Staff- Experience in researching and evaluating humanitarian aid

esEd Schenkenberg van Mierop
Chief Executive
Since early 2013, Ed Schenkenberg has been the Chief Executive of DARA, an independent action-research organisation. Ed brings DARA 20 years experience in humanitarian policy and practice. In his previous role as ICVA Executive Director (1999-2012), he worked extensively on issues such as humanitarian principles, coordination, and protection in close collaboration with governments, UN agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, and NGOs.

Before ICVA, Ed worked with MSF in Amsterdam and overseas. He holds a master’s degree (LL.M.) in International Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

bd3Belén Díaz
Programme Manager/Evaluations
Belén has 13 years experience in organisational development, capacity building and evaluation in the fields of accountability of public revenues and aid programmes, poverty reduction and resilience policies. She has managerial experience at field and headquarter levels and has collaborated with national governments, INGOs, UN Agencies, CSO, and research centres.

drDaniela Ruegenberg
Quantitative Research
Daniela has over eight years experience as a researcher and quantitative analyst. She is part of the Humanitarian Response Index and UN OCHA Global Challenges Study core teams. She has been involved in projects such as the Thematic Study of the Paris Declaration, WFP’s School Feeding Programme impact evaluation in Cambodia, and the Risk Reduction Index.

dbDaniel Barnes
Project Officer
Daniel provides overall project support to several DARA projects, principally in evaluations and disaster risk reduction. He has field experience in Haiti, Bolivia and Ghana and has represented DARA at several UN conferences. Prior to joining DARA, he worked as an electoral observer in Bolivia during the run-up to the 2009 presidential elections.

arAna Rodríguez
Ana does qualitative analysis and contributes to project management for the Risk Reduction Index. She has previous field research experience in Peru, Ghana and Honduras. Prior to DARA, she worked as an environmental consultant and sustainability coordinator. Ana has a Master’s degree in Rural Planning and Development.

bcBelén Camacho
Project Officer
Belén is involved in research and project coordination. She has field experience in development and humanitarian projects and worked in the Spanish Foreign Office before joining DARA. She played an important role during the methodology development, research process, implementation and coordination of DARA’s Risk Reduction Index (RRI).

cmColleen McMillon
Research Assistant
Colleen provides support to DARA’s evaluations and Risk Reduction Index. Prior to joining DARA, she worked for a training and organisational development consulting firm.  She has a Master’s degree in International Development, for which she undertook a research study on civic activism and women’s microfinance groups in Bolivia.

spSoledad Posada
Learning & Knowledge Manager/Evaluator
Soledad has ten years experience in evaluation of humanitarian response in complex emergencies. She has expertise in evaluation methodologies, mixed-method approaches, humanitarian system and multi-sectoral assessments with a focus on protection and food security & livelihoods. As Learning & Knowledge Manager, Soledad is responsible for initiating innovative thinking and ensuring that DARA maximises the quality of its outputs.

tvTony Vladkov
Research Assistant
Tony supports DARA’s Humanitarian Response Index. For over ten years, he has studied and researched politics, society, culture and religion in the Middle East. He is a contributor to several Arabic journals. Tony is a graduate of SOAS, Sofia University and the University of Jordan. He is Fluent in Arabic, Bulgarian, English and Spanish.

afAbigaid Fernandez
Financial Controller
Abigaid has more than 7 years experience in the field of International Cooperation for Development. She has held positions of responsibility in the TRAGSA, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and NGOs. She is currently providing technical support and fulfilling donor requirements for the RRI project.

spMaria Laroussi
Office Support & Logistics
Maria provides office and logistical support and research assistance on humanitarian government donors. Prior to joining DARA, she was a project manager at the Office of Co-operation of the University of Alcala (Madrid). She holds a BA in Hispanic Studies and MAs in Diplomacy and International Relations. She was an intern at the UN Headquarters.