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Florian joined PRI as its Executive Director in September 2018. He was previously the Head of Advocacy at Human Rights House Foundation in Geneva. Before joining HRHF, Florian co-founded Stop Suicide, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the prevention of suicide among young people in Switzerland. From 2009 to 2012, he was a member of the editorial team responsible for revising Geneva’s constitution, adopted in 2012.
Director of Policy and International Advocacy
Olivia is Director of Policy and International Advocacy at Penal Reform International where she leads on policy-setting regional bodies and advocacy with international and on a range of human rights and criminal justice issues, acting as spokesperson for the organisation internationally. Olivia has authored key publications and training materials for PRI and worked extensively with UN and other institutional actors and partners. Previously, Olivia worked at Amnesty International in their European Union office in Brussels and in their New Zealand section. She completed her LLM in International and European Human Rights Law at the University of Amsterdam in 2008 and was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2009.
Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa
Taghreed is the Regional Director for PRI in the Middle East and North Africa. She has 20 years of experience working in the field of human rights, 12 of them working for PRI in the region. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights form University of Essex and has a vast experience leading criminal justice reform projects in more than 16 countries in the region.
Regional Director for South Caucasus
Tsira has been serving as Regional Director for PRI in the South Caucasus region since early 2010. She is a member of the Consultative Council for National Preventive Mechanism at the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia since 2016. She is a member of the Criminal Justice Reform Interagency Coordination Council and its working groups, also a member on the Anti-torture Interagency Coordination Council at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, and has served on selection committees of the penitentiary department and the National Probation Agency. Tsira is a lawyer by training and also holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of York in the United Kingdom.
Doreen Namyalo Kyazze
Regional Programme Manager for Africa
Doreen is PRI’s Africa Programme Manager. She has over 14 years’ experience in human rights advocacy in East Africa. She has served as project manager and legal expert on a number of human rights projects in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda including death penalty campaign, promotion of gender sensitive sentencing, alternatives to imprisonment; torture prevention; and prison reform. Doreen Namyalo is a member of the Uganda Law Society and Federation of Uganda Women Lawyers.
Regional Programme Manager for Central Asia
Zhanna is PRI’s Regional Programme Manager for Central Asia. As PRI’s representative in the region, she manages country and cross-regional projects. Zhanna is also a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, member of the Coordination Council of the NPM under the Ombudsperson of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and a co-chair of the Inter-Agency Working Group on prison reform in Kazakhstan. Zhanna started her work in PRI in 2010. She previously held positions in local municipalities. Zhanna Nazarova holds degrees Public Administration and Law, with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Executive Law.