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Paul R Beckett Paul Beckett M.A., M.St. (Oxon.), FRSA, MCIArb., TEPDirector & Business & Human Rights Consultant
Isle of Man
Paul Beckett is a lawyer with over thirty years' professional experience, qualified in England, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and skilled in the process of dispute resolution.
A human rights practitioner for the past twenty years, in 2015 he was awarded a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, where he originally studied law and was awarded his first Masters in 1982.
He has been widely published. He lives in the Isle of Man, where he holds a number of public, quasi-judicial appointments.
Known professionally for his commercial legal expertise and to friend and foe alike as "a steel fist in a velvet glove" he is regarded as a powerful opponent who gives unwavering support to his clients.
Colin Tansley Colin Tansley MSc, M.A.B.I, ABILD-TAP cert.Director & Cyber Intelligence Specialist
Isle of Man
Colin is an accomplished intelligence specialist, investigator and trainer. He has operated and managed areas of high risk including sensitive investigations, undercover work and witness protection. Retiring as a senior police officer in 2008 he possesses over 35 years of operational experience. Now working in the private sector for over 7 years he has turned his investigative flair to cyber investigations and intelligence.
He is a member of EPIC (Ex Police in Commerce) and the Associaton of British Investigators (ABI). Not only an investigator but a trainer of experience and standing he is a member of the British Institute of Learning and Development (BILD) and is certified by TAP (Training Accreditation Programme).
Known for his professionalism, integrity and tenacity he has an extensive network of clients across various industries and sectors who regularly turn to him to seek out Internet Intelligence.
Colin helps Synceritas better understand the business DNA of the organisations, entities and people we are asked to research.
David Annets BSc (Hons) TAP.dip MBILDStrategic Leadership Consultant
Leadership Consultant David Annets is a retired senior police officer with extensive experience in leadership training, risk management, crime, counter-terrorism and public protection, and holds a First Class Honours degree in Policing from Christ Church Canterbury University.
David has designed and delivered Senior Leadership training at the College of Policing (formerly the National Policing Improvement Agency, NPIA), including Professional Policing Skills for the College of Policing Foundation for Senior Leadership Programme in the UK, and Senior Leadership training in the Caribbean (on behalf of the Department for International Development(DfID)); in Qatar at the Police Training Institute; in USA (on behalf of the New Jersey States Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP)) and New Zealand (on behalf of the New Zealand, Australia and UK governments for Chiefs of Police from the Pacific Island
David retired in the rank of Detective Chief Inspector within the College of Policing where his extensive International Relations experience was put to good use within the context of European Police co-operation and training, as the UK's National Co-ordinator for the European Police College (CEPOL). As the UK's National Contact Point, David led the delivery of Strategic and Tactical Counter-Terrorism training for chief officers from 28 European Member States, and also taught Instruments and Systems of European Police Co-operation.
David is also proud to have been awarded with Honorary Membership of New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), having been elected to the body by its then President Paul Cell, and the Executive Director Mitchell Sklar Esq.
As an accredited Training Accreditation Programme (TAP) learning and development professional, David is a member of the British Institute for Learning and Development.
David is also an accredited Myers Briggs Type Indicator (Step 1) practitioner, and a current Associate of the International Academy of the College of Policing, engaged in delivering Leadership skills overseas to Chiefs of Police.
Since leaving the police, David became the Director for the Policing Sector, and the International Director, for the two-times Queen's Award winning Training Accreditation Programme (TAP) for Learning and Development professionals, helping to professionalise the L&D sector through world-class training which has uniquely received the most prestigious business award twice!:- namely the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation in Quality Assurance of L&D. He is now Director of Leadership Lessons Limited http://www.leadershiplessons.co.uk
Derek CannonInternational Gambling Consultant
Isle of Man
Derek has over 25 years knowledge and experience in the Gaming industry. He was instrumental in the introduction of Online Gambling legislation in the Isle of Man and has since assisted in the introduction of new Casino legislation.
