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  1. Pietje Vervest

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    Programmes Director

    Pietje Vervest is an economic anthropologist. She has specialised in the European Union's trade and investment agenda and in the international investment regime. At TNI she coordinates the Economic Justice Programme and the Myanmar in Focus Programme, is part of the Coordination Group of the Seattle to Brussels network and is the European anchor of the Asia-Europe People's Forum.  

  2. 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....

  3. Daniel Chavez

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    Fellow/ Senior Project Officer

    A TNI Fellow since 2005, Daniel earned his PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2001, subsequently joining TNI as a staff member....

  4. Satoko Kishimoto

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    Programme Coordinator Public Alternatives

    Satoko Kishimoto was an environmental activist and active in the youth environmental movement in Japan in the 1990s. She began working with TNI in 2003, at the time of 3rd World Water Forum held in Kyoto, Japan. She started the water justice project in TNI to seek Alternatives to Water Privatisation. She is the co-founder of the Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network which was created as a...

  5. Cecilia Olivet

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    Programme Coordinator Trade & Investment

    Cecilia Olivet is a social scientist who specialises in the European Union's trade and investment agenda and the international investment regime. Cecilia is Uruguayan, has a BA degree in International Relations from Universidad de la República in Uruguay and an MA in International Politics and East Asia from Warwick University, UK. In 2005, she joined TNI where she is part of the Economic...

  6. Brid Brennan

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    Project Coordinator Corporate Power

    Brid Brennan coordinates the Corporate Power Project at TNI within the Economic Justice Programme. She describes herself as a popular educator and political activist. She currently focuses on the role of TNCs in economy and politics in the context of neoliberal globalisation. Her expertise and major interests are on the protagonisms of social, feminist, anti-racist, migrant and refugee...

  7. 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...

  8. Tom Kramer

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    Researcher

    Tom Kramer (1968) is a political scientist who has been working as a researcher with TNI's Drugs & Democracy Programme since 2007. Over the years Tom has specialised in drug policy in Asia with a special focus on sustainable development and the link between drugs and conflict. Tom has authored various TNI reports, his expertise is regularly requested at international fora and in the media.

  9. 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...

  10. 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....

  11. 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."...

  12. 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...

  13. Shaun Matsheza

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    Writer

    Shaun Matsheza is a writer and content creator at TNI. He is a communication specialist from Zimbabwe, with extensive experience as a content strategist, editor, producer and trainer in multimedia journalism and creative storytelling. Shaun's passion lies in the link between storytelling and people's perceived ability to effect change in their societies. A lifelong learner and ardent believer...

  14. 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...

  15. Bettina Müller

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    Associate Researcher

    Bettina Müller is an associate researcher with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and specialises on the trade and investment regime in Latin America and the Carribbean. Bettina is a political sciences graduate and holds a master's degree in international relations and political sciences at Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. She is currently living in Berli, where she works at the...

  16. 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....

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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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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...

  20. Zoe Brent

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    Researcher

    Zoe Brent is a researcher with the Agrarian Justice team at TNI, where she works on issues related to food, land and water politics. She holds an MA in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And currently she is pursuing her PhD at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague where her research focuses on land access, the...

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