The EISF Secretariat fosters knowledge exchange, and supports the collective improvement of security management practice by humanitarian agencies. The Secretariat acts as a resource and support mechanism for NGOs, distributing relevant security updates, organising the EISF biannual meetings and other events, authoring and commissioning original research, and providing analysis and comment on issues central to the security of humanitarian aid workers.
The EISF Secretariat has three staff members – the Executive Coordinator, the Researcher, and the Projects and Membership Officer.
EISF Executive Coordinator
Lisa Reilly has been the Executive Coordinator of the European Interagency Security Forum since October 2011. She has over 16 years experience in the development and humanitarian response sector, working overseas in variety of programme management roles in both Africa and Asia. Returning to the UK in 2009 Lisa took up a position with RedR as Security Trainer developing and implementing personal and security management courses, as well as undertaking a number of short-term consultancy projects backstopping and evaluating humanitarian response programmes.
Starting as an engineer, Lisa’s security knowledge comes from implementing programmes in various conflict and post-conflict countries, subsequently enhanced through working with a variety of sector experts and on a number of research projects since her return to the UK.
In her current role, Lisa exercises overall responsibility for the EISF Secretariat, supporting the collaboration and exchange of information and best practice between EISF members and EISF’s wider network of humanitarian security-risk specialists, as well as liaising with UN agencies and academic institutions to influence policies and practice.
Although the change in role has meant that is over a year since Lisa has visited a war zone, she finds cycling in London still provides the necessary level of danger she has grown used to.
Eleanor French joined EISF in August 2011 as Projects and Research Officer. She took over as the EISF Researcher in October 2012. Previously, Eleanor worked as Project Manager at Shelter Centre in Geneva, where she was also a contributing author to guidelines for IOM and UNOCHA. Eleanor holds an LLM in Humanitarian and Human Rights Law from SOAS, and a BA in Law from Cambridge University.
As EISF’s Researcher Ellie plays a key role in the fostering of information sharing, dialogue and analysis on humanitarian security-risk management. The Researcher coordinates and manages EISF’s programme of research and good practice generation and promotes the uptake of practical, evidence-based recommendations by EISF members and the wider humanitarian sector. In addition, the Researcher produces periodic alerts on contextual and security-risk management topics.
EISF Projects and Membership Officer
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