Jonathan Woolley holds an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Applied Biology from the University of Cambridge, UK. He joined QUNO in 2011, bringing more than thirty years’ professional experience of agricultural research, development and capacity building in some fifty countries. Starting as a volunteer teacher in Kenya, he then worked directly with poor farmers in Nigeria, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico. From 1999 to 2009, he led two research networks directed at institutional reform, building cohesive small teams and strengthening innovative partnerships: a ground-breaking agricultural research fund in Ecuador, and the first phase of the "CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food" based in Sri Lanka and active in nine river basins around the world. He originally joined Friends in the UK some forty years ago, and is a member of Mexico City Monthly Meeting.
Diane Hendrick has been active in the field of peace and conflict for more than 25 years. For 16 of those years she worked as a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher in conflict transformation and has worked on peace related projects in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and Albania. She has also co-directed a number of international peace education projects. Diane has lectured in peace studies at various universities in Austria, Ireland and England and has had extensive experience as a trainer in peacebuilding and conflict transformation working with a broad range of groups from Austrian police trainers to Israeli and Palestinian young adults to the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe. She most recently worked with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia. Diane has a First in Peace Studies from Bradford University, an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and a PhD in Conflict Resolution also from Bradford University. She has been carrying out research on complexity theory and its application to conflict transformation and on psycho-spiritual approaches to peace work and peace training and was invited to contribute several articles to the Oxford University Press International Encyclopaedia of Peace. Diane is a member of Manchester and Warrington Area Meeting in the UK.
Lindsey has a Bachelors in Politics from Durham University (UK), a Masters in Literature of Conflict from the York University (UK), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from DeMonfort University (UK). Prior to her appointment as Representative, she helped to expand the QUNO climate change work on a consultancy basis. Her work in climate change evolved from a conviction that the challenge of climate change is intimately linked to peace and justice issues. Lindsey previously worked with the United Nations on humanitarian efforts in the West Bank, the Former Yugoslavia and Somalia, as well as with donor coordination in Gaza and development and communications with the United Nations Volunteers HQ in Bonn. She was a Programme Assistant at QUNO New York in 1986 and a teacher at the Friends School in Ramallah during the first intifada. She writes fiction and non-fiction, and is a Member of German Yearly Meeting of Quakers. She lives with her family in Bonn and works from QUNO's meeting space there.
Susan has a Bachelors Degree from Williams College, a Masters of Science in Resource Ecology from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and is a member of the US Patent Bar.Susan has used her experience in science and law to work on critical global issues such as the conservation, use and management of biological diversity; creating compatibility with environment and agriculture; and promoting food security. She was the lawyer for the Secretariat for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the Convention on Biological Diversity and when the treaty was concluded Susan joined the treaty Secretariat as its first Legal Advisor. From 1997-2005 Susan worked with the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute as a Senior Scientist, Law & Policy, where she worked on legal and policy issues related to plant genetic resources and in particular managed projects on intellectual property rights, Farmers’ Rights, biotechnology and biological diversity, and on developing decision-making tools for the development of policy and law to manage plant genetic resources in the interest of food security. Most recently, Susan was the Executive Director of Seeds for All, a US licensed strategic consulting practice focusing on global policy having an impact on the critical activities of the world’s small-scale farmers. She has published widely in international legal and scientific journals. Susan, presently based in Portland, Oregon, will initially do part of her work from there before relocating to Geneva later this year.
Laurel Townhead has a Bachelors Degree in Law & Politics from the University of Manchester and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. Laurel previously worked with QUNO as a Human Rights and Refugees Programme Assistant and Project Officer (2005-2007) and returns to QUNO Geneva after working on human rights protection in the UK, with a particular focus on people in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining QUNO, Laurel worked for 5 years as Policy and Campaigns Manager for Women in Prison. This role included pursuing the domestic implementation of the Bangkok Rules on the Treatment of Women Prisoners, which Laurel contributed to drafting. Laurel has also worked on a wide range of human rights and refugee protection issues, including contributing to international litigation on the right to conscientious objection to military service. Laurel has been an attender of Peckham Quaker Meeting in London for several years.
Rachel has an LLB and an LLM in International Human Rights Law. She has been the Human Rights representative at the Quaker UN Office since 1993. She is the author of numerous publications on a range of topics such as human rights, the role of non-governmental organisations, and child soldiers, as well as co-author of the books, Young Soldiers: Why They Choose to Fight and Children: the Invisible Soldiers. She is a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, and previously taught law and international human rights law there as well as initiating and acting as principal researcher for the Essex Project on the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (then 'The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe'). She worked at the Quaker UN Offices in both Geneva and New York in the 1970s.
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, David completed his MA in Applied Human Rights Course at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York in September 2013. His thesis looked at the role environmental social movements (in this case, anti-fracking activists in Northern Ireland) play in the articulation of new rights-based claims concerning access to environmental information and decision-making. After graduating he worked at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, also in York, focusing on climate change and fuel poverty issues, and subsequently at the London-based public policy research institute Demos. David also assisted with capacity building at a women’s human rights organization in rural Burkina Faso, and in 2013 was involved with the establishment of the York Human Rights City Project, working with local schools on human rights education and running the inaugural York Human Rights Film Festival.
Mihan Borhani has a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London. Born in Tehran, Mihan grew up in Vancouver. Prior to joining QUNO Geneva in February 2015, Mihan had the opportunity to live and gain experience in a number of countries including Spain, Turkey, and England, where she worked with the British American Security Information Council on nuclear disarmament issues. In this post, she sought to research and bring to light the cultural and historical incentives for the pursuit of nuclear programmes and the ways in which such factors influence nuclear negotiations. Mihan has also worked in human rights, including advocacy for the release of prisoners of conscience. She is thrilled to join QUNO in utilizing cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to further peace and disarmament agendas.
