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Board of Editors
María Barreiro (E.MA 2014-2015) – Maria works as an independent writer and editor in the field of human rights and international issues. She has had experience in managing communications, research and publications for various NGOs and publishing companies in Spain, New Zealand and Luxembourg. María holds a Bachelor´s Degree in International Relations from Complutense University of Madrid. In her work, María focuses on the field of Gender studies and Equality, in which she is currently completing a Master’s degree, with issues related to feminist movements being her primary area of interest.
Federico Batista Poitier (E.MA 2015-2016) – Federico has studied physical anthropology, chemistry, and human rights in France, Italy and the United States. He has worked in the various fields of international development starting with two consultancies in Geneva for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Handicap International. He then moved to South Korea where he was engaged in language instruction, human rights education and project development. From 2013 to 2015 he became an international volunteer in the Kingdom of Lesotho working on community development and education. Most recently, he has accepted a research fellowship at the World Enabled/Pineda foundation. His main interests are in international disability policy, youth/community development, and education.
Paolo Biondi (E.MA 2010-2011) – Paolo currently is a PhD Candidate at the University of London (SAS), a freelance consultant and an academic editor for the RLI Working Paper and the IALS Student Law Review in London. Previously, he worked for the UNHCR Bureau for Europe, the European Parliament, the Migration Policy Centre (EUI), UNHCR Liaison Office to EASO, UNHCR Liaison Office to OSCE and Vienna-based UN Agencies.
Moana Genevey (E.MA 2014-2015) – Before graduating from E.MA, Moana studied political science and European studies at Sciences Po Grenoble. She developed a strong commitment for equal treatment by working with various organisations involved in the fight against discrimination, such as the European Network Against Racism, the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities and Equinet. After working at the EU Delegation to the United Nations, in New York, she became Secretary General for EMAlumni/Global Campus Alumni. She is also involved in a global research project on discrimination against women, and has been a dedicated activist for different campaigns, raising funds after the Nepalese earthquakes, raising awareness on youth unemployment and defending reproductive rights in the United States and in Europe.
Cristiano Gianolla (E.MA 2007-2008) – Cristiano studied computer science, political philosophy, human rights and democratisation in Italy, Germany and Portugal. His main fields of expertise are democratic theory and its relation with the metaphorical South, interpersonal and intercultural dialogue, cosmopolitanism, global justice and Web 2.0. Cristiano has worked in the Information and Communication Technology field in different companies; within the NGO sector in France and Uganda; at the Delegation of the European Commission to China and Mongolia and at EIUC in Venice. Since October 2011 he is researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra where he is enrolled in the Ph.D programme “Democracy in the XXI Century”. Since November 2013 is also enrolled in the Ph.D programme “Political Studies” at the university of Rome la Sapienza.
Jamie Graham is a copywriter and digital marketer with over 10 years’ experience. He has worked with leading charities, public sector bodies and private companies in the UK to improve their content and search engine visibility. Jamie graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh and is a keen writer in his spare time.
Lenka Homolkova (E.MA 2010-2011) – Lenka currently works as Election Adviser to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan. Previously, she worked as governance and human rights consultant with various international organisations, including the EU, OSCE/ODIHR and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She observed or provided support to electoral processes in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2015, she was part of the Core Team of the EU EOM to Burundi as Legal and Human Rights Analyst. Lenka is enrolled into a Ph.D. program in Political Science focusing on elections and stability in Western Africa.
Angela Melchiorre (E.MA 1999-2000) – Currently Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Padua and consultant for UNICEF and the UN CEDAW Committee, Dr. Angela Melchiorre brings a wealth of human rights experience across sectors. In her previous roles she was Programme Director of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice; Research Coordinator of the Right to Education Project at ActionAid International in London; Lecturer in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London and Human Rights Expert for the Permanent Mission of Italy at the UN in Geneva and New York. Since 2010 Angela has also been instructor for Human Rights Education Associates (HREA).
Jemma Neville (E.MA 2005-2006) – As Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland, Jemma leads a charity and national development agency that promotes arts participation. She was previously Outreach Coordinator at the Scottish Human Rights Commission and has worked in a range of roles connecting human rights and culture including teaching on the E.MA. She has written and presented for different press and media outlets such as The Guardian Global Development, BBC Radio Scotland, and Scottish Television. @jemma_tweets
Hamza Khan Swati (APMA 2015-2016) – Hamza belongs to a country known as Pakistan. Under the cultural, traditional and religious traits of his society, he faces acute identity crises. He has an undergraduate degree in development studies and has been working in the development sector for more than five years. While, working with a non-governmental organization, he co-authored a book based on interviews of ex-jihadis. He recently graduated from The University of Sydney under the European Union scholarship program on Human Rights and Democratization. According to him, he is a coward and does not call himself a human rights activist. He prefers to work from the periphery by contributing to magazines, newspapers and blogs such as Rights! and implementing various rights based projects with international donors and local organizations.
Vito Todeschini (E.MA 2011-2012) – Vito holds a Ph.D. from Aarhus University, Denmark, where he researched on the obligation to investigate in armed conflict and peace operations, with a special focus on the interaction between international humanitarian law and human rights law. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Visiting Fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, Lecturer in the master’s course “The Law of Armed Conflict and Military Operations” at Aarhus University, and Legal Intern with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva. Vito’s interests lie in international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the law on the use of force.
Andraž Zidar (E.MA 1998-1999) – Dr. Andraž Zidar is the Programme Director of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. Previously, he was the Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), Visiting Lecturer at Regent’s University London, Director-General for International Law and Protection of Citizens at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, legal counsellor at the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior, and human rights diplomat at the Mission of Slovenia to the UN in Geneva. Andraž is editor-in-chief of a book collection on international law in Slovenia and has an extensive record of publications.
Editor(s)-in-chief: Angela Melchiorre, Vito Todeschini
Agora Editor: Andraž Zidar
Speakers’ corner Editor: Lenka Homolkova
Notebook Editor: Jemma Neville
Beginnings Editor: María Barreiro
The TLA Zone Editor: Angela Melchiorre