Innovative projects for refugees, former child soldiers, and host communities in northern Uganda
Board of Directors

Sasha Lezhnev – Founding Director

Sasha Lezhnev is Founding Director of GRG and Associate Director of Policy at the Enough Project. He was previously Policy Adviser at Global Witness, where he led the organization’s U.S. advocacy on conflict resources and energy policy issues. Sasha worked for 2 1/2 years in Uganda as Senior Program Officer with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative and peace process advisor to the northern Uganda mediator. He is author of the book Crafting Peace: Strategies to Deal with Warlords in Collapsing States and previously worked with the International Crisis Group’s Africa Program and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He holds a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.S. in Foreign Service magna cum laude from Georgetown University. You can reach Sasha at

Kasper Agger – Co-founder
Kasper is currently working as a freelance researcher and consultant on conflict analysis and peace building, based in Nairobi,Kenya. Kasper previously worked in Northern Uganda from 2015 to 2017 with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative, and also worked for the Enough Project as Field Researcher and as  a grant writer for African Parks. Kasper holds a Masters degree in Geography and International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark, with a specialization in conflict mitigation, organizational capacity building, wildlife tracking and field research.You can reach him at

Marisa R. Bassett – Vice Chair and Secretary

Marisa is Associate Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She previously practiced law at White & Case LLP. She has held positions with Human Rights Watch, the Public International Law & Policy Group, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the United Nations Development Programme. Marisa has a J.D. from American University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. You can reach her at

Brionne Dawson – Chief Outreach Officer

Brionne is an international development practitioner with eight years of experience supporting programs to empower women and improve governance with respect to HIV/AIDS, extractive industries and poverty reduction. She has worked in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, and Uganda. She resided for several years in South Africa, where she supported regional initiatives on behalf of the National Democratic Institute. Brionne has worked with the Center for International Policy and the United Nations Development Program. Brionne is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. You can reach her at

Anna-Maria Kaneff – Chief Financial Officer

Anna-Maria Kaneff is the Vice-President, Commercial Group, for the Kaneff Group of Companies. Ms. Kaneff is responsible for managing the portfolio of existing commercial properties as well as overseeing the development and construction of new office and retail projects. Prior to joining the Kaneff Group, Ms. Kaneff was an Associate with a Toronto based-hedge fund and an Investment Analyst with the World Bank’s private investment arm, the International Finance Corporation, in their Oil, Gas, Mining & Petrochemicals Group. Ms. Kaneff also worked as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in New York and San Francisco. Ms. Kaneff graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and received her Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School. The Kaneff Group of Companies is a private Peel-based real estate development and building company that develops and manages commercial and residential real estate properties and golf properties in Southern Ontario.
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Kate Tickel – Outreach officer

Focused on the intersection of human rights and the Humanities, Kate has worked  in Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, she has previously studied at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Philosophy.  An advocate for ethical and sustainable business practices, Kate has consulted with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, and many businesses in the private sector. You can reach her at