Our team

THE BOARD

Marie CHAPOT

Founding co-chair

Presentation

I have a degree in International Relations (ESPOL, Lille) and a Masters in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance from the University of Padua (Italy). My research interests focus in particular on international justice and women’s rights. My master’s thesis looked at the option of restorative justice for victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. I had written my undergraduate research paper on Feminist activists and penal abolitionism. Study of a radical position.

Vincent LEFEBVRE

Founding co-chair

Presentation

I have a degree in International Relations (ESPOL, Lille) and am currently in the second year of the Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance Masters at the University of Padua (Italy). After an internship at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, I am now an intern at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, where I am responsible for issues relating to environmental and migration rights. My current research interests include refugee law, the right to the environment, criminal justice, in particular the prosecution of those responsible for genocide (cultural and environmental: ecocide), as well as the interaction of different levels of jurisdiction in the protection of these rights and related accountability mechanisms.

Émilie Delahais

general secretary

Presentation

I’m studying International Relations at ESPOL (Lille), I’ve always had a passion for writing and a desire to be useful, ‘in my own way’. Joining GROW quickly became an obvious way for me to combine these two interests. At ESPOL, I was in charge of the editorial department of Caribou, an environmental awareness association, and I did my degree course at Lambersart town hall, where I wrote a report in preparation for the town’s next call for tenders. On the strength of these editorial experiences, I hope to make my contribution to the think tank. It’s in an environment like this that I’d like to flourish, both as an association and professionally.

Lucie FAYOUX

general secretary

Presentation

As a student at Sciences Po Lille and the University of Kent, I’m doing a double-diploma in political science and international relations. At the same time, I’m doing a degree in Art History, which I’m trying to link to my interest in defending human rights in conflict situations by working on the theme of cultural genocide. I’m also interested in transitional justice in post-conflict societies, the use of rape as a weapon of war and violations of the law of armed conflict.

Naomi Ouattara

treasurer

Presentation

I have a degree in international relations from ESPOL (Lille, France), and I’m currently working as an assistant accountant in an accountancy firm as part of a BTS (2-year higher diploma) in Accounting and Management in Le Mans, the town where I grew up. Formerly involved with Amnesty International, I continue to work for human rights within GROW as treasurer and in the advocacy department. I’m particularly interested in corporate social responsibility and restrictions on individual freedoms, mainly in Europe and Africa.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

The communication department is in charge of everything related to the image of the think tank. The mission is above all to create and share content on social networks. The department also takes care of all the visuals, posters, brochure, newsletters and merchandising.

Marie CHAPOT

Head of communication

Presentation

I have a degree in International Relations (ESPOL, Lille) and a Masters in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance from the University of Padua (Italy). My research interests focus in particular on international justice and women’s rights. My master’s thesis looked at the option of restorative justice for victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. I had written my undergraduate research paper on Feminist activists and penal abolitionism. Study of a radical position.

Marine POTIER

Deputy Head of communication

Presentation

I have a degree in foreign and regional languages, literature and civilisations (LLCER) in English, and I’m currently studying for my second year of a Masters in Automatic Language Processing at the UFR SLHS in Besançon (Bourgogne Franche-Comté), with a view to becoming a computer engineer and linguist. Although my studies are not directly related to human rights, I have always been interested in the rights of women, LGBTQIA+ people and children.

Vannina BOZZI-ROBADEY

in charge of communication

Presentation

As a student of Political Science and International Relations at ESPOL, I am very interested in geopolitics and global governance. Motivated by the fact that I am acquiring interesting and enriching experiences, both personally and professionally, I am a member, within the school, of the UNICEF branch and the ESPOMUN association, which represents ESPOL’s Model United Nations delegation. The GROW think tank, which is sensitive to socio-environmental justice, seemed to me to be the ideal organisation to reconcile my interest in writing and communication with my interest in human and environmental rights.

Hermine de moissac

in charge of communication

Presentation

I am currently in my first year of a Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at the School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris. I’m particularly interested in women’s rights and children’s rights, and I’m currently looking for internships in these areas for my gap year. I have a bachelor’s degree, which I also completed at Sciences Po, with a geographical focus on Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. As part of this, I was lucky enough to study for a year in Salamanca, Spain.

