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 research projects include a global study on Resilience to Climate Emergencies, and the development of Human Rights Indicators. She leads the UNECE People-First PPP Stakeholder Engagement subgroup to realise benchmarks for developing human rights-based approaches, and she is currently on the steering committee of AGUASAN, facilitating the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem workstream in preparation for their annual event, in Jordan this June. Previously, as CEO of a project management company in New Zealand, Amanda delivered environmental resource consent with stakeholder engagement for a community water infrastructure scheme for irrigation and hydro-generation.  

Gabriella 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.

Nada Bessassi, Legal Intern

Born in Tunisia, Nada came to Switzerland to complete her Master Degree in International and comparative law. She is very passionate about human rights and has been engaging through her studies with humanitarian work and NGO’s Tasks focusing on SDG’s such as Gender equality with An NGO in Morocco and several internships in National independent tunisian institutions. Nada has participated in several mooting competitions where she acquired skills such as advocacy and legal research in the Human Rights field.

Gabrielle Salerni, Research assistant

Gabrielle is a writer and recent graduate from the International University in Geneva, where she received her Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. Over the course of her studies, Gabrielle developed a passion for human rights-related topics, and hopes to be able to use her knowledge and writing skills to aid in the defense of vulnerable groups all over the world. Gabrielle is working as a research assistant at Human Right 2 Water, and aids in the development of training resources, informational materials, and research projects.