UN Sanctions and Humanitarian Action Advisory Board Profiles

  • Naz Modirzadeh is the Founding Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC) and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School.
    Mona Ali Khalil is a public international lawyer with over 20 years of UN experience including as a Senior Legal Officer in the Office of the Legal Counsel where she advised on peacekeeping, sanctions and counter-terrorism. She is the Director of MAK LAW – an international strategic consulting service advising governments and intergovernmental organizations in the service of “We the Peoples”. She is an Affiliate of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Harvard University as well as a Master in Foreign Service and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.
    Thomas B. Bierstekeris Gasteyger Professor Honoraire at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He previously taught at Yale University, the University of Southern California, and Brown University. He is the author or editor of eleven books, including Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of UN Action (2016) and Informal Governance in World Politics (forthcoming), his research focuses on international relations theory, multilateral governance, and international sanctions. He is the principal developer of UNSanctionsApp, an interactive tool for the design and analysis of UN sanctions. He received his Doctorate and Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago.
    Tristan Ferraro is Senior Legal Adviser at the Legal Division of the ICRC (HQ Geneva). He is the in-house responsible for legal issues relating to multinational forces/coalition warfare, occupation (former head of the ICRC project on occupation), protection of civilians and the notion of armed conflict. He is also in charge of the files relating to humanitarian access, protection of humanitarian personnel as well as to international humanitarian law, sanctions and terrorism. He previously served as legal coordinator in the field. He has worked as senior lecturer/associate professor at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France), teaching inter alia Public International Law, including International Humanitarian Law. He holds a Doctorate from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France).

    Claudia Moser holds a Master of Science from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Among others, she was an ICRC delegate for several years and worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the fields of human rights and electoral processes. Hold various positions in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) engaging in bi- and multilateral peacebuilding and conflict transformation, in disarmament affairs and humanitarian policy. Currently works as a senior advisor for humanitarian diplomacy in the division for peace and human rights of the FDFA.

    Kelvin Ong is Chief of the Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch where he oversees 14 Security Council sanctions regimes, 10 expert panels (63 sanctions experts), and the Iran nuclear issue. A UN staff since 2001, he has served in DPKO, DPA and UNDP: as Head of DPA’s mediation support unit, Chief of DPKO’s DDR unit, and Team Leader for UNDP’s rule of law and security sector reform unit. He has worked in peacekeeping missions and special political missions, including in mission start-ups and liquidations. He has also been Special Assistant in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan; Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia; Special Assistant to the Assistant-Secretary-General for the Rule of Law and Security Institutions in DPKO, and Planning Officer in the Office of the ASG for Mission Support, DPKO. Before joining the UN, he worked at the International Peace Academy (IPA), a New York-based think tank, where he directed a research programme on the UN and regional organizations. Before leaving Singapore, he served in the Singapore military for 11 years. (Photo: Timo Virtala/Flickr)

    Dr Rebecca Brubaker was Senior Policy Adviser at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR), where she directed projects related to conflict prevention, sanctions, Security Council affairs, and transitional justice. Prior to joining UNU-CPR, Dr Brubaker led research on cross-cutting sanctions issues within the Security Council Affairs Division of the then UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA). She also co-chaired the UN’s Inter-Agency Working Group on Sanctions and facilitated its inputs to the 2014 High-Level Review of UN Sanctions. Before joining the UN Secretariat, Dr Brubaker was based at the University of Oxford, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Yale University, and Université Libre de Bruxelles.