Jessica Dee Humphreys

Jessica Dee Humphreys has worked closely with the Dallaire Institute’s founder General Romeo Dallaire for over 15 years, co-authoring his books and serving as executive director of his personal company.  She joined the Dallaire Institute as Senior Advisor (Advocacy and Communications) and Founder Liaison in January of 2021.  She began her career at the United Nations headquarters in New York, after graduating with a Master’s Degree from Queen’s University in Canada.  Jessica is also a newspaper columnist and author of non-fiction books for both children and adults, specializing in international humanitarian and children’s issues, especially human rights, gender, peace, and security.

Nathalie Blaquière

Nathalie Blaquière is delighted to join the Dallaire Institute as the Manager of Advocacy and Communications. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in communications as a journalist, writer, filmmaker, and consultant.

Nathalie previously served as the One UN Rwanda Communications Specialist and Country/Program Director at Internews in Rwanda, a media development NGO (2008-2013). Earlier, she managed three UN regional radio stations of Radio Okapi in the DR Congo (Goma, Bunia and Mbandaka).

Nathalie’s international field experience includes building the capacity of local reporters, designing and launching new programs, developing donor relations, as well as overseeing all aspects of radio and television programming for local, regional and international use while conducting community outreach.

She is the author of a non-fiction book titled Boules d’ambiance et Kalachnikovs as a personal narrative of her experience in the media sector in Eastern Congo.

Her documentary films “Patience”  about street children and “A Letter to my daughter”  that wrestles with domestic violence in Rwanda and Eastern DR Congo, have been screened at several film festivals.

Prior to moving to the Central African region, Nathalie worked as a television reporter and chief-editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Nathalie has a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Education from Université de Moncton.  She is a mother of a 7-year-old girl, Raphaëlle.

OOLA GEORGE

Oola George Okello Lokee is from Owinyikbul, Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan.  He attended Uganda Management Institute (UMI) where he completed a Postgraduate Diploma Project Planning and Management.  Prior to that, Oola attended Gulu University, Uganda where he obtained a Bachelor of Development studies and finally, as a youngster Oola attended Gulu Central High School where he obtained a Certificate of Education.

Prior to joining the Dallaire Institute, Oola worked at World Vision South Sudan as a Quality Assurance Coordinator.  He was the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager for the Multi Sectorial Emergency Team Action at Against Hunger (ACF -USA) in South Sudan.  Additionally, Oola was employed at Save The Children International in South Sudan and Save The Children UK in South Sudan as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer DIFID Education Programmes respectively.

Joanna Shackelton

Prior to joining Dalhousie, Joanna has served as Philanthropy Officer, Corporate Giving for the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. She has more than 11 years of program management and fund development experience, including serving as Regional Partnerships & Policy Manager with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan, where she led many large scale partnerships with the European Union, USAID, SECO and UNICEF.  She has also held development positions with Kids Help Phone (Toronto), the Archdiocese of Toronto, World University Service of Canada and Stepping Stones International in Botswana. Joanna holds a Management for Development Certificate from UCLA and the University of Cape Town, a Certificate in Development Leadership from the Coady Institute, an MA in International Development & Global Studies from the University of Ottawa and a BA in English & Human Rights from Carleton University.

ASHLEY CUNNINGHAM

Ashley is originally from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

Previously, Ashley spent six years working at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on the Global Capacity-Building Programme for the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Culture Heritage.  Outside of Canada, Ashley has worked and studied in Chile, France, Japan and Indonesia. After initially studying an MA in Applied Linguistics more than 10 years ago, she is now pursuing an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her academic interests include evidence-based policy, systematic reviews, arts-based peacebuilding, gender-based violence, and designing effective interventions that contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Arsene Tshidimu

Arsene Mukendi Tshidimu is an Accounting and Finance professional with years of experience in corporate accounting, public and private finance, project management, budgeting, strategic proposals, forensic audit, econometric studies and government relations.