Iman SEEPERSAD

in charge of communication

Presentation

Originally from Mauritius, I have a degree in International Relations from ESPOL (European School of Political and Social Sciences). During this degree, I also had the opportunity to study at HGU in South Korea. I’m currently doing a Masters in Peace, Conflict and Security, delivered by UNITAR and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, before going on to do a second MSc in Human Rights and Politics at the London School of Economics next year. My background has shaped my interest in human rights, and more specifically in the intersection between the defence of children’s rights in war-torn countries and international conflict resolution. For example, my bachelor’s thesis focused on the strategic use of child soldiers in the MENA region, a subject that I intend to explore further in my current master’s degree. I am also very interested in the rights of refugees, women’s rights, access to education for children in precarious situations and in conflict zones, the ecological transition in developing countries such as Mauritius, and the treatment of minority communities and intercultural conflicts.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

The public relations branch takes care of GROW’s address book, contact personalities for conferences, roundtables or symposiums, and any other external actors, such as the media and other organisations that fight for the defence of human rights in the world.

Apolline Barillé

public relations officer

Presentation

After three exciting years at Sciences Po Bordeaux (including a year as an exchange student at the University of Sussex), in September 2023 I joined the double master’s programme in Public Affairs and International Relations (MPIA) at Glendon College, York University (Toronto, ON) and Sciences Po Strasbourg (France). Over the years, I have developed a keen interest in the field of public health, and more specifically in health governance. In the future, I would like to implement international public policies that promote equal access to healthcare for every individual. More specifically, I would like to focus on protecting and improving the medical rights of people living with HIV.

Emeline Dandeu

In charge of Public Relations

Presentation

I’m currently doing a Master’s 2 in International and European Fundamental Rights Law, and since the start of my degree I’ve always wanted to get involved in defending fundamental rights. I’m particularly interested in defending refugees and migrants, and this last year I specialised in issues relating to the treatment of migrants in Libya. Modern slavery is also one of my favourite subjects. So my involvement with GROW has given me an enriching insight into these issues. My future goals are to become a professional in the field of advocacy and humanitarian project management.

Honorine Deruelle

In charge of Public Relations

Presentation

I am currently a student in the 2nd year of a bachelor’s degree in Language, Literature and Chinese Civilization at the University of Lille. I am very interested in China, and more broadly in Asia which I think is a well of cultural resources. I have a particular interest in human rights, because I think we should all be free to do what we want and be proud of who we are! I would like, following my bachelor’s degree, to integrate a master’s degree in the field of international relations, particularly in Euro-Asian relations.

DEPARTMENT OF LEGAL AFFAIRS

The department of legal affairs produces and updates documents describing legislation on specific human rights issues around the world. These documents are intended to be accessible to everyone and are also used for our research work. Each member of the department of legal affairs operates a legal watch on a weekly basis to ensure that the information we provide is as up-to-date as possible.

Ismaïl Toulgui

Legal head and LBTQIA+ rights officer

Presentation

I’m a third-year student studying for a double degree in international law and political science at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, and I have a deep interest in international human rights law. During my second year, I joined a legal clinic, RefWar, which focuses on improving international protection for war exiles, which confirmed my ambition to specialise in migration issues within international business and justice.

Pietro Baldin

Rule of Law and Fundamental Freedoms officer

Presentation

I graduated in International Social Political Sciences from the University of Bologna (Italy) and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Multilevel Governance at the University of Padua (Italy), with an Erasmus study period at the Complutense University of Madrid. My bachelor’s thesis focused on women’s rights in Afghanistan, which highlighted my commitment to gender issues. Currently, I focus my master’s research on transitional justice in Spain, thus combining my passions for human rights and the understanding of democratization processes in post-dictural contexts. This perspective directs my research towards a deeper understanding of transitional justice and its impact on the rule of law.

