-based issues, New Strategy on the Right to Development in the LDCs Patricia has an extensive working experience in the field of Human Rights. She has worked for the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Graduate Institute Center for Asian Studies, the Human Rights Watch and ASEAN Secretariat. Patricia holds a BA in Political Science from Parahyangan Catholic University and is currently studying to obtain her MA in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute. Her major interests are research and advocacy in Human Rights, specifically issues of Rights to Food and Land Grabbing.


Loria-Mae Heywood

Human Rights Officer

Responsible for: the Rights of Women and Children Loria-Mae is a Guyanese by birth and has a BSc in International Relations. She is a winner of the President’s Medal (2009), having graduated as the Best Graduating Student at the University of Guyana. She is currently a Development Studies Master’s student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies and has a strong passion for Human Rights, in general and the Rights of Women and Children in particular. Her work experience has ranged from doing research for the International Organisation for Migration to working for the High Commission of Canada.


Lyaylya Safiulina

Communication Officer

Lyaylya is a multilingual Communication professional with a BA degree in Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistic University and an MA in Media and Communication from International University in Geneva. Her working experience includes event management, interpretation, teaching, development of communication strategies. Her areas of interest are development of the organizations’ online presence, blogging, social media, web analytics and web content management systems. Loria-Mae is a Guyanese by birth and has a BSc in International Relations. She is a winner of the President’s Medal (2009), having graduated as the Best Graduating Student at the University of Guyana. She is currently a Development Studies Master’s student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies and has a strong passion for Human Rights, in general and the Rights of Women and Children in particular. Her work experience has ranged from doing research for the International Organisation for Migration to working for the High Commission of Canada.