Secretariat staff

Daniel D’Esposito

Daniel D’Esposito, Executive Director
Email:; Skype: daniel.desposito
Daniel was HURIDOCS capacity building officer from 2006 to 2009, after serving ten years with the ICRC, both in the field and at headquarters, in the field of humanitarian protection (visits to detainees to prevent torture and disappearances and improve conditions of detention, and monitoring respect for international humanitarian law by warring parties). Daniel holds a BA in political science from the University of Lausanne and an MSc in NGO Management from the London School of Economics.


Anna Gouliaeva

Anna Gouliaeva

Anna Gouliaeva, Accountant and Assistant Project Manager
Anna Gouliaeva has been working as a part-time accountant for HURIDOCS since 2010. She is also working in the same capacity for the NGO Management Association. From March 2014 onwards, Anna has begun her training as assistant project manager to support HURIDOCS’ work in the former Soviet Union and francophone Africa. Anna speaks English, French, Russian and some German and is works in the HURIDOCS Secretariat in Geneva.


Peter Küttel

Peter Küttel, Operations Manager
Email:; Skype: peter_geneva
Peter has worked for 11 years for Procter & Gamble in Geneva. Originally a key account and customer marketing manager, he was then in working on global strategic alliances, establishing external partnership programmes in Central/Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, India and Malaysia. He left Procter & Gamble in autumn 2008 to travel the world and to start working for NGOs. He started with the Women’s World Summit Foundation, where he was the coordinator for the prevention programme against violence on women. Since January 2010 Peter is working part time as as Project Coordinator Communication for the NGO Management Association Switzerland. Since April 2012 is working part-time for Huridocs as Finance Manager. His mains tasks are to manage the finances of the organisation as well as human resources.


Katherin Machalek

Katherin Machalek, Institutional Development Officer
Katherin Machalek was HURIDOCS program manager for the former Soviet Union from 2009 to 2011. She took a two-year hiatus from HURIDOCS working as a research analyst for Freedom House in New York with a particular focus on the South Caucasus. Since September 2013, Katherin has returned to HURIDOCS as Institutional Development Officer and Project Manager for capacity building projects in Russia and Ukraine. Katherin holds an MA in political science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and speaks English, Russian, German, and French. Katherin is based in New York.


Osborne Omuya

Osborne Omuya

Osborne Omuya, Quality Assurance Technician
Osborne Omuya is an IT specialist holding a BSc in Information Sciences degree from Moi University, Kenya. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and a Linux Certified Professional trainee. Osborne has previously worked as an independent consultant with a number of NGOs and government institutions, including SNV (Netherlands Development Organization), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and Moi University. His experiences include Web development and administration, Network installation, configuration and Administration and custom software development for learning institutions. Osborne has joined HURIDOCS in February 2014 in is based in Nairobi.



Sujata Rane

Sujata Rane, Head of Client Projects
Sujata oversees all our projects with clients, and coordinates the work of our developer team, making sure we provide a high level of quality and timely delivery of the projects. She holds a Bachelors in computer science (India), Masters in Business Administration from Leicester University (UK). She is a certified Project management professional (USA). She has worked with Corporates, NGOs and the UN before joining Huridocs in November 2013. Sujata possesses keen interest in the usage of Information management for development projects. Outside of work, she operates with small NGOs on voluntary basis to raise funds and capacity building. Sujata is based in Nairobi.


Friedhelm Weinberg

Friedhelm Weinberg, Communications Specialist
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Since October 2012, Friedhelm manages communications – to make sure HURIDOCS is in touch with people and technology. For HURIDOCS’ partners, he provides training to improve their communication and advocacy, in particular in the South Caucasus. Previously, he has worked as a journalist in Germany and Russia and has studied for a BA in International Relations from TU Dresden and an MA in Political Science from University College London and Jagiellonian University Krakow. Based in Geneva, he speaks English, German, Russian, Polish and some French.


Bert Verstappen

Bert Verstappen, Senior Documentalist
Email:; Skype: berthuridocs
Bert Verstappen has been working with HURIDOCS since 1987. He coordinated the work of different Task Forces and co-authored main HURIDOCS publications such as the Events Standard Formats, Micro-thesauri, What is documentation? and What is monitoring? He has a wide experience in organising and providing training on human rights documentation. Bert is a historian from the Netherlands and previously worked with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo.


Basheer AlZoughbi

Basheer Al Zoughbi, Researcher and Project Manager for Middle East
Email:; Skype: bashiril
Basheer AlZoughbi research interests lie in public international law branches especially international human rights law, IHL, international criminal law, state responsibility law, and international diplomatic law. He has pursued an LL.M in European Union Law (Reading-UK), M.A in Human Rights Law (Malta), M.A in International Relations Management (Milano-Italy). He has worked with several local and international organisations, including Facilitate Global (UK) and the Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (Palestine). At HURIDOCS, Basheer coordinates documentation and research work relating to the Arab world. He is based in Bethlehem.