Assistant Director, Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Division
Anne Bennett has spent the past decade designing and managing international development programmes in countries emerging from conflict or faced with humanitarian crisis. Her extensive field experience includes assignments in India, Algeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, and South Sudan. As Country Representative in Myanmar for the Swiss NGO Fondation Hirondelle, she led a team of experts working with ethnic armed groups participating in the peace process as well as the Myanmar parliament to address issues of transparency and credibility. She has served as a consultant to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and United Nations Office in Geneva.
Anne is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where her research includes lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis. She is also President of the Board of Directors, and former Executive Director, of Hirondelle USA, a non-profit organization that helps to build and sustain independent media in post conflict countries.
Anne graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in history and holds a Masters in international history and politics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Finance Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa Division
Chamila Kodikara is the Finance Officer of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She is responsible for providing accounting and budget management support to the division, coordinating closely with the DCAF financial department.
Prior to joining DCAF, Chamila was the Finance and Administration Officer of the Sri Lanka Australia Natural Resource Management Project in Sri Lanka, which was funded by AusAID through the Government of Australia . She has held Accounts and Administration Officer posts including the Governance and Institutional Strengthening Project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Chamila has completed the intermediate level of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) United Kingdom. She has a diploma from the Society of Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Sri Lanka.
Jean is a Project Officer in the Sub-Saharan Africa Division, where he is primarily responsible for managing projects to improve security sector governance in Nigeria and Liberia. He was previously a Project Officer for Tunisia in the Middle East and North Africa Division.
Prior to joining DCAF, Jean worked as a Project Coordinator at the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe, where he implemented projects in the Balkans in collaboration with the European Commission. Notably, he delivered a three-year project in Montenegro to build the capacity of the Constitutional Court and the National Ombudsman to better apply European human rights standards. He previously served three years as a lawyer in the Communications Unit of the ECtHR President’s Private Office, and two years as a lawyer for the International Labour Office.
Jean holds two Master’s Degrees in International Law and in Human Rights from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. He is bilingual in English and French.
Project Assistant, Sub-Saharan Africa Division
Project Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa Division
Secondee, Sub-Saharan Africa Division
Sophie Frediani has been seconded to DCAF by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. She joined DCAF in February 2016 as an Adviser within the Africa Programme, Sub-Saharan Africa Division.
Prior to joining DCAF, Sophie worked for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, first within the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire, as a Chief of the Rule of Law Office in Daloa and, second within the UN Mission in Liberia, as an Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law. Prior to this, she was a Legal Officer at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in Freetown working, successively, within the Office of the Registrar and the Appeals Chamber. In the past, she worked as a Legal System Monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kosovo, and for the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
Sophie holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Law of Bordeaux, France, focusing on the relationships between States authorities and International Criminal Courts and Tribunals.