Team

Marijn van de Geer; Director; Resolution:PossibleMike Perrett - IT Holly Porteous; researcher Mirja Brand; researcherThierry Maout; Marketing and BrandingNatasha Pearce; ResearcherAnubhav Tiwari; ResearcherJoin our team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijn van de Geer; Director; Resolution:Possible

Marijn van de Geer

marijn@resolutionpossible.org
Marijn’s belief that understanding the connections between ‘us’ and global conditions came from her work in the international development sector. Her first field trip to Uganda and her interest in the small armed group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) showed her that sustainable peace and economic justice cannot come about without addressing the root causes of a problem. Rather than looking at short-term fixes, Marijn became concerned with the connections between the conflict and Uganda’s neighbouring countries, the role of economic and political interests, the historical build up to the conflict, and the part international governments and businesses play in the perpetuation of political and economic instability in the region.

By joining Resolution:Possible in 2010, Marijn had the opportunity to explore these connections further. Her research focusses on understanding global issues starting with the individual, their local community, and so on, until we find the links between our own everyday lives and the global issue in question.

Originally from The Netherlands, Marijn lived in southern Africa as a child and later moved to the UK for her studies. She holds a Masters degree in Cultural and Media Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), which strongly influenced her career path and the course she has set for Resolution:Possible.

 

Mike Perrett - Website design and maintenance

Mike Perrett

Mike, founder of London web agency W3 Digital, offers his insight and team’s web development services to Resolution:Possible. Mike is keen for his company to make a contribution to society beyond just creating websites for clients and is actively involved in several innovative socially responsible corporations in the US as well as providing consultancy services and hosting services to Resolution:Possible here in the UK.

Mike is currently the Head of IT at Arrows Group Global but continues to support Resolution:Possible.

 

 
Holly Porteous; researcher

Holly Porteous

Holly recently graduated from University College London with a BA in History, and a year abroad at the University of Texas, Austin, where her dissertation focused on the role and origins of communist and anti-communist thought in influencing the outcome of the 1948 US Presidential election and subsequent Cold War.

She has a long-standing interest in public advocacy and the impact individuals can make on society. She has spent time within the non-profit sector in a variety of capacities; from working on the prosecution of a large oil company in East Texas, to case management for refugees and recent migrants in London. She participated in the Active Citizen strand of UCL’s Global Citizenship Programme where she joined Resolution:Possible to promote tolerance and open-mindedness.

Having worked at Women’s Centre for victims of homelessness and domestic abuse in San Francisco, Holly now lives in Melbourne. She is particularly interested in issues of criminal justice, sustainability and effective government.

 

 

Mirja Brand; ResolutionPossibe

Mirja Brand

Mirja recently graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Social Anthropology. Her thesis examined the social implications of spatial segregation in urban public space. Before that, she studied Cultural Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany. She has spent some months in India during her internships at different NGOs for which she also conducted fieldwork. Mirja’s research interests include urban space, social movements, the notion of debt, economic anthropology and South Asia as a region.

She is further interested in documentary photography and ethnographic documentary filmmaking and has participated in a summer school in Athens for which she produced a short film about migrant perspectives in Greece. She is interested in linguistics and has studied five languages. Mirja is currently also volunteering for a German humanitarian organisation for which she works with refugees. She hopes to contribute to Resolution:Possible by writing about current issues from an anthropological perspective.

 

 

Thierry Maout

Thierry Maout

Currently living in Galway, Ireland, Thierry has studied and worked in Marketing, Sales and Customer Service in France, Ireland and the US.

A graduate from the University of Le Havre, France in International Marketing, he has greatly benefited from his various experiences in customer-related fields which allowed him to develop an eclectic, consumer-oriented profile with a knack for user-friendly experiences. His 2012 internship at the Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness (CASALA) in Dundalk, Ireland introduced him to branding and marketing for non-profit and inspired him to pursue the application of his marketing and consumer-focused background to causes that matter.

Having recently undertaken a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Thierry is now interested in embarking on new ventures and is excited to be a part of Resolution:Possible as an intern to work on the marketing and branding of the platform.

 

Natasha Pearce

Natasha Pearce

Natasha has recently completed her MA in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity at the University of Essex, where she focused her studies primarily on issues in Africa, writing her dissertation on the Kenyan post-election violence of 2007. Prior to this, Natasha studied History and Film  Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, where she focused largely on the relationship between Africa and Europe, looking at slavery, colonialism and independence.  Natasha has long had an interest in sub-Saharan Africa and has volunteered in children’s homes in both Ghana and Tanzania, as well as visiting a number of other sub-Saharan African countries. As part of her MA she undertook a month’s research trip to Kenya’s Rift Valley to conduct interviews in an internally displaced person’s settlement. Natasha joined Resolution:Possible in June 2014 and continues to be part of the research team. She hopes to be able to develop her research skills, as well as continue to contribute to the work ResPoss does through blogs and participation with Simple Things. She hopes to be able to relate her interests in colonialism and its long term effects to the work of ResPoss surrounding present day conflicts.

 

Anubhav Tiwari

Anubhav Tiwari

Anubhav is presently pursuing LL.M. International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex. His areas of interest are protection of civilians during armed conflicts with a focus on forced displacement. Besides, he is also interested in minority and indigenous peoples’ rights having presented on these subjects at various conferences. Anubhav studied law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India and had a short stint as an associate at a corporate law firm in New Delhi, India. His interest in human rights was motivated by experiences during an internship with a legal advocacy NGO in New Delhi where he worked closely with the caste-based minority group in India, Dalits. Anubhav hopes to contribute to the Resolution:Possible team through his research skills and knowledge of humanitarian law while exploring the issues surrounding forced displacement during armed conflicts.