Staff profiles

14 July 2014 | About us

Petra Kjell, Programme Manager, Environment, Human Rights and Social Impacts
Sargon Nissan, Programme Manager, Finance and IMF
Luiz Vieira, Coordinator
Emma Bürgisser, Research and Project Officer, Gender


Petra Kjell, Programme Manager, Environment, Human Rights and Social Impacts

Petra coordinates the work on environment, human rights and social impacts. Petra has extensive policy and advocacy experience in UK organisations, such as Progressio and the new economics foundation (nef), as well as a strong track record of advocacy and publications on climate change. Petra has also worked in Tanzania coordinating the country office of NGO Frontier. She holds a Masters in development studies from SOAS at the University of London, and a Bachelors in social sciences from the University of Stockholm, in Sweden.

Sargon Nissan, Programme Manager, IMF and Finance

Sargon coordinates the work on the IMF and the financial system. Sargon has extensive policy and advocacy experience with organisations such as the new economics foundation (nef), Jubilee Debt Campaign, CAFOD and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, on projects focusing on the sustainability of markets and financial systems. He also worked in the field for the United Nations Development Programme in Syria and spent four years working in the financial sector in the City of London. He holds two Masters degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (Finance and Development, Development Studies), and a Bachelors in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Luiz Vieira, Coordinator

Luiz coordinates the work of the Project. Previously he served for eight years as the chief of mission for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Timor Leste, where he worked with UN bodies, donors and IFIs on strategic development planning. His past experience includes working with the IOM in Nauru, as well as with NGO Mercy Corps in a variety of emergency response situations, including in El Salvador, Kosovo and Macedonia, as well as on democratic governance in Angola. He served as a guest lecturer on conflict and development at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA). Luiz holds an LLM in International Law and a Masters in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, as well as a degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Emma Bürgisser, Research and Policy Officer, Gender

Emma joined the project in late October 2015 and will be implementing the new Hewlett Foundation-supported Women’s Economic Empowerment project. Emma’s role as International Coordinator of the ‘Women’s Power to Stop War’ movement by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom included organising two major international conferences and strengthening the capacity of the organisation and its members. As a WILPF Human Rights Programme associate, Emma conducted research and advocacy, in particular targeting UN Human Rights mechanisms, seeking to represent civil society voices to the assessment of nations’ human rights records. Emma holds an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.