Lelia Mooney


Lelia Mooney has over twenty years of experience working on the intersection of governance and rule of law, diversity and social inclusion, justice and security, business, human rights, sustainability and multi stakeholder engagement and governance of extractive industries in conflict, post-conflict and development contexts. Earlier in her career, Lelia was the Co-Founder and Senior Director of the USAID funded Inter-American Democracy Network, with Asociación Conciencia and Partners of the Americas in Washington, D.C. where she built a network of 200 civil society organizations across the LAC region working on democracy, governance, citizen participation and anti-corruption initiatives. In 2001, she served as the Chief of Party of the USAID funded International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) Governance, Civil Society and Transparency project in Paraguay (2001). Between 2003-2007 she was the Rule of Law, Gender and Capacity Building Specialist of the Worldwide Women’s Legal Rights Initiative, where she led initiatives in Guatemala and Madagascar and also advised the country projects in Albania, Rwanda, Benin and South Africa. Between 2010-2015 she was a Director at Partners for Democratic Change in Washington, D.C. where she led the Sustainable Connections for Sustainable Development Initiative and the Building Constituencies for Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America project. Lelia is a member of the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law where she also serves as the Secretary of the Section, and of the UN Global Compact Business for the Rule of Law Initiative and the Anti-Corruption Working Group. She is the Editor of “Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Developments,” and the “Business, Human Rights and Sustainability Sourcebook,” two best-selling books published by the ABA. A lawyer graduated from the Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales y Politicas de la Universidad Nacional del Nordeste in Argentina, she also holds an LL.M. in law and international development studies from the University of Warwick Law School in the United Kingdom and an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a former International Fellow at the Kettering Foundation, a Chevening Scholar, and a Fellow of the Global Salzburg Seminar.

Nick Dove

Police Forum Facilitator

Nick Dove is INPROL’s Police Forum Facilitator. He has over 30 years of domestic and international policing experience. In addition to being a trained hostage negotiator and firearms commander in the United Kingdom, he held the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent, working on counter-terrorism, organized crime and anti-corruption cases. He led on the introduction of a Neighbourhood Policing model in Surrey Police, was at the forefront of change and innovation as part of the Metropolitan Police Race and Violent Crime Task Force and headed the Intelligence Bureau for London's Police.  In 2012, Nick led the Organized Crime Investigation Unit for the EULEX mission in Kosovo. In this role he spearheaded investigations against corruption, counter-terrorism and organized crime with a team of over 100 international police officers and local staff. In Kosovo, Nick and his team held full executive powers enabling them to conduct covert operations and investigate, arrest and charge criminals. Notable successes included indictments for drugs, firearms and human trafficking offenses and the introduction and successful delivery of effective joint investigation teams with Kosovo Police.  Currently, Nick works as a consultant around the world, including in Kenya and Ethiopia. He is also a Director of Law Enforcement for a global technology company, and advisor to a number of independent television companies.

Kristina Simion

Rule of Law Research Forum Facilitator

Kristina Simion is the facilitator of INPROL’s Rule of Law Research Forum. She previously worked as a Rule of Law Officer for the Swedish Agency for Peace, Security and Development at the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) where her research involved a quantitative study on United Nations Peace Operations and rule of law assistance in Africa. She also contributed to a publication on evaluations in rule of law assistance and collected empirical data on rule of law practitioners’ experience from the field. Her work also included research within the field of rule of law in public administration. Before joining the FBA, Kristina worked for Transparency International Sweden.  Kristina has lectured and taught in the areas of rule of law and corruption, customary and non-state justice actors, United Nations rule of law assistance and rule of law and public administration. 

Originally from Sweden, Kristina holds a LLM from Stockholm University, specialising in law and development, customary justice, and comparative law. She is currently, undertaking PhD studies at the Regulatory Institutions Network, the Australian National University where she also works as a Research Project Officer. Kristina’s thesis explores brokers and intermediaries and their role in rule of law assistance to Myanmar.

Lillian Dang

Rule of Law Forum Facilitator

Lillian Dang is facilitator for INPROL’s Afghanistan Forum and Rule of Law Forum. Lillian joined USIP in 2013 as Senior Program Officer based in USIP’s Kabul office and led USIP’s rule of law research and programmatic efforts in Afghanistan. Prior to joining USIP, Lillian was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University’s Regulatory Institutions Network where she supported field research on legal pluralism and women’s access to justice in Mindanao, Philippines. From 2010 to 2012 Lillian was a Law Program Officer for The Asia Foundation in Timor-Leste. Lillian oversaw the design, implementation and evaluation of programmatic efforts on legal aid, women’s access to justice, legal education, traditional justice and alternative dispute resolution. Lillian has also worked for an anti-corruption program in Cambodia, an Australian-based NGO advancing human rights in the Asia Pacific region and Indigenous communities in Australia, and a human rights research organization in India.

Lillian is a lawyer admitted to practice in Australia, and holds a Bachelor of laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She holds an LLM in International Law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Ezatullah Waqar

Afghanistan Forum Facilitator

Ezatullah Waqar is INPROL’s Afghanistan Forum Facilitator. He has over ten years of experience in rule of law, human rights, legal aid and research. From 2011 to 2016 Ezatullah worked as a Project Coordinator for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) where he managed an Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) program in Eastern Afghanistan. His work included designing and implementing a legal aid program and advising a sizable team of Afghan lawyers on addressing housing, land, and property issues. He also contributed to a number of research initiatives conducted by NRC. Between 2007 and 2009 Ezatullah worked as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He conducted human rights related investigations on violations related to police mistreatment, unlawful land expropriation, and arbitrary detention.

Ezatullah is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and holds an LL.M in International Studies Program (ILSP) from Washington College of Law, American University, Washington D.C. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Political Sciences from Nangarhar University, Afghanistan.

Chelsea Dreher

Program Assistant

Chelsea Dreher is starting as a Program Assistant for INPROL after serving as a Research Assistant for the USIP Academy since July of 2015. She is currently a second year M.A. student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where her studies are focused on post-conflict security and stabilization. Before coming to USIP, Chelsea completed a number of legislative internships both domestically and abroad. She also worked as a research assistant for former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley.