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Diya Nijhowne oversees management of all the Coalition’s operations, including program implementation, human resources, fundraising, and the budget. She has over a decade of experience working on children’s rights and protection issues, including in emergency contexts. Diya served as a Child Protection Worker in Canada investigating child abuse allegations. As a Program Officer with Global Rights, an international non-governmental organization, she built the capacity of local organizations to protect human rights, designing and implementing programming for women and minorities in Afghanistan and Nepal. In 2008, following the post-election violence in Kenya, she served as a Child Protection Officer with UNICEF, developing protection strategies for internally displaced children. In 2011, she held a similar position with UNHCR in Ethiopia, managing a camp for Somali refugees and developing registration and tracing procedures for unaccompanied children. Diya also worked at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as a Children’s Rights Consultant, and developed advocacy strategies to promote the women, peace, and security agenda within the UN. Diya has a Master of Social Work degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toronto.
Charles von Rosenberg provides administrative and logistical assistance to GCPEA, managing day to day coalition activities. He is a graduate of the Masters program at Teachers College, Columbia University in International Education Development. His focus at Columbia was on bilingual education but his studies also included an emphasis on policy and research. He has been a teacher and learner in different contexts and environments across three continents in Colorado, New York, Paris, France, and Busan, South Korea.