He has the experience and ability to lead diverse projects in a variety of highly competitive, dynamic, complex industries and fast-paced environments. He works to ensure that company strategic objectives are clearly translated into meaningful framework of metrics to effectively manage and measure the achievement of the company’s strategy and financial aspiration.
He has strong technical knowledge, skills, and business acumen. During his previous engagements, Arsene led many projects in internal and external audit, risk management (including fraud risk) and controls development (including anti-fraud controls), continuous process improvements to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness, strategic planning, data analytics and financial model engineering. He possesses great skills in financial systems (PeopleSoft, Hyperion Financial management, Hyperion Planning, etc.), data warehouse implementation and extraction, and developing financial and monetary policies and procedures.

At the Dallaire Institute, He is currently the Country Liaison Officer (CLO), responsible for mapping, forging, and maintaining relationships with key contacts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that will enable the successful implementation of project goals. As a CLO, he advises on the strategic access and engagement of security sector actors (including state and non-state armed groups), NGOs, international development agencies and governments. He facilitates

introductions between the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security (Dallaire Institute) staff and key contacts, including the facilitation of high-level meetings between the Executive Director, the Director of Policy and other Dallaire Institute staff and key stakeholders in the country.

CERRIDWEN HERON

Cerridwen will be graduating from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Political Science in May 2021. While at SMU, Cerridwen worked as a Research Assistant in the Modern Languages department and was also a founding team member and Communications Chair for the East Coast International Development Summit, an interdisciplinary conference about contemporary development issues. Cerridwen is passionate about raising social awareness and supporting those affected by conflict and other emergencies. 
 
Before attending university, Cerridwen took time to explore by working and volunteering in different parts of the world. She is a CELTA certified English teacher and taught at a kindergarten in China for a year. Cerridwen is also currently a member of the Global Shapers Halifax Hub.

India Meshack

India Meshack is an accomplished strategic leader, program manager and relationship builder whose more than decade-long career spans the nonprofit, international development and private sectors. India has lived and worked in seven countries leading the design, development and delivery of international health, peacebuilding and emergency assistance projects serving women, youth, refugees and other vulnerable and under-resourced communities. Highlights include overseeing community-based protection and education projects serving the Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh; leading a peacebuilding and reconciliation program for communities in Myanmar’s conflict-affected northern Rakhine State, and spearheading the human-centered design and implementation of a transformative homeless assistance pilot in Malaysia. India holds a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action from Université Paris-Est Créteil and a B.A. in Communication Studies and French from Loyola Marymount University.

TABAN CHRISTOPHER DUKE

Taban has over 10 years of well-grounded progressive experience in the International humanitarian protection field including Human Rights, General Protection, Child Protection and Gender Based Violence. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies from Kampala International University-Uganda.  Taban is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in organizational Leadership at Andrews University in the United States of America.  In his most recent role with UNICEF as a Child Protection Officer he was central in Supporting CPIE coordination at the field level, including field Child Protection Working Group, the Provision of technical support to Implementing Partners to reach children and adults with CPIE prevention and response services. Previously, Taban worked as the Head of Protection for the Humanitarian Development Consortium.  He was the Roving Child Protection Manager for Save the Children International and the Deputy Protection Manager for the International Rescue Committee and other Civil Society Organizations.

Taban has delivered several training workshops on Human Rights, Child Protection (Children Affected by Armed Conflict (CAAC), Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM), Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR), and Gender Based Violence (GBV) just to mention a few.  Through these experiences, he has developed the qualities of strong humanitarian coordination, protection management, capacity building, mentoring, and advocating for the rights of children including Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups (CAAFAG).

Taban is very passionate about children and strives to leverage the interest of the children he serves.

NISREEN ABOU MRAD

Nisreen Abou Mrad joined the Dallaire Institute in April 2021 as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager. Nisreen has over 12 years of experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation in the fields of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, education, health, WASH, Livelihood, Child Protection, Basic Assistance and Food security, Nutrition, Social Protection, and Advocacy. Prior to joining the institute, Nisreen worked for UNICEF, leading on planning and remote monitoring of the cross-border operation in Northwest Syria. Nisreen also led strategy and programme development, planning, accountability and evaluations with World Vision Lebanon and Search for Common Ground in the Middle East and Northern Africa region.

Nisreen is a Lebanese national and a permanent resident of Canada, now living in Nova Scotia. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from the American University of Beirut.