Hermine de moissac

children's rights officer

Presentation

I am currently in my first year of a Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at the School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris. I’m particularly interested in women’s rights and children’s rights, and I’m currently looking for internships in these areas for my gap year. I have a bachelor’s degree, which I also completed at Sciences Po, with a geographical focus on Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. As part of this, I was lucky enough to study for a year in Salamanca, Spain.

Fatou Diouf

Environmental law officer

Presentation

I graduated from ESPOL with a degree in International Relations and am currently an auditor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, studying for a Master 1 in QSE and RSE Risk Management. At the end of this master’s, I hope to be able to start a new law degree and a master’s in private international law. This is quite a change of direction after having wanted to pursue a career exclusively in the field of defending children’s rights. Now I’m mainly interested in doing cross-disciplinary research into the defence of children’s rights and the environment.

Mathilde Fatome

RIGHTS OF EXILEES AND MIGRATIONS officer

Presentation

I’m a third-year international relations student at ESPOL in Lille, and I’m very interested in defending human rights. I’ve been involved in voluntary work for a number of years, but decided to focus my commitment on helping exiles just over a year ago. I’ve volunteered with exiles in three different associations: Utopia 56, JRS France and La Cimade. These experiences have been significant, because they have really opened my eyes to the difficulties faced by exiles and have enabled me to develop skills in supporting and defending the rights of exiles, and have strengthened my determination to act for this essential cause.

Lou Hugot

International justice and humanitarian law officer

Presentation

I am currently doing a double master’s degree between Sciences Po Bordeaux and National Taipei University. In addition to my role in GROW, I am also a member of Deka Ewe, an organisation dedicated to improving access to education in developing countries. My interest in diplomacy and its central role in international relations has led me to take an active part in many of the sessions offered by Sciences Po’s MUN. I would like to pursue a career in diplomatic or geopolitical roles, particularly those related to the regions that are dear to me, namely Asia and Latin America.

ADVOCACY DEPARTMENT

The advocacy department carries out research on specific themes related to human rights. It produces different content formats, sheets, articles, infographics, etc.  and writes reports and policy briefs setting out recommendations for the actors concerned.

Emeline Dandeu

Advocacy manager

Presentation

I’m currently doing a Master’s 2 in International and European Fundamental Rights Law, and since the start of my degree I’ve always wanted to get involved in defending fundamental rights. I’m particularly interested in defending refugees and migrants, and this last year I specialised in issues relating to the treatment of migrants in Libya. Modern slavery is also one of my favourite subjects. So my involvement with GROW has given me an enriching insight into these issues. My future goals are to become a professional in the field of advocacy and humanitarian project management.

EMILIE DELAHAIS

Advocacy officer

Presentation

I’m studying International Relations at ESPOL (Lille), I’ve always had a passion for writing and a desire to be useful, ‘in my own way’. Joining GROW quickly became an obvious way for me to combine these two interests. At ESPOL, I was in charge of the editorial department of Caribou, an environmental awareness association, and I did my degree course at Lambersart town hall, where I wrote a report in preparation for the town’s next call for tenders. On the strength of these editorial experiences, I hope to make my contribution to the think tank. It’s in an environment like this that I’d like to flourish, both as an association and professionally.

LUCIE FAYOUX

Advocacy officer

Presentation

As a student at Sciences Po Lille and the University of Kent, I’m doing a double-diploma in political science and international relations. At the same time, I’m doing a degree in Art History, which I’m trying to link to my interest in defending human rights in conflict situations by working on the theme of cultural genocide. I’m also interested in transitional justice in post-conflict societies, the use of rape as a weapon of war and violations of the law of armed conflict.

SAMANTHA FRARY--AUBERT

Advocacy officer

Presentation

After completing my degree in International Relations (ESPOL), I graduated from a Master’s degree (LLM) in International Human Rights Law with International Migration. Passionate about international law and human rights, I decided to specialise in the field of migration after my undergraduate research paper on The Protection of IDPs under International Law – the case of Nagorno-Karabakh. Today, my research focuses mainly on refugee law and international criminal law. My master’s thesis focuses on The Place of Victims under International Criminal Law – A study of the application of victim participation in the ICC and its inherent hierarchy of victims. The common goal of all my research is to defend the rights of the most vulnerable. I would like to go on to work for international tribunals, in particular the ICC, or NGOs defending human rights and refugees.

