Just Finance International has as its purpose to stimulate and support cross-border collaboration and works to ensure that development and infrastructure finance – both public and private financing – spent globally is contributing to the advancement of climate and environmental justice and human rights.

We conduct in-depth research on financial flows and advocates for transparency and accountability in the investment decisions by public financial and development institutions.

The climate emergency and the alarming loss of the planet’s biodiversity are closely related to ill-conceived large-scale infrastructure projects financed with public money. These include power plants that will generate greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, and large hydropower dams, mining projects and export corridors that slice through some of the world’s few remaining wild areas and intact forests.

In addition to global consequences, there are often severe impacts on local communities who are affected by pollution, forced resettlement and loss of livelihood. We make it our mission to support affected communities, whose rights, livelihoods and access to decision-making processes have been impeded by these investments.

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Team

Wawa Wang

Director

Wawa works with civil society actors to improve access to information and decision-making in development finance. She previously worked as a policy advisor and investigative researcher for international and European NGOs and trade entities, and has been a trade and foreign affairs advisor for governments. She is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub.

Nils Resare

Senior Advisor

Nils is an investigative reporter, editor and author, working mainly in international development, trade and security policy. He has reported for the Swedish media from four continents since the mid- 1990s, and has done in-depth research into cross-border corruption in Africa, the Balkans and Scandinavia.

Karianne Ford-Bruning

Operations Manager

Karianne holds a bachelor in Dutch law and a Master in International and European Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Working in senior management support, as a legal advisor and a project manager, she has a wealth of experience in all-round operational support. She has previously interned for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), worked in the Dutch legal field, and for Greenpeace International.

Daniel Ekman

Head of Information Security

Daniel is responsible for information security for a number of organizations ranging from NGOs to global businesses. His training comes from the Swedish government as well as the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Nicholas Roussou

Community Support Specialist

Nicholas is a seasoned human rights investigator and project manager with over a decade of operational experience in some of the world’s most challenging spaces. He has focused his efforts in this time on the resilience, safety and skills development of human rights defenders and climate defenders activists to help collect, document and verify evidence for advocacy purposes in various regions across Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Jean-Jacques de Reno

Senior Researcher

JJ is a seasoned researcher focusing on business and human rights and environmental justice. His work is defined by clear, strategic problem-solving, and a commitment to both sustainability and diversity. He has enabled community-based fact finding missions contributing to a wide range of interventions by international NGOs, CSOs, and intergovernmental agencies across the globe.

Board Members

Henrik Alffram

Chairperson

Henrik Alffram is a lawyer and sociologist by training with more than 25 years’ professional experience centred on human rights, rule of law and governance. As a founder of Rightshouse, he specializes in design, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions. Henrik has worked on such initiatives for development cooperation agencies, international organizations, NGOs and human rights groups in more than 30 countries on five continents. He has previously worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and the Faculty of Law at Lund University.

Rune Steenberg Reyhé

Senior Advisor

Dr. Steenberg Rune is an anthropologist who focusses on Xinjiang and Uyghurs. Extended fieldwork in Xinjiang, Kyrgyzstan and earlier in mainland China and Indonesia. Fluent in Uyghur and Chinese, functional communication in Kyrgyz.

Carin Norberg  

Secretary

Carin Norberg is a former Director of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden (2006-2012). Between 1971 and 2002 she was a staff member of the Swedish International Development Authority in various positions and most recent Director of the Department for Democracy and Social Development. She has been based in Zambia and Angola. In the eighties she was engaged as Advisor to the Commissioner for Namibia in New York. She has been working at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin. Carin holds a degree in economics and political science from Uppsala University, and has been a member of several boards including Transparency International Sweden, Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies, Civil Rights Defenders and Center for Economic and Social Rights (chair) New York.

Daniel Simons

Former founding board member

Daniel Simons is Senior Legal Counsel in Greenpeace International’s Legal Unit, where he advises on the risks of protest actions, investigations and publications and handles incoming litigations. His other experience includes working as a legal officer at Article 19, the global campaign for freedom of expression, and as legal officer freedom of assembly, expression and information at the Open Society Justice Initiative. Daniel holds degrees in law from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Bar of New York since 2005 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Arena for Journalism in Europe and the Article 20 Network.

The Board and Team

Board members receive no remuneration for their work but are reimbursed for their expenses, such as travel costs for board meetings. Each board member has one voice. The team is remunerated. Wages and/or fees do not exceed the average income within a field of competence and seniority in the country of residence of the team member.

Registration

Just Finance International is registered as a foundation (stichting) with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce under number KvK/CCI: 84786906.

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Finance and activity reports

Annual Report 2022
Financial Statement 2022