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agopMargareta Agop CGA
Sylvia joined Equitas in April 2004. In April 2006, she was promoted and is now the financial controller for Equitas. As such, she is responsible for the overall financial management of the organization. As a member of the Order of Chartered Accountants, Sylvia is a certified public accountant and has many years of experience in finance and accounting.

agopAnnie Billington
Annie is the Communications manager at Equitas since August 2015. Prior to joining Equitas, Annie was the Coordinator of Communications and Community Relations at Culture Montréal. She has a BA in Political Science from Ottawa University, a Bachelor of Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal and also a Masters in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal.

Pego Brennan
Pego joined Equitas in 2002 as Executive Assistant. She has many years of experience in the administration of not-for-profit organizations. Pego has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University as well as a Bachelor of Science and a degree in Pedagogy from the University of Sherbrooke.

Ian Hamilton
Ian was appointed Executive Director of Equitas in January 2004. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of Equitas’ strategic directions and overall management of the organization’s day-to-day operations. For five years prior to this appointment, Ian was Equitas’ Director of Programs and helped shape the organization’s programming. He joined the Equitas team in 1997 as a Director of the National Institutions Program, responsible for capacity building projects with national human rights commissions, particularly in Asia. Before starting with Equitas, Ian worked for the Coordinating Committee of Human Rights Organizations of Thailand for sixteen months in Bangkok, assisting their campaign for the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission. From 1992 to 1995, Ian worked in a variety of positions including Asia Program Officer at the International Centre for Human Rights and Program Officer for Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) in Montreal. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in history.

Sawsan Kanhoush
Sawsan joined Equitas in 2014 as a program assistant. Prior to joining Equitas, she worked in Syria as a credit analyst. Sawsan holds a Master’s degree in international studies from the University of Montreal and in International Banking and Finance from Bordeaux IV University (France-Syria).

Rodrigue Koudoro
Rodrigue joined the Equitas team in May 2014 as a programs administrator. He is responsible for providing administrative support to Equitas’ human rights educational programs and manages technologies and information systems. He holds a MBA in International Development and Humanitarian Actions from Laval University in Quebec, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications and Information Systems from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, USA.

Carlos Ospina
Carlos Ospina started to work for Equitas in February 2016 as an intern for achieving his studies of the AEC in computerized financial management. Since April 2016 he has worked as a Finance Assistant. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in finance. He has more than seven years of professional experience in finance and providing administrative support working in international organizations such as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Office in Colombia of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was responsible for the budget planning, control and execution as well as management of financial information.


Hervé Boudou
Hervé joined the Equitas team as an Education Specialist in the Fall of 2015. Currently, he is working mostly on the West Africa program. He has 10 years of experience in designing and delivery of training in human rights and inter-culturalism, training of trainers as well as community mobilization. Hervé has an M.A. in Human Development and International Cooperation from Florence University (Italy) and long-term experience on issues such as global citizenship and the different aspects of social and economic rights.

Amy Cooper
Amy is an Education Specialist working primarily on Equitas’ programs in Canada including Play it Fair!, Speaking Rights and Young Women Young Leaders. Amy has also been responsible for supporting Equitas’ International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP), while additionally supporting the development of new educational programs in Central Eastern Europe/Former Soviet Union. She has a background in teaching with a focus on social justice education. She has a M.A. in Education from OISE/UT and a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia.

Heather deLagran
Heather works primarily on the Strengthening Human Rights Education Globally (SHREG) program in Tanzania as an education specialist. Prior to Equitas, she taught Geography and designed curriculum in England and the Bahamas. She has worked on several projects as a freelance instructional designer, working for organizations such as Alianza por el Agua, Catbird Productions and Define the Line. Heather holds an M.A in Educational Technology from Concordia University, B.A in Geography, B.Ed from Queen’s University.

Valérie Féquière
Valérie joined the Equitas team in September 2014 as an education specialist. She works primarily on the Human Rights Education Program in Haiti. Before her arrival at Equitas, Valérie worked as education specialist at UNICEF in the Central African Republic, as a research assistant at UNESCO in Paris and as a psychosocial consultant in Haiti in the earthquake aftermath. She has been working mostly on issues related to equity and right to education awareness in emergency situations. Moreover, she has been teaching foreign languages in France and in the United States at the University of South California. Valérie has an undergraduate degree in international educative action at the Catholic University of Paris and an undergraduate degree in English literature and civilization at the University La Sorbonne in Paris.

