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Co-chairs and Secretariat

Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, and Advisor to GP2.0

Ms. Cecilia JIMENEZ-DAMARY (Philippines) was appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons by the Human Rights Council in September 2016 and assumed the mandate on 1 November 2016.

Ms. Jimenez-Damary is a lawyer in human rights and international humanitarian law specialised in forced displacement and migration. She has over three decades of experience in NGO human rights advocacy for the Asia-Pacific region and teaching experience as an adjunct professor of international human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Jimenez-Damary previously acted as Senior Legal Adviser and Trainer with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Geneva; as the National Director of the IDP Project of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines; and as the government representative to the Philippine Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission for the Bangsamoro.

Ms. Jimenez-Damary holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from King’s College London, UK; an MDC in International Organizations-MBA from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; an LL.B. from Ateneo de Manila, Philippines; and a B.Sc. in Foreign Service from the University of the Philippines. She was admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 1990.

Henny Ngu

Policy Specialist on Migration and Displacement, UNDP / GP2.0 Co-Chair

Henny has over 18 years of working in development, crisis and post-crisis settings in Asia and Africa. Prior to this, she worked in the UNDP Executive Office, the Gender Team and served as Assistant Country Director in UNDP China where she managed the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Governance Unit. In previous years, Henny has served with UNHCR, IOM and Caritas in Timor Leste, Indonesia and Sudan on humanitarian, development and peace programmes including on protection, assistance for refugees, internally displaced persons, youth migration, livelihoods, rule of law, transitional justice, truth and reconciliation, reconstruction, disaster risk reduction, conflict prevention, social cohesion and durable solutions.

She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Nottingham.

Samuel Cheung

Chief, Internal Displacement Section, UNHCR / GP2.0 Co-Chair

The Internal Displacement Section is responsible for policy development and field support on protection in situations of conflict and internal displacement. Prior to this, he spent numerous years in the field in the capacities of protection and cluster coordination, including in Yemen, Lebanon, Libya and Iraq in the Middle East, as well as postings in Asia, Africa and the US. His articles on refugees and displacement have been published in, among others, the Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies and the Forced Migration Review. Before joining UNHCR, he spent three years as an attorney specializing in international transactions. He holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University.

Sara Ferro Ribeiro

Senior Migration Crisis Adviser and Senior Human Rights Due Diligence Adviser, IOM / GP2.0 Co-Chair

Sara Ferro Ribeiro is currently the a.i Senior Migration Crisis Adviser and Senior Human Rights Due Diligence Adviser for IOM, where she leads on IOM’s institutional and strategic Migration Crisis portfolio for the Department of Operations and Emergencies and on the implementation of the human rights due diligence policy (HRDDP) across the Organization. Sara has worked as a policy, conflict, human rights and sexual violence adviser and program lead for IOM, the UK Stabilization Unit, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the National Democratic Institute in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Timor-Leste, Haiti, DRC, and Libya, among others. She was the lead author of the International Protocol on Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict and has published on protection, gender, internal displacement and feminist foreign policy. Sara holds a degree in International Law from the Fletcher School, a MSC in European Law and Policy from LSE and an MA from Oxford University.

Sebastian von Einsiedel

Senior Advisor on Internal Displacement, UN OCHA / GP2.0 Co-Chair

He looks back at 20 years of experience in and around the United Nations, including postings with UN University, the Department of Political Affairs, the UN Secretary-General’s office, and the UN Mission in Nepal. Before joining the UN, Sebastian worked as a foreign affairs staffer in the German Parliament and at NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He has published widely on the UN’s role in peace and security. 

Teresa Del Ministro

GP2.0 Coordinator

Teresa coordinates the GP2.0 Initiative. Prior to joining GP2.0, Teresa was working as Durable Solutions Coordinator in the Office of the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. Teresa’s expertise focuses on internal displacement, durable solutions, land governance,  Housing Land and Property, peacebuilding, and youth violence prevention. She has worked for UN agencies, NGOs and private sector in Somalia, Uganda, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Algeria.  She holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Bologna University and a master’s in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mark Yarnell

Advisor to the GP2.0 Initiative 

Mark is an advisor to the GP2.0 Initiative. Most recently, he worked for the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement as the Research and Outcomes Officer. Previously he worked at Refugees International (RI), where he led field assessments to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe, as well as conducted research in Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Greece, Myanmar, and Niger. Mark testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission as a subject matter expert. Prior to joining RI, Mark was a Stimson Center Congressional Fellow, based in the office of Senator Richard Lugar. He has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a field officer with Merlin, a medical relief organization, and as an emergency food security consultant for Oxfam. Mark earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and was a teaching assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.