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STAFF

Lalanath de Silva,
Head

Dr Lalanath de Silva is the Head of GCF's Independent Redress Mechanism. He has extensive experience in legal affairs, with more than 30 years of service as a practicing lawyer. In Sri Lanka, he supported the Ministry of Environment as a legal consultant, and was a member of his country's Law Commission. Lalanath previously worked at the Environmental Claims Unit of the UN Compensation Commission in Geneva, and served as Director of the Environmental Democracy Practice at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington DC. As a member of the Compliance Review Panel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), he led the review of multiple compliance cases. Lalanath has a PhD from the University of Sydney, a Master of Laws from the University of Washington, and graduated from the Sri Lanka Law College as an Attorney-at-Law.

Christine Reddell, Registrar and Case Officer

Christine Reddell is the Registrar and Case Officer of the IRM. Christine is from Cape Town, South Africa, where she practiced as an attorney before joining the IRM. Christine spent time in both private practice, and as an attorney for the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), South Africa’s largest public interest, environmental law firm. While at the CER, she also participated as a core team member of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative, a research, education and outreach project set up by the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, and ClientEarth. In 2018, Christine was one of the recipients of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans award, which recognises exceptional South Africans under the age of 35. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (History and Sociology), Bachelor of Laws degree, and a Master of Laws degree (Marine and Environmental Law) from the University of Cape Town.

Paco Gimenez-Salinas, Compliance and Dispute Resolution Specialist 

Paco Gimenez-Salinas, born in Spain, is a lawyer by profession specialised in alternative dispute resolution with a focus in mediation. He has participated in cases handled by the Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (IFC) as an external facilitator, as well as in cases managed by the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (IADB) in the role of its consultation phase coordinator. In México, he spent several years working in the field of community mediation. Amongst other experiences, he has participated in the design and facilitation of several major multi-party dialogues around issues such as air pollution reduction strategies, the impacts of dams and windmill fields, the strengthening of conflict resolution systems of land tenure related conflicts, etc. Mr. Gimenez-Salinas has undertaken post-graduate studies in the fields of conflict resolution at the University of Barcelona, political analysis at the Mexican University CIDE and community-company mediation at the University of Cape Town.

Paul Safar, Communications and Events Assistant Consultant

Originally from Vienna, Austria, Paul specialized in International Migration and Ethnic Relations in his master studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. He focused on the nexus between climate change and migration patterns and spent time abroad in Indonesia and Fiji to conduct research for his studies. Before joining the IRM, he worked for UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) in Fiji where he was involved in informal settlements upgrading in particular in relation to environmental and climate change impacts. Paul completed his bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Journalism at the University of Vienna. Thereafter he worked for three years as a communication and event manager in the health promotion sector for the town council of Vienna.

Sue Kyung Hwang, Intern

Observing a sudden transition of her bucolic hometown in Ulsan, South Korea, to a highly industrialized one, Sue Kyung grew up wanting to study the environmental consequences of rapidly sprawling cities in developing countries. After studying International Affairs and Environmental Studies at the George Washington University, she pursued her master’s degree in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy, a joint programme held at University for Peace (Costa Rica), IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (Netherlands), and Oregon State University (U.S.), to learn how countries manage water resources that are not naturally bound by administrative borders. Her past work experiences involve preparing a database of livestock carbon emission and using it to educate the public for climate action in a local community in Costa Rica.

Anusha Kaushik, Intern

With her cultural roots in India and Nepal, Anusha Kaushik, originally from the Himalayan state of Sikkim, finds her passion in sustainable development, human rights and environmental affairs. Prior to joining the IRM, she interned with various corporate law firms in Delhi on matters of legal research and drafting. As a research associate at IORA Ecological, an environmental advisory firm, she supported the development of a first of its kind state-level GHG Inventory and MRV System in India. Anusha holds a Master’s in International Development and Cooperation from Korea University, where she was awarded a POSCO foundation scholarship, along with a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University, and an LLB from Amity University, Delhi.

Giada Giacomini, Intern

Dr Giada Giacomini holds a PhD in Public, Comparative and International Law from La Sapienza University of Rome. Her research areas concern climate justice, indigenous peoples’ rights, critical legal studies and participatory rights in international environmental governance. During her PhD studies, she was appointed as Visiting Researcher at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (UK) for two academic semesters. In 2018 she collaborated with the NGO Chirapaq (Peru) as Project Leader for an onfield investigation concerning climate change impacts in Yanesha indigenous communities in the Amazon area. Giada is a member of the Young Professional Knowledge Network of UN Harmony with Nature, with her expertise focusing on Indigenous Knowledge and Earth Jurisprudence. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences.

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