About the IRM


Paco Gimenez-Salinas, Head of the IRM a.i.

Paco Gimenez-Salinas is the ad interim (a.i.) Head of the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM). 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.

Preksha Krishna Kumar, Registrar and Case Officer 

Preksha Krishna Kumar is a researcher and communications specialist, with wide-ranging experience relating to accountability and redress mechanisms. She previously worked for an international human rights advocacy organization based in New York, supporting dozens of frontline communities in their efforts to access information and redress.  Over the course of her career, Preksha has been immersed in the policies, practices and impacts of development finance institutions – working with diverse stakeholders in countries such as India, Colombia, Malawi and Kenya. A data nerd, Preksha supported the design and creation of a civil society-led database of 19000+ development projects, breaking down complex financial flows and investments and facilitating access to early, verifiable and actionable data. Preksha comes to the IRM with enthusiasm and a commitment to building and maintaining fair, effective and transparent processes for accessing remedy and reconsideration. Preksha holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, with a focus on Development Economics and Spanish Literature.

Peter Carlson, Communications Associate 

Peter is IRM’s Communication Associate with significant communications experience in education and international development. Prior to joining the IRM, Peter was part of the communications team at the Global Partnership for Education, focusing on digital campaigns and media and the OECD, managing communications for the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and the Environment Directorate. He has also worked at HEC Paris business school, UNESCO and African Artists for Development. Peter holds Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and French from Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.

Sue Kyung Hwang, Executive Assistant

Observing a sudden transition of her countryside 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 artificial borders. Her past work experiences involve preparing a database of livestock carbon emissions and using it to educate the public for climate action in a local community in Costa Rica.

Janneke Kielman, Intern

Janneke was born in the Netherlands, where she obtained a double BA in law and political philosophy from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. As an avid hiker and backpacker from a young age, her growing interest in solutions to environmental threats was only natural. This passion prompted her to enroll in the LLM in Public International law at the Geneva Graduate Institute, where she followed the specialization track in international environmental law and governance. Before joining the IRM, she was an intern at the UN’s International Law Commission. This experience fueled her desire to work in the field of international law and cooperation. Now she looks forward to combining her ambition and dedication to climate justice by working on accountability and redress during her internship at the IRM.

Roxanne Aminou, Intern

After graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Aix, and with two years of experience in various NGOs in London, Paris, Fort-de-France and Lyon, Roxanne aimed to gain experience in an international organization. Interested by the non-profit and international cooperation sector, she already had some experience living in Korea, as she spent a semester of her Bachelor's degree studying at Konkuk University, in 2018. She is passionate about defending the rights of minorities and combatting inequalities, especially ones related to gender. This, and a general sense of commitment towards social and climate justice, lead her to apply for the position of intern within the IRM. She hopes to gain useful experience to help marginalized communities make their voices heard in her future career.

Former staff

Ibrahim Pam
Head of the IRM a.i. (September 2022 – March 2023)

Lalanath de Silva
Head of the IRM (November 2016 – August 2022)

Susana Rodriguez
Compliance and Dispute Resolution Specialist (July 2017 – July 2019)

Arian Grace Jovena
Team Assistant (August 2017 – February 2019)

Christine Reddell
Registrar and Case Officer (February 2019 – July 2021)

Former consultants

Paul Safar
Communications and Events Assistant Consultant (January – December 2020)

Former advisors

Asanga Gunawansa
(2016 – 2018)

Halina Ward
(2016 – 2018)

Former interns

  • Hajar Mountassir (Winter/Spring 2018)
  • Shamir Shehab (Winter/Fall 2018)
  • Andrea Guevera (Summer/Fall 2018)
  • Peter Boldt (Winter/Spring 2019)
  • Marta Trofimova (Winter/Spring 2019)
  • Siddhanth Prasad (Summer/Fall 2019)
  • Paul Safar (Summer/Fall 2019)
  • Sue Kyung Hwang (Winter 2020/Winter 2021)
  • Katrina Lehmann-Grube (Winter/Fall 2020)
  • Giada Giacomini (Fall/Winter 2020)
  • Anusha Kaushik (Fall/Winter 2020)
  • Amanda Bierschenk (Spring/Fall 2021)
  • Safaa Loukili Idrissi (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)
  • Noémie Fankhauser (Spring/Fall 2022)
  • Charlene Angela Sardoma (Fall 2022/Winter 2023)