Melanie is the Physical Security Director for HRW. She provides strategic and operational oversight for managing security risks that HRW staff face in their work. She comes to HRW from the humanitarian and development sector where she held similar senior security roles with CARE Canada and Cuso International. Prior to developing her expertise in security management, she lived and worked in Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Malawi, India, and Mexico, where she gained expertise in camp management, program management, program support, grant writing, and country office leadership.
She holds an undergraduate degree in International Development Studies from Queen’s University and an MA in Conflict Studies from the University of Ottawa.