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  1. Jennifer Franco

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    Researcher

    Jennifer C. Franco is a research associate in the Agrarian and Environmental Justice as well as the 'Myanmar in Focus' Programmes of TNI, and an adjunct professor at the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of the China Agricultural University in Beijing....

  2. Pien Metaal

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    Senior Project Officer

    Pien Metaal is an activist and political scientist that has been part of the Drugs and Democracy programme since 2002, though her participation with the Programme dates further back. Her work for TNI has focussed on research, education, network- and policy development on coca and cocaine, producers of crops for illicit use, fair(er) trade cannabis and many other issues related to―international...

  3. Tom Blickman

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    Senior Project Officer

    Tom Blickman is a Senior Project Officer at the Transnational Institute (TNI), based in Amsterdam. Since 1997, he has been working for TNI's Drugs & Democracy Programme, specializing in international drug control policy and the UN conventions, drug markets, alternative development, money laundering and organised crime. Tom is a regular speaker at international policy conferences and advises...

  4. Martin Jelsma

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    Programme Director Drugs & Democracy

    Martin Jelsma is a political scientist who has specialised in Latin America and international drugs policy.  In 2005, he received the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship, which stated that Jelsma "is increasingly recognized as one of, if not the, outstanding strategists in terms of how international institutions deal with drugs and drug policy."...

  5. Ernestien Jensema

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    Project Coordinator Drug & Democracy

    Ernestien Jensema (1971) is a social anthropologist who has been working as a researcher and project coordinator with the Drugs & Democracy Programme of TNI since 2008. She focuses on issues related to the UN drug control system and the Drugs and Democracy Programme’s Asia project....

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    Katie Sandwell

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    Senior Project Officer

    Katie Sandwell joined TNI in 2016. She holds a BA in Philosophy and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from York University, Canada focusing on food sovereignty and local food movements. She has lived in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands and has been involved with a range of food, community, environmental, and social justice organizations. At TNI she works with the...

  7. Albert Janssen

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    Network System Administrator

    Albert Janssen is the dedicated server sysadmin for TNI since 2007. He's a passionate open source advocate since 1995, and helped TNI to migrate from Microsoft Windows to Linux on the desktops. When he's not behind a computer screen for work he likes to talk to his cat, play chess, work in the garden or meet with friends.

  8. Susan Medeiros

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    Office Assistant

    Susan came to the Transnational Institute in 2006 as a volunteer after her job at a women's organisation came to an end. She worked as a European Project participant at this organisation that was primarily concerned with the role of women in our society. She eventually went to work for Clean Clothes Campaign where she worked for 3 years. In 2011 she returned to Transnational Institute in the...

  9. Mónica Vargas

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    Global Campaign Coordinator

    Mónica Vargas Collazos is a researcher for the Corporate Power Project, which is part of the TNI's Economic Justice Program, and has been facilitating the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity since 2015....

  10. Hamza Hamouchene

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    Programme Coordinator - North Africa

    Hamza Hamouchene is a London-based Algerian researcher-activist, commentator and a founding member of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC), and Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA). He previously worked for War on Want, Global Justice Now and Platform London on issues of extractivism, resources, land and food sovereignty as well as climate, environmental, and trade justice. He is the author...

  11. Nick Buxton

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    Communications Consultant

    Nick Buxton is an experienced communications consultant and works as a publications editor and future labs coordinator for TNI. He works actively on issues of border politics, climate change, militarism and economic justice and was co-editor of  The Secure and the Dispossessed - How the military and corporations are seeking to shape a climate-changed world (Pluto Press, 2015).  ...

  12. Lavinia Steinfort

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    Project Officer

    Lavinia Steinfort is a political geographer and activist. A s a researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI) she is working on public alternatives such as (re)municipalisation of public services, a just transition towards energy democracy and transforming finance for the 99%. Lavinia is co-implementing the mPOWER project that facilitates peer learning among European cities for a fair,...

  13. Stephanie Olinga-Shannon

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    Planning and Evaluation Coordinator

    Stephanie is responsible for the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities at TNI. She holds a Msc. in Political Science (International Politics) from Leiden University and a Bachelor of Asia and Pacific Studies/Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University. Before coming to TNI, she worked in a similar role at a torture and trauma rehabilitation centre for...

  14. Sasha Trifkovic

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    Archivist and information manager

    Sasha started volunteering for TNI’s communications team in April 2018 and is currently TNI's in-house archivist and information manager. She holds an MA in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews. Before moving to Amsterdam, Sasha worked for 9 years as a policy analyst for the Scottish Government and the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland, focusing on...

  15. Sol Trumbo Vila

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    Project Officer

    Sol Trumbo Vila loves to design communication frames and platforms to expose unaccountable power structures and advance democratic solutions to our global problems, particularly unequal access to basic human rights and the destruction of ecosystems. He works with several international alliances to bring about a UN Binding Treaty that holds transnational corporations accountable for their human...

  16. Sylvia Kay

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    Project Officer

    Sylvia Kay is a political scientist with an MSc. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Social Science (LSE). She joined TNI in 2011 as a researcher working on issues around land tenure, natural resource governance, and agricultural investment. She has written various studies and policy briefs for TNI on land and water grabbing, the role of public policy in rural development...

  17. Dania Putri

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    Programme Assistant

    Dania started working at TNI in 2015 as an intern, and later continued as a part-time Programme Assistant for TNI’s Drugs & Democracy Programme until February 2021. Currently she works part-time for TNI's Communications and Myanmar programme. Born and raised in Jakarta and now residing in Rabat, Dania holds a Bachelor's degree in International Public Management from The Hague University. In...

  18. Jess Graham

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    Community Builder

    Jess Graham is the Community Builder for TNI since 2017. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she has lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland and permanently moved to Amsterdam in 2012. An activist and feminist since her teens, she is proud to be part of the TNI family. She is constantly learning and inspired by all the amazing work being done and loves bringing people together. In her own time she...

  19. Denis Burke

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    Communications Coordinator

    Denis Burke is TNI's communications coordinator. He works on strategy, press, publications and social media. He holds an MSc. in Contemporary Asian Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Before coming to TNI he worked in communications for Friends of the Earth International. His earlier experience includes press, digital and publications work for several NGOs. He has also written about a...

  20. Niamh Ni Bhriain

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    Programme Coordinator War and Pacification

    Niamh Ni Bhriain coordinates TNI's War and Pacification Programme, which focuses on the permanent state of war and pacification of resistance. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)....

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