Visiting human rights practitioners 

The following NGO personnel and researchers contribute to the work and teaching of the Centre:

Marta Foresti (Overseas Development Institute)

Marta manages the Rights in Action Programme at the Overseas Development Institute. Her current research interests include the implementation and feasibility of economic, social and cultural rights; accountability and governance of development and human rights agencies; and social exclusion and inequality. Marta has a particular interest in the methodological dimensions of development and human rights research. She was responsible for developing impact assessment frameworks for Save the Children UK and Amnesty International and has undertaken research and evaluation studies of several UK and European social policies and programmes. Before joining ODI in January 2006, she worked as a senior policy advisor in the Department of Development Policy of the Italian Treasury and was the former Head of the Learning and Impact Assessment team at Save the Children UK. Marta will contribute to the module on Human Rights and Development.

Juliane Kippenberg (Human Rights Watch)

Juliane Kippenberg is a Senior Researcher in the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, and has worked at Human Rights Watch since 1999. She has carried out human rights research in Africa for many years. Her work includes research on sexual violence in the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and she is the author of three reports on the topic. She also conducts research and advocacy on the right to health, in particular access barriers to child health care in Africa. From 1999 to 2005, she led a project for the protection and capacity building of Central African NGOs. Prior to her work at Human Rights Watch, she worked as Campaigner at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. She holds an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the University of London, and a State's Exam in African History and French from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Maro Pantazidou (Amnesty International International Secretariat)

Maro works on the intersections of human rights, politics, social development and learning. She is currently the Lead Advisor for Organisational Learning and Accountability with Amnesty International (International Secretariat). In the past, she has supported both grassroots and international organisations to introduce reflective practice and power analysis into their strategy and practice. She has a background in campaigning, advocacy and participatory learning predominantly with migrants and refugee rights organisations. Currently, she is interested in emerging forms of citizen organisation and action and the implications for civil society and human rights work - she has taken part as a researcher or facilitator in a number of related research projects including with the Institute of Development Studies, LSE, Hivos, INTRAC and others.

Champa Patel (Amnesty International UK)

Champa Patel is currently the Head of Casework and Activism for Amnesty International UK. In this role, she manages a team responsible for the Human Rights Defenders, Individuals at Risk, Trade Union mobilization and Activism programs, delivering positive outcomes across campaigns, mobilisation and advocacy work. Prior to joining Amnesty, she was involved in the public health/community development sector for nearly ten years. She previously worked within Specialist Health Promotion for the National Health Service providing strategic leadership and advocacy for working with refugees and asylum seekers, trafficked individuals, and children/young people at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation. Over the last ten years, Champa has also served on the board of various charity and community groups, particularly within the informal education sector. In a voluntary capacity, she was most recently Executive Director of Tenteleni, an informal education charity that places UK students in placements across Southern and East Africa. She has received a B.A. from Nottingham Trent University and a Ph.D from the University of Nottingham focused on US interventions in the DRC 1960-1974 and is also a fellow and faculty member for the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Siobhan Warrington (Oral Testimony Works)

Siobhan Warrington has worked on participatory research and communications in international development for 17 years. Siobhan’s career began in Northern Pakistan carrying out large-scale participatory rural appraisals and community dialogues on gender and farming systems for the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and IUCN.

Between 1999 and January 2013 Siobhan worked at Panos London designing and implementing single and multi-country participatory communications projects in the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, on several themes including living with HIV and AIDS; internal displacement; and environmental change. Her specialism is oral testimony, but she combines this with other approaches such as photography and video, as well as working with the mainstream media.  

Following the closure of Panos London in early 2013 Siobhan established a non-profit company Oral Testimony Works to continue the oral testimony work and to ensure the archive of 20 years of oral testimony continues to be accessible to many as well as inspire new activities.

She is a committee member of the UK Oral History Society and editor of the International Work section of the Oral History Journal.