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Development & Donor Relations

Michaël W. Sombart

Michaël W. Sombart – Director of Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships

Michaël Sombart has joined the ICJ in July 2018 as Director of Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships. A Law graduate and Lauréat des Facultés from Strasbourg University he has had, after a start at a UK Law Firm, a rich and successful career as an entrepreneur and senior business executive in the UK, France, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. Michaël has, for the last 10 years, directed his career in the field of Philanthropy, heading culture foundations in Switzerland. He will bring his extensive private and corporate fundraising experience to ICJ’s new development policies.

Alex Conte – Director of Programme Management & Donor Relations

Alex Conte joined the ICJ in January 2011 and has held a variety of senior posts at the ICJ. He is an experienced human rights lawyer with 20 years’ experience at all levels of conceptualizing, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating human rights and rule of law work. Alex has worked as a criminal law barrister; with international intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations; and in academia as a professor of international law and human rights. He is adjunct professor of law in human rights and transitional justice at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Priscilla Gonzalez – Development Officer

Martha Priscilla Gonzalez comes from Chihuahua, Mexico, and joined the ICJ Development and Donor Relations team in February 2012. She graduated with honours from her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies (ITESM). She has previously worked in several projects with different organizations and Mexican government entities focusing on project development and management.

Fanny Cachat van der Haert – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer

Fanny joined the ICJ in september 2014, first as Programme Manager in South Asia and then as Programme Manager in the Europe and CIS regional programme. Fanny now supports the development and strengthening of practices and tools that foster a results-based approach to how ICJ programmes and projects are run. She has been developing and coordinating projects in the human rights and justice sector for about ten years, collaborating with various international NGOs such as RCN Justice & Démocratie and Avocats sans Frontières, particularly in Burundi, Rwanda and Nepal where she worked five years. She graduated with a Master in International Relations and Development and a Master in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Bordeaux, France, and holds a BA in International Relations and Political Sciences from the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy.

Mariam Haidara – Programme and Development Officer

Mariam joined ICJ in August 2018. She holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the University of York (the UK), and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Mariam worked in different legal offices both in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining ICJ, she coordinated global policy and accountability initiatives at the headquarters of a Swiss humanitarian organization based in Lausanne, where she was also responsible for overseeing and supporting the implementation of several humanitarian projects.