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.



Allison Corkery, Director of Strategy and Learning

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. Through this fellowship 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. 





Kate Donald, Director of Programs

Kate Donald is Director of Programs at CESR. Before joining CESR in 2014, Kate worked as Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, examining the impact of public policies and development initiatives on the rights of people living in poverty. In particular, she worked on issues including unpaid care work, social protection, and fiscal policies. Kate has also held positions at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Council on Human Rights Policy, and has worked as a consultant for the United Nations and the Gender & Development Network. Kate holds a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.


Sergio Chaparro, Program Officer, Human Rights in Economic Policy Program

Sergio Chaparro joined CESR in 2016.  In previous positions he has worked with the Center for Studies on Law, Justice and Society-Dejusticia, the National Congress in Colombia and the Political Council of Bogota. He has also worked as a freelance human rights consultant for several other organizations, multilateral agencies and public institutions in areas relating to decent work, social rights, transitional justice and drug policy. Sergio holds a bachelor of arts in Economy and Philosophy and a Masters in Law from Colombia National University. He has written several books and papers about labor rights, drug policy and public finance from a human rights perspective.



Mihir Mankad, Program Officer, Rights Claiming and Accountability Program

Mihir Mankad joined CESR in 2016. Previously, Mihir worked for Save the Children and with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health (Anand Grover), where he worked on a range of issues including drug policy, sexual and reproductive health and health financing. He currently helps lead the TB and Human Rights Consortium, whose membership includes the University of Chicago International Human Rights Clinic and the Stop TB Partnership. He has served as a consultant to numerous human rights organizations, including the Andrey Rylkov Foundation and the Global Health and Human Rights Database Project. He holds a JD and MA in International Politics from American University and a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Cornell University.


Mahinour ElBadrawi, Program Officer

Mahinour ElBadrawi joined CESR in late 2015, coordinating the Center’s work in the Middle East and North Africa. Mahinour is interested in interdisciplinary research and advocacy, and in cross-movement learnings and exchange. Through her work, she focuses on expanding the toolkit of methods shared among the human rights, economic justice, and environmental justice communities and contributes to CESR’s work on global economic governance. Before joining CESR, she worked as a Senior Programs and Research Officer at the Law and Society Research Unit (LSRU) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where she helped build the Unit's strategy and oversaw the implementation of its various streams of work on law, society, and human rights in post-revolutionary Egypt. Before joining LSRU Mahinour held several positions at a number of human rights organizations in Egypt, doing national and international level research and advocacy on issues of debt and development, environmental justice, as well as community organizing around a people’s vision for a rights-based constitution. She holds a BA in political science and MA in international human rights law from AUC.


María Emilia Mamberti, Project Coordinator, Initiative for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy

María Emilia supports CESR's work with partners in Latin America as part of the Initiative for Principles & Guidelines on Human Rights in Fiscal Policy. Prior to her work at CESR, María Emilia worked for the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ) in Argentina, where she Directed the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights team, engaging in strategic litigation and budget analysis with a human rights perspective. She has also worked as a consultant for different organizations and public institutions. María Emilia directs the Access to Information Legal Clinic at the Law School of the University of La Plata. She holds a law degree (magna cum laude) from that University, and postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Buenos Aires and Genoa (Italy). She also holds an LL.M. from Columbia University, where she was a Human Rights Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and a James Kent Scholar, among other distinctions. She is currently pursuing her J.S.D degree at Columbia Law School.


Olivia Minatta, Consultant, Fiscal Justice in Latin America

Olivia Minatta joined CESR as a consultant after doing an internship in 2019. Prior to CESR, Olivia worked with the Attorney General of Argentina, drafting opinions in constitutional and human rights cases. Also, she coordinated the Human Rights Clinic at National University of La Plata and was part of the socioeconomic rights team of the Civil Association of Equality and Justice (ACIJ), a nonprofit dedicated to defending the rights of disadvantaged groups and upholding democracy in Argentina. Olivia holds a law degree from University of La Plata (Argentina) and an LLM from Columbia University of the City of New York, where she was a Human Rights Fellow, a James Kent Scholar and a David W. Leebron Fellow.




Auska Ovando, Communications Manager

Auska Ovando joined CESR in 2021. She has worked for the last 10 years in the creation of communication campaigns that fight inequality and promote social change. Before joining, Auska worked at the Latin American NGO Ciudadanía Inteligente, and also assisted academic research on media practices and journalistic performance in Chile. She is a 2015-16 Chevening Scholar, holds an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Democracy & Comparative Politics from University College London.


Mayra Báez Jimeno, Communications Consultant, Initiative for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy

Mayra Báez Jimeno joined CESR in 2021 as a communications consultant to support CESR's work with partners in Latin America as part of the Initiative for Principles & Guidelines on Human Rights in Fiscal Policy. In previous positions, she has worked with the Center for Studies on Law, Justice and Society-Dejusticia, Al Jazeera, Univision, and the Humboldt Institute. She has also dedicated herself to volunteering to advance women’s participation in the news industry as a mentor and speaker for Chicas Poderosas and Latinas in Journalism. Mayra holds a bachelor of arts in Political Sciences from the National University of Colombia and has received training from Google, AJ+, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded international journalism recognitions by The Webby Awards, Al Jazeera, Univision, Deutsche Welle, and The 19 Million Project.





Rebecca Berger, Development Manager

Rebecca Berger began working at CESR in 2015. Starting as an intern while completing her Master's degree in sociology, she then joined as a full-time staff member in 2016. During her studies she focused primarily on urban sociology and gender theory, writing her thesis on the spatial semiotics of gender in urban public space. Prior to joining CESR, Rebecca had worked in property management while finishing her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She holds a MA from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College, and a BA from the University at Albany.  



Paul Soobryan, Finance and Administration Manager