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.

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.

Bonolo Mogotsi, Communications Manager

Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Bonolo received her post-graduate degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Bonolo is passionate about humanitarianism, advocacy, and media. With over 5 years of experience working in the field as an African correspondent and researcher, she used her role to visit refugee camps, slums, and villages with the aim of retelling stories of those vulnerable across the African continent. Currently pursuing a master’s degree In Diplomatic studies, Bonolo 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 to communicate the organisation’s activities and services.

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.