Our Team

Friedhelm Weinberg

Executive Director

“Human rights are not just words: they need to be fought for and promoted. Gathering, organising and analysing information is essential to this goal, and we are proud to strengthen human rights defenders with advice, training and tools”

Friedhelm oversees HURIDOCS’ projects and partnerships around the globe since 2012. He constantly explores new solutions, approaches and collaborations.

  • Geneva
  • friedhelm@huridocs.org

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Alberto Casado

Developer

“As software developers for HURIDOCS, we need to develop very simple and efficient online platforms. We do not think in terms of profit: we help human rights defenders the best way we can”

After 10 years developing software in different countries Alberto started working for HURIDOCS in 2015 on OpenEvsys and currently works on Uwazi.

  • Valencia
  • alberto@huridocs.org

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Andrés Vergara

Developer

“As a web developer I have always believed that our products should impact society. With HURIDOCS this impact is enhanced worldwide”

Previously a web developer at a national newspaper in Ecuador, Andrés started working on HURIDOCS’ Casebox and OpenEvsys projects in 2016.

  • Quito
  • andres@huridocs.org

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Anne Bachmann

Accountant

“I have worked for a number of commercial companies and I really enjoy being now involved in a team of people who think in terms of human relations and don’t seek profit at any cost”

After 35 years working in positions related to accounting and administration in the advertising business, Anne has joined the HURIDCOCS team in 2014.

  • Geneva
  • anne.bachmann@huridocs.org

Bert Verstappen

Senior Documentalist

“The development of news tools deeply changed HURIDOCS’ work throughout the years. We renew ourselves constantly. I have committed my career to this exciting challenge because I want to feel useful to human right defenders. Their courage is a source of inspiration for all of us”

A historian, Bert has been working with HURIDOCS since 1987. He has coordinated the work of different task forces and co-authored essential HURIDOCS publications. He is involved in many capacity building projects, providing expertise mainly from the documentation angle.

Dani Catalan

Web Designer

“After a couple of years working for agencies and startups, working with some of the most innovative technologies to the defense of human rights is a breath of fresh air. It’s about creating a great user experience to improve the world”

Dani has a background in product development. After working in different e-commerce agencies and profit companies, he joined HURIDOCS in 2016.

  • Valencia
  • dani@huridocs.org

Eric Wamugu

Developer

“The difference between torture and safety, life and death, can be just at the speed of a submit button. New tools and technologies will vastly increase our ability to do just that”

Previously a web developer at a multi-national advertising agency, Eric started working on HURIDOCS’ Casebox and OpenEvsys projects in 2016.

  • Nairobi
  • eric@huridocs.org

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Humphrey Sipalla

Project Associate

“Human rights documentation is like the deep foundations of a skyscraper or roots of huge tree, hidden from sight, but you can be sure, nothing of substance is without it. To help find solutions for information and documentation solutions for human rights defenders in Africa is part of my contribution to leave Africa a better place than I found it. Helping create Uwazi, a documentation tool for human rights defenders, is a long held dream of mine which came through”

Humphrey is an editor who has been working for HURIDOCS since May 2010 on various projects, such as the African Human Rights Case Law Analyser. He currently works on Uwazi and teaches at university in Nairobi.

  • Nairobi
  • humphrey@huridocs.org

Hyeong-sik Yoo

Project Manager for Asia

“Asia is a diverse and fast changing region with challenging human right issues. In this context, our support for civil society is important : we play a key role in advancing democracy and human rights”

A HURIDOCS team member since 2016, Hyeong-sik has been leading research and advocacy projects in Asia and the RightDocs Project on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

  • Malmö
  • hyeongsik@huridocs.org

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Jaume Cardona

Chief Technology Officer

“NGOs need to make sure that their sensitive information are safe. Data security is therefore an essential aspect of my work for HURIDOCS: we train our partners and keep good standards in order to facilitate their mission”

A software developer since 1996, Jaume also has a background in sociology – the perfect match between technology challenges and social projects. He works for HURIDOCS since 2014.

  • Valencia
  • jaume@huridocs.org

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Joan Gallego

Developer

“It has been very challenging and interesting to develop open source tools for human rights NGOs. These tools require a deep understanding of the needs of the users and the building of a community around the information and tool”

Joan Gallego first worked as a contractor in the HURIDOCS-MRVRS project in June 2015 and joined HURIDOCS as a full-time senior developer in September 2015 to work on Uwazi.

  • Valencia
  • joan@huridocs.org

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Kristin Antin

Community Knowledge Manager

“I started my human rights work  in the torture treatment field in 2007 and I’ve seen first-hand how NGOs struggle with data management have been fascinated with this challenge ever since”

Kristin has a background in computer science and has worked as a community-builder and technology problem-solver in the human rights community since 2007.

  • New York
  • kristin@huridocs.org

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Manushak Guilhem

Project Manager

“I particularly enjoy helping HURIDOCS team members to stay connected to the human rights community we serve and understanding the realities people face. Dialogue is essential to efficiently defend the values I believe in”

Passionate about human rights and the rule of law, Manushak coordinates projects since 2014 with a focus on capacity building and implementing information management solutions.

  • Geneva
  • manushak@huridocs.org

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Mario Bastande Rampérez

Intern

“An external NGO should work seeking to contribute to community empowerment and local development, with the best innovative tools available. HURIDOCS is a perfect example of this, making monitoring, information technologies and documentation methods easy, improving local NGOs impact and always making use of its independence”

As a humanitarian worker, Mario has a background in mathematical engineering. He is experienced in working with NGOs in Africa, as well as in the private sector. Mario joined HURIDOCS as Graph Database Specialist intern in 2016.

  • Madrid
  • mario@huridocs.org

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Natalie Widmann

Artificial Intelligence Consultant

“Machine Learning is a powerful tool for data analysis, efficient information extraction and the discovery of patterns in document collections. At HURIDOCS we aim to unite these techniques with invaluable expert knowledge to facilitate the work of human rights advocates.”

Natalie has a background in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence. After a six-month internship in 2016, she joined HURIDOCS in February 2017 as an Artificial Intelligence Consultant.

  • Nijmegen
  • natalie@huridocs.org

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Nora Erdmann

Project Manager for the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and Europe

“Human rights defenders working in countries of the Former Soviet Union are under great pressures today. In this difficult context, HURIDOCS’ reputation and long-time commitment are huge advantages to establishing relationships of trust”

A photographer, photo journalist, and designer, Nora has worked as an interdisciplinary project manager and created visual communication for foundations, NGOs, cultural organizations and paralympic sport. Co-founder of the Berliner Schwimmteam, she started her work at HURIDOCS in 2015.

  • Berlin
  • nora.erdmann@huridocs.org

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Peter Küttel

Chief Operations Officer

“I left the private sector because I wanted to do something meaningful, which is the case now. Improving the daily life of human rights NGOs and having a leading role in a small organisation with an efficient structure and a pragmatic approach is very rewarding”

After 12 years for Procter & Gamble as a key account and customer marketing manager, Peter started working for various NGOs and joined HURIDOCS in 2012.

  • Geneva
  • peter.kuttel@huridocs.org

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Rafael Pólit

Developer

“As a developer, I have relied heavily on open source projects during my career. At HURIDOCS, being part of open source projects that can contribute to other NGOs as well as other programmers and give back to the community is an exciting experience”

After three years developing the Idukay education plaftorm, Rafa participated as a contractor in the HURIDOCS-MRVRS project in June 2015 and joined HURIDOCS as a full-time senior developer in August 2016 to work on Uwazi.

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