Our people

 Geneva, Switzerland



David Fisher
Global Programme Coordinator

David Fisher, B.A., J.D., LL.M., joined IFRC in 2005. Since 2007, he has served as global coordinator of the Disaster Law Programme, leading its work providing legislative advice, developing new international tools and researching new areas of law related to disasters. His prior experience includes legal positions at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Brookings Institution as well as domestic civil and criminal practice in the United States.



Tessa Kelly
Senior Disaster Law Officer

Tessa is an Australian lawyer (LL.B and LLM) based in Geneva as a Senior Disaster Law Officer. In her current role,  she works at a global level leading the IFRC’s work on law and disaster risk reduction. Prior to this she managed the IFRC’s Disaster Law Programme for the Asia Pacific region in Kuala Lumpur for over three years. Her previous experience has included working with UNDP in Vietnam to support the development of a new law for disaster management, and working in a law firm in Lao PDR to undertake a review of their legal and regulatory framework for international humanitarian assistance.



Paulo Cavaleri
Senior Disaster Law Officer

Paulo Cavaleri is a lawyer and diplomat, having spent twenty years in the Argentine foreign service, with postings in Buenos Aires, Paris and Geneva, as well as field liaison posts in Libya, Iraq and Jordan.  He holds a Law degree from the University of Buenos Aires as well as a Masters and a PhD in History from  the University of Paris-I Sorbonne. He has handled a number of files related to humanitarian affairs, disaster risk management and crisis response, including  the development of legislation in Argentina related to foreign peacekeeping missions.  Most recently, he spent a year with UNISDR, helping to prepare the HFA2 process.   



Maria Giovanna Pietropaolo

Maria Giovanna Pietropaolo, Laurea Magistrale (Bachelor and  Master Degree in Law), LL.M. (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights). Prior joining the IFRC, she worked as Legal Attachée to the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross and in a civil law Law Firm in Italy. 



Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ida Marstien, DL Coordinator for Africa

Ida Marstein
Africa Disaster Law Coordinator

Ida Marstein,  LL.M., joined the IFRC in 2013. Previously, she worked in the International Law Unit of the Norwegian Red Cross  and in the Section for Peace and Reconciliation of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Emebet Negussie
Disaster Law Programme Officer

Emebet Negussie joined the DLP Africa Zone team in August 2014 and is based in the Humanitarian Diplomacy and African Union Representation Office in Addis Ababa. Emebet is of Ethiopian nationality (LL.B, MA). Before joining the team, she had several years of experience with various organisation such as African Child Policy forum, PROJUST Research and Training Centre, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and Illien Adoptions International Organisation where she worked in different capacities, including as legal/program counsellor, project coordinator, and as a judge.


Beirut, Lebanon

Sanne Boswijk

Sanne Boswijk
MENA Disaster Law Coordinator
Sanne Boswijk (M.A., LL.M) rejoined the Disaster Law Programme in 2014 after leading a number of humanitarian programme evaluation projects for the IFRC and other agencies in Africa.  Bowijk has previously served as Africa Coordinator for the Disaster Law Programme, as a legal advisor at the Netherlands Red Cross, and as a researcher at the Netherlands Ministry of Defense.


Panama City, Panama

Isabelle Granger
Americas Disaster Law Coordinator

Mrs. Isabelle Granger joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 2005. She has been working in Panama as a Coordinator for the Americas for the Disaster Law Programme since 2009. Her responsibilities include promoting legal preparedness on issues related to disaster risk reduction and recovery and providing legal advice to regional countries and Red Cross National Societies.  Mrs. Granger holds a Juris Doctor degree, a Civil Law degree and a Master of Business Administration, all of which are from renowned Canadian universities. Her experience also includes providing legal advice and participating in the IFRC’s response operations following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005 and the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. She has been a registered lawyer with the Quebec Bar in Canada since 2001.


María Mercedes Martínez
Legal Officer

María Martínez, B.A., LL.M., joined the IFRC in 2011 and since then has being working for the Disaster Law Programme in the Americas Zone Office.



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gabrielle Emery
Asia Pacific Disaster Law Coordinator
Gabrielle Emercy (B.A., LL.B, LL.M) joined the Disaster Law Programme in 2014.  She previously served as the policy and advocacy manager for the New Zealand Red Cross, as an advisor on development and humanitarian issues for the New Zealand Permanent Mission in New York, and as a development officer for the Royal College of General Practitioners. 

Padmini Nayagam
Disaster Law Programme Officer

Padmini Nayagam joined the IFRC in January 2015 and is part of the Disaster Law Programme team in the Asia Pacific Zone Office. Prior to joining the IFRC, she was a legal editor with LexisNexis Malaysia.


Bangkok, Thailand

Lucia Cipullo
South East Asia Disaster Law Delegate

Lucia Cipullo, B.A. International Relations, LL.M., joined the Disaster Law Programme in Geneva in 2011.  For the past 2.5 years she has served as a disaster law delegate in the Asia Pacific DLP, implementing disaster law activities throughout the region. Prior to joining IFRC, Lucia worked at UNHCR in Geneva and with academic and non-government organizations in Australia.


Suva, Fiji

Finau Heuifanga Tahaafe Limuloa
Pacific Disaster Law Delegate

Finau Heuifanga Limuloa, LL.B, joined the IFRC in 2012 as the Pacific Regional Humanitarian Diplomacy and Disaster Law Delegate. She works with Pacific National Societies and governments to strengthen their disaster related legal frameworks. Her prior experience includes a position as a senior diplomat for the Tongan government as well as legal positions with a Crown organisation in New Zealand and legal chambers in Tonga.