Board of Directors

The ILF’s board consists of men and women from varied backgrounds and nationalities. They come from seven countries in Asia, Europe and North and Central America and work around the globe. Collectively, the ILF board members have extensive practical and academic expertise in criminal defense and considerable field experience in post-conflict countries. Their diverse perspectives provide invaluable insight and guidance to the ILF programs worldwide.
Hon. Aileen Donnelly

Aileen Donnelly was recently appointed a Judge of the High Court of Ireland. For over 25 years she was a practicing barrister ultimately becoming a Senior Counsel. Barristers (Junior and Senior Counsel) in Ireland are independent specialist legal advisors and courtroom advocates. Ms. Justice Donnelly specialised in criminal law and related constitutional matters. As independent counsel, she acted for either the defence or the prosecution on a case by case basis. For five years, she co-chaired the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and more recently was co-chair of an advisory committee for ICCL research on the Irish judiciary. A native of Ireland, she graduated from University College Dublin with a primary degree in law. She obtained the degree of Barrister-at-Law from King’s Inns, Dublin and subsequently attained a Master’s Degree in Equality Studies from the School of Social Justice, University College Dublin. She was an ILF International Fellow in Nepal in 2009 and 2010.

Ernest Duncan

Duncan is the chief financial officer for The Doe Fund. He has over 15 years of experience in advising nonprofit organizations on governance, fiscal infrastructure and human resources. He has worked with the Vera Institute of Justice, the Wildcat Service Corporation, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Museum of African American History, and the Smithsonian Institution, helping them to streamline their operating procedures and function more effectively as nonprofits. Mr. Duncan is also a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and its Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee. He is a life member of the National Black MBA Association, and was previously the president of its Nashville chapter. He holds a BS in accounting from the Culverhouse of Accountancy at the University of Alabama, an MBA in strategic management and public policy from George Washington University, and a DBA in management and leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Rick Jones

Rick Jones is the executive director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS). He is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and currently serves as President-Elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers He was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the United States Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices.

Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt

Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt serves as the Finance expert on the United Nations Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009). Previously, she served as Director of the Asia-Pacific Program at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt served as China Adviser and North East Asia Project Director for the International Crisis Group, where she established ICG’s Beijing office and undertook research, analysis and reporting, promoting policy prescriptions for international security issues. She was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that she worked for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for a decade, where she engaged in technical cooperation and reporting on numerous countries in Africa and Asia, started a technical cooperation program with the People’s Republic of China and served as Officer-in-Charge of the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt was seconded by the U.S. Department of State to the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina; investigated genocide and other human rights violations for the United Nations in Rwanda (1994-1995); and worked with the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Council of Europe. Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt is the author of a book on post-genocide Rwanda and has contributed analysis to dozens of national and international publications including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hon. Dunstan Mlambo

Judge Dunstan Mlambo was recently appointed Judge President of South Africa’s busiest court, the North and South Gauteng Divisions of the High Court. He was previously a judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal and Judge President of the Labour Courts of South Africa. Judge Mlambo brings three decades of experience as a lawyer and judge in South Africa, and, as the chairperson of Legal Aid South Africa, extensive experience in establishing and managing a legal aid system. After completing a law degree at the University of the North in 1984, he spent nine years in public and private practice. He then served three years as a Labour Court judge and five years in both the South Gauteng High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Sibylle Osten-Vaa

Sibylle Osten-Vaa is a German lawyer and has since 2008 served as a career diplomat at the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She currently leads the communications and culture department of the German Embassy in Denmark. From 2010 to 2014 she served at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN in New York as peacebuilding and human rights expert during Germany`s membership on the UN Security Council. In this capacity she also chaired the UN Security Council`s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. In addition, she represented Germany in the Human Rights Committee of the UN General Assembly and later worked as sanctions and counter-terrorism expert. Previously, Ms. Osten-Vaa served as the head of the legal department of the German Embassy to Afghanistan in Kabul from 2009 to 2010, particularly focusing on national police and justice reform projects in Afghanistan. Before becoming a career diplomat, Ms. Osten-Vaa worked as litigation lawyer for the German Government on immigration law cases. Ms. Osten-Vaa has also worked for DCTP, a content development platform for television programs, and helped establish a new TV channel on science, history on culture in Berlin.”