Cristina Galofre (on leave)
Cristina has been working as an Education Specialist since 2010. She manages the online Equitas Community and works on programs related to the Global Human Rights Education Program and Equitas’ Canadian programs. Cristina has designed and developed training programs and education materials for delivery in various mediums including e-learning, print and multimedia. Prior to joining Equitas, Cristina worked in Colombia developing projects related to the educational use of information and communication technologies. Cristina has a M.A in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

Adama Kaba
Adama joined Equitas in October 2015 as an Education Specialist. She primarily works on the Human Rights education program in Senegal. Adama has nearly 10 years of experience in popular education as well as the promotion of social equity and inclusion in a university setting. Before coming to Equitas, Adama worked for the Table de concertation jeunesse of Côte-des-neiges, on issues related to school retention in underprivileged areas. She also coordinated Human Rights awareness campaigns while working as project coordinator at the Social Equity and Diversity Education office of McGill University. Adama holds a Master’s in Education from Université de Montréal as well as a Bachelor in Political Science and African Studies from McGill University.

Sarah Lusthaus (on leave)
Sarah joined the Equitas team as an Education Specialist September 2014. She works on the Sri Lanka Project and is also working on developing online learning modules. Prior to joining Equitas, Sarah worked for several years in a community organization in Montreal developing and facilitating various adult learning programs. She has also worked in Latin America developing programs and facilitating learning projects in areas of fair trade, microcredit and social justice issues. Sarah has an M.A. in Educational Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University, and a BA in International Development Studies from McGill University.

Vincenza Nazzari
Vincenza is the director of education and of the International Human Rights Training Program. She is responsible for the planning and development of the curriculum for all Equitas human rights education programs. Vincenza has participated in numerous international human rights education expert conferences including the International Conference on Accountability and Evaluation in human rights education and Training, organized by the UNESCO Chair (Chile 2004), Global Strategic Planning Meeting on Teacher Training in HRE (New York 2005), Expert Group for the Project on Education Promoting Respect and Diversity of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) (Warsaw, 2007), Council of Europe Forum on Civic Partnerships for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (Strasbourg, 2008) and the OSCE/ODIHR expert workshop Moving Towards Human Rights Education Standards (Warsaw, 2010). Prior to joining Equitas in 1995, Vincenza worked as an educator and curriculum designer with the Public Service of Canada. She also worked as the official languages advisor at the Canadian Space Agency and the Federal Office of Regional Development (Québec). Vincenza holds an MA in educational technology from Concordia University, a Joint Honors BA in Italian and Spanish from McGill University and a TESL certificate from Concordia University. She has done graduate studies in Italian literature and holds a diploma for teaching Italian from the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.

Daniel Roy
Daniel has working with Equitas for 13 years. He is responsible for the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of human rights education activities in Colombia, Haiti and Africa. He has been involved with Equitas’ HRE programs in Canada, abroad, as well as in the IHRTP. He was the main education specialist responsible for the development of Equitas’ Play it Fair! Toolkit, a human rights education toolkit for children and for the Je m’engage, ensemble nous bâtissons toolkit for citizenship engagement in Haiti. Before joining Equitas, Daniel worked in Latin America for over ten years in international development (Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador). He holds a Master’s degree in anthropology from Laval University and pursued his doctoral studies in anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Marcello Scarone
Marcello works as an Education Specialist – Knowledge and Evaluation. He is primarily responsible for the organization of and follow-up to the 8th annual International Human Rights Education Conference and a project with the OHCHR which involves the development of 2 companion tools complementary to the already published OHCHR/Equitas Evaluation Handbook. Marcello has 25 years of experience in intergovernmental organizations and civil society and comes to Equitas from UNESCO (Paris) where he worked from 1997-2015 and held a number of different position including Chief of Section a.i. and Senior Programme Specialist, Division of Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Fight against Racism and Discrimination, with overall responsibility for UNESCO actions in the fields of human rights education and promotion, social inclusion and the fight against discrimination, the promotion of cultural dialogue as well as normative and legal instruments for enhancing tolerance and pluralism. He was also responsible for the provision of assistance to and negotiation with national and municipal authorities. Multilingual, Marcello also 10 years of experience as a university lecturer at Canadian, French and American universities.

Jean-Sébastien Vallée
Jean-Sébastien has worked at Equitas as an education specialist for the last 7 years. He worked on the implementation of the the Play it Fair! and the Speaking Rights program. He also worked on the program for the Middle East and North Africa for 5 years. He is now working on the International Human Rights Training Program. Prior to joining Equitas, he worked as a human rights educator at the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec. He was responsible for the design and development of pedagogical material for schools. He has a Master’s degree in Second-Language Education from McGill University and has taught at different levels.

Myriam Zaidi
Myriam joined the Equitas team in October 2016, as an Educational Specialist for the Canadian programs. Prior to joining Equitas, Myriam worked for a national girls’ programs organization, where she was responsible for coordinating publications and online trainings and fostering partnerships with youth organizations across Canada. Her work and volunteer experience with diverse non-profits in Montreal focused on issues of human rights and social justice, more specifically on youth and women’s empowerment through popular education. She is currently completing her MA in Educational Studies at Concordia University.