Derek was employed as a Gaming Inspector for 18 years (1989-2007) with the Isle of Man Gaming/Gambling Commission and travelled extensively to regulatory and trade conferences throughout the world as an active Committee and Sub Committee member of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) and International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) before he moved into the private sector.
Derek's encyclopaedic knowledge of International gaming legislation and regulation is invaluable to Synceritas.
Bellinda R. Chinowawa LL.B (UZ), LL.M (Columbia)Human Rights Lawyer
A career human rights lawyer, Bellinda works for the Access to Justice Project of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. She has a wealth of experience in human rights litigation and has engaged in strategic impact litigation through the filing of test cases in the superior courts of Zimbabwe, and before the African Commission on Human and People's Rights. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) was established in 1996 by human rights lawyers who identified a need to create an association of lawyers with interest and expertise in the promotion and protection of human rights. The organisation was set up as a membership organisation with the legal status of a universitas, open to lawyers and law students and was subsequently registered as a legal aid clinic with the Law Society of Zimbabwe.
The organisation also registered as a charitable Trust in 2004. Its objective is to foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe as well as encourage the growth and strengthening of human rights at all levels of society through observance of the Rule of Just Law. ZLHR is committed to upholding respect for the Rule of Just Law and the unimpeded administration of justice, free and fair elections, the free flow of information and the protection of constitutional rights and freedoms in Zimbabwe and the surrounding region.
She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Columbia University in the City of New York, and is studying towards a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.
Benedict Coyne MSt IHRL (Dist.)(Oxon), LLB (Hons I)(SCU), GDLP (ANU), BA (Hist.)(Murdoch), Dip. Counselling (Sophia College)Human Rights Lawyer
Benedict is the current national President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and a human rights lawyer and advocate based at a boutique firm in Brisbane. He runs a human rights advocacy and litigation practice with a wide array of public interest cases. Benedict has been an ALHR member since 2008 and actively involved since 2012 and he absolutely loves it!
In 2016, Benedict graduated with Distinction (highest award) from a Master of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights Law (IHRL) at the University of Oxford. Benedict graduated from Southern Cross University in 2010 with first class honours, a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement and various other awards. In 2014, Benedict was awarded the national Emerging Lawyer of the Year Award by the Australian Lawyer's Alliance and Amnesty International. In the same year, he was awarded two 2014 Southern Cross University Young Alumnus of the Year Awards. In 2013, Benedict initiated and was part of the Baby Ferouz legal team and was awarded the 2015 Australian Lawyers Alliance (Qld) Civil Justice Award.
Benedict is frequently published on and invited to speak at various Universities and public events on topical issues in human rights law. In December 2014, Benedict initiated national ALHR Human Rights Act subcommittee and over the past 24 months he has been a central part of spearheading the exciting successful campaign for a Queensland Human Rights Act.
Benedict also holds the following extracurricular appointments:
· Member of the Policy Advisory Council of the Grata Fund for Public Interest Litigation;
· Member of the Digital Rights Watch Advisory Council;
· Board Member of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA);
· Regional Correspondent (Asia-Pacific) of the Oxford University Human Rights Hub blog.
· Judge of the 2017 Lawyers Weekly National Law Partner of the Year Awards;
Benedict is also an award-winning slam poet and passionate historian.
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh LL.B (Hons), MSt., (Oxon), B.L (Hons)Assistant Director and Fellow at Council on African Security and Development
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh is a Research Fellow with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies [NIALS]. He is also a Visiting Researcher (Nathanson) at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Canada. He is actively involved in human rights research and development and has also been a freelance journalist for the BBC Media Action in Nigeria since 2006.
