Contra Nocendi International Staff
Adélaïde Etong Kame | Head of Programme
As our Head of Programme, Adélaïde oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of our programs including planning, organizing and controlling program activities. She also works as a legal consultant for the International Service for Human Rights, an international NGO working to protect human rights defenders. Prior to this, she worked and volunteered with human rights NGO and Think Tanks as a Research and Project associate in Cameroon, Macedonia and Poland. Adélaïde holds a Master in International Law and International Relations from the University of Clermont-Ferrand.
Matt Davis | Head of Legal
Matthew is a seasoned international legal advisor and passionate human rights advocate with experience in dealing with human rights issues throughout Africa working with local and international NGOs and before international human rights bodies. He leads the legal team for Contra Nocendi International and coordinates joint actions before international human rights bodies with partner organisations. He also provides advice on matters related to international humanitarian law, public international law and international criminal law.
Farah Jerrari | Legal Research Associate
Currently pursuing a PhD degree in international public law at the University of Grenoble Alpes, Farah’s strong interest for human rights issues had led her to join Contra Nocendi in 2017. As a legal research associate, she covers a wide spectrum of legal topics to support the work of the organization in promoting the respect of human rights. She holds a master degree in International and European law as well as a master degree in business management.
Shontaye Abegaz | Head of Development
An advocate for human rights, peace and the prevention of conflicts through dialogue, Shontaye serves as our Head of Development. Joining Contra Nocendi International in 2019, Shontaye previously led the international Swiss-based forum Just Governance for Human Security which attracted individuals from over 60 countries to engage in dialogue centered on human rights, conflict resolution and the Global Goals. Shontaye is an active member of several international civic and professional organizations. She was featured as ‘Living Book’ as part of the Human Library held at the United Nations-Geneva for Geneva Peace Week 2017. Her discussion centered on her passion and purpose as a bridge-builder and global citizen. Shontaye will receive the Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All Award from Women’s Economic Forum (WEF2019) in New Delhi, India for her peacebuilding and advocating efforts.
Elizabeth Hall | Funding Coordinator
Elizabeth’s passion is working with others to create content, advocate, develop relationships and promote a more connected world-wide community. An advocate for social justice, human and environmental rights: Elizabeth’s professional background focuses on bridging the gap between donors, foundations, and community organizations to assist in generating change and dialogue. Elizabeth bring’s to her work with Contra Nocendi a background in fundraising and management of foundation grant tracking. Previously as part of the organizing team for the international Swiss-based forum Just Governance for Human Security, Elizabeth was responsible for overseeing the production the ebook Crossing Paths - A Guide to The Pillars for Human Security and the 2030 Global Goals and was a facilitator for Inclusive Economics & Sustainability Pillars discussion for the JGHS Women in Peace Building forum.
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Sharadha Kalynam | Advocacy Communications Associate
Sharadha joined Contra Nocendi in 2017 as an Advocacy Communications Associate and works with our team on producing and editing written content, and social media. With a background in journalism, she shares our passion for human rights, advocacy and communication. Her main interests are in women’s and gender issues, and conflict zones. Her work is deeply inspired by her career in India, her home country, where she was a reporter covering health, women and child rights, and LGBTQ rights for a national newspaper The New Indian Express. Sharadha holds a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and has reported for Capital News Service in Washington, D.C. covering American politics. She also worked as a production intern at Vice on HBO in New York, and as a financial journalist for S&P Global Market Intelligence in Virginia.