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Ashley Kinseth
Program Officer for Inclusive Development (Asia-Pacific Region) , International non-profit
New York, United States
International human rights lawyer with considerable work, educational, and field (Southeast Asia/Melanesia; sub-Saharan Africa) experience. Currently Asia-Pacific Program Officer with NY-based NGO. Seeking challenging new opportunities in the form of long- or short-term assignments/employment. Based in New York but available for regular travel. Strong interest in conflict and post-conflict issues.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
International Senior Lawyers Project, New York, NY (Sept. 2014-present)
Program Officer, Asia-Pacific Region (formerly Legal Fellow, then Program Associate)
Developing, in collaboration with Program Director, a new programmatic focus area in Community-Inclusive Development (CID); strategically planning and implementing CID projects in over 20 countries designed to ensure that communities impacted by large-scale development projects have a voice in such projects, that their lands and livelihoods are protected, and that project proponents adhere to best practices in consultation, consent, and fair compensation; as Officer, overseeing the work of two legal fellows and one in-country consultant.

CARE International, Yangon, Myanmar (May - Jul. 2014)
Conflict Assessment Project Intern (Columbia Law School Human Rights Internship Program)
Designed and implemented field research in conflict-stricken Rakhine State assessing current legal/quasi-legal practices and their efficacy in dealing with conflict and conflict triggers between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims; independently conducted village-level focus group discussions and key informant interviews; prepared a 35-page final report detailing findings, analysis, and recommendations.

Norwegian Pension Fund ((Aug. 2012)
Consultant on Mining Investment in the DRC
Produced a detailed report assessing political and ethical risks of investing in select DRC mining companies; analyzed legal risks of investment under the UK Bribery Act.

The Carter Center, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (May - Jul. 2012)
Mining Governance Project Intern (Columbia Law School Human Rights Internship Program)
Contributed to a major report assessing impacts of the mining contract revisitation process and detailing human rights implications of individual mining agreements.

United Nations, New York, NY (Jan. - May 2010)
Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
Information Management and Global Monitoring Intern
Monitored security incidents and rights violations throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; drafted analytical reports on country situations for use in internal risk assessment and in reports to the Secretary-General.
Human Rights Law Review, Editor-in-Chief (2013-14)
Best in Class: Human Rights (Fall 2013)
Two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (2012-13; 2013-14)
Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Certificate of Achievement (2014)
Public Interest Law Foundation Honoree (2013)

Human Rights Law Review (2012-2014)
Human Rights Clinic (student 2012-13; pro bono volunteer 2014)
Human Rights Internship Program
CARE International – Myanmar (2013)
The Carter Center – Democratic Republic of Congo (2012)
Rightslink, Public Relations Chair (2012-13)
Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Membership Chair (2012-13)
Society of International Law, Public Interest Committee (2012-13)
African Services Committee, Pro Bono Project Co-Chair (2011-12)
Journal of Gender and Law (2011-2012)

Graduate School of Policy and Management
Focus: International Policy Studies in Development and Human Rights
Field research in Cambodia re post-conflict peacebuilding (Jan. 2009)
Field research in Mali re human rights impacts of artisanal gold mining (Jan. 2010)
Conflict Resolution Association Member (2008-10)
Certificate, Development Project Management Institute

Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Focus: International Affairs, Economics, Languages (French, Russian, Arabic, Swahili)
Founders’ Day Scholar Award Recipient (2008)
Cum Laude (2008)
Dean’s List (2004-2008)
Study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia (Fall 2006)
Gallatin Literary Review Board (2004-5)
Affiliations and Achievements:

Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Volume 45, Issues 1-3 (Editor-in-Chief) (2013-2014)

“Unspoken Trauma: Breaking the Silence to Heal Cambodia’s Youth,” presented at the ISA-West Annual Conference: Human Consequences of State Political Action (San Francisco, CA) (Sept. 2009)

“Peace, Justice, and the Psychology of Faith in Modern Cambodia” (article), The Women’s International Perspective, “WIP Talk” section (Jul. 13, 2009)

• Currently training for the New York City Marathon; fundraising on behalf of Team Save the Children.
• Co-Founder of the KiliMaji Project, through which I raised over $19,000 to build a clean water pipeline in the Rulindo District of Rwanda.
• Regular Columbia Law School speaker on various topics, including early human rights career development and the use of transactional lawyering to support human rights.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Being headhunted – make me an offer

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, basic-intermediate Russian; basic Burmese
    United States
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