Former Fellows

Emelia Allan

Emelia Allan is a child protection officer with UNICEF Ghana. She holds an MSc in health education and health promotion from Leeds Metropolitan University and has recently completed course work for an MA in gender, peace and security with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Center in Ghana. As a protection officer, Emelia works on a team to support government and other national stakeholders to prevent and respond to abuse, violence, and exploitation of children and women. Before joining UNICEF Emelia worked with Plan International in Ghana for ten years.

Emelia has over twenty-five years’ experience in various capacities in government, international NGOs, and the United Nations. Allan joins FXB as a G. Barrie Landry UNICEF fellow.

Noor Al-Kasadi

Noor Al-Kasadi, a child protection specialist and G. Barrie Landrie UNICEF fellow, comes to Harvard FXB from the UNICEF Country Office in Yemen. Al-Kasadi holds a bachelor’s degree in health information administration from Kuwait University and a Masters of Business Administration from Al-Gezira University in Sudan. She recently completed a 6-month distance learning certificate at Harvard University. Al-Kasadi is currently responsible for leading UNICEF’s work in Yemen on strengthening and scaling up the social welfare system at national and sub-national levels. Al-Kasadi has trained a wide range of service providers working with government or national and international organizations, on child protection in emergencies. She has successfully chaired the process of providing technical support to the Government of Yemen to incorporate children-related issues into the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference as well as into the new Constitution of Yemen to ensure that these are in line with international standards for ensuring the full protection of children in Yemen.

Camila Gianella, PhD

Camila Gianella has worked as a researcher and consultant for projects on maternal mortality, the right to health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental health and transitional justice. She has also worked as a counselor in HIV and tuberculosis services, and with asylum seekers. Gianella is affiliated with the University of Bergen and is a fellow at the Centre on Law & Social Transformation.

Siri Gloppen, PhD

Sir Gloppen is professor of comparative politics at the University of Bergen, a senior researcher at the Chr. Michelson Institute, and a research coordinator at Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. She was a visiting fellow at the FXB Center in Fall 2014.

Gloppen’s research focuses on the intersection between law and politics. her work spans legal mobilization and the social and political role of courts in the global South; constitution-making; human rights, with particular focus on social rights, the right to health and sexual and reproductive rights; election processes, transitional justice, and climate change governance. her empirical focus is on Southern and Eastern Africa, India, and Latin America.

Gloppen directs numerous international research projects, including Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare: Global battles (2014-18), Land Rights and Inclusive Sustainable Development in India (2013 – 2016), and Operationalizing the Right to Health in Service Delivery (2013-2016).

Recent (collaborative) books include Courts and Power in Latin America and Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Litigating Health Rights: Can Courts Bring More Justice to Health (Harvard, 2011), and Climate Change Discourses, Rights and the Poor (Juta, 2013).

Jeni Klugman

A development professional for over 25 years, Jeni Klugman was director of gender and development at the World Bank Group until July 2014. There she acted as lead spokesperson on gender equality issues and developed strategic directions to promote the institution’s gender agenda. Klugman serves on the World Economic Forum’s Advisory Board on Sustainability and Competitiveness, among other advisory boards. She previously served as director and lead author of three global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme: Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development (2009); The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development (2010); and Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All (2011).  She has published widely on topics ranging from poverty reduction strategies and labor markets to conflict, health reform, education, and decentralization.

Klugman holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Australian National University as well as postgraduate degrees in both law and development economics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Luisa Cabal, JD

Luisa Cabal is a Colombian attorney and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University. Until June 2014, she was Vice President of Programs at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City, where she worked for sixteen years. Ms. Cabal has led legal and human rights strategies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United Nations, which have contributed to public policy reform and the establishment of standards for the protection of women’s rights and strengthening the right to health. She has spearheaded more than fifty investigations and reports about the status of women’s right to health, which have contributed to the development of legislation and jurisprudence in the regions she has worked.

Ms. Cabal has designed and implemented human rights training projects at the global level and co-founded the first network of Latin American female law professors (RED ALAS), which works for the integration of a gender perspective and women’s rights into law school curricula. She has lectured widely, made presentations before policy and academic institutions in over twenty countries, and published numerous articles on international human rights law and gender justice.

Ms. Cabal currently serves as advisor to the University of California’s Global Health Institute and was a member of the World Health Organization’s Reproductive Health Department’s Gender Advisory Panel and the International Federation of OB/GYN’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee. She graduated from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University.

Chivith Rottanak

Chivith Rattanak is a Spring 2015 G. Barrie Landry UNICEF fellow. His main area of focus is violence against children. Rattanak has worked in the area of child protection with UNICEF in Cambodia since 2005, advising and providing technical support and capacity development to government partners and NGOs. During his fellowship, Rattanak will build his technical knowledge and capacity in policy dialogue, advocacy with government, and NGO partners by conducting research related to four courses in the Harvard School of Public Health’s child protection curriculum.

Rattanak holds a B.Ed from the Royal University of Phnom Penh  and an MPA from Build Bright University, both in Cambodia.