New colleagues at IRC

©UNICEF/NYHQ2005-1323/Tkhostova - Child's View - Two boys smile, one with his arm around the other, in the town of Beslan, site of the siege on School No.1.


Chris de Neubourg is the Chief of the Child Poverty and Social and Economic Policy Responses unit. He comes to the Centre from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, where he was Academic Director and founder of the school. He is a specialist on empirical analysi s of social protection systems, with research and publications on subjects including labour economics, public finance and social economics. Chris has also worked with the World Bank, European Commission and International Labour Organization and has been a visiting scholar with the European University Institute in Fiesole, near Florence.

Andrew Mawson arrived at IRC to take up the post of Chief of Child Protection, following his role as Deputy Program Director for Human Rights Watch, London, and previous positions heading UNICEF's protection work in Sudan and Uganda. Earlier, he worked with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in Sierra Leone, Save the Children in London, and with Amnesty International. Andrew has a doctorate in anthropology with research, programming, policy and advocacy experience in human rights and child protection. At IRC he is leading work on child protection and the implementation of international standards on children's rights.

Jasmina Byrne was appointed Child Protection Specialist at Innocenti following a posting as Chief of Child Protection with UNICEF Indonesia. Her experience includes analysis and strengthening of national and sub-national systems to respond to violence, abuse and exploitation of children in both emergency and non-emergency contexts. Jasmina is currently managing research projects on child trafficking in the Nordic countries, protection of children from violence, sexual abuse and exploitation in the online and offline environment, and the impact of urbanization and migration on care and protection of children.

Yu Kojima joined IRC as Child Protection Specialist. Building on her background in gender and development studies, and specific expertise in trafficking of women and children, Yu's research will concentrate on child protection systems to prevent and address sexual exploitation, trafficking and other child rights violations in the urbanization process, and the role of the private sector in protecting children from sexual exploitation. Yu has a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Urvashi Kumar joined IRC as Web Editor. Formerly a journalist and senior correspondent with CNN's India venture, and a research officer at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, since 2009 Urvashi has been project manager at "The Ideas Exchange" in Mumbai. Urvashi has a BA in Journalism from the University of New Delhi and a Master's Degree in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Bethelhem Moulat was appointed as a Junior Professional Officer, as part of a joint UNICEF/Government of Italy programme. She is working on projects focusing on social protection and the Facility for Assessing the Child Impact of Economic Trends and Policies (FACIT) project.