Elisa Klein Diaz

Project Manager, FIAN

“Learning human rights from multiple disciplines has enriched my perspective and my work. The Vienna Master enables a space for exchange between students and alumni, which was very helpful for me as a recent graduate.”

Elisa studied International Relations before concluding her Master at the predecessor program in Human Rights at the University of Vienna.

Currently Elisa works at FIAN Austria (Food First Information and Action Network) as a Project Manager on Social Rights in Europe. Her work focuses on the implementation of the Right to Food and Nutrition (RtFN) in Austria. As part of this work, she coordinates the National Parallel Report to the Austrian State Report to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Together with other stakeholders from civil society this report is presented to the ESC Committee every five years.

Furthermore, Elisa works with five other european project partners from other FIAN sections, with the University of Coventry and the network Urgency, on a handbook called “Responses to Hunger”. Together with her project partners she researches the existing responses for the implementation of the RtFN in Austria. For this purpose she conducts interviews with soup kitchen workers, persons with poverty experience or social supermarket volunteers and employees. She also regularly write articles for the FOOD FIRST Magazine which you can find on FIANs website.

In addition, Elisa works for the Global Campus of Human Rights as part of the Global Study Team with a focus on migration and communication. In this role, Elisa works on the development of the Global Study Toolkit on non-custodial measures as an alternative to migration-related detention and is responsible for the Global Study Newsletter. She further supports in the coordination of other projects and conferences and has worked as editor on the Executive Summary of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

Before joining FIAN, Elisa worked in the Press and Communications Department of the Austrian Ombudsman Board, as consultant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights as well as for UNHCR Austria.

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