Head of the research unit on humanitarian stakes and practices
Françoise Duroch holds a PhD in Social Sciences from University Lyon 2 and two Master’s degrees (in History, Law and Human Rights from the University Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble, and in Educational Sciences from Lyon 2).
Françoise Duroch started working in the field in 1995 in Bosnia, Kenya and Nigeria, amongst others. She spent over 15 years researching gender-based violence before occupying various positions such as Project Coordinator, Research Coordinator and Project Manager. She was also a lecturer in a master’s course at the University of Geneva and a consultant for various international organizations. After working on informed consent and the issue of sexual harassment and abuse, she now heads the UREPH since 2018.
Duncan McLean has managed operations with MSF in both the field and HQ beginning in 2002, and is currently senior researcher with UREPH in Geneva. He has published widely on the humanitarian sector and has contributed chapters to MSF book publications Saving Lives and Staying Alive, The Politics of Fear, and Everybody’s War, in addition to providing regular support and analyses to critical incidents.
Duncan holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a PhD in history. In parallel to his MSF-related research, he has worked with International Crisis Group and lectured at several universities in the Czech Republic, France and the UK, focusing on epidemiological and colonial history. He joined the editorial committee of the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs in 2019.
Maelle L’Homme holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in public affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, as well as an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics.
After several years’ experience working as health promotion manager and project coordinator with MSF in a variety of contexts (Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Yemen, Sudan), Maelle contributed to the Covid-19 preparedness and response in Tanzania and helped manage a hospital with surgical capacity in South Sudan.
She joined the UREPH as Junior Researcher in 2021 to contribute to research around health and ethical issues.
Melissa is an Australian doctor, dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Public Health. She has worked in the humanitarian sphere for the last 15 years, beginning as a doctor with MSF in 2005 in South Sudan.
She has balanced clinical and public health work across the government, non-government and humanitarian sectors gaining experience in Australia, Afghanistan, Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, Greece, Nigeria, DRC, Burundi, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Yemen, predominately with the Red Cross and MSF. Most recently, Melissa held the position of deputy, then Medical Director in MSF OCA.
She joined the UREPH in 2021 to support research around medical ethics.
Supply Chain Sustainability Coordinator
Corentine Berthet holds two Master’s degrees (Private Law from the University of Lyon III and Management of Franco-German Organisations from the University of Metz), as well as a degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva.
After working for a few years as a buyer in the private sector, she started working with MSF in 2010 in supply chain management in Uganda and Congo among others, and then at headquarters. She joined the UREPH in 2019 as part of a reflection on the environmental impact of MSF Switzerland’s operational practices. She is also involved in a project aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of the MSF movement and is focused on the improvement of the sustainability of the supply chain.
Publishing & Editing Officer
Amy Mavor holds a Master’s degree in Modern European Languages from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Master’s degree in Translation, Localisation and Multilingual and Multimedia Communication from the University of Rennes 2. Before joining the UREPH, Amy Mavor worked in a variety of sectors as translator, proofreader, content manager and copywriter.