Staff

Barbara Bernath

Secretary General

bbernath@apt.ch

Barbara Bernath studied Political Science and International Relations, and holds a Masters degree in human rights. Prior to joining APT, she worked for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked with the ICRC in Colombia. She was responsible for APT's Europe programme for 6 years,...

Barbara Bernath studied Political Science and International Relations, and holds a Masters degree in human rights. Prior to joining APT, she worked for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked with the ICRC in Colombia. She was responsible for APT's Europe programme for 6 years, moved in 2005 to the APT Detention Monitoring Programme, became Chief of Operations in 2009 and Secretary General in July 2018. Fluent in French, German, English and Spanish.

Audrey Olivier Muralt

Deputy Secretary General

aolivier-muralt@apt.ch

Audrey is Deputy Secretary General since March 2020, and has worked for the APT since 2006. Audrey has held numerous positions within the APT, in Geneva and in the field: Director of regional programs since 2018, she was Director of the Office Regional for Latin America (2015-2018), and...

Audrey is Deputy Secretary General since March 2020, and has worked for the APT since 2006. Audrey has held numerous positions within the APT, in Geneva and in the field: Director of regional programs since 2018, she was Director of the Office Regional for Latin America (2015-2018), and previously responsible for the OPCAT program. She left the APT in 2013, to reintegrate the organisation in 2015. Audrey worked with the Democratic Center for the Armed Forces of Geneva (DCAF) between 2013 and 2015 on issues related to the governance of private security. Audrey studied political science, public administration and human rights. She holds a master's degree in humanitarian law and human rights from the University of Aix-Marseille III and a master's degree in political science and public administration from Sciences-Po. Rennes. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Sandra Andenmatten

Finance Officer

+41 22 919 2182
sandenmatten@apt.ch

Sandra joined the APT in 2016 as Finance Manager. Prior to joining the APT, Sandra was Senior Manager in a financial services company in Geneva for nine years. She gained experience in finance from various sectors (telecoms, the pharmaceutical industry, and public health. In addition to her...

Sandra joined the APT in 2016 as Finance Manager. Prior to joining the APT, Sandra was Senior Manager in a financial services company in Geneva for nine years. She gained experience in finance from various sectors (telecoms, the pharmaceutical industry, and public health. In addition to her work at the APT, Sandra is also active in the field of adult education, particularly in the financial sector. She holds a Swiss Federal Diploma of Higher Education, Charted Specialist in Accounting and Financial Management and a Certificate of Adult Trainer (FSEA). She is currently completing the final module to obtain the Swiss Federal Diploma of Higher Education as a professional trainer for adults. 

Ben Buckland

Independent Oversight Adviser

+41 22 919 21 71
bbuckland@apt.ch

Ben has been working for the APT since 2014. As Independent Oversight Adviser, Ben coordinates APT’s work with independent oversight bodies around the world, including National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI),...

Ben has been working for the APT since 2014. As Independent Oversight Adviser, Ben coordinates APT’s work with independent oversight bodies around the world, including National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), ombuds institutions and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs); and develops expert advice from research on how these institutions can play a stronger role in torture prevention.

Prior to joining the team, Ben worked with a number of NGOs and think tanks, including the Geneva Democratic Centre for Armed Forces (DCAF), the Ethicos Group, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and the University of Melbourne.

Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours in French and political science from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. An Australian and British dual citizen, he speaks fluent English and French.

Alexis Comninos

Legal adviser

acomninos@apt.ch

Alexis Comninos joined the APT in 2020. As a Legal Adviser Alexis provides advice to colleagues and partners on legal issues, with a particular focus on safeguards to prevent torture in the first hours of police custody. Alexis has previously worked with APT: first as an intern (2017), then...

Alexis Comninos joined the APT in 2020. As a Legal Adviser Alexis provides advice to colleagues and partners on legal issues, with a particular focus on safeguards to prevent torture in the first hours of police custody. Alexis has previously worked with APT: first as an intern (2017), then as a legal adviser (maternity cover 2019). He also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, and completed internships with Human Rights Watch (USA) and Reprieve (UK). Alexis holds a Bachelor’s degree from Sussex University (UK), a Master’s degree from Columbia University (USA), and a Master’s of Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. A native French speaker, he is also fluent in English and Spanish.

Eva Csergö

Europe and Central Asia Programme Officer

+41 22 919 21 78
ecsergo@apt.ch

Eva has been working for the APT since 2014. As Europe and Central Asia Programme Officer, Eva coordinates the work of the APT within Western and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey and the former Soviet Union.

Prior to joining the team, Eva worked for a number of international...

Eva has been working for the APT since 2014. As Europe and Central Asia Programme Officer, Eva coordinates the work of the APT within Western and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey and the former Soviet Union.

Prior to joining the team, Eva worked for a number of international NGOs throughout the Europe and Central Asia region, including Minority Rights Group International and the Danish Refugee Council. She also worked as Cooperation Officer and Humanitarian Correspondent for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Georgia and with the OSCE Presence in Albania, and volunteered in France and Armenia within the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly NGO network.

Eva studied law, political science and international relations in France and Turkey. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and an MA in Political Science from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, as well as an MA in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Aix-en-Provence University. She is fluent in French and English and also speaks German, Russian, some Georgian and some basic Turkish.

Rachel Delapierre

Administrative Assistant

+41 22 919 21 89
rdelapierre@apt.ch

Rachel joined the APT in 2017. As Administrative Assistant, Rachel manages all human resources-related activities.

Prior to integrating the team, Rachel worked for many years in the banking sector before following a professional retraining course in human resources and...

Rachel joined the APT in 2017. As Administrative Assistant, Rachel manages all human resources-related activities.

