Board of Directors
After spending many years in the world of high-level politics as an advisor in election marketing strategy, Jean-François Fechino led a parallel career in consulting for business development. This experience led him to become a specialist in the field, particularly in Corporate Social Responsibility.
For the past three years, he was the head of the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in Geneva, prior to heading the Brussels International Center for Research and Human Rights. Languages: French and English.
Ramadan Abu Jazar
DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF THE RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
Ramadan whose interest lie at the politics of the Middle-East, North Africa and the Gulf, has built his expertise in a directive and comprehensive way, focusing on human rights, security and development in the aforementioned regions. He has been involved in a number of projects pertaining to elections observations and has also advised several institutions and policy center in Europe.
In addition to this, Ramadan enjoys an extensive political and parliamentary relation in many international forums and is expert in European Affairs to many Arab media. In addition to his Bachelor in Physical Education from the University of Mostaganem in Algeria and a specialty in Civil Society Organizations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Languages: Arab, French and English
RESEARCH AND POLICY OFFICER: CONFLICT AND SECURITY
Fernando built his expertise in a multifaceted approach raging from political communication and strategy, international politics, gender and conflict, in the Central-East African context. His exposure to policy making and diplomatic relations at the EU Institutions (EEAS) has provided a solid basis for his analytical understanding of contemporary issues, particularly in the field of gender in conflict prevention and peace processes in Central Africa and Middle-East.
He has a master in International Relations, with a specialization in Conflict and Security from the University of Kent. In addition to his native Portuguese, Fernando speaks English, Spanish and French.
PROJECT MANAGER — PHOEBUS
Before coming to Brussels, she worked as an English teacher in Europe and Asia and has been involved in a number of human rights and community development initiatives, she has worked in mental health clinics, cultural exchange centers and human rights organizations. Kate speaks English, German and French.
POLICY AND ADVOCACY CONSULTANT
Brandon has spent five years working in the fields of diplomacy, human rights, and development, and specializes in research related to conflict, migration, and International Humanitarian law. He currently works as a Policy and Advocacy Officer for Global Security and Development for ONE, where he focuses on policy research on state fragility and targeted advocacy to shape forward-thinking EU, G7, and G20 processes.
He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a M.A. in International Development at the University of Kent. Brandon speaks English and French.
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATION OFFICER
After an extensive career as a high level executive consultant, Monzer Monzer has led as fulfilling career in public relations. He has extensive knowledge in the Middle East and is currently in charge of communications and public relations at the Brussels international Center for research and Human Rights.
Aside from his native Arabic and French, Monzer is fluent in English and Spanish.
PHOEBUS PROJECT INTERN
Mariam is currently working to complete her Bachelor Degree in Law, at the University of Charleroi. She has worked for many years with various International and local NGOs across Europe. From an early age she been very interested in the way in which discrimination and human right are related to migration. Through the years she has gained experience with advocacy and lobbing through her work with European Institution.
She was also involved with the “No hate Speech Movement” campaign created by the Council of Europe. Mariam is passionate about this field of research and has focused her legal studies on this aspect. She is currently preparing her thesis on the legal perspective of refugee migration.
RESEARCH DEPARTMENT INTERN — MENA
Abdellah Bouhend is currently undertaking a dual degree between Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics in European affairs. He holds two bachelors from La Sorbonne: one in Philosophy and an other one in Political Sciences (with Honors). He also graduated in International and European affairs at Sciences Po Lille where he wrote a dissertation on the diplomatic and business relations between Algeria and the European Union through an analysis of the Association Agreement. He worked in various sectors like NGO’s and public sphere (mainly in Geneva, Brussels and Paris) and has a strong experience in the European civil society. He has been studying Arabic for years and is today working for the Brussels International Center for Research and Human Rights as an analyst on the MENA region.
RESEARCH DEPARTMENT INTERN — ARAB PENINSULA
RESEARCH DEPARTMENT INTERN — LIBYA
Ben Lowings is a Master’s graduate in International Relations with International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent. Ben gained his Bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of Durham, where he became interested in issues of international ethics. He built experience working with international development organizations on vocational training and education programs in Tanzania and Chile, before acquiring further experience in civil society advocacy towards the European Union in Brussels.
Ben maintains a high interest in civil liberties and social cohesion, and is applying this passion to his current research on human rights issues in North Africa. Ben speaks English and Spanish.