Isabelle Guitard

Isabelle has responsibility for heading the programme work of Child Soldiers International, and leading our activities towards the realisation of our strategic aims. Isabelle joined us in 2011, having previously worked for UNICEF Iraq as Child Protection Specialist. Prior to this she headed the International Advocacy Programme for Defence for Children International in Palestine, and worked at the Child Rights International Network (CRIN). Isabelle holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Melanie Doucakis
Operations Support Manager 

Melanie joined us at the end of 2016 as our part-time Operations Support Manager, having stepped across from the anti-trafficking sector. Melanie has a BA in Cultural Studies, an AA in Communication Arts and Media, and a BA Hons in History. She is currently undertaking an MSc in International Development and Social Anthropology at Birkbeck. Melanie has a varied professional background, having worn the hat of humanitarian photographer, investigative photojournalist, researcher, and media analyst. Previously based in South Africa from 2009, Melanie contributed to the mobilisation of its fledging anti-trafficking sector.

Chris Matthews
Media Manager 

Chris joined us in 2017 and focuses on our communications and media coverage. He previously worked as a freelance journalist in Africa reporting from Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda, among other countries. His work has featured in the likes of The Economist, The Guardian, BBC and Quartz, often with a focus on human rights and development issues. An NCTJ-trained journalist, he holds a BA in English Literature and Language from Newcastle University. 

Lianne Minasian
Programme Manager

Lianne joined us in 2013 and manages the Child Soldiers World Index and fundraising. Prior to this she worked for the Oak Foundation, supporting their International Human Rights Program. Before moving to London, she ran the China, Taiwan and Thailand programmes for an international adoption agency. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in International Relations and French, and has an MA in Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Amanda Nadeau
Girls Reintegration Project Volunteer

Amanda joined us in November 2018 as a volunteer to support our girls' reintegration project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London and a MA in French Culture and Civilization from Middlebury College. She has previously worked at PCC Hand in Hand orphanage in Ghana and has experience working in organisations advocating for refugees and asylum seekers, most notably at Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Sandra Olsson
Programme Manager

Sandra joined us in 2015 to conduct research and advocacy on Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. She now leads these programmes and helps manage the organisation's research, policy and advocacy work on Child Protection. Sandra previously worked in child protection for UNICEF in Senegal, supporting countries affected by the Nigeria crisis. She holds a BA in History of Ideas and an MA in Global Studies, both from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. During her MA Sandra also interned for the Pan African Organisation for Research and Protection of Violence on Women and Children in Ghana.

Hiba Qaraman
Senior Advocacy Consultant

Hiba joined us in 2017 to coordinate advocacy and outreach efforts at the United Nations in New York in support of the organization’s strategic plan. She was previously the Senior Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor with Save the Children’s United Nations office in NY and worked in research, communications and advocacy in Save the Children’s country office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Hiba also worked in research and advocacy with Defence for Children International in Palestine and has consulted with the International NGO Council on Violence against Children. She holds an MA in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and is currently based in New York. 

Charlotte Cooper
UK Research and Campaign Officer

Charlotte joined us in 2018 through the Peaceworker scheme, run by Quakers in Britain. She works on the UK campaign to end the military recruitment of under-18s. Charlotte has experience working in organisations supporting and advocating for the LGBT community and marginalised young women in the UK and with activist groups campaigning for economic and gender justice. Charlotte has a MA in Gender and Sexuality Studies from SOAS, University of London.