Reconciling and reintegrating former child soldiers of Kony's Lord's Resistance Army with their communities.
Board of Directors

Sasha Lezhnev – Executive Director and Co-founder

Sasha Lezhnev is Executive Director of GRG and Senior Policy Analyst at the Enough Project, where he works on peace issues relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Lord’s Resistance Army. 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 sasha@grassrootsgroup.org.

Kasper Agger – Co-founder

Kasper is Field Researcher for the Enough Project, based in Kampala, Uganda. Kasper previously worked in Northern Uganda from 2005 to 2007 with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative, and also worked for the United Nations Environmental Program, where he focused on facilitating the Clean Development Mechanism in developing countries. Kasper holds a Master’s degree in Geography and International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark, with a specialization in conflict mitigation, organizational capacity building, and field research. You can reach him at kasper@grassrootsgroup.org.

Marisa R. Bassett – Secretary

Marisa is a recent J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the school’s Human Rights Brief. 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 holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She will soon enter private practice in Washington, DC. You can reach her at marisa@grassrootsgroup.org.

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 resides in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she supports 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 brionne@grassrootsgroup.org.

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.
You can reach her at anna@grassrootsgroup.org.

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 kate@grassrootsgroup.org