Rob Quaintance

Rob Quaintance is a retired lawyer. He spent most of his career as a partner at the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Before joining Debevoise, Mr. Quaintance taught at New York University School of Law and served as a law clerk to the Vermont Supreme Court. Mr. Quaintance is a past chairman of the board of Union Settlement Association, one of the oldest social services agencies in the United States and the largest provider of social services in the East Harlem section of New York City. Mr. Quaintance received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his law degree from New York University. Mr. Quaintance’s former firm provides legal services to the ILF.

Baroness Vivien Stern CBE

Vivien Stern has spent most of her life working in all regions of the world on criminal justice reform, rule of law, and human rights, and has advised inter-governmental organisations and governments. Since 1999 she has been an independent member of the House of Lords (the Upper House of the UK Parliament), and she was a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights from 2004 to 2008. She chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups on the Abolition of the Death Penalty and on Tajikistan. Since 2011, Baroness Stern has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex. From 1997 to 2010 she was Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Prison Studies at Kings College, London. She is Honorary President of Penal Reform International (PRI), a non-governmental organization promoting penal reform throughout the world which she founded with others in 1989. She has Honorary degrees from Bristol, Oxford Brookes, Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics.

Natalie Rea

Natalie Rea founded Legal Aid Rwanda in 1996 and its successor the International Legal Foundation in 2001, serving as its executive director until October 2012. A criminal defense lawyer at the Legal Aid Society in New York since 1991, Ms. Rea identified the need for an organization focusing solely on ensuring quality criminal defense services for the poor in post-conflict rule of law reconstruction. Relying on volunteer practicing criminal defense lawyers from common law countries to mentor local lawyers staffing ILF offices, she set up the ILF programs in Afghanistan, Nepal, and the West Bank. While building the ILF, Ms. Rea remained a staff attorney in the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society where she has argued landmark cases including People v. Goldstein, 6 N.Y. 3d 843 (2005), expanding the right to confrontation, People v. Watson, 20 N.Y. 3d 182 (2012), defining the limits of the agency defense in drug cases, and People v. Jennings, 22 N.Y. 3d 1001 (2013), challenging the illegality of possessing burnt crack residue. Born in New York and raised in France, Rea graduated from the Université d’Aix-Marseille and Fordham University School of Law. Before joining The Legal Aid Society, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas C. Platt in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and worked at the law firm of Sherman & Sterling in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. Since 2011, she has served on the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Rule of Law.

Former Board Members

Tigran Eldred is currently an associate professor of law at New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches classes on criminal law and law and the ethics of lawyering.

Konrad Huber is currently the senior director at International Sustainable Systems, a global provider of cutting edge assessment, planning and evaluation services to the international development community.

Rebecca Symington is currently the executive director of the Mlinda Foundation, a nongovernmental organization headquartered in Paris, France that addresses global environmental challenges.

Henry Gonzalez is a vice president with Morgan Stanley where he focuses on emerging markets debt investing.

Nicola Reindorp is currently an adviser at an organization that empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change.

Polly Mallinson is a prominent documentary and feature film producer, who has been involved in human rights for the past 20 years.

Sebastian von Einsiedel is a German national, joined the United Nations in 2004 and currently serves in the Director of the Center for Policy Research at United Nations University.

Philipp Ackermann is a German national who joined the German Foreign Service after he received a Ph.D. in art history from Bonn University. He currently serves as the Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in Washington, DC.

James Cockayne is the Head of Office at the United Nations for United Nations University. Mr. Cockayne has worked in public service, academia and advocacy. 

facebook Back to Top