Who We Are

Who We Are

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The Institute for Justice Sector Development (IJSD) is an organization of skilled practitioners, who have extensive experience in building and managing rule of law projects in fragile states around the globe. We are a few among the many, who write the project plans, teach the courses, advise the leaders, draft the reports, manage the funding and programmatic implementation and struggle to explain the successes and the failures through monitoring and evaluation exercises.

IJSD is supported by a group of professionals with specific regional or subject matter expertise and augmented by networks of academics, researchers, investigators, journalists, civil society activists, and political and economic scientists engaged in countries all over the world.

IJSD is a non-profit tax-exempt organization registered as a 501(c)3 corporation in the United States and as a non-profit stichting in the Netherlands since 2006.

Board of Directors

IJSD is governed by a Board of Directors with specific subject matter portfolios. Click on each member to view their full bio and portfolio.




Michael Johnson

Chairman & Director of Professional Accountability

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Francis Davis

Executive Director

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The Honorable Sen. Hanneke Gelderblom-Lankhout

Vice Chairperson for Europe

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Peter Tinsley

Vice Chairperson for North America

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Linda Lorden

Director of Administration

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Leigh A. Cheney


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Joana Amora

Director of Financial Development

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Bunafsha Gulakova

Director of Monitoring and Evaluation Research and Development

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Jessica Hilburn-Holmes

Director of Access to Justice Research and Development

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Elizabeth Turchi

Director of Communications

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Associates of IJSD are career rule of law practitioners. They partner with the Board of Directors to help advance the goals of IJSD.

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Michael Kalisa



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Justine Ulanday


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Viacheslav Mysak




On an as needed basis IJSD has internship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate level students interested in International Development and the Rule of Law. To find out more, go to Contact Us.

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