Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in assessing and identifying solutions to address gaps in the protection of human rights and the provision of humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons.
Andrea started his humanitarian work as a volunteer in Angola in the mid-1990s. He then led programmes for landmine survivors, primary education, and health care promotion in communities displaced by civil war. Andrea completed his time in Angola serving as Country Director for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). The agency operated in five locations near the northern border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and near the eastern border with Zambia, ensuring that vital humanitarian assistance could reach the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict.
Through his subsequent work on human rights research, analysis, and report writing with Human Rights Watch, Andrea started to develop its knowledge base about international legal and institutional frameworks governing relief and protection for displaced vulnerable groups in conflict and post-conflict stabilisation phases.
As Senior Advocate and then Programme Director at Washington DC-based Refugees International, Andrea worked on and in various difficult contexts, such as the Colombian internal armed conflict; the African Great Lakes region’s series of wars in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi; as well as Sudan during the negotiated process which led to the creation of the Republic of South Sudan in 2011.
From mid-2013 until May of this year, Andrea provided leadership and support for JRS advocacy strategies in support of thousands of Syrians displaced either within the country or in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Andrea has developed teaching experience for post-graduate students at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and taught seminars in other academic institutions, including the Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Dublin, Syracuse University, Georgetown University Law School, and the University of Bologna.