Arnold Tsunga (Chair)
Arnold Tsunga, is Africa Director for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and is based in Johannesburg. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Executive Secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ), National Chairperson of Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) and Vice President of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). A Humphrey Leadership Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow, Arnold is one of Africa’s leading human rights lawyers and in recognition of his dedication to defending human rights in spite of the threat to his own life he was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in October 2006, as well as the Human Rights Watch Highest Award for human rights defenders.
Justice Willy Mutunga
Dr. Willy Mutunga is the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s special envoy for the Maldives (July 2016-June 2017). Prior to that appointment, he was the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, retiring in June 2016. He is a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Jurisprudence obtained in 1992 from Osgoode Hall law School at York University in Toronto, Canada. For his outstanding contribution to the development of law, human rights, good governance and social justice, Dr. Mutunga has received several national and international honours and awards, mostly recently the Senior Elder of the Golden Heart (2014) and Elder of the Golden Heart for his distinguished service to the nation and for his role in leading reforms in the Judiciary under the new Constitution (2010). He is currently working on two books: his biography, Inspiring Encounters with Natasha Elkington and Elements of Progressive Jurisprudence in Kenya with Shermit Lamba as co-author.
Dr. Anna Neistat
Dr. Anna Neistat leads Amnesty International’s global research by setting the research agenda and ensuring consistently high standards for research strategy, methodology and quality. She is a member of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team. Before joining Amnesty International, Neistat worked for more than a decade as associate director for Program at Human Rights Watch. Neistat has conducted over 60 investigations in conflict areas around the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Kenya, Yemen, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Haiti. She has authored or co-authored over 40 Human Rights Watch reports as well as numerous articles and opinion pieces.
Neistat holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology. She is a member of the New York State Bar, and teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.
Vincent Barnouin (Treasurer)
Vincent Barnouin is a partner at Ecofin, an asset management business based in London, focusing on the energy, energy efficiency, renewables and cleantech sectors. He has spent all his professional career in the financial sector, notably with Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. He is the Treasurer of the Board.
Paul Fletcher is Chairman at Actis, a private equity firm investing exclusively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to Actis he spent 23 years in the financial services industry. He led the strategy unit for Citibank’s emerging markets business and previously ran the bank’s business in East Africa. Paul is a founding director of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.
Khaled Mansour is an independent writer and consultant on issues of communication and human rights. Prior to 2015, he was the Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, UNICEF’s Director of Communication, and has worked for UN missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan. He also has ten years of experience as a journalist and foreign correspondent in Egypt, South Africa and the US. He is based in Cairo.
Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa
Jacqueline Musiitwa, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hoja Law Group, a boutique legal consultancy that represents clients in corporate governance, commercial and public law matters in Africa. In addition to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Jacqueline has experience from the International Finance Corporation, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), the World Trade Organization and several post conflict governments advising on matters related to trade, investment and reconstruction. She is a member of the board of Bank of Zambia and Prime Insurance (Rwanda). Jacqueline has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at universities in the U.S. and Rwanda.
Fiona Napier is based in Nairobi and advises and consults for a number of social enterprises, NGOs and donors. Prior to 2012 she was the Associate Director of Campaigns at Global Witness in London, and International Advocacy Director with the Open Society Foundations. Until 2009 she spent 15 years with Save the Children in a variety of roles including Global Advisor, Programme Director in South Africa, and Relief Co-ordinator in Iraq. During this time she co-founded the UK Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Mabel van Oranje
A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for over two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’ and co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the (advisory) boards of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations and The Elders.
Salman Shaikh is the Founder and CEO of the Shaikh Group. He has formerly served as Director of the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He focuses on mediation and conflict resolution issues facing the Middle East and South Asia. He has held posts at the United Nations and the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned in Qatar.
Bruno Stagno Ugarte
Bruno Stagno Ugarte is the Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy at Human Rights Watch (HRW). Before joining HRW, he was Executive Director of Security Council Report from 2011-2014, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica from 2006-2010, Ambassador to the United Nations from 2002-2006 and Chief of Staff of the Foreign Ministry from 1998-2000, among other foreign service postings. He also served as the President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court from 2005-2008 and Co-President of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Article 14 Conferences from 2007-2009. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, the Sorbonne and Princeton University and author or editor of several books, chapters and articles, including The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2014).