Expert Team: Staff

Emma Jean Hermacinski is an Intern at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), based in its headquarters in Barcelona. 

She is an undergraduate Politics student at Princeton University with minors in Japanese Language and Latin American Studies.  Following her graduation, Emma Jean hopes to pursue a PhD in International Relations.

Emma Jean is interning with IFIT through Princeton RISE: a Princeton University program connecting students with organizations whose work contributes to dismantling systemic racism. 

Working languages: English, Spanish, Japanese.

Joanna Dora Fishman is an Intern at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), based in its headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Cinema with dual specialisation in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP) alongside Digital and Data Studies (DIDA) at The State University of New York at Binghamton.

Prior to joining IFIT, she founded the Videographic Department at her university’s student-run newspaper, Pipe Dream, where she continues to work as Head Editor to document how the global bureaucracy influences student community and life.

She believes in creating an inclusive narrative through restorative conversational approach alongside community and trust building.

Working languages: English.

Camila Pérez Chávez  es una pasante del Instituto para las Transiciones Integrales (IFIT) en Bogotá, Colombia.

Antes de unirse a IFIT, Camila trabajó en proyectos de investigación sobre el acaparamiento territorial y conflictos por la tierra en la región de la Altillanura y sobre el programa estatal para la desvinculación y reintegración a la vida civil de menores de edad en el marco del conflicto armado interno en Colombia.

Camila es una estudiante de antropología de último año en la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, en Bogotá, Colombia. Sus áreas de interés incluyen el Estado, el poder, las iniciativas transicionales, las infancias y la construcción de paz.

Idiomas de trabajo: español e inglés

Camila Pérez Chávez is an intern at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) in Bogotá, Colombia. 

Before joining IFIT, Camila worked on research projects on land grabs and land conflicts in the Altillanura region and the national programme on underage demobilisation and reintegration into civilian life in the context of the Colombian internal armed conflict.

Camila is completing her final year as an anthropology student at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá, Colombia. Her areas of interest are state power, children and childhoods, and peacebuilding.

Working languages: English and Spanish.

Eric Emmanuel Duarte Gamboa es investigador asociado del Instituto para las Transiciones Integrales en México.

Antes de unirse a IFIT, Eric trabajó en la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México como Especialista en Resoluciones Multilaterales, donde realizó análisis políticos y posicionamientos diplomáticas sobre temas humanitarios durante la membresía de México en el Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas en 2021 y 2022. Eric cuenta con seis años de amplia experiencia en el ámbito de la diplomacia multilateral y creación de asociaciones estratégicas, apoyando la participación de México en la Organización de Estados Americanos; liderando el establecimiento de la Red Iberoamericana de Mujeres Mediadoras; y organizando eventos clave como el primer Retiro sobre Mediación del Foro de Oslo para América Latina y el Caribe en 2023.

Eric cuenta con una Licenciatura en Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad Anáhuac México, un Diploma de Estudios Avanzados en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario de la American University Washington College of Law, y actualmente es Maestrante en Derechos Humanos y Garantías en el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Idiomas de trabajo: español e inglés

Eric Emmanuel Duarte Gamboa is a Research Associate at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) and based in Mexico.

Prior joining IFIT, Eric worked at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) as a Specialist on Multilateral Resolutions, where he conducted political analyses and drafted diplomatic statements on humanitarian issues during Mexico’s membership in the United Nations Security Council in 2021 and 2022. Eric has six years of experience in diplomatic affairs and strategic partnerships, supporting the participation of Mexico in the Organization of American States; leading the establishment of the Ibero-American Network of Women Mediators; and organizing key events like the first Mediation Retreat of the Oslo Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2023.

Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Anahuac University, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law from the American University Washington College of Law, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Guarantees at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

Working languages: English and Spanish

Olivia Helvadjian is the Head of Communications at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT). She is a communications, public relations and advocacy professional with 15+ years of experience in corporate communications, public affairs, advocacy, publishing and social media. 

Before joining IFIT, she ran the external communications of the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai for nearly a decade. Prior to working in China, she held various roles in communications, lobbying and public affairs at ministries, governmental and private institutions, with focus on the European Union and Asia.

She holds a Masters degrees in Law from the University of Vienna and an LL.M. in international Business Law from the the National University of Singapore. She also earned a diploma in Journalism from the Danube University Krems and an MBA from Hult International Business School. 

Working languages: English, German, French.

Conversational skills: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

Alba Pérez Marginet is an Intern at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), based in its headquarters in Barcelona.

Alba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and a
postgraduate programme in Conflict, Peace and Gender. Prior to joining IFIT, she interned
as a Research Assistant at CIDOB, where she participated in the EU-funded project
SHAPEDEM-EU “Rethinking and Reshaping the EU’s Democracy Support in its Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood”. ​​Under this framework, she focused on the African Union and the League of Arab States’ stance on democracy in the MENA region.

With a deep-seated interest in the field of democracy and human rights, next year Alba will pursue a master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Science Po.

Working languages: Catalan, Spanish, English and French.

Maya Bushnaq is an Intern at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), based in its headquarters in Barcelona.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from IE University in Madrid. Her thesis analysed the realisation of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination under international law. Previously, Maya was a Legal Research Intern at the European Legal Support Center (ELSC) in Amsterdam, where she conducted research on the repression of Palestinian advocacy in Europe and the UK, and supported the legal team in providing support to individuals facing violations of their freedom of speech.

She also spent three months as a Management Intern at Sawiyan, a grassroots advocacy NGO for marginalised communities in Jordan, interviewing refugees and asylum seekers and reporting on cases to the Office Manager.

Working languages: English, Spanish and Arabic.

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Francisco es pasante en el Instituto para las Transiciones Integrales (IFIT)  en México que trabaja para apoyar al grupo de expertos en el país.

Es tesista de Historia en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Sus líneas de investigación se centran en los estudios migratorios y el crimen organizado. Hasta la fecha ha publicado dos ponencias: una sobre la construcción histórica de narcodocumentales (Congreso Internacional sobre Violencia 2022) y otra sobre herramientas digitales en la enseñanza de la historia (Encuentro de la REDDIEH 2021). Es miembro del colectivo “Clionautas” y anteriormente ha sido voluntario en proyectos relacionados con la pandemia del Coronavirus, problemas socialmente relevantes y la historia de la migración en México.

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