The IFRC is pleased to welcome Ms Finau Heuifanga Tahaafe Limuloa to the Disaster Law programme team.
As the new Humanitarian Diplomacy Delegate based in Suva, Finau will be taking responsibility for Disaster Law programme work in the Pacific region. Finau is a lawyer specialising in international law; she comes to us after having worked for a number of years as a diplomat in Tonga's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also has private sector experience as a barrister and solicitor both in Tonga and in New Zealand.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Helga-Bára Bragadottir for her many contributions as IDRL Delegate for the Pacific. Over the last three years, Helga-Bára has travelled extensively in the region, building National Societies' capacity for disaster law advocacy and assisting in their technical assistance projects in support of their governments. She has also strengthened our cooperation with many key partners, including SOPAC, the Pacific Immigration Directors Conference, the UN and others.
In our headquarters office, we welcome two new faces, Ms Nadia Khoury and Ms Mary Picard. Nadia has joined us as Disaster Law Programme intern, after four years working at the law firm of CMS Cameron McKenna in London, where, among other things, she led the firm's pro bono advice to the Disaster Law Programme on its project to develop a model act on IDRL.
Mary will be temporarily replacing Elyse Mosquini, who has taken maternity leave, as Senior Disaster Law Officer. Mary has just completed her Ph.D in international law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies and has previously served as a consultant to the Disaster law Programme in country projects in Guatemala and Nepal and on the development of a model act on IDRL.
We would finally like to express our thanks to outgoing legal interns Christina Vasala and Carolin Beverungen, for their efforts in advancing both the programme’s research and for their tremendous work around the International Conference.