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    Regan E. Ralph (Co-Chair)

    • Location: Washington DC
    • Nationality: United States

    Regan Ralph is founder and former CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights. In her twenty years at the Fund, Regan was responsible for channelling more than $110m to over 800 frontline activists, groups, and movements around the world. Prior to that, Regan was Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington D.C and from 1992-2001, Regan helped build and ultimately directed the Women’s Rights division of Human Rights Watch. Regan is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo.

    Preethi Herman (Co-Chair)

    • Location: London
    • Nationality: Indian

    Preethi Herman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nguvu Collective, a social impact enterprise that helps emerging women changemakers to become strong social change leaders and drive positive impact at scale in Africa and Asia. Preethi has spent the last 2 decades working with marginalised communities across the world and supporting their efforts in citizen-led social change. Prior to setting up Nguvu Collective, she was the head of the Change.org Foundation where she led a team engaging over 100 million people in citizen-led campaigns across Asia, Europe and Latin America. She also set up Change.org as the people’s platform for driving impact in India. Preethi is an inaugural Obama Fellow and Skoll Senior Fellow with a never dying enthusiasm and passion for women’s leadership, helping startups, technology for social change, and citizen led social impact around the world.

    Tania Songini

    • Location: London
    • Nationality: British/Italian

    Tania brings to the Crisis Action board over 20 years of senior commercial, operational and financial management experience, including serving as Finance Director of Siemens Energy for the UK and North Western Europe, and Director of Finance and Operations for the International Rescue Committee UK, before concentrating on a portfolio of non-executive roles.

    Tania is currently non-executive director at Thrive Renewables plc (a mid-sized renewable energy developer and operator), the UK Infrastructure Bank (UK policy and development bank focused on green infrastructure and levelling up), The Energy Systems Catapult (an organisation driving innovation and decarbonisation across the UK’s energy system), and until recently the Private Infrastructure Development Group (a sustainable infrastructure developer and investor in the poorest countries of Africa and Asia). She is also the Chair of ViaNiños UK, a charity she established in the UK in 2009 to support projects helping street and working children in Ecuador, pursuing a longstanding passion for economic and social issues in developing countries.

    Tania is a qualified commercial and community mediator and fluent in six languages. She grew up in cities across Africa and has travelled widely in Latin America and the Middle East. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Rome.

    Khaled Mansour

    • Location: Amman
    • Nationality: Egyptian

    Khaled is a writer and analyst with 30 years of experience working in conflict and transitional situations including South Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and the Sudan as a journalist and then a UN spokesperson. In the 1990s, he reported on US politics in Washington DC and the transition away from Apartheid in South Africa. Before becoming a full-time writer, Khaled served as the Executive Director of Egypt’s leading human rights organization, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, in 2013-2014. He is a member of several boards including the Meta Oversight Board as well as the General Assembly of Action for Hope. He holds degrees in Engineering, Archaeology, Sociology and International Relations from Mansoura and Cairo Universities (Egypt), Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Tufts Fletcher School (Boston, USA). He has published eight books, including two books of fiction, a biography as well as two edited collections of articles on Egypt-Israel wars. He keeps a blog at khaledmansour.org

    Bruno Stagno Ugarte

    • Location: Paris
    • Nationality: Costa Rican

    Bruno Stagno Ugarte is Chief Advocacy Officer 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).

    Elizabeth Seuling

    • Location: New York
    • Nationality: United States

    Elizabeth Seuling is chief development officer of The Marshall Project, a non-partisan, non-profit news organisation focused on the fairness and effectiveness of the US criminal justice system. She formerly served as a managing director of Human Rights Watch and as executive director of Lumos Foundation USA. Early in her career, Elizabeth worked with the EastWest Institute in Serbia to strengthen civilian control of the military following the Yugoslav Wars. Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and completed post-graduate work in international affairs at New York University. She serves on the boards of Crisis Action and the Center for Human Rights in Iran and formerly served on the board of the Center for Civilians in Conflict.

    Arnold Tsunga

    • Location: Harare
    • Nationality: Zimbabwean

    Arnold Tsunga, a prominent human rights lawyer is the Principal Managing Partner at Tsunga Law International. Previously he was the Zimbabwe Senior Resident Director at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Africa Director for the International Commission of Jurists for 12 years. Earlier in his career 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 the 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.

    Chris Gallagher

    • Location: London
    • Nationality: British

    Chris Gallagher is Vice President of Finance at ManyPets, a leading European Insurtech. Prior to joining ManyPets, Chris was an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking Coverage team, assisting clients with a wide range of financing and strategic solutions. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Law and Accounting graduate from Queen’s University Belfast.

    Mona Younis

    • Location: Washington DC
    • Nationality: United States

    Mona Younis is an independent consultant in strategic planning, evaluation and human rights. Her extensive experience in the Arab region includes as program director in a refugee women’s