Chirine Nassar
Chirine is an Education Specialist at Equitas and is primarily working on the MENA project. Chirine has over 10 years of teaching experience (primarily ESL) in the Middle East and Gulf School System. She also has extensive volunteer experience working with children with learning disabilities. Chirine has a BA in Education and has also completed her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.


Milagros « Bing »Arguelles
Milagros, also known as Bing, joined Equitas in May 1998 and is responsible for programs in Asia, the IHRTP Follow-up in the region, and the Migrant Workers Program. From 2012 – 14, she was responsible for the Middle East and North Africa Program. Prior to joining Equitas Bing worked with the international development community, the Philippine government and as an NGO consultant specializing in grassroots development. As an Equitas Program Officer, Bing’s interests revolve around social justice issues, migration and social movements, environmental protection and sustainable development. Bing holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa, and an MBA from the University of the Philippines.

Marie-Pierre Arseneault
Marie-Pierre joined Equitas in 2014 as an IHRTP coordinator. Prior to joining Equitas, she worked in different universities and research centers based in Bangladesh. She worked on topics related to forced migration and more particularly on migration caused by natural disasters and climate change. Prior to that, Marie-Pierre also worked for different NGOs based in Central Asia while being based in Tajikistan. Marie-Pierre has a bachelor in International Studies, a DESS in Local Development and a Master’s degree in Geography specialized on migrations.

Nadjet Bouda
Nadjet joined the Equitas team in 2014 and she is responsible of the programs for the Middle East and North Africa. She arrived to Equitas with versatile experience in community and international development, acquired through her professional and activist activities at many international and community organizations in Algeria, Kuwait, United States, Great Britain, and Quebec. Through these many experiences, she has developed and managed programs aiming at promoting citizens’ participation, including women’s participation and youth implication against sexual exploitation. Nadjet holds a diploma in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Alger. She is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Political Science at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Isabelle Bourgeois
Isabelle joined the Equitas team in 2014 as a IHRTP coordinator. Prior to joining Equitas, she worked on various issues such as women rights, cultural diversity and Indian society for different research centers such as the McGill Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism as well as the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice of the New York University School of Law. She also taught International Politics at Collège André- Grasset. Isabelle holds a Master’s degree in International Law and a BA in International Relations and International Law.

Chris Bradley
Chris joined the Equitas team as a full time employee in March 2005 and was responsible for the smooth delivery of the IHRTP for many years. He now manages the overall development and coordination of the Equitas’ program in Tanzania and also its work in the East Africa region. Chris has a BA with Honours in Business Studies and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from his native England.

Anne-Sarah Côté
Recently graduated from a Master’s degree program in International Studies and a Bachelor degree in Communications, Anne-Sarah joined Equitas in October 2016 as a Program Officer for the Canadian programs. She works primarily on the coordination and implementation of the Play it Fair! and Speaking Right programs in Canada. Before joining Equitas, Anne-Sarah worked in the field of Arts and Culture. She co-organized three editions of a Visual Art Festival for emerging artists, in Montreal, Toronto and Paris. Her main areas of interest are focused around social justice, gender equality and LGBTQI rights. Anne-Sarah is also a passionate traveler and is always seeking new experiences through literature, cooking and intercultural encounters.

Natalie Doyle
Natalie joined the Equitas team in August 2009 as a program officer working on activities in West Africa and Latin America. Since January 2016, she has worked on Equitas’ Regional Preventing Torture in la Francophonie Project (Cameroon, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, DRC, Burundi and Côte d’Ivoire) as well as on the Autonomisation et participation citoyenne des femmes et des filles Project in Senegal, which are both part of SHREG Program. Prior to joining Equitas, Natalie worked with the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, in Ethiopia with Right to Play and the International Medical Corps, and in Canada with the International Bureau for Children’s Rights, on the situation of children in armed conflict in the Great Lakes of Africa region. Natalie is interested in children’s rights, women’s rights, LGBTQI rights and in the rights of human rights defenders to be free from torture. She holds an MA in International Development (Dalhousie University) and a BA in International Studies (York University and University of Valencia).


Ela Esra Gunad

Ela joined Equitas in 2015 as Regional Program Officer to lead the strategic planning and implementation of Equitas’ programs in British Columbia. Before joining Equitas, Ela developed and managed social justice programs advocating for the public participation of marginalized groups and the rights of women, children, LGBTI, and refugees. Ela has worked with a variety of non-profits and international organizations as an activist, campaigner and responsible for strategic partnership and fundraising lead in the Middle East, Europe, and North America including Amnesty International, Follow The Women, Minority Rights Group International, and Battered Women’s Support Services. Born in Turkey, Ela studied International Relations and holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law.