Jake has worked with several organizations in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He has consulted at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and engaged at the UN Human Rights Council. He has published several academic papers and has co-edited two books: Handbook on the Rules of engagement for the Nigerian Military and Corporate Governance and Responsibility. He is currently an Assistant Director in the Nigerian office of the Council on African Security and Development
Penny Ehrhardt MSt (Oxon), LLB, BA(Hons)Human Rights and Social Policy Consultant
With over 20 years consulting experience, Penny Ehrhardt is passionate about working with governments, tribunals, private enterprise, NGOs and the media to achieve robust human rights outcomes. A highly regarded research, policy and evaluation specialist, Penny has published widely on gender, minorities, and indigenous issues including land rights, gender-based violence, health rights, and emergency preparedness.
Penny completed the Masters of Studies in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University in 2014, where she coordinated the Oxford University Business and Human Rights Law response to the proposed International Arbitration Tribunal on Business and Human Rights. She is a member of the bar of the High Court of New Zealand, and contributed to the World Bank’s review of Women, Business and Law (2016).
Previously, Penny served as policy advisor to New Zealand’s Chief Human Right Commissioner addressing regional Asia-Pacific human rights issues. She has been an accredited Mediator and is a recipient of the LEADR Prize for Dispute Resolution. Her background also includes accreditation in health auditing and ethics committee experience.
Penny is known for her persuasive advocacy, analytical integrity, and ability to wrestle ‘wicked problems’ into workable solutions.
Simon GoddardFinancial Crime Consultant
Simon Goddard has over 15 years experience in the management and delivery of international training and technical assistance, including on behalf of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Savings & Retail Banking Institute. His main role is to assist in the development of the human capacities of the private and public sector institutions to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and corruption and he has spent many years working in the Russian Federation, Central Asia, Caucasus, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, and Africa.
Formerly a senior police manager involved in national and international strategic and policy issues relating to criminal intelligence and organised economic crime, he is also an experienced financial investigator and has investigated a number of high profile money laundering and corruption cases.
In 2014 he was engaged by the United Nations Security Council as the Financial Expert to the Group of Experts on Yemen established pursuant to resolution 2140 (2014) to trace and seize the assets of designated persons, and to provide expert technical assistance to the relevant Security Coucil Sanction’s Committee.
Tatiana Gos LL.B (Hons) (Buenos Aires), M.St. (Oxon.)International Law and Human Rights Consultant
Tatiana has 8 years of substantial experience as an attorney and international law and human rights practitioner, with responsibilities involving strategic project implementation, national and international litigation, and report elaboration. She has worked in multi-cultural settings and different sectors including the private sector, government, non-governmental organizations and the Organization of American States. She is a native Spanish speaker, completely fluent in English and proficient in French.
Since 2013, Tatiana works as a consultant based in Panama City, Panama. As a consultant, she interacts with multiple stakeholders in the framework of regional projects on human rights, individual cases of human rights violations, and projects regarding business, due diligence and human rights and the international legal framework to prevent money laundering, financing of terrorism, bribery and tax avoidance. In the past, she has worked as Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and as a lawyer at the General Public Defender's Office in Argentina.
She holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.
Kathleen Maloney B.A, M.A (Stanford University) , J.D., M.St. (Oxon.)Professor of International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law
Kathleen Maloney teaches International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in the United States. Six years ago, as a professor at Willamette University Law School's International Human Rights Clinic, she directed an in-depth human rights report on Modern Day Slavery in Oregon, published in 2010. She currently serves on Portland's Human Trafficking Task Force, organizing free legal clinics for immigrants and migrant workers in the region.
After practicing both civil and criminal law in the United States, Kathleen was selected to serve as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. As a legal advisor to Judge Navi Pillay, and other Appeals Chamber Judges once Judge Pillay became the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kathleen worked on appeals involving war crimes and of crimes against humanity, particularly focusing on victims' rights to participate in investigation, pretrial, and trial stages of cases from Uganda, the Sudan (Darfur), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.
During the past three decades, Kathleen has worked with many non-governmental organizations, advocating for gender justice, human rights, international development, and children's rights, among other causes. After working in a small village on rural health care in Sierra Leone, she spent almost two years as a Fulbright Scholar conducting field studies on marginalized and poor women in India through the Institute for Social Studies Trust. Fluent in French, Kathleen worked in Geneva on disarmament, peace, and human rights issues through the United Nations and the International Women's League for Peace and Freedom.
