The Team

José Parra and Mona M’Bikay are two senior specialists in the fields of human rights, sustainable development and conflict prevention.

Mona M'Bikay

Mona M'Bikay obtained a Master in Law at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, before going on to do a Master in International Studies (MIS) with specialisation in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (GIIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Her postgraduate studies in Conflict Resolution Skills were carried out at the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University, United Kingdom. She has over 15 years of working experience acquired at both the national and international level. Her field of expertise includes human rights, women and children’s rights, development of strategies to address violence against women and girls, gender, democratic governance, corporate social responsibility, criminal law, international law, international humanitarian law and international mutual legal assistance. She worked as project manager for the United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh (UNDP), governance adviser and programme manager for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Human Rights Officer for the Regional Office for Southern Africa of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) , Legal adviser for the Swiss Ministry of Justice and Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as junior lawyer in law firms and local jurisdiction in Switzerland.

José Parra

José Parra is a Political Scientist. He obtained a Master of Arts and a Master of Advanced Studies in Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

He also graduated from the University of Oxford (UK), completing a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law. He has over 15 years of professional experience with the United Nations (OHCHR and UNDP), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and NGOs. His experience covers international human rights law, democratic governance, gender equality, and sustainable development. Notably, he has worked for national, regional and global programmes, including field assignments in Latin America, and served as the Secretary of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He has a thorough knowledge of international human rights standards and mechanisms and of international development policies and institutions. His areas of current research and consultancy focus on human rights and the 2030 sustainable development agenda; legal developments of indigenous peoples, minorities, and other groups’ rights; transitional justice in fragile contexts and human rights impact of development and business activities. The working languages of the team are French, English and Spanish.