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COALITION SECRETARIAT

The International Secretariat of the Coalition is hosted by the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), based in New York and The Hague, and whose Executive Director is William R. Pace. For more about WFM-IGP programs and partners, please click here

WFM-IGP started its program on R2P/RtoP in 2003 under the Responsibility to Protect-Engaging Civil Society (R2PCS) project. This project transitioned into the Coalition in 2009. See more on WFM-IGP's former R2PCS project


SECRETARIAT STAFF:

 
Brittany Roser
Communications and Outreach Associate 

Brittany Roser is the Communications and Outreach Associate for the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. Ms. Roser obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and History, with a minor in Law and Legal Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Sciences degree in Politics and Government in the European Union, with a concentration in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In addition, Ms. Roser has participated in summer schooling programs on the UN and global governance with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and on foreign policy-making in the European Union with the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels and Diplomatische Akademie in Vienna. Ms. Roser previously interned with ICRtoP, assisting with research and advocacy. Prior to joining ICRtoP, Ms. Roser interned in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons for the office of Rt. Hon. Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham, where she primarily worked on policy research. Ms. Roser’s interests include conflict prevention and resolution, the promotion of women’s roles in peace and security initiatives, and the role of development aid in atrocity prevention.


Jelena Pia-Comella
Deputy Executive Director

Ms. Pia-Comella has 20 years of experience in international relations and a deep knowledge of the United Nations (UN) system. She previously served as Director of Programs at the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) since July 2008. Her career began as a diplomat representing the country of Andorra to the UN, the United States and Canada and as such participated in the 1998 Rome Conference. In 2002, she was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative of Andorra to the UN. In addition, she served as Chargé d’affaires a.i./Chief of Mission to the United States and Canada from 2001 to 2007. In 2008, Ms. Pia-Comella joined the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Women’s Environment and Development Organization as a consultant to coordinate the Gender Equality Architecture Reform Campaign (GEAR), a coalition of over 300 NGOs for the purpose of strengthening gender equality at the UN. Ms. Pia-Comella holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University in New York, USA and a Bachelors in Economics from Université de Fribourg, Switzerland. Ms. Pia-Comella speaks Catalan, French, English and Spanish.


Kirsten Meersschaert
Director of Programs

Ms. Meersschaert was appointed Director of Programs of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy in 2015, and currently overseas the programs on the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC). She has served as Head of Office of The Hague Secretariat of the WFM since 2013. Ms. Meersschaert headed the CICC’s office in Brussels, Belgium from 2011-2013, and continued to oversee the Europe program of the CICC until 2016. Prior to joining the WFM-IGP/CICC in 2007, Ms. Meersschaert worked in international development as a consultant on projects funded by the World Bank, USAID, the European Union, regional development banks, and various national governments. Ms. Meersschaert holds a Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) in Humanitarian Policy from the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques in Paris, France; a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam; and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and European Studies from New York University.


Ryan Hallock
Development Fellow

Ryan Hallock is the Development Fellow, providing grants management support to the organization. Mr. Hallock previously interned with the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) and received a fellowship in September 2016. Prior to joining the organization, he served as a journalist in the US Army for five years, writing about military programs and policies and sharing the stories of soldiers both at home and abroad. He has a bachelor of arts in film from the University of Tampa and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the City College of New York, where he works as a research assistant on a study analyzing the mental health consequences of refugee resettlement work.


Paula Martí
Intern

Paula Martí is an intern at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. Ms Martí is in the final year of her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, with a specialization in Foreign Policy and the European Union, at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. She has worked as a Campaigner for Oxfam Intermón and volunteered with various organizations such as Doctors without Borders. Ms Martí is co-founder and Secretary-General of the United Nations Youth Association – Ramon Llull University (UNYA-URL), and her interests include conflict mediation and resolution, international humanitarian law and peacekeeping.

 

Kathrine Jesting
Intern

Kathrine Jesting is an intern at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. Ms. Jesting is currently enrolled in her graduate studies in International Security and Law from the University of Southern Denmark, with a bachelor degree in International Studies from Roskilde University in Denmark. Her graduate studies contain a strong focus on international humanitarian and criminal law. During her studies, Ms. Jesting has conducted volunteer work for the Council for International Conflict Resolutions in Denmark and for the NGO ActionAid in Kenya. Ms. Jesting’s primary areas of interests are international responses to violent conflicts, this including international humanitarian and criminal law, peacekeeping, and the responsibility to protect.

 


 

 
 

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