Sobre el MIR


Sonja Derkum, Jefa de la MIR

Sonja Derkum is the Head of the GCF's Independent Redress Mechanism. She was previously Head of the Complaints Mechanism (CM) for the European Investment Bank Group (EIB Group) for six years where she successfully managed the EIB’s independent public accountability function. She was with the EIB in Luxembourg in different control and accountability functions since 2003. In 2011, she spent a year supporting the Office of Internal Audit (OIA) at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Sonja is passionate about topics around good governance and accountability and is a strong advocate for independent grievance mechanisms as a necessity to give a voice to affected communities.

Paco Gimenez-Salinas, Especialista en cumplimiento y resolución de litigios

Paco Gimenez-Salinas is the Compliance and Dispute Resolution Specialist of the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM). Paco Gimenez-Salinas, a Spanish and French national, is a lawyer by profession specialised in alternative dispute resolution with a focus in mediation. He has participated in cases handled by the Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (IFC) as an external facilitator, as well as in cases managed by the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (IADB) in the role of its consultation phase coordinator. In México, he spent several years working in the field of community mediation. Amongst other experiences, he has participated in the design and facilitation of several major multi-party dialogues around issues such as air pollution reduction strategies, the impacts of dams and windmill fields, the strengthening of conflict resolution systems of land tenure related conflicts, etc. Mr. Gimenez-Salinas has undertaken post-graduate studies in the fields of conflict resolution at the University of Barcelona, political analysis at the Mexican University CIDE and community-company mediation at the University of Cape Town.

Halina Ward, Senior Consultant and interim Compliance Case Lead

Halina Ward, a dual Polish and UK national, is a specialist in international financial institution accountability and compliance processes. A lawyer by training, she has over thirty years’ experience in applied sustainable development policy research, including through positions with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Senior Fellow), the International Institute for Environment and Development (Programme Director and Senior Associate) and Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (Director). She recently served as a member of the Asian Development Bank’s Compliance Review Panel (2018-2023) and has also served as a senior consultant to the compliance team of the International Finance Corporation’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (2019-2021 and currently), as an expert with the Project Complaint Mechanism of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2014-2017), and as an Advisor to the GCF’s IRM (2016-2018). Halina’s research in the field of climate change includes analysis of just transitions from a business and human rights perspective (IHRB, 2020), and a major research project on links between democracy and climate change (FDSD, 2010-2013). Halina holds an LLB from University College London, and an LLM in Law and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Preksha Krishna Kumar, Oficial de caso y registro 

Preksha Krishna Kumar is a researcher, with wide-ranging experience relating to accountability and redress mechanisms. She previously worked for an international human rights advocacy organization based in New York, supporting dozens of frontline communities in their efforts to access information and redress.  Over the course of her career, Preksha has been immersed in the policies, practices and impacts of development finance institutions – working with diverse stakeholders in countries such as India, Colombia, Malawi and Kenya. Preksha holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, with a focus on Development Economics and Spanish Literature.

Peter Carlson, Responsable de Comunicación

Peter es el responsable de comunicación de MIRy cuenta con una amplia experiencia en el ámbito de la educación y el desarrollo internacional. Antes de incorporarse a MIR, Peter formó parte del equipo de comunicación de la Asociación Mundial para la Educación (GPE), centrándose en campañas digitales y medios de comunicación. Antes de la GPE, trabajó en la OCDE, gestionando las comunicaciones de la Asociación en Estadísticas para el Desarrollo en el Siglo XXI (PARIS21) y la Dirección de Medio Ambiente. También ha trabajado en la escuela de negocios HEC de París, la UNESCO y African Artists for Development. Peter es licenciado en Marketing y Francés por la Ohio State University y tiene un máster en Asuntos Internacionales por Sciences Po Paris.

Sue Kyung Hwang, Dispute Resolution Case Associate

After studying International Affairs and Environmental Studies at the George Washington University, Sue Kyung Hwang pursued her master’s degree in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy, a joint programme held at the University for Peace (Costa Rica), IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (Netherlands), and Oregon State University (U.S.), to learn how different stakeholders in riparian countries co-manage their shared water resources. Her past work experiences involve preparing a database of livestock carbon emissions and using it to educate the public for climate action in a local community in Costa Rica. Sue Kyung served as the IRM’s intern in 2020 and the IRM’s Team Assistant from April 2021 to October 2023. She was appointed as the Dispute Resolution Case Associate in October 2023.

Kiara Tegbe Savignac, Intern

Kiara is an intern at the Independent Redress Mechanism. She has diverse experience both in France and abroad, spanning NGOs, the private sector, and local government. Her roles have included PR assistant, project manager, community liaison, local democracy mission officer, and research assistant. Kiara holds a B.A. from Sciences Po Paris, with a focus on economics and sociology and a Euro-Asian concentration. She also earned a master’s degree in public policy, specializing in social policy and social innovation, from Sciences Po Paris. Her research thesis focused on policy evaluation, and she aspires to work in the field of accountability at the international level.

Oscar Nuwagaba, Intern

Oscar Nuwagaba joined the IRM Unit as an intern after earning his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Yonsei University, South Korea. He also holds a master's degree in Public Administration (Yonsei University) and a bachelor's degree in Democracy and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda. Oscar is a researcher and boasts over 12 years of experience in community development functions. Previously, he served as a Community Engagement Supervisor at the USAID-Education Development Centre, where he designed and led project-wide stakeholder engagement strategies and provided capacity building for implementing partners. As a Senior Community Development/Service Officer in the local and central government of Uganda, he supported dispute resolution, community engagement for voluntary withdrawal from encroached wetlands, and compliance investigations related to environmental social safeguards. He is deeply passionate about accountability and redress mechanisms.

Personal previo

Ibrahim Pam
Director de MIR a.i. (septiembre de 2022 - marzo de 2023)

Lalanath de Silva
Director de MIR (noviembre de 2016 - agosto de 2022)

Susana Rodríguez
Especialista en cumplimiento y resolución de disputas (julio 2017 - julio 2019)

Arian Grace Jovena
Asistente de equipo (agosto 2017 - febrero 2019)

Christine Reddell
Oficial de caso y registro (febrero de 2019 - julio de 2021)

Consultores previos

Paul Safar
Consultor asistente de comunicaciones y eventos (enero - diciembre de 2020)

Asesores previos

Asanga Gunawansa
(2016 - 2018)

Halina Ward
(2016 - 2018)

Pasantes previos

  • Hajar Mountassir (invierno/primavera 2018)
  • Shamir Shehab (invierno/otoño 2018)
  • Andrea Guevera (verano/otoño 2018)
  • Peter Boldt (invierno/primavera 2019)
  • Marta Trofimova (invierno/primavera 2019)
  • Siddhanth Prasad (verano/otoño 2019)
  • Paul Safar (verano/otoño 2019)
  • Sue Kyung Hwang (invierno 2020/invierno 2021)
  • Katrina Lehmann-Grube (invierno/otoño 2020)
  • Giada Giacomini (otoño/invierno 2020)
  • Anusha Kaushik (otoño/invierno 2020)
  • Amanda Bierschenk (primavera/otoño 2021)
  • Safaa Loukili Idrissi (otoño 2021/invierno 2022)
  • Noémie Fankhauser (primavera/otoño 2022)
  • Charlene Angela Sardoma (Otoño 2022/Invierno 2023)
  • Janneke Kielman (Primavera/Verano 2023)
  • Roxanne Aminou (Primavera/Verano 2023)
  • Vaishnavi Pallapothu (Summer 2023 - Winter 2024)
  • Nicholas Kemble (Summer 2023 - Winter 2024)