As co-founder and board member of Just Planet, an international human rights NGO, Kathleen is working on emerging human rights projects and reports. She is the author of academic, feature, and op-ed articles published in different journals at home and abroad. Currently, Kathleen is completing a legal article on forced marriage and prosecuting atrocities against girls in armed conflict. Kathleen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University, a J.D. summa cum laude from University of Arizona's College of Law, and a Master of Studies (awarded with distinction) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.
José Parra MA and MAS, M.St. (Oxon.)Human Rights and Development Consultant
With over 15 years of professional experience, José Parra worked for human rights non-governmental organizations, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
José Parra provides advisory services for integrating human rights into development, with a focus on applied research and human rights impact assessment. He is a recognized specialist on the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
He holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Advanced Studies in Political Science of the University of Geneva and a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law of the University of Oxford.
Fluent in English, Spanish and French, he is known to be perseverant and able to work in different institutional and cultural contexts.
Reza has many years of experience in Immigration, asylum and human rights. He regularly attends Tribunals and Courts as an Advocate. He is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and a Practising Solicitor of England and Wales. He has also been called as a Barrister from Lincoln’s Inn. He is an accredited Senior Caseworker and Supervisor under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme and was previously registered as a Level 3 Adviser with the OISC. Reza obtained a First Class Honours in his LL.B Honours examination at the Dhaka University, and followed that with a First Class LL.M (Master of Laws) from the same University.
He obtained the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship to Study at the LSE. At the same time he was also awarded a Cambridge ODA Scholarship to Study at Darwin College, Cambridge. However, he preferred the Commonwealth Scholarship. At LSE, Reza studied for a Master in Law in Criminology and Criminal Justice and obtained overall merit and a distinction in Sentencing. He then obtained the CPE (Common Professional Examinations) from the Nottingham Trent University and studied for his Bar Finals at the Westminster University. He completed his Masters in Research in Public Law from the London Metropolitan University, and an LL.M in Advanced Legal Practice with Commendation from the Northumbria University. He further obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Criminology and a Master of Studies in Applied Criminology and Penology at the Cambridge University and obtained a ˜High Pass”. At Durham University, Reza studied for his Master of Jurisprudence. He then obtained a Master in International Human Rights Law at the Oxford University.
Reza regularly attends TV programmes and answers questions from viewers on Immigration, asylum, human rights and other branches of law.
Andrew Webb STEP ITM (Dip)Compliance and Trust analyst
Jersey - Channel Islands
Andrew is a Trust and Compliance practitioner with 25 years experience in the offshore financial sector (working in Jersey and Switzerland) Considerable in depth knowledge of the legitimate uses and abuse of complex arrangements and offshore structures.
Providing consultancy services to regulated financial and supervised businesses; including licencing guidance, business and client risk assessments, investigative research, compliance monitoring, reporting and assistance with policies and training.
A qualified trainer and lecturer teaching a wide range of financial industry subjects which include AML, governance regulation and compliance. Professional business qualifications taught include ICSA, Certificate in Offshore Administration and IAB. In 2015 ICSA students gained best papers in investments together with trust & company administration.
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Annabel Webb B.A., M.A. (University BC) M.St. (Oxon)Human Rights Consultant
Annabel Webb has worked for over two decades in human rights NGOs, promoting the rights of women and girls across a broad range of social and environmental justice issues. Annabel has extensive, on the ground experience in human rights investigations and advocacy, as well as credentials in international human rights law. Her areas of expertise include women’s and girls’ rights, children’s rights, human rights and the environment, rights of indigenous peoples, and human rights in relation to extractive industries. Annabel was the 2009 Social Justice visiting scholar at Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia and holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology (First Class) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Studies (with Distinction) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.