Staff

HURIDOCS is made up of documentation specialists, researchers and software developers, united by a belief in the power of accurate, accessible information and by a commitment to human rights. We operate a small office in Geneva, Switzerland, but the majority of our team is distributed across the world in several countries.

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“As software developers for HURIDOCS, we need to develop very simple and efficient online platforms. We do not think in terms of profit: we help human rights defenders the best way we can.”

After 10 years developing software in different countries, Alberto started working for HURIDOCS in 2015 on OpenEvsys and currently works on Uwazi.

“I have worked for a number of commercial companies and I really enjoy being now involved in a team of people who think in terms of human relations and don’t seek profit at any cost.”

After 35 years working in positions related to accounting and administration in the advertising business, Anne joined the HURIDCOCS team in 2014.

“Working in open-source tools that have a positive impact on people’s lives is a dream come true. At HURIDOCS, I am part of a team of passionate people committed to supporting human rights NGOs every day.”

In 2019, Federico made the change from working on software in a multinational corporation to developing solutions for human rights defenders with HURIDOCS.

“Human rights are not just words: they need to be fought for and promoted. Gathering, organising and analysing information is essential to this goal, and we are proud to strengthen human rights defenders with advice, training and tools.”

Friedhelm has overseen HURIDOCS projects and partnerships around the globe since 2012. He is constantly exploring new solutions, approaches and collaborations.

  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Languages spoken: English, French, German, Polish and Russian
  • Email: friedhelm@huridocs.org

“Software is yet another factor contributing to welfare inequality in the world. At HURIDOCS we push to balance this: we share open-source code in favor of human rights.”

Gabriel has worked for several years in software development and operations research, and has a background in statistics and big data analytics. He joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, English, Valencian
  • Email: gabriel@huridocs.org

“NGOs need to make sure that their sensitive information are safe. Data security is therefore an essential aspect of my work for HURIDOCS: we train our partners and keep good standards in order to realise their mission.”

A software developer since 1996, Jaume also has a background in sociology – the perfect match between technology challenges and social projects. He works for HURIDOCS since 2014.

  • Location: Central America
  • Languages spoken: Catalan, Spanish, French, English, basic Japanase
  • Email: jaume@huridocs.org

“It has been very challenging and interesting to develop open-source tools for human rights NGOs. These tools require a deep understanding of the needs of the users and the building of a community around the information and tool.”

Joan Gallego first worked as a contractor in the HURIDOCS-MRVRS project in June 2015 and joined HURIDOCS as a full-time senior developer in September 2015 to work on Uwazi.

“It is amazing working in a team with members from different regions in the world who come up with incredible ideas to contribute to the work of human rights organisations through software.”

After five years of developing e-commerce and warehouse management software, Kevin joined HURIDOCS in 2020 to work on Uwazi.

  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Languages spoken: English, Swahili, Kikuyu
  • Email: kevin@huridocs.org

“I started my human rights work in the torture treatment field in 2007 and I’ve seen first-hand how NGOs struggle with data management. Ever since, I have been determined to tackle this challenge.”

Kristin has a background in computer science and has worked as a community-builder and technology problem-solver in the human rights community since 2007.

“Stories are a powerful tool for promoting human rights, and there are countless out there just waiting to be told. With the right technology and training, we can uncover them.”

L. Finch is a writer, editor and translator with a background in mission-driven and community-centered journalism. She joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

“I particularly enjoy helping HURIDOCS team members to stay connected to the human rights community we serve and understanding the realities people face. Dialogue is essential to efficiently defend the values I believe in.”

Passionate about human rights and the rule of law, Manushak Mila coordinates projects since 2014 with a focus on capacity building and implementing information management solutions.

  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Languages spoken: Armenian, Russian, English, French, German
  • Email: manushak@huridocs.org

“Sharing technology to unlock the power of information is a challenge worth taking, especially when it serves to boost human rights activism. I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time.”