René studied at the International School of Geneva before starting his career in international banking in Geneva and Johannesburg. He has worked as management consultant for an American company, as a coffee and cocoa trader in Africa and Madagascar, and in administration and finance with international companies in Geneva. He completed his studies as Swiss specialist in finance and accounting in 2006 and is now member of the Board of a dozen SMEs. He also works as a consultant in finance, human resources, fiscal issues and organization with both small and large companies.
Susan, a Canadian with a B.A. in Geography from the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, joined QUNO in March 2014. She traveled the world extensively as an administrative manager of different resorts of a well-known hotel chain before settling in Geneva to work as office manager and assistant to the ambassador of the Colombian Mission to the World Trade Organization. Susan then worked as project finance officer for the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association (IUF), running educational projects on health and safety in the workplace for IUF members worldwide. Most recently Susan and her husband created and ran a restaurant in Burgundy, France, before returning to Geneva in autumn 2013.
Stephen Schenck joined QUNO in February 2014 and brings 15 years of marketing and communications experience in the private and public sectors. For the past eight years, Stephen has held international leadership and client service roles with The Nielsen Company, a leading global information and market research company. In 2006, he joined Nielsen's fledgling social media division in New York, consulting major global brands on social media research and marketing best practices, and eventually relocating to Zagreb in 2010 to help lead its European business. Stephen earned his Bachelors of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin and began his career working in public relations and communications for non-profit and public organizations in Texas. He has lived with his family in Geneva since 2012.
Andrew has a BA in Archaeology & Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew joined QUNO in 2008 after a career in international finance in London and New York with S.G.Warburg and Citigroup, having spent the last several years managing a socially responsible investment business. A Quaker since he came to Philadelphia from the UK on an exchange scholarship, he and his wife Ursula were married at Central Philadelphia Friends Meeting, and he is now a member of Chatham-Summit Monthly Meeting in New Jersey.
Camilla Campisi joined QUNO in 2010 and has a focus on peacebuilding and the inclusion of local perspectives at the UN. Prior to QUNO, she was an Advocate working on displacement issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Myanmar with Refugees International (RI), based in Washington, DC. Before joining RI, she was the Field Relations Manager for InterExchange Au Pair USA, a nonprofit cultural exchange program. Camilla also has experience working on refugee resettlement with the International Organization for Migration in Geneva and the International Rescue Committee. Camilla has a Bachelor’s degree in French from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
Originally from Jilin, China, Vivien was raised a Buddhist. The enthusiasm for peace and connection with the open beauty of Quaker values and practices led her to a career with QUNO. Vivien holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from University of California, San Diego. She has previously worked as a consultant with the American Friends Service Committee in Beijing. Among other issues, she has devoted her best efforts to the studies of civil conflict resolution and institutional building. Vivien also has experience working as a business news producer with national and local televisions. Singing, cooking and dogs are her biggest passions at leisure.
Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, Elisabeth Halliday-Quan studied Vocal Performance at the Peabody Conservatory and German and Linguistics at Johns Hopkins University. A Unitarian Universalist, Elisabeth is thrilled to be working with Friends, whose ideals and beliefs mirror her own. As well as working at QUNO, Elisabeth works for the non-profit opera company Rhymes With Opera, both as a performer and as Communications Director. When not singing or coordinating the Quaker United Nations Office, Elisabeth fosters cats, reads books and hangs out in New York City's many zoos.
Hailing from the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, Rachel graduated from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick with an Honours in Geography. Rachel’s deep commitment to peace and social justice springs from her family and communities, to whom she is grateful for providing her with support and inspiration. Among other issues, Rachel has been led to advocate for an end to violence against girls and young women at an international level alongside the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Rachel has previously worked with the Canadian Friends Service Committee, focusing on restorative justice and alternatives to violence. Rachel worked as a Programme Assistant with QUNO in New York from 2013-2014, focusing on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, climate change, and Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights. Rachel is glad to further her work with QUNO as a Fellow, researching non-violent policy alternatives at the UN.
Jordan graduated with an MSci in International Relations and Global Issues from the University of Nottingham in September 2013, spending three years in Nottingham and one year in Paris at The Institut d'études politiques de Paris. A British born Quaker, with Jewish American roots, Jordan is a member of Northamptonshire Area Meeting in the UK. During his studies, Jordan spent six months working in Samburu County, Northwestern Kenya with a local Peace and Development office, where he dually undertook research for his Masters’ Thesis titled ‘The “Hyenas of Conflict”: Assessing the causes of, and responses to, Pastoralist Violence in Samburu County of Northwestern Kenya.’ More recently, Jordan worked with the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction in London, and Search for Common Ground in Washington DC, where he gained valuable experience with two organizations that fit closely with his Quaker held beliefs and principles. Jordan is particularly excited to be able to work with an international Quaker organization in what he hopes to be a long and rewarding career in the field.
Rachel F. Madenyika joins QUNO with a broad range of experience in economic and social development, financial and nonprofit management. A former QUNO Program Assistant in 2000, Rachel is glad to return and continue Quaker work at the UN. In the intervening 14 years, Rachel has also worked in various capacities with organizations such as the International Center for Transitional Justice, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Kennan Institute, and WITNESS Inc. She has consulted with Save the Children, the European Commission and the UN. Rachel comes to us from HealthRight International where she served as the CFO for 6 years. She holds an M.A. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and a M.Sc. in Nonprofit Management & Urban Policy from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. Born in Zimbabwe, Rachel was raised following the tenets of Quakerism.