The Refugee Livelihoods Team

Organizational description | 11 June 2018
Nadja Nutz
Nadja has joined the ILO in September 2014 to work on value chain development and entrepreneurship training. She has been coordinating the unit’s work on refugee livelihoods in close cooperation with the UNHCR and is also currently acting as the Global Coordinator for the ILO’s “Start and Improve your Business (SIYB)” programme. Prior to joining the ILO, Nadja worked as technical advisor on SME promotion for the German Development Agency GIZ in Algeria, and as policy analyst for the OECD, focusing on SME promotion in the MENA region. Nadja holds a B.A. in Applied African Studies from Bayreuth University in Germany, and a M.A. in Economics in International Development from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt. She speaks fluently English, French and German.

Marlen de la Chaux
Marlen is a Refugee Livelihoods and Enterprise Development Officer at the ILO. She has over five years’ experience in refugee livelihoods and market systems development, working in and around refugee economies in Kenya and in urban Germany. Marlen previously worked for the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and for UNHCR. She holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK. Marlen speaks English, German, and French.

Fernando Martinez Fernando works as a technical officer on the Approach to Inclusive Market Systems for refugees and host communities. He is a social and productive inclusion specialist with a focus on strong social dimensions, particularly around sustainable livelihoods, local participation, SME development, capacity building, governance, poverty-reduction, and equity building.
His main areas of expertise are livelihood and food security programme design and evaluation with a robust focus on the poor, internally displaced, refugees, ethnic groups and women.
He has had the opportunity of working in all areas of the development and humanitarian sector, though a hands-on approach, including, multilateral agencies, national government, NGO management, activism, consultancy and research, in four continents: Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Fernando holds an MSc in Social Development Practice by University College London (UCL).
Luana Ayala Luana works as an Intern in SME Development, Entrepreneurship, and Job Creation. She has hands-on experience working in Latin America with SME Development. She previously worked for the Argentine Ministry of the Treasury with international policy issues during the Argentine G20 Presidency and for the Secretariat of Finance designing and implementing public policies to promote and facilitate access for individuals and SMEs to financial services in Argentina. In the private sector she worked directly developing financial technology solutions for SMEs in Brazil. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil and a M.A. in Applied Economics from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina.​
Adriana Sierra Leal Adriana is a Refugee Livelihoods and Women's Entrepreneurship Development Officer. She has experience working and conducting research in the areas of gender and development, climate change, and migration including with the ILO, IOM, WBCSD and WECAN International. She holds a M.A. in Sustainable Development from IHEID in Geneva and a B.A. Honours in International Development and Environment and Resource Studies from Trent University in Canada. She is a national from Honduras and is fluent in Spanish and English.​