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Christian Ngendahimana
Executive Director
Christian is a human rights activist and peacebuilder and co-founder of ISOKO. Christian holds 17 years’ experience in program management, monitoring and evaluation in the fields of peacebuilding, security, conflict prevention, women and children’s rights. He has consulted with various multi-lateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations, including GIZ, NIMD, IDASA, CARE International, UN-Habitat, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and the Ministry of Human Rights serving as Steering Committee Member on the UNSCR 1325 and National Policy on Gender in Burundi. Christian began his...
Research and Advocacy Program Officer
Seconde is a human rights defender and peacebuilder, and co-founder of ISOKO.  Seconde started her career as trainer and coordinator of women's programming at Search for Common Ground.  In 2006, she co-founded Fontaine-ISOKO in Burundi and served as its chairperson.  There, she designed and directed many policy and peacebuidling initiatives, and coordinated its Women, Peace and Security Program.  She is the Deputy Chairperson and Representative for Central Africa for African Women Active Nonviolence Initiatives for Social Change (AWANICh), and has participated in numerous regional and global...
Director of Programs and Operations
Theresa Dionne is a communications and management specialist, and has worked with ISOKO since 2016.  Theresa has extensive experience in health management and consulting, and focuses on strategizing with providers on developing approaches to improve client-centered care.  Theresa also has an extensive background in development and fundraising, and teaches health management courses at the University of Wisconsin.  She strives to embrace equality for women approaches with a focus on positive communication in relationship building to promote gender equality.  Theresa resides...
Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
Kelly is a human rights activist and attorney and has been working with ISOKO since 2016.  Kelly began her career as a healtchare provider, delivering care to underserved populations across the US.  She eventually moved into the legal field where she continued to work with vulnerable populations in the areas of housing and civil rights, and worked in court and judicial research and administration and access to justice.  Kelly then shifted into gender equality and peacebuilding, and eventually co-founded a Burundian/US peacebuilding and gender justice organization, and served as...
Intern
Morgan  is an MA student and graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Economics at the University of South Florida. As an undergraduate student, she studied Economics and International Studies with a specialization in African Studies at the University of Florida. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined the connection between Morocco’s female labor force participation rates and Islam through a mixed methods approach. After graduation, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi where she taught English at a rural community day secondary school. In addition to teaching...
Intern
Sam is a rising senior double majoring in Molecular Biology and East Asian Studies at Yale College. With academic interest at the intersection between the two fields, Sam hopes to develop a better understanding of cross-cutting issues in public health and gender-based violence. Previously he has been involved with human rights advocacy work, as well as public health research on infectious diseases. This summer, Sam is excited to be working at ISOKO and is passionate about furthering the organization's mission of fostering peace, equality, and community in particularly vulnerable and at-...
Intern
Larissa holds a BA from the University of Chicago, where she majored in Psychology. In Chicago, she worked at different community-based organizations and research labs focused on academic achievement, health-based outcomes, and community development. Larissa is currently working as a Research Assistant studying the health and wellbeing of caregivers, primarily women, caring for service members with a traumatic brain injury and/or PTSD. She is also a volunteer for the Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN). Next year, Larissa hopes to apply for a Master's in Social Work. At ISOKO,...
Intern
Giulia is an Italian Sociology and Politics Undergraduate at the University of Cambridge where she engages in women’s rights issues  as Christ’s College’s Women’s Officer and President of the Feminist Society.  Involving herself in these very localised struggles for gender equality only made her want to get involved in something much larger than herself and her surroundings, and thus she came to ISOKO.  Giulia is very excited for this internship, and is in awe of the incredible women and organizations partners of ISOKO.  She hopes to learn from...
Intern
Munira studyies Anthropology and Human Biology at Emory University. She hopes to further her education in public health but, with a focus on advocacy for vulnerable populations both locally and globally.  Munira hopes that through her internship at ISOKO, she can learn what goes into creating great work that is aiding global populations. She plans on taking what she’s learned from this internship in my future career endeavors.  Munira lives in Atlanta, Georgia.