Core team

We are a collective of leaders, lawyers, researchers and social entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing human rights for refugees and asylum seekers. Our team is culturally and geographically diverse, inclusive and curious. We choose to have a bottom-up approach allied with a solid understanding of the big picture.

Sophie POUGET

Sophie Pouget

PRESIDENT

Sophie Pouget is a lawyer at the Paris Bar. She specializes in human rights and asylum law. Her clients are non-profit organizations in the field of human rights, health and development and asylum seekers. 
She is a founding member of the think tank Le Cercle de la LICRA, where she spearheads the “Migrations” section. She is also involved in pro bono work for the French lawyers’ association Droits d’Urgence. 
Previously, she worked as a Private Sector Development Specialist for six years with the World Bank Group. She contributed to several projects designed to encourage positive policy change to achieve more transparency, accountability and efficiency in public procurement and international arbitration. Prior to that, she practiced international and domestic litigation with the law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier in Paris, France. She also has been working with the International Chamber of Commerce and Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris.
Sophie obtained her Certificate of Professional Proficiency as an Attorney-at-Law at the Paris Bar in 2003 and is a graduate of the Universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris IX Dauphine. She holds a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University (2010) and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (2001). She speaks French, English and Russian.

Justin Valentine

Justin Valentine

VICE-PRESIDENT

Justin Valentine has over 17 years of management consulting, strategic sourcing experience where he has been responsible for sourcing over $10 Bn in goods and services globally. 
He is currently advising the World Bank on global procurement policies. He was most recently a Consultant to the General Services Administration where he led the design of the Federal Government’s category management program. 
He also served as VP of Strategic Alliances at FedBid and as Director of Procurement for SunGard, a Fortune 500 company, where he was responsible for oversight of $335 M in annual spend and procurement process improvement. As a management consultant for Novantas, he specialized in airline industry sourcing and industry merger economics. Focusing on technology and outsourcing initiatives including CRS Management, telecom and F&A off-shoring, Justin spent over four years in the sourcing organizations at United Airlines and Lufthansa.
He has an MA in International Business from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a BA from the University of Virginia, and completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He currently serves as Vice President for the Board of Trustees for Two Rivers Charter School system.

Amaël Beauvallet

Amaël Beauvallet

PROJECT LEADER

Amaël Beauvallet is a lawyer at the Paris Bar. He specializes in project and public finance transactions as well as human rights and asylum law. He is currently seconded to an EU institution and is involved in pro bono work for French associations advising asylum seekers. He previously practiced project finance with an international law firm in Paris, France. He obtained his Certificate of Professional Proficiency as an Attorney-at-Law at the Paris Bar in 2013 and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM, 2012) and the Universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II Panthéon-Assas (masters’ degree, 2011). He speaks French and English.

Aurélie Brousse

Aurélie Brousse

PROJECT LEADER

Aurélie Brousse has been working as a consultant specialized in health and environmental risks. She coordinated and managed cultural and communication projects, and served as consultant on medical strategy for la Chaîne de l’Espoir, a French non-profit dedicated to pediatric cardiology. In 2016, she joined Médecins Sans Frontières – MSF (Doctors Without Borders) France as an analyst for the oncology project of the medical department. She is now a project coordinator with MSF operational departement coordinating the oncology pilot project in Mali in 2017. She is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Oriane Déchery

Oriane Déchery

PROJECT LEADER

Oriane Déchery is a visual artist. She graduated from Paris’ Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in 2009, after a one-year exchange with the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York City, USA). In 2012, she designed the pluri-disciplinary artistic residency program at the festival Eclats, and organized the three editions that took place in Caromb (France). While continuing her artistic work, she is involved in several associations defending the fundamental rights of refugees. Since 2015, she provides support to asylum seekers with the French nation-wide association Cimade, an organization focusing on the defense of migrants and refugees. In 2017, she created a free legal aid service for artists accepted to the residency program of the Paris-based association Atelier des Artistes en Exil. In 2018, she created the Tutorial Platform for Asulym Seekers in France, in cooperation with  French association Dom’asile. She speaks French and English.

Marilou-SARRUT

Marilou Sarrut

PROJECT ASSOCIATE

Marilou Sarrut is currently achieving a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the School for Higher Education in Social Sciences (EHESS). She graduated in 2017 with a bachelor of Sciences and Humanities studies from the University of Aix-Marseille (France), after a six-month exchange at Uppsala University (Sweden). She speaks English and French. Marilou has a vivid interest in the field of migration, more specifically on political and legal issues related to asylum law and procedures applicable in France. She has also been working in other capacities on climate change and cancer research. Currently, she is conducting fieldwork with the Centre d’accueil et d’orientation (State-run housing and orientation facility for asylum seekers) in a rural area in the south of France. In addition, she provides legal support and assistance to asylum seekers through her pro bono work with the French association La Cimade.

Dasha Kuts

Dasha Kuts

ADVISOR ON STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT

Dasha Kuts is a consultant specialized in due diligence, knowledge exchange/digital strategy and community/ network. She provides support on strategy and project management. She is based in Dublin, Ireland.

Damien Priest

Damien Priest

COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

Damien Priest is a video producer, director of photography and editor. Former TV journalist, he provides support on communication and media relations, outreach and dissemination approaches. He is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.