Frédéric Hareau
Frederic is the Director of Programs at Equitas who was appointed in February 2011. He is responsible for the strategic development, fundraising, management, implementation, and evaluation of Equitas’ international programs, including the program for Strengthening Human Rights Education Globally, the IHRTP and the follow-up activities with alumni in Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, Caribbean and Latin America. Prior to becoming the Director of Programs, Frederic had worked with Equitas from 1999 to 2009. For the first five years, he was the International Human Rights Training Program officer and for the following years, he was the Program Officer for Equitas’ Canadian program, focusing on children and youth in Canada. From 2009 to 2011, Frederic worked as the program and partnership director of Canada World Youth, an NGO that focuses on international youth exchange programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has a diploma in agronomic engineering from the National Institute of Agronomics of Paris-Grignon in France.

Rozlyn Jacques
Rozlyn joined Equitas in 2015. In her role as a Program Officer, Rozlyn is primarily responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Speaking Rights! program in B.C. Prior to joining Equitas, Rozlyn spent nearly seven years working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast, B.C. Rozlyn has previous experience runningrecreational facilities, human resources, budgeting, training, building relationships with community partners, children, and families. Rozlyn also has significant experience developing and implementing children’s activities. Rozlyn holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching from Douglas College.

Julie Kon Kam King
Julie joined Equitas in 2009. In her current role as Associate Director of Programs in Canada, she takes the lead in developing funding and partnership relationships, and provides strategic direction for Equitas’ national programming. This includes overseeing the development and implementation of Equitas’ Play it Fair!, Speaking Rights, and Young Women- Young Leaders, programs in 23 communities across Canada. Prior to joining Equitas, Julie developed and managed social justice and legal education programs for a number of non-profit organizations including the Ontario Justice Education Network, Éducaloi and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. Julie holds degrees in Common and Civil Law from McGill University, and a degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa.

Laura Martinez Lung
As the Program Officer for Latin America, Laura is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and financial management of the project Strengthening Human Rights Education Globally in Colombia. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia (Bogotá). Prior to joining Equitas, Laura worked for private foundations and national government institutions in Colombia, supporting and coordinating non-formal education programs oriented to strengthen children and youth citizen competencies and critical thinking skills.

Ruth Morrison
Ruth works primarily on the coordination and implementation of programs in Canada; including Young Women, Young Leaders, Play it Fair! and Speaking Rights. Before joining Equitas, Ruth collaborated with various community and non-profit organizations in Montreal, Burkina Faso, Argentina and Ecuador with a focus on empowering youth, children and women. She has been an essential part of programs with and for youth, addressing issues such as bullying, prejudice, discrimination, self-esteem and youth engagement.

Nathalie Rodrigues
Nathalie joined the Equitas team in May 2016 as a Program Management Officer to uphold the coordination of the annual planification activities, as well as the monitoring process. Nathalie had previously lived and worked in France as a redactor and project coordinator before moving to Montréal in 2006 to work as the Head of Management and Finances of a NGO specialized in crime prevention. She has subsequently worked as an administration, finance and portfolio manager for a fund management society which finances projects fighting school drop-out in Québec before joining Equitas. Nathalie has an LL.M and now pursues a MBA at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Sandra Suasnabar
Sandra joined Equitas in January of 2017. In her role as the Program Officer, Sandra is primarily responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Speaking Rights program in British Columbia. Originally from Peru, Sandra brings over 10 years of experience working with non-profits, community based agencies and in educational settings in Vancouver. Sandra has been engaged in supporting vulnerable children, youth and families since she moved to Canada. She has been providing tools for communities to navigate systems, build advocacy and leadership skills, and use fun and creative skills for healing and empowerment. Her work has taken her through roles such us advocate, support group facilitator, immigrant and refugee youth worker, community programs manager and much more. Sandra is currently pursuing an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy.

Salta Sadykova
Salta has been working as a Program Officer for Equitas since February 2014. She works primarily on projects related to Strengthening Human Rights Education Globally (SHREG.) Prior to joining Equitas, she worked in Central Asia as a program officer for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Salta holds a BA in International Relations from the American University in Kyrgyzstan and a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University.

Élise Voyer

Élise has a Bachelor’s degree in International Law and International Relations with a specialization in International Human Rights Law. She has been working for Equitas since 2007. After having coordinated the IHRTP for 3 years, she managed Canadian programs in Montreal, Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario since 2011. She is now responsible for Equitas’ programs in Haiti.

Ariane Duplessis

Ariane joined Equitas in 2016 as the International Human Rights Training Program Coordinator. She has previously interned with Equitas’ Canadian Program in 2011 and was an IHRTP intern in 2012. Ariane studied social work at McGill University and worked in the Montreal community sector, in addition to having stayed abroad on different occasions. She has field experience working with women survivors of sexual violence, including refugees and asylum seekers.


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