Marina has worked in data management and advocacy within the human rights field since 2013. She studied sociology and is eager to learn more about tech. She joined HURIDOCS in 2020.

  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, English
  • Email: marina@huridocs.org

“Leveraging the advancement of technology to boost the work of human rights defenders is a challenging but rewarding task that I look forward to fulfilling at HURIDOCS.”

Matel has worked in Chicago, Geneva and across West Africa with a focus on capacity building and knowledge management for civil society actors. She joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

  • Location: Saint-Louis, France
  • Languages spoken: Wolof, Fulah, English, French, Portuguese
  • Email: matel@huridocs.org

“Information is rhizomatic. It is abundant in possibilities. In HURIDOCS, I look forward to collaborating to find solutions for information management needs. Being passionate about the interaction between information systems, knowledge and social impact, I see this as an eye-opening journey; filled with learning and insight.”

Menna has been working in the field of human rights since 2011 and has focused on freedom of information in transitional justice processes. She holds an LLM in human rights conflict and justice, and has a background in anthropology. She is passionate about understandings of knowledge and processes of transmission. She joined HURIDOCS in 2020.

“I’m delighted to be developing software that could help to achieve justice around the world. Being part of a team that contributes to the defense of people’s rights is such a privilege.”

After working for almost 15 years in the financial sector, Mercy left her last director position in order to come back to development—this time, open-source software for humanistic purposes. She joined HURIDOCS in May 2020.

“I am excited to unearth solutions and build open-source tools from the ground up — rooted in the lived realities and unique requirements of our partners.”

Nancy has been an active organiser and researcher in the civil and human rights community for nearly 20 years and joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

  • Location: Asturias, Spain
  • Languages spoken: English, Taiwanese, Kannada, Sanskrit, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Email: nancy@huridocs.org

“Working for HURIDOCS has been an incredible gateway to see the innumerable ways in which technology can strengthen the work of human rights defenders across the world.”

Natasha has a background in human rights research, publishing and editing, with a focus on social inclusion, humanitarian aid and peace. She joined HURIDOCS in 2020.

  • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Languages spoken: English, Nepali, Hindi, Marwari, Bengali
  • Email: natasha@huridocs.org

“I left the private sector because I wanted to do something meaningful, which is the case now. Improving the daily life of human rights NGOs and having a leading role in a small organisation with an efficient structure and a pragmatic approach is very rewarding.”

Being key account and strategic alliance manager at Procter & Gamble for 12 years, Peter started working for various NGOs and joined HURIDOCS in 2012.

“As a developer, I have relied heavily on open source projects during my career. At HURIDOCS, being part of open source projects that can contribute to other NGOs as well as other programmers and give back to the community is an exciting experience.”

After three years developing the Idukay education plaftorm, Rafa participated as a contractor in the HURIDOCS-MRVRS project in June 2015 and joined HURIDOCS as a full-time senior developer in August 2016 to work on Uwazi.

  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Languages spoken: Spanish, English
  • Email: rafa@huridocs.org

“It’s exciting to work on developing tools for human rights advocates, and contribute to the ecosystem of free and open software. I feel privileged to be part of a team that works to create positive change in the world.”

Santiago has worked in human rights organizations as a tech consultant, system administrator and web developer. He joined HURIDOCS in February 2021.

“My goal in life is to design for change, design to impact people for the better. I feel privileged building tools to help human rights advocates and defenders.”

Simon is a designer with a knack for solving complex problems. He’s been working with NGOs since 2016 and joined HURIDOCS in 2019.

  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Languages spoken: English, Croatian
  • Email: ozren@huridocs.org

“I am passionate about the intersection between technology and social justice. At HURIDOCS, I have the opportunity to help and learn from human rights organizations that are actually in the field fighting for victims.”

Ximena has worked in nonprofit civic tech for several years and is the co-founder of Accionar.io, a platform that helps activists and collectives build digital advocacy campaigns. She joined HURIDOCS in 2020.