Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director

Ignacio Saiz was appointed executive director in 2009, having served as the Center's research director since 2006. Prior to this, he was director of policy at the international secretariat of Amnesty International, where his responsibilities included overseeing the development of Amnesty's research, campaigning and advocacy on economic, social and cultural rights. Previous roles at Amnesty International have included deputy director of the Americas Program, policy coordinator and Central America researcher. He has also worked as a freelance human rights consultant for several other organizations in areas relating to sexuality and human rights, the prevention of torture and post-conflict accountability. Ignacio holds an LLM in international human rights law with distinction from the University of Essex.

Gaby Oré Aguilar, Deputy Executive Director

Gaby Oré Aguilar is Deputy Executive Director at CESR. Before joining CESR she worked as a program strategy consultant for international organizations and philanthropies in Europe. Previously, she worked as a grantmaker with the Ford Foundation in Santiago, Chile; she established and coordinated the Latin America Program of the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights; and worked as an attorney and human rights educator at the Instituto de Defensa Legal based in Lima.  Gaby is a Board member of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture Board and an invited lecturer at the EIUC Master on Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice and other universities. She has researched and developed methodological guidelines for conducting case study analysis on the relevance of human rights for local communities in the context of globalization (University of Antwerp) and has conducted research and published on socio-economic rights, social justice and equality issues in conflict situations. She holds an LLM from Columbia University Law School, where she received the International and Comparative Law Diploma awarded with honors by the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. She earned a JD and a BA in Political Science from the University of San Marcos, Lima and a Diploma in Gender Studies from the Catholic University, Lima.


Nicholas Lusiani, Director, Human Rights in Economic Policy Program

Nicholas Lusiani is Director of the Human Rights in Economic Policy Program at CESR. His work focuses on developing alternative human rights-centered economic and development policies. Niko previously worked for the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural rights and el Centro por los Derechos Economicos y Sociales in Ecuador. He also has experience in the fields of international humanitarian relief, indigenous rights in Mexico, human rights in Syria and criminal justice system issues in the United States. He received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he specialized in international human rights law and macroeconomics.

Allison Corkery, Director, Rights Claiming and Accountability Program

Allison Corkery joined CESR in 2011. Prior to this she was the recipient of the 2010‐2011 David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship from Columbia Law School; under the auspices of which she collaborated with CESR and the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights on a project to enhance the capacity of national human rights institutions to monitor ESC rights. In previous positions she has worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney and the National Institutions Unit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Allison holds an LL.M. from Columbia University Law School and a BA/LLB. from the University of New South Wales.

Kate Donald, Director, Human Rights in Development

Kate Donald joined CESR in 2014. Previously, Kate worked as Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (Magdalena Sepúlveda), examining the impact of public policies and development initiatives on the rights of people living in poverty. In particular, she worked on issues including unpaid care work, social protection policies, fiscal policies and access to justice. Kate has also held positions at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Council on Human Rights Policy, and has been a consultant for the United Nations and the Gender & Development Network. Kate holds a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors in History from Oxford University.

Sergio Chaparro Hernandez, Program Officer, Human Rights in Economic Policy Program

Sergio Chaparro joined CESR in 2016.  In previous positions he has worked with the Center for Studies on Law, Justice and Society-Dejusticia, the National Congress in Colombia and the Political Council of Bogota. He has also worked as a freelance human rights consultant for several other organizations, multilateral agencies and public institutions in areas relating to decent work, social rights, transitional justice and drug policy. Sergio holds a bachelor of arts in Economy and Philosophy and a Masters in Law from Colombia National University. He has written several books and papers about labor rights, drug policy and public finance from a human rights perspective.

Holly Stubbs, Research Consultant

Holly Stubbs is currently a Leebron Fellow at the Center for Economic and Social Rights. At the Center she is creating a comparative review of evidence used in cases litigating economic and social rights. Her research focuses on improving methods to understand and explain the connections between economic and political systems and the realization of human rights. Her experience includes researching land laws in South Africa for the Legal Resources Center, housing laws in Myanmar for the Columbia Center on Human Rights, and the environmental and social impacts of mining in Papua New Guinea for the Columbia Human Rights Clinic. Stubbs graduated summa cum laude from the College of Idaho and is a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the Human Rights Law Review.

Luciana Bercovich, Research Consultant

Luciana Bercovich is former Co-director of the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ) in Argentina, where she also coordinated the “Right to the City” and “Community Legal Action” programs. She was also a university professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law at Buenos Aires University (UBA). Luciana is an attorney and holds an MA in Urban Development from Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She has written several books, papers and articles about access to justice, strategic litigation, housing rights, legal empowerment and budget analysis and human rights.


Luke Holland, Researcher/Communications Coordinator

Luke Holland works as Researcher and Communications Coordinator at the Centre for Economic and Social Rights. Before joining CESR, he was employed as Senior Editor of the Spanish think-tank FRIDE (The Foundation for International Relations and Exterior Dialogue). Prior to this he worked as a journalist at some of Europe's most prestigious media institutions, including The Irish Times, The Mirror (UK) and Independent Television News (UK), where he worked as a producer on Channel 4 News and The ITV News At Ten. Luke has also collaborated as a researcher for La Plataforma Colombiana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo in Bogotá, and the Argentine human rights organization FOCO. He holds a BA in International Studies from the Open University, an MSc in Poverty and Development from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and a H-Dip in Media Management from Ballyfermot Senior College in Dublin.

Finance and Administration

Annie Chan-Fairchild, Director of Finance

Annie Chan-Fairchild is Director of Finance at CESR. Prior to joining CESR as Financial Administrator in 2004, she held positions as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at The Juilliard School of Music, Creative Director of her own clothing line and Placement Officer at Careers for Women, Inc. A native of Hong Kong, Annie holds an MA and a BS from the State University of New York, and is a dancer and painter in her spare time.

Rebecca Berger, Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Berger began working at CESR in 2015. Starting as an intern while completing her Master’s degree in sociology, she then joined as a full-time staff member in 2016. During her studies she focused primarily on urban sociology and gender theory, writing her thesis on the spatial semiotics of gender in urban public space. Prior to joining CESR, Rebecca had worked in property management while finishing her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She holds a M.A. from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College, and a B.A. from the University at Albany.