Maria Koulouris, Director of the Africa Division, joined ABA ROLI in March 2011. From 2004–2011, Ms. Koulouris worked at Global Rights where, in 2008, she designed an initiative on Natural Resources and Human Rights. As its director, she strengthened the capacity of civil society organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea and Congo-Brazzaville to address economic and social injustice from a human rights perspective and to document the impact of industrial gold mining and oil exploitation on the rights to water, food, participation and information. She also worked on access to justice, women’s rights and land rights programming in DRC and Burundi. Previously, Ms. Koulouris worked in Croatia as a legal officer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She also documented war crimes and crimes against humanity in Chad on behalf of Human Rights Watch, which led to the indictment of the country’s former president Hissène Habré by Belgian authorities in 2005. She holds a LL.B in law from the Université de Montréal in Québec, Canada, as well as an LL.M. in law from Columbia University in New York, where she was also a human rights fellow. Maria is a member of the Québec Bar Association. She is fluent in English and French, and speaks Greek and Spanish. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Diane Albrecht, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in April 2011. She currently supports programs combating gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced servitude in Mali. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she implemented natural resource conservation and education projects in Benin with the U.S. Peace Corps. She holds a B.A. in international affairs with concentrations in international economics and development from The George Washington University, and she spent a semester studying Swahili in Kenya. Diane is fluent in French. You can contact Diane Albrecht at Diane.Albrecht@americanbar.org.
Kelvin Kabunga, Program Associate. Before joining ABA ROLI’s Africa Division in DC, Mr. Kabunga worked as a project director for ABA ROLI in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He has worked as a lawyer in the DRC for many years. Mr. Kabunga has worked with other international development organizations, such as Tetra Tech and Global Rights/Partners for Justice, on rule of law projects. He has also been a lecturer at the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs in the DRC. Mr. Kabunga has a bachelor and license degree in international public law from the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs. He speaks French, English, Swahili and Lingala.
Timothy Meyer, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in Washington in January 2015 to manage justice support programs in Mali and the Central African Republic. Mr. Meyer previously worked for ABA ROLI in 2012 in Liberia, where he managed a program coordinating civil society groups to reduce instances of prolonged pre-trial detention. Prior to re-joining ABA ROLI, Mr. Meyer served, from 2013 through 2014, as a legal associate and program advisor for the Carter Center’s access to justice program in Liberia, where he focused on strengthening statutory and customary justice systems through civic education, alternative dispute resolution, civil society development, capacity building for traditional leaders and support to national law reform processes. Mr. Meyer holds a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and a B.A. degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University in Ohio. In addition, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, working to promote girls’ education and empower women from 2005–2007. Mr. Meyer speaks French and is admitted to the Illinois State Bar. You can contact Timothy Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Nord, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in September 2013. Before coming to ABA ROLI, Mr. Nord was the director of international advocacy at the International Justice Resource Center in San Francisco. He also worked for CIVICUS in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a number of years, as a manager and an officer. He has worked for Home for Human Rights in Sri Lanka and HaMoked, Center for the Defense of the Individual in Jerusalem. He has a B.A. degree in psychology and East Asian languages and cultures from USC and a J.D. degree from Georgetown.
Maggie Nyce, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI’s Africa Division in August 2012 after working as a development associate for a refugee resettlement center in Baltimore, MD. Currently, she provides support to ABA ROLI’s programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds a B.A. degree in modern Middle East studies with minors in French and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. You can contact Maggie Nyce at Maggie.Nyce@americanbar.org.
Paula Paixao, Senior Program Officer, joined the Africa Division in February 2012. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Ms. Paixao worked for the legal departments of INTERPOL and UNESCO, practiced before labor courts in Brazil, advised high-ranking Brazilian government officials on foreign policy issues, and volunteered for the University of Michigan Law School Human Trafficking Clinic. She holds a J.D. cum laude from the Universidade Federal do Amazonas in Brazil, and an L.L.M in Public International Law from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and French and speaks intermediate Spanish. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Amanda Rawls, Deputy Director of the Africa Division , joined ABA ROLI’s Africa Division in July 2013 to oversee ABA ROLI’s programs in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. From 2011–2013, Ms. Rawls worked as program advisor for the Carter Center’s access to justice program in Liberia, focusing on strengthening both statutory and customary justice systems through civic education, alternative dispute resolution, capacity building for traditional leaders and support to national law reform processes. Previously, she worked as a legal advisor to Liberia’s justice minister, and as policy director for the non-profit Touch Foundation in Tanzania. In addition, Ms. Rawls served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, working to promote girls’ education from 1999–2001. She holds an LL.M. degree in indigenous peoples’ law and policy from the University of Arizona, where she conducted research on natural resource exploitation and marginalized communities, and worked as a member of the support team for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. In addition, she holds a JD from the NYU School of Law and an M.Sc. in international development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks English and French and is admitted to the New York State Bar. You can contact Amanda Rawls at firstname.lastname@example.org.