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  1. 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."...

  2. 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....

  3. 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....

  4. 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...

  5. 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....

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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.  

  9. 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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    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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. Misrak Alayu

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    Office Assistant

    Misra has been a receptionist and office assistant at TNI since 2015. Before this she spent many years working for the Amsterdam Groenlinks party in the city council. She has also volunteered with Amnesty International in Amsterdam.

  14. Mercedes Camps

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    Translator and Reviser

    Mercedes is a translator and reviser. She is Uruguayan, has a BA degree in Translation from Universidad de la República in Uruguay and an MA in Legal and Economic Translation from the University of Geneva. Before joining TNI in February of 2020, Mercedes worked for Friends of the Earth Uruguay and Democracy Now! and she has been a freelance translator for international organizations for several...

  15. 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,...

  16. 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).  ...

  17. Jorrit Stoker

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    Web Officer

    Jorrit Stoker is TNI's Web Officer and joined TNI in October 2017. Before he studied History at the University of Amsterdam. As Web Officer he works on TNI’s online reach.

  18. 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...

  19. 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)....

  20. Fiona Dove

    Fiona Dove

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    Executive Director

    Fiona Dove has been Executive Director of TNI since 1995. She grew up in South Africa, where she was an anti-apartheid activist from a young age, first active in feminist and anti-militarist organisations as a student, then joining the non-racial labour movement (COSATU) as an organiser from the mid-1980s. She later served as a national negotiator, research coordinator for the SA Commercial,...

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