Our Team

A fully committed and multi-skilled team at your disposal

  • Nordine Drici -
    Chairman

    As a Human Rights (torture, death penalty, women rights, child rights, asylum and migrations), Rule of Law, electoral processes as well as humanitarian affairs Expert, Nordine Drici has more than 15 years of field experience. He worked during nine years within the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 2000 to 2009 in Africa (Sudan, Sierra Leone), Asia (Afghanistan, Nepal), Middle East (Palestinian territories, Irak/Jordan) as well as in Geneva, as Head of Protection Sector for Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Back to France in 2009, he worked from 2009 till mid-2012 as a Human Rights Counsellor for the French MOFA. In that capacity, he contributed to the strategic definition of the French policy with regards to bilateral and multilateral cooperation on Human Rights.


    Nordine Drici then joined several CSOs from 2012 till 2015 (EuroMediterranean Federation against Enforced disappearances (FEMED), Action by Christians against torture (ACAT-France), as well as Together Against Death Penalty (ECPM). Meanwhile, he developped strong skills on matters related to educational engineering (as Lecturer in several universities as well aw within curricula managed by the French School for Administration (ENA). He also masters evaluation of electoral processes, thanks to his participation to several EU Electoral Monitoring Observation Missions (Sudan, Tunisia, Pakistan), before creating his own consulting office, in 2016.


    Expert in asylum and migration issues, Nordine Drici is a Associate Judge at the French Court for Asylum, thus representing the United Nations High Commissionner for Refugees (UNHCR).

  • Mohammed Arif-
    Project Manager Bangladesh

    Mohammad Arif is a young student and human rights, activist. He is from Chittagong, Bangladesh. Now living in Paris, France. He has lots of reflexion of his origin city on his profile. Chittagong is the one of the most important city in politics and economy in Bangladesh. From his childhood, he used to get informed about international news and update. As a student, he was engaged in several social activities in his country.


    Mohammed Arif has come to France in 2016. He got enrolled in SciencesPo Paris to learn about the French language and culture. He was there for one year.He is presently studying at Université Paris 1- Panthéon Sorbonne. Besides his study, he is working with many social and political associations focused on geopolicitcs, Asylum and Immigration, among other issues.


    The main reason for working with Planète Réfugies Droits de l’homme stems from the fact that in France and in Europe, public opinion does not know much about Bangladesh and more broadly on South Asian countries. With the Brexit, it is more needed now to develop an political and social analysis of Bangladesh in French, that goes beyond the usual statements on climate change and textile industries.

    Mohammed Arif’s main concern is about informing people in France and Europe of the political system and trends in Bangladesh, based on precise and crosschecked information.

  • Ousmane Touré-
    Project Manager Mauritania

    As a Holder of a PhD in Archeology following studies in History and Geography, Ousmane’s passion for Human Rights began quite early as he was preparing is A Level. For him, Human Rights became a family concern and commitment in order to fight against all forms of injustice in Mauritania. In 1996, Ousmane decided to become a member of the Mauritanian Association for Human Rights (AMDH in French), in order to be at the heart of Human Rights activism, while the country was experiencing some turmoil at the international level.


    As the focal point till 2000, Ousmane Touré was in charge of the AMDH in France in the course of 2001 (monitoring of Presidential elections in Paris, support to Mauritanian citizens with procedures at the Prefecture or registration procedures with Paris Bureau). Ousmane Touré came back to Mauritania in 2015. His commitment found a new impetus with the decision to dedicate a part of his time to training, inquiries, conception, implementation and follow up of cooperation projects (slavery, women rights, torture, migrations, children rights…).


    Since his return to Mauritania in 2005, Ousmane works on the modernisation as well the unity of the civil society in Mauritania in order to adapt it better to national, regional as well as international contexts.

