The Team

The Team at Human Right 2 Water reports to the executive body (The Board) through the Chief Executive Officer. Her immediate team includes the Legal Director, the Communication Manager, and a peripatetic team of experts in human rights, international water law and water governance, according to current programmes. The structure encourages the involvement of members of the organisation, who are selected as experts in their own rights, and involves members through the Expert Committee and various project and communication activities.

Amanda Loeffen, CEO

Amanda is CEO of Human Right 2 Water, and an experienced general manager and business development executive in water, energy and sustainable development, with international experience in Australasia, Europe and North America. Her goal is to provide sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide. Previously as Director General of WaterLex, she led a team of water governance experts to encourage law and policy reform. Current projects include her leadership of the UNECE People-First PPP Stakeholder Engagement subgroup to realise benchmarks for developing human rights-based approaches. Previously, as CEO of a project management company in New Zealand, Amanda delivered environmental resource consent for a community water infrastructure scheme for irrigation and hydro-generation. 

Géraldine Gené, Legal Director

Geraldine is the Legal Director at Human Right 2 Water and a former judge in Costa Rica. She has more than 20 years of experience as a private lawyer, litigator, trainer and consultant. She is a specialist in international business, and a certified conciliator and Mediator, providing her with facilitation and negotiation skills at central and local levels. At WaterLex, her programmes covered the Latin American Region, providing legal advice, municipal and community workshops in many countries. In addition, she is an experienced coordinator of projects and cross-sector multi-level social programmes.

Gabriela Casanova, Legal Expert

Gabriella Casanova is a Brazilian certified lawyer with a master’s in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), with a focus on human rights. Gabriella has experience in the national and international public sector in Latin America (Brazil) and Switzerland and since 2017 she has been involved in working towards the human right to water and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Imanol Aguilera, Legal Officer

Mr. Imanol Aguilera is a young Spanish and Uruguayan professional born and raised in the Geneva Region. Imanol is a legal researcher specialised in International Water Law and Human Rights. Having Worked at Waterlex, he is now part of the Human Right 2 Water team. He holds a Bachelor in International Relations and Development (University of Sussex, UK) and a masters in International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (SOAS University, UK). He also pursued his legal studies by completing a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University in London, Waterloo. Through his academic and professional experiences, Imanol has become familiar, and has developed extensive skills in the areas of human rights advocacy, legal research and mapping, and capacity building.

Gussie Lloyd, Communications Manager

Born in the UK and having completed her secondary education at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland, Gussie Lloyd obtained a first class degree in Liberal Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London. With a passion for helping the vulnerable, her previous experience includes working as fundraising and marketing coordinator for a project that strove to attain an innovative, cost-efficient and sustainable solution to combat post-harvest losses in Ghana. Currently, Gussie is working as communications manager at Human Right 2 Water, where she writes, edits and distributes content, including publications, website content, and other marketing material that communicates the organisation’s activities and services, as well as assists in the coordination and management of Human Right 2 Water’s Webinar Series.

Mario Arguello, Communications Officer

Born in Costa Rica, in the small town of Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast. Mario obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and International Business at the National University of Costa Rica, and later on a Master’s degree in Business Development in the University of Barcelona. Growing up in a small touristic town, he developed his people skills and broadened his cosmovision. He has been part of multiple projects that look to improve the quality of life in his country with a special focus on environmental development and vulnerable groups. From fundraising and building houses in at risk neighbourhoods, to developing a commercial platform for indigenous artisans of multiple Costa Rican indigenous groups. Mario now supports communications at Human Right 2 Water, where he translates, edits and publishes content for different projects in Latin America including social media management for the organization.

Mariel Merayo, Legal Research

Mariel is a Costa Rican lawyer with an undergraduate degree from the University of Costa Rica and an LLM in International Law from University College London (UCL) as a Chevening Scholar. She was part of the International Law Pro-Bono Project at UCL with the humanitarian law stream. She has experience in leading volunteer organizations, researcher and as an attorney in Costa Rica. Mariel is fluent in English and Spanish.

Cuauhtémoc Oscar Cordova, Policy Research

Cuauhtémoc Osorno Córdova has an environmental management bachelor’s degree, and he is a researcher on water and sanitation, especially on public policy and human rights. He has collaborated with organizations such as Oxfam México, ONU habitat and Friedrich Ebert Foundation. He is currently a member of Red Mexicana de Cuencas (REMEXCU) and WATERLAT-GOBACIT network. Now, Cuauhtémoc is working on the creation of the Mexican Chapter of the World Youth Parliament for Water to promote youth empowerment and generate creative solutions in water management.