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Shaun Martinez

Shaun Martinez is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. Shaun has over 20 years’ experience working on the safety and security of human rights defenders and activists and supporting the victims of human rights violations. He has a keen interest in the rights of marginalised defenders and activists, including LGBTIQ+ activists, sex workers, women’s rights activists, and disability rights activists, and where these discriminations intersect with race and poverty to create even greater challenges. Shaun has worked with organisations across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He has worked for the UN, the EU, and the International Commission of Jurists. And he has provided international protective accompaniment to human rights defenders in Colombia and Nepal with Peace Brigades International. Shaun is a volunteer case worker for LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers with Portsmouth City of Sanctuary.

Lawrence Gitonga Mwongera

Lawrence Gitonga Mwongera is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. Lawrence has over 20 year’s security experience in the humanitarian, corporate, and government sectors. Among other roles, he was the safety and security adviser for the Life & Peace Institute, a humanitarian access and security coordinator for Action contre la Faim, the Africa regional security manager for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Corporate Security Manager for Amref Health Africa. Lawrence previously served as a senior intelligence officer in Kenya’s National Intelligence Service.

Kiki Hynding Hansen

Kiki Hynding Hansen is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. Kiki has worked in programme and security roles in the humanitarian sector for more than a decade. Among other positions, she was the humanitarian access and security coordinator in Afghanistan for Action contre la Faim, a roving security adviser at Oxfam, and a security trainer at the Danish Refugee Council. She has also worked as a project coordinator in Mali for DanChurchAid and Egypt for Caritas-Egypt. Kiki is a first aid instructor for the Danish Red Cross. She speaks Danish, English, and Spanish.

Peter Wood

Peter Wood is the director of safety and security at Open Briefing. Pete was previously the head of global security for Oxfam, where he led a renewed focus on duty of care and managed the organisation’s response to several crisis incidents. He held various other senior security roles over eight years at Oxfam. Prior to that, he was the deputy area coordinator for northern Jordan for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ActEd) and the deputy country director for DR Congo for Medair. Before moving into the humanitarian sector, Pete served eight years as an officer in the British Army, including three operational tours. He lives in Kenya.

Molly Rose Freeman Cyr

Molly Rose Freeman Cyr is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. Molly focusses on protecting human rights defenders and civil society organisations through risk assessments, trainings, and protection planning. She has previously worked with Front Line Defenders, the International Federation for Human Rights, and the 11th Hour Project to support defenders and organisations at risk, particularly in West and Central Africa. Molly holds a degree in peace and justice studies and a master’s degree in international peace studies. She speaks English and French.

Juan Goyanes

Juan Goyanes is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. Juan is a logistics and security professional with nearly 20 year’s experience in the humanitarian sector. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières and Action Against Hunger in emergencies and programmes in conflict situations, nutritional emergencies, epidemics, and refugees crises in Africa, Asia, and South America. In recent years, he has provided training and support to indigenous defenders organisations and has led several projects on the integration of mobile technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve security follow-up. Originally from Madrid, Juan is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in Portuguese and English.

Araba Cole

Araba Cole is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. She was previously the global roving security adviser at the Norwegian Refugee Council, supporting humanitarian operations across Africa and the Middle East. Araba worked in Afghanistan between 2015 and 2018 as a security manager for NRC, a security delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and a safety adviser for the International NGO Safety Organisation. Prior to that, she served as a military engineer and team medic in the British Army for five years. Araba holds certificates in close protection and advanced first aid and a degree in archeology.

Khalil Sayyad Hilario

Khalil Sayyad Hilario is a security risk management consultant at Open Briefing. Khalil began his career working as an investigative journalist in Palestine uncovering Israeli war crimes. After being kidnapped, he moved into the humanitarian sector, and was, until 2014, the deputy logistics director for Médecins sans Frontières. He also previously served as MSF’s country director in Iraq, programs director in Haiti, and logistics coordinator in Ivory Coast, Sudan, and DR Congo. In the last six years, he has focussed on security risk management, and has supported journalists, human rights defenders, and humanitarians in the Central African Republic, DR Congo, Burundi, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Kenya, Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Balkans. Khalil is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic, and currently lives in France.