Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director

Ignacio Saiz was appointed executive director in 2009, having served as the Center's research director since 2006. Prior to this, he was director of policy at the international secretariat of Amnesty International, where his responsibilities included overseeing the development of Amnesty's research, campaigning and advocacy on economic, social and cultural rights. Previous roles at Amnesty International have included deputy director of the Americas Program, policy coordinator and Central America researcher. He has also worked as a freelance human rights consultant for several other organizations in areas relating to sexuality and human rights, the prevention of torture and post-conflict accountability. Ignacio holds an LLM in international human rights law with distinction from the University of Essex and a BA degree in French, Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Cambridge.


Gaby Oré Aguilar, Director of Program

Gaby Oré Aguilar is director of program at CESR. Before joining CESR she worked as a program strategy consultant for international organizations and philanthropies in Europe. Previously, she worked as a grantmaker with the Ford Foundation in Santiago, Chile; she established and coordinated the Latin America Program of the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights; and worked as an attorney and human rights educator at the Instituto de Defensa Legal based in Lima. She is an invited lecturer at the EIUC Master on Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice and other universities. As an independent researcher she has developed methodological guidelines for conducting case study analysis on the relevance of human rights for local communities in the context of globalization (University of Antwerp) and has conducted research on economic and social rights and legal remedies for crimes perpetrated against women in conflict situations. She holds an LLM from Columbia University Law School, where she received the International and Comparative Law Diploma awarded with honors by the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. She earned a JD and a BA in Political Science from the University of San Marcos, Lima and a Diploma in Gender Studies from the Catholic University, Lima.

Nicholas Lusiani, Director, Human Rights in Economic Policy Program

Nicholas Lusiani is Senior Researcher at the Center for Economic and Social Rights, where his work focuses on developing alternative human rights-centered economic and development policies. Niko previously worked for the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural rights and el Centro por los Derechos Economicos y Sociales in Ecuador. He also has experience in the fields of international humanitarian relief, indigenous rights in Mexico, human rights in Syria and criminal justice system issues in the United States. He received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he specialized in international human rights law and macroeconomics.

Allison Corkery, Director, Rights Claiming and Accountability Program

Allison Corkery joined CESR in 2011. Prior to this she was the recipient of the 2010‐2011 David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship from Columbia Law School; under the auspices of which she collaborated with CESR and the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights on a project to enhance the capacity of national human rights institutions to monitor ESC rights. In previous positions she has worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney and the National Institutions Unit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Allison holds an LL.M. from Columbia University Law School and a B.A./LL.B. from the University of New South Wales.

Rick Rowden, Research Consultant

Rick Rowden is Senior Research Consultant with CESR. He has previously worked as an inter-regional advisor for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva and as a senior policy analyst for the Washington DC office of the international NGO, ActionAid. He has also taught Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, and Political Science at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is currently a PhD candidate in Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.

Sally-Anne Way, Research Consultant

Sally-Anne Way joined CESR in October 2007. Before joining the Center, she worked as advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and as research associate at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies of the University of Geneva, where she taught courses on economic, social and cultural rights and on human rights and development. She has also served as a consultant to various UN agencies, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Organization for Migration. She has also held posts at the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex and at the Bank of England, the UK central bank. She holds degrees from the University of Durham and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She speaks English, French and Spanish.


Luke Holland, Researcher/Communications Coordinator

Luke Holland works as Researcher and Communications Coordinator at the Centre for Economic and Social Rights. Before joining CESR, he was employed as Senior Editor of the Spanish think-tank FRIDE (The Foundation for International Relations and Exterior Dialogue). Prior to this he worked as a journalist at some of Europe's most prestigious media institutions, including The Irish Times, The Mirror (UK) and Independent Television News (UK), where he worked as a producer on Channel 4 News and The ITV News At Ten. Luke has also collaborated as a researcher for La Plataforma Colombiana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo in Bogotá, and the Argentine human rights organization FOCO. He holds a BA in International Studies from the Open University, an MSc in Poverty and Development from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and a H-Dip in Media Management from Ballyfermot Senior College in Dublin.

Finance and Administration

Annie Fairchild, Director of Finance

Annie Chan-Fairchild is Director of Finance at CESR. Prior to joining CESR as Financial Administrator in 2004, she held positions as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at The Juilliard School of Music, Creative Director of her own clothing line and Placement Officer at Careers for Women, Inc. A native of Hong Kong, Annie holds an MA and a BS from the State University of New York, and is a dancer and painter in her spare time.