  • Alain Escalle - Treasurer

    Graduated in Graphic Art & Design, then in Cinema Studies and Cinematic techniques, Alain Escalle discovered in 1991 the world of video creation as a Visual Effects Assistance in the framework of a project carried out for Peter Greenaway. In the course of the nineties, he developps many projets dealing with advertisements for very well-known brands, and developps as a film maker his first short-film in 1994 entitled From the Shipwreck, (1st Prize SCAM 94 for the best digital work, 3rd Prize Imagina 94 in Art category). After many visits to Japan for commercials works (between 1993 and 2006), Escalle decided to dwell on Japanese traditional culture with the creation of The Tale of the Floating World. This short film, which was made of the stuff of dreams, won a raft of awards in some major world-class festivals (“GRAND PRIX” Imagina 2002, preselection round at the 2003 CÉSARS (the French Academy Awards).


    After making images video design for the show entitled « Rock de Chambre » of Jean-Philippe Goude in 2004, Alain Escalle carried our the first part of the French singer Mylene Farmer’s live shows in Bercy in 2006, meanwhile directing the whole of the screened images for the 2006 and 2009 Tours. Besides, Alain Escalle directed two of her music videos. From 2006 onwards, he began o long creative and research work that culminated in 2013 with the release of the film entitled The Book of the Dead, a new dreamlike journey on the ghosts of Human History on the theme of extermination camps in Poland, thus winning many international awards (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2013, Grand Prix Athena Anifest 2014, Best Experimental Film « Grand Prix » Flickers Rhodes Island 2014, etc…).


    Very inspired by the History of Arts and painters from the Renaissance period, as demonstrated by his short-film entitled Da Vinci Project réalisé en 2014, Alain Escalle won many international Awards (International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand 2002, Sundance 2002, Aspen 1998, Montreal New Cinema Film Festival 2002, Imagina Monaco 2002, Niccograph in Japan, Ars Electronica in Austria, The Monitors Awards in Los Angeles 1992, SCAM, Flickers Rhodes Island Festival 2013, Busan International Short Film Festival 2013, Cannes Short Film Corner 2014, Animfest 2014, etc…). Alain Escalle is interested in all transversal disciplines related to the work of the image and the staging.

  • Cheick Sanou-
    Projet Manager Burkina Faso

    Holding a bachelor in law and a Master in Political Science (major: international cooperation and development /risk management in the Southern countries), Cheick is a consultant and a political analyst. He is currently working on the development of two solar power plant projects in Burkina Faso, and acts as a local representative in the exchanges with the State and its partners. Cheick is also in charge of the community liaison with the populations concerned by the project. Previously, he led, on behalf of an international NGO, in consortium with other stakeholders working on the right to sanitation, and under the patronage of the First Lady of Burkina Faso, a public communication and advocacy campaign for the change of social behavior.


    Cheick has a large network within Burkinabè civil society organisations, which he consolidated notably during his missions as political and electoral assistant to European Union electoral observation mission and the electoral expertise mission respectively for the 2015 presidential and legislative elections and for the 2016 municipal elections.

  • Sofia Ahmad - Project Manager Pakistan

    Sofia Ahmad graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English Literature and minoring in Development Studies) in 2012. After completing internships in the publishing industry, including one with the prestigious Bloombsury, she decided to switch to the nonprofit sector. Her first job was with Concern Worldwide in Islamabad, where she worked on a humanitarian project to support people displaced by complex emergencies and natural disasters. During this period, she also learned about the significant policy and humanitarian challenges posed by and facing IDPs. Sofia then decided to return to Australia to pursue a postgraduate degree, gaining a Master of Public Policy and Governance. Upon returning to Pakistan in 2017, she joined a think tank working on environmental and development issues. In June 2018, Sofia joined the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) deployed for the 25 July General Elections, as an Assistant to the Human Rights Analyst. It was the perfect opportunity to combine her skills and knowledge with her interest in political analysis and experience with civil society.


    Sofia has always been passionate about social justice. She is a strong supporter of indigenous rights, labour rights, and the right of people to seek asylum. Ultimately, Sofia wants to make a difference to society, to improve the situation for marginalised groups and help achieve prosperity, justice and equality for all.


  • Planète Réfugiés-Droits de l’Homme seeks to develop its activities thanks to the support of volunteers from various backgrounds, in order to broaden the follow up of political contexts whereby Rule of Law and Human Rights are at stake.

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