Prior to integrating the team, Rachel worked for many years in the banking sector before following a professional retraining course in human resources and consolidating her new skills in several Geneva-based SMEs.

Rachel holds a Federal Certificate of Proficiency in Commercial Business from the Geneva Business School as well as the Swiss Certificate in Personnel Management. A Swiss citizen, she speaks fluent French, Swiss German and English.

Sylvia Dias

National Representative for Brazil

sdias@apt.ch

Sylvia has been working for the APT since 2005. As APT´s Representative in Brazil, her role is to develop and implement APT´s strategic priorities in the country, including supporting the effective implementation of the National System to Prevent Torture, advocating for...

Sylvia has been working for the APT since 2005. As APT´s Representative in Brazil, her role is to develop and implement APT´s strategic priorities in the country, including supporting the effective implementation of the National System to Prevent Torture, advocating for strengthening procedural safeguards during the first hours of police custody, and promoting increased protection of detained persons in situations of special vulnerability, in particular women and LGBTI persons.

Prior to joining the team, where she also worked as Director of the Regional Office for Latin America in Panama from 2011-2015, Sylvia worked for a law firm in Brazil and a community-based NGO in the United States, providing legal assistance for women and children victims of domestic violence and promoting public awareness campaigns on gender equality and violence against women.

Sylvia is a lawyer and holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Connecticut (USA). A Brazilian citizen, Sylvia speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Catherine Felder

Administrative Assistant

+41 22 919 21 70
cfelder@apt.ch

Catherine has been working for the APT since 2005. As Administrative Assistant, Catherine supports the Secretariat, manages the functioning of the Jean Jacques Gautier Centre and keeps a register of all APT publications.

Prior to joining the team, she worked for indigenous...

Catherine has been working for the APT since 2005. As Administrative Assistant, Catherine supports the Secretariat, manages the functioning of the Jean Jacques Gautier Centre and keeps a register of all APT publications.

Prior to joining the team, she worked for indigenous peoples' NGOs and the ICRC at Geneva Headquarters and field offices in Ethopia, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Peru.

Catherine studied commerce and management. A Swiss citizen, she speaks French, English and Spanish.

Veronica Filippeschi

Americas Programme Officer

+41 22 919 21 72
vfilippeschi@apt.ch

Veronica has been working for the APT since 2013. As Americas Programme Officer, Veronica coordinates APT’s work within Latin America, North America and the Caribbean, devising and implementing APT’s strategies in the region and working in partnership with NPMs, authorities,...

Veronica has been working for the APT since 2013. As Americas Programme Officer, Veronica coordinates APT’s work within Latin America, North America and the Caribbean, devising and implementing APT’s strategies in the region and working in partnership with NPMs, authorities, NGOs, and other regional, national and local stakeholders. Veronica was initially in charge of the Americas, before she taking over as OPCAT Adviser for five years.

Prior to joining the team, Veronica worked for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Panama and Guatemala, Solidaridad Internacional in Spain, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in Rome and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Veronica studied International Relations in Italy and holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Rome. An Italian citizen, Veronica speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian and French.

Andra Nicolescu

Advocacy and Legal Adviser

+41 22 919 21 76
anicolescu@apt.ch

Andra Nicolescu joined the APT in 2017. As Advocacy and Legal Adviser, Andra coordinates the work of the APT with the UN Treaty Bodies and advises colleagues and partners on legal issues with a particular focus on safeguards to prevent torture.

Prior to integrating the team,...

Andra Nicolescu joined the APT in 2017. As Advocacy and Legal Adviser, Andra coordinates the work of the APT with the UN Treaty Bodies and advises colleagues and partners on legal issues with a particular focus on safeguards to prevent torture.

Prior to integrating the team, Andra directed the work of the Anti-Torture Initiative at the American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. In this capacity, she supported the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Andra has also worked for various organisations, including INTERIGHTS, the Public International Law & Policy Group, the Delegation of the European Union in New Delhi, India, and local NGOs in Cameroon and Romania.

Andra holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law. A native speaker of English and Romanian, she is proficient in French and Spanish.

Cécile Trochu Grasso

Fundraising Officer

+41 22 919 21 88
ctrochu-grasso@apt.ch

Cécile joined the APT in 2017. Her role as Fundraising Officer is to ensure sufficient funding for the organisation to perform its missions. She makes the link between APT’s operations and relevant institutional donors.

Prior to integrating the team, she worked as...

Cécile joined the APT in 2017. Her role as Fundraising Officer is to ensure sufficient funding for the organisation to perform its missions. She makes the link between APT’s operations and relevant institutional donors.

Prior to integrating the team, she worked as Project Manager with Franciscans International, as well as Coordinator of the Child Rights Activities at the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT).

Cécile holds a Masters of Law in European Law and International Economic Law from the University of Geneva. A French citizen, Cécile speaks fluent French and English.

Shazeera Zawawi

Asia Pacific Programme Officer

+41 22 919 21 65
szawawi@apt.ch

Shazeera Zawawi has a Bachelor Degree in Law from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Human Rights from the University of York, United Kingdom. She was also awarded Chevening Fellowship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom in...

Shazeera Zawawi has a Bachelor Degree in Law from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Human Rights from the University of York, United Kingdom. She was also awarded Chevening Fellowship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom in 2007, where she was attached with the Glasgow University in Scotland to study "Government Relations with Civil Society".

After completing her bachelor degree, she joined the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) for five years, as a human rights education officer before heading the Law Reform and International Treaties Division. Her work with SUHAKAM primarily involved national and regional advocacy and strategic engagement with government, UN and civil society on the implementation of Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). After SUHAKAM, she worked for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kuala Lumpur as a senior protection assistant before joining the APT Asia Pacific team in 2013. She also loves cartooning and speaks fluent Malay and English.