The Refugee Livelihoods Team

Organizational description | 11 June 2018

Marlen de la Chaux
Marlen is a Refugee Livelihoods and Enterprise Development Officer at the ILO, she coordinates the unit’s work on AIMS. 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 is a junior technical officer 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.​