Rachel joined IPHR in April 2015. She is programme director of the Central Asia team, and as such she oversees project implementation, conducts research and produces publications together with the organization’s partner groups, contributes to IPHR’s advocacy and project development and is a member of IPHR’s Editorial Board.
Rachel has a background in managing cross regional projects focusing on human rights and NGO capacity building in the former Soviet Union. She worked as campaigner on Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan for Amnesty International at the International Secretariat and later as Central Asia researcher. She also spent 11 years working for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles and has extensive experience of field research on issues including torture and ill-treatment, refugee rights, freedom of expression and association, children’s and women’s rights) and undertaking advocacy to present these concerns to the international community. She also worked for several years as a consultant for Asylum Rights Consultancy (UK) researching country of origin information in relation to refugees and asylum seekers.
She has a degree in Russian from Bristol University and studied at the University of Voronezh. She speaks Russian, French and English (mother tongue).