ALICE JUIGNIER

Advocacy officer

Presentation

As an International Relations undergraduate at ESPOL, I had the opportunity to do a three-month placement at the Institute for Peace, a one-month placement as international mobility coordinator at ESPOL, and a three-month placement at the French National Assembly as a parliamentary assistant. Very early on, I became very involved with the French Red Cross, Secours Catholiques and an association called ‘Imagine for Margot’, whose priority is to speed up research into children’s cancer. When I arrived at ESPOL, I was a pioneer and co-founder of the Espotropiques association to promote the overseas territories and their cultures. Finally, I got involved with La Maison des Femmes in Lille, where I was a volunteer and speaker at conferences such as “Rape, a weapon of war: from collateral damage to organised war crimes”, alongside anthropologist Véronique Nahoum Grappe and journalist Florence Hartmann.

Cassandra Mazzolini

Advocacy officer

Presentation

I began my university career with a degree in International Relations at ESPOL (Lille, France), which took me to the United States in my third year. This first university experience culminated in the writing of a research paper entitled The Prevention of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence through education. The French case: between promises and actions. I am currently studying for a master’s degree in International Relations at Luiss (Rome, Italy). My various experiences over the last 4 years have enabled me to develop specific research interests, including the protection of women’s and minorities’ rights, particularly in times of conflict.

NAOMI OUATTARA

Advocacy officer

Presentation

I have a degree in international relations from ESPOL (Lille, France), and I’m currently working as an assistant accountant in an accountancy firm as part of a BTS (2-year higher diploma) in Accounting and Management in Le Mans, the town where I grew up. Formerly involved with Amnesty International, I continue to work for human rights within GROW as treasurer and in the advocacy department. I’m particularly interested in corporate social responsibility and restrictions on individual freedoms, mainly in Europe and Africa.

Célia Vanwalleghem

Advocacy officer

Presentation

As a final-year student in the International Relations degree programme at ESPOL, I have been an exchange student at the National University of Taiwan. For me, this experience represents an opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the Asian region, particularly the major issues of our time, and to continue learning the Chinese language. Ever since I was very young, I’ve loved getting involved in different associations, which allows me to have a real impact on the world around me. The wealth of community life in Lille and Espol has enabled me to get involved in the world of eloquence through RVT ESPOL, ecology with Le Caribou and fundamental rights. This summer, I had the opportunity to do an internship in the public diplomacy department of the Embassy of the United States of America in Paris, which gave me the chance to work on some very interesting projects, in particular broadening the Embassy’s target audience and promoting diversity.

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE

Apart from the media and academic articles, there are other ways to learn about human rights. This department offers us all the cultural recommendations that can educate and inform us from various perspectives. It links culture to human rights by providing related articles, podcasts, interviews and conferences of committed artists.

Minhhang Barouk

In charge of culture

Presentation

I am a third-year International Relations student at ESPOL (Lille). In 2022, I had the opportunity to help organise the Benvivo Francophone Summit dedicated to benevolence, which gave me food for thought about the problems and uncertainties linked to the future, whether in environmental, social or political terms. This realisation motivated me to take action at my own level and I decided to join GROW as a cultural and translation officer.

Kelly Owona Doun

In charge of culture

Presentation

I’m currently in the second year of a degree in French law and a D.U. in Anglo-American law at the University of Cergy in the Paris region. Formerly a volunteer with the Red Cross, I am now working for GROW as a cultural officer. I’m particularly interested in anti-racism, feminism and international justice.

EDITORIAL SECRETARIAT

The editors compose the content of the articles and the editorial secretariat proofreads them in order to refine, verify, and correct its content. They put themselves in the reader’s shoes to ensure accurate and qualitative work. The editorial secretariat also provides editorial methods.

Jeanne Delhay

Head of the editorial secretariat

Presentation

I have a degree in Political Science from ESPOL and am doing a Masters in International Security Studies at Charles University in Prague. I had the great good fortune to spend my erasmus at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. My undergraduate dissertation focuses on the conceptualisation of rape as a weapon of war in international relations and the impact this has on its treatment by the International Criminal Court. I have a particular interest in international justice and feminism.

Vannina BOZZI-ROBADEY

Editorial secretary

Presentation

As a student of Political Science and International Relations at ESPOL, I am very interested in geopolitics and global governance. Motivated by the fact that I am acquiring interesting and enriching experiences, both personally and professionally, I am a member, within the school, of the UNICEF branch and the ESPOMUN association, which represents ESPOL’s Model United Nations delegation. The GROW think tank, which is sensitive to socio-environmental justice, seemed to me to be the ideal organisation to reconcile my interest in writing and communication with my interest in human and environmental rights.

Camille COTTAIS

Editorial secretary

Presentation

Originally from Nantes (France), I am living and studying in Canada, where I completed my BA in Feminist and Gender Studies and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. I am currently doing a master’s degree with a thesis in feminist and gender studies at the same university. My thesis focuses on feminist perspectives on anorexia nervosa. I would then like to pursue a PhD in political science in order to teach and do research in Canada in these two fields. My research interests include women and sexual minorities in politics, queer theories, disability studies, fat studies and, more generally, issues of corporeality.

Clémence HOËT

editorial secretary

Presentation

After graduating from ESPOL with a BA in International Relations, I decided to continue my studies in Dublin on a Masters in International Politics at Trinity College. I was incredibly lucky to spend a semester in Lebanon, at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, studying Middle Eastern politics. That semester changed me forever. Lebanon is an incredible country, with an equally incredible population, generous and unfortunately living through multiple crises (electricity, economic, political, petrol). I decided to write my undergraduate dissertation on Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war and the delegitimisation of a national resistance force.

Marine Lambotte

editorial secretary

Presentation

I have a degree in International Relations from Espol and will be starting my first year on the Politics and Society of the Contemporary Middle East Masters programme in Lund, Sweden in August. After an exchange to Lebanon, I want to learn more about this region. That’s why I’m aiming for a career as a journalist specialising in the Middle East and its societal constructs, particularly protest movements. Combining my two main interests, I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on Orientalism in French newspaper coverage of the war in Yemen. Today, I work for GROW as an editorial secretary, combining my interest in writing with my desire to be active in the defence of human rights.

Cassandra mazzolini

editorial secretary

Presentation

I began my university career with a degree in International Relations at ESPOL (Lille, France), which took me to the United States in my third year. This first university experience culminated in the writing of a research paper entitled The Prevention of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence through education. The French case: between promises and actions. I am currently studying for a master’s degree in International Relations at Luiss (Rome, Italy). My various experiences over the last 4 years have enabled me to develop specific research interests, including the protection of women’s and minorities’ rights, particularly in times of conflict.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSLATION

GROW aims to be active and visible beyond the Francophone population. The role of the department of translation is therefore to translate the work of the editors so that the content of the think tank is accessible at an international level. Thanks to the translators, all our content, on our website as well as on all our other media, is available in English and French.

Gabriel Capitolo

Head of translation

Presentation

I graduated from ESPOL in 2022 with a degree in European Political Science and am currently a student on the Erasmus Mundus European Politics and Society, Vaclav Havel Joint Masters Programme. My final dissertation was on political corruption and financial crime in the French state. Currently, my MA takes me to study at Charles University (CZ), Jagiellonian University (PL), Leiden University (NL), and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (ES). Having grown up in North and Latin America, I have a particular interest in the EU’s international relations.

Minhhang Barouk

In charge of French-English translation

Presentation

I am a third-year International Relations student at ESPOL (Lille). In 2022, I had the opportunity to help organise the Benvivo Francophone Summit dedicated to benevolence, which gave me food for thought about the problems and uncertainties linked to the future, whether in environmental, social or political terms. This realisation motivated me to take action at my own level and I decided to join GROW as a cultural and translation officer.

Camille Cottais

In charge of French-English translation

Presentation

Originally from Nantes (France), I am living and studying in Canada, where I completed my BA in Feminist and Gender Studies and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. I am currently doing a master’s degree with a thesis in feminist and gender studies at the same university. My thesis focuses on feminist perspectives on anorexia nervosa. I would then like to pursue a PhD in political science in order to teach and do research in Canada in these two fields. My research interests include women and sexual minorities in politics, queer theories, disability studies, fat studies and, more generally, issues of corporeality.

Samantha Frary--Aubert

In charge of French-English translation

Presentation

After completing my degree in International Relations (ESPOL), I graduated from a Master’s degree (LLM) in International Human Rights Law with International Migration. Passionate about international law and human rights, I decided to specialise in the field of migration after my undergraduate research paper on The Protection of IDPs under International Law – the case of Nagorno-Karabakh. Today, my research focuses mainly on refugee law and international criminal law. My master’s thesis focuses on The Place of Victims under International Criminal Law – A study of the application of victim participation in the ICC and its inherent hierarchy of victims. The common goal of all my research is to defend the rights of the most vulnerable. I would like to go on to work for international tribunals, in particular the ICC, or NGOs defending human rights and refugees.

Léa Grandemange

In charge of French-English translation

Presentation

Having fallen in love with interdisciplinary teaching, I first took a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Maastricht University (UM). My dissertation focused on the justifications for the French government’s use of the forces of law and order against movements defending the rights of racialised and/or Muslim people on French soil. Now doing a Masters in Governance of Sustainability at the University of Leiden (UL), I am continuing a mixture of disciplines, from biology to public administration and economics, all with a focus on ecology and sustainable development.

Solange Meurier

In charge of French-English translation

Presentation

I have a degree in International Relations (ESPOL, Lille) and a Masters in Contemporary Latin American Studies from the Complutense University in Madrid. Thanks to my Masters, I was able to spend a semester in Mexico at Anahuac University. I wrote a dissertation on the Venezuelan migration crisis in Colombia. I’m very interested in migration issues, both within Latin America and from Latin America to Europe. Another theme that appeals to me is international cooperation (again, within Latin America or between Latin America and Europe).

Iman Seepersad

In charge of French-English translation

Presentation

Originally from Mauritius, I have a degree in International Relations from ESPOL (European School of Political and Social Sciences). During this degree, I also had the opportunity to study at HGU in South Korea. I’m currently doing a Masters in Peace, Conflict and Security, delivered by UNITAR and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, before going on to do a second MSc in Human Rights and Politics at the London School of Economics next year. My background has shaped my interest in human rights, and more specifically in the intersection between the defence of children’s rights in war-torn countries and international conflict resolution. For example, my bachelor’s thesis focused on the strategic use of child soldiers in the MENA region, a subject that I intend to explore further in my current master’s degree. I am also very interested in the rights of refugees, women’s rights, access to education for children in precarious situations and in conflict zones, the ecological transition in developing countries such as Mauritius, and the treatment of minority communities and intercultural conflicts.

Greta Aurora Zottoli

In charge of French-English translation

Presentation

My educational background includes a Master’s degree in International Relations with a specialisation in Diplomacy from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. Prior to that, I obtained a degree in Languages, Cultures, Literatures and Translation from La Sapienza University in Rome. I have a particular interest in human rights, with a specific commitment to women’s rights. Indeed, my academic and professional career has been guided by a deep commitment to equality and empowerment. This passion was awakened during my in-depth research for my Master’s thesis, A Female Commitment to Europe: Fabrizia Baduel Glorioso – First Lady of Europe. Exploring the history of Italian foreign policy, I explored the role of Fabrizia Baduel Glorioso, an Italian trade unionist, and her contributions to European integration in the 1980s. Witnessing her historic achievements as the first Italian woman to chair the Economic and Social Committee, and later to sit in the European Parliament, resonated deeply with my commitment to women’s rights.

EDITORS

Within GROW, anyone can write articles. Members of the think tank, regardless of their role in the association, can submit ideas and write, either alone or with others. People outside the think tank can also write articles that we may publish.