Heidi Lehmann’s belief in a world where women and girls can reach for the stars, safe from all forms of violence, has fueled her work for the past eighteen years. That work has taken her to some of the worst conflict zones and natural disasters in recent history including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Iraq and Haiti. She has worked as a Case Manager in one of Florida’s largest certified domestic violence centers, facilitated Batter’s Intervention Groups, and worked at the Children’s Justice Center in Tampa. Most recently she was Senior Director of the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit at the International Rescue Committee. In 2007 she helped designed one of the first graduate level courses on Gender Based Violence in Complex Emergencies. She taught this class at the Mailman School of Public Health until 2016.
Currently she runs The Lehmann Group (TLG) an independent consultancy firm that works with US and International clients.
In recognition of her expertise and leadership in shaping the humanitarian agendas of peer NGOs, UN agencies and donor governments, Women eNews selected Heidi as one of the 21st Century Women Leaders in 2013.
Anu is a gender specialist who has been with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee GenCap (Gender Capacity) Project which is managed by the Norwegian Refugee Council, since 2011. So far, she has been deployed to: the Pacific Islands, Somalia, The Philippines, Nepal and Afghanistan. Anu is also a visiting professor at the UN mandated university for peace (UPeace) in Costa Rica where she occasionally teaches a masters level course on gender in humanitarian action. Previously, she was the Head of Mission for Medica Mondiale in Liberia; Gender Adviser to the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Gender Analyst for the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and Peace-building Program Manager for the Centre for the Study of Violence in South Africa.
Anu has a long history of activist and academic engagement on Violence against Women in South Africa and co-presented the first study on Intimate Femicide at the Fourth UN World Conference on Women in 1995 in Beijing. She received her Master’s Degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Conflict Management and is now an online student at the University of York studying international humanitarian affairs. She has published numerous journal articles on gender in humanitarian action, peace and security and is a co-editor of the book “The Aftermath: Women in Post Conflict Transformation” published in 2001 by Zed Books, London.
Hannah is a gender based violence and protection specialist with significant experience in both humanitarian and development contexts. She has previously held positions with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Save the Children, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Secretariat of the Pacific Community across several field locations including South Sudan, Nauru, India, Fiji and Kiribati.
She currently manages a research centre on Gender, Peace and Security at a leading University and is also a gender and protection specialist member with RedR and CANADEM.
Lara is a humanitarian professional with over ten years of experience working to address violence against women and girls and developing child protection and safeguarding systems in developing countries. She has worked in field locations in Africa and Asia as well as at the headquarters of donors, UN agencies, and NGOs and has a passion for research on difficult to study topics as well as using evidence to inform policy and improve programming.
Currently based in London, UK, Lara has undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Psychology and a Masters degree in Conflict, Development, and Security.
Andrea Papan, President
Andrea specialises in human rights-based approaches to gender and development, and is deeply interested in questions of transformative change. Her technical expertise is in sex- and gender-based analysis, policy support, and capacity development. For over 15 years she has worked globally with the United Nations, academic institutions, and local and international CSOs in 40+ countries. She consults on issues relating to gender and governance, gender and knowledge management, and gender and health. Currently, Andrea is a researcher and adjunct in Sweden.
Sarah Martin, Secretary
Sarah has over 19 years experience in research, advocacy, training and project management with international organisations. She specializes in gender analysis, strengthening gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response in humanitarian settings, developing and conducting trainings, conducting qualitative research, and program management. She has field experience in Latin America, West Africa, the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa, Middle East, and Asia.
She is also the author of several reports including “Ending Sexual Violence in Darfur: An Advocacy Agenda” and “Must Boys be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers”. Her work on sexual abuse in UN peacekeeping led to her being recognized as “Glamour Magazine’s Hero of the Month” for June 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and did her master’s work at George Washington University and a training certificate at the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands.
Sabrina Lambat, Treasurer
A Swiss national, Sabrina is a qualified accountant (Federal Diploma of Professional Education and Training / Brevet Fédéral de Spécialiste en Finance et Comptabilité). She is currently completing a Federal Diploma in Finance and Controlling. She has a Master of Arts in International Relations, a Masters of Advanced Studies in Development, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights.
She has experience in finance and administration in both not-for-profit and the private sector organisations and brings to the Board an international, development, human rights and climate change background, as well as experience of financial oversight and governance.
Adam Heiss, Officer
Adam has been working in the humanitarian field since 2007 – with the UN, MSF and ICRC in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacifc – on protection of civilian populations affected by armed conflict, with a focus more recently on migration detention and refugees. Fluent in 6 languages, he has used his practical and academic experience to ensure that gender equality and child protection issues were integrated into all of the humanitarian programming for which he has been responsible.
Adam believes that staff welfare and attention to humanitarian aid workers’ mental health are largely underestimated and ignored, and it is a personal passion of his to ensure that this issue is addressed at all levels in his work environments.