Staff profiles

15 January 2020 | Project news

Luiz Vieira, Coordinator

Luiz Viera headshotLuiz 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.


Isabel Alvarez Medina, Communications Manager

Isabel Alvarez headshotIsabel joined the Project in July 2018 as the Communications Manager. Before moving to the UK, Isabel served as Communications and Outreach Specialist for the Global Development Policy Centre at Boston University and collaborated as digital media consultant for Refugees International in Washington DC. Previously, she worked as Communications Fellow for the Global Economic Governance Initiative and spent three months at the Department of Press and Public Diplomacy at the Delegation of the European Union to the US. Isabel holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Communication from Boston University.


Emma Bürgisser, Gender Project Manager

Emma Burgisser headshotEmma joined the Project in October 2015 as Gender Research and Project Officer. Since July 2017, she has led the Gender Equality and Macroeconomics Project as Gender Project Manager and has been BWP’s interim IMF lead twice. Before joining BWP, Emma worked in Geneva as the International Coordinator for the Women’s Power to Stop War campaign and Human Rights Programme Associate with WILPF, advocating on women, peace and security issues within UN human rights mechanisms. Emma holds an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.


Ella Hopkins, Gender Project Officer

Ella Hopkins headshotElla joined the team in September 2018 as the Gender Project Officer for the Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) project. Ella has experience working as Parliamentary Advocacy Officer at Results UK where she managed the All-party Parliamentary Group on Global Education, coordinating advocacy events and conducting research for the Right to Education Index. In this role, Ella supported advocacy targeting parliamentarians, the UK Government and the World Bank, and worked with civil society partners on a variety of advocacy projects. She also acted as co-Chair of the Policy and Parliamentary Working Group for the Send My Friend to School (Global Campaign for Education UK) coalition during the ‘Make Schools Safe’ campaign. Prior to this, Ella worked for a women’s rights charity and an international communications consultancy. Ella holds a BA in History from Bristol University, with a focus on social movements and postcolonial African history.


Jon Sward, Environment Project Manager

Jon Sward headshot

Jon joined the Project in August 2017 and oversees its work on environmental issues. He completed a PhD at the University of Sussex that focused on the internal migration of tenant farmers, changing land tenure norms and environmental variability in Brong Ahafo, Ghana. A key dimension of this work was to better understand diverse migrant livelihood outcomes in light of overlapping economic and environmental risks faced by migrant farmers in rural Ghana. He also has experience as a research consultant, undertaking consultancies spanning a wide range of migration-climate and migration-development issues. In addition to his doctorate, Jon holds a MA in the Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation from the University of Sussex and an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews.