Working for the elimination of child labour in tobacco growing.
Sonia Velazquez, Executive Director
Sonia is an international leader in child protection. She joined the ECLT Foundation in April 2012, continuing a career that has combined programs for helping vulnerable children in developing countries and transforming child-focused systems through policy, legislation, knowledge-building and research in industrialized countries. Sonia’s graduate education includes a degree in administration and management from Harvard University, and several executive-level programs completed at the London School of Economics, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the US Institute of Peace. Sonia has been senior vice-president at American Humane Association and Family Support America, and director of the National Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, funded by the US Federal Government. She also served in several senior roles and as field director with Plan International, Save the Children, and Christian Children’s Fund. Sonia is a US citizen and a native Colombian. Read blog entries by Sonia Velazquez.
Chris Burton, Head of Operations
Chris is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant and has significant experience in several industries in the British Isles and Geneva. He has been committed to Geneva-based NGOs as a consultant and employee since 2008 and has interest and experience in M.I.S. and I.T.
Chris joined the ECLT Foundation in July 2010 as Finance Manager. Read blog entries by Chris Burton.
Laura Collier, Communications and Advocacy Program Coordinator
Laura is a communications professional with a focus on children’s rights. She joined the ECLT Foundation in 2015 after several years working in and with the United Nations Human Rights System with the network Child Rights Connect and the UN OHCHR. Laura had diverse experiences in communications and marketing before moving to Geneva, including at The New York Botanical Garden, Atlas Service Corps (Bogotá, Colombia) and The Atlantic Magazine (Washington, DC, USA). She holds a Master’s degree in Global Communications and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Classics. Read blog entries by Laura Collier.
Stéphanie Garde, Project Coordinator
Stéphanie holds a Master in Managing NGOs and International Development. She has lived and worked in Argentina, France, and Switzerland in related international development work, particularly focusing on children and children’s issues.
She joined the ECLT Foundation in February 2010 as Office Coordinator. Read blog entries by Stéphanie Garde.
Karima has a diverse background in migration, development, humanitarian issues, and human rights. She lived and worked in Kazakhstan and Colombia before moving to Switzerland in 2007, and held positions at the International Organization for Migration, the World Health Organization, Geneva Call, and most recently, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). As part of her last assignment at OHCHR, she supported the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. Karima holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the Central European University (Budapest) and a Diploma in economic, social and cultural rights from the Collége universitaire d’Henry Dunant (Geneva), and is currently enrolled in postgraduate law studies with the University of London. She joined the ECLT Foundation in October 2013 Read blog entries by Karima Jambulatova
Nicholas joined the ECLT Foundation in March 2013 to develop and advance the areas of advocacy, national policy, research, and dissemination of best practices for the prevention and withdrawal of children from child labor. Prior to joining the ECLT Foundation, Nicholas led a diverse portfolio of initiatives to strengthen outcomes for child and family wellbeing in the United States and abroad. Nicholas served as the Assistant Executive Director for the Durham Workforce Development Board; Senior Workforce Development Manager for the City of Durham, NC; and Hurricane Katrina Reintegration Specialist for the State of North Carolina. He worked extensively in the country of Armenia to promote child wellbeing by developing a coalition of stakeholders to further family support programs and promote de-institutionalization initiatives. Nicholas holds a MS degree in Organizational Management from the School for International Training Graduate Institute and a BA degree from Hamline University in Russian Studies and History. Read blog entries by Nicholas McCoy
Innocent Mugwagwa, Senior Programme Manager
Innocent is a Chartered Secretary with an MBA and MPhil, studying the final stages of a doctorate focusing on the tobacco value chain. Innocent has over 15 years’ development experience, the last 10 years as the Finance Director of Save the Children Norway Zimbabwe. Innocent joined the ECLT Foundation in September 2010 as Senior Programme Manager. Read blog entries by Innocent Mugwagwa.
Gosha Stehle, Office Associate
Gosha is an administrative professional with several years’ experience in non-profit organisations, focusing on secretariat management, governance support and human resources. Most recently she worked for Better Cotton Initiative in Geneva as Operations and HR Coordinator. Gosha holds a Master Degree in International Relations and Political Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Poland, as well as Secretarial Diploma from Pitman Training Centre in the UK and Certificate in Human Resources management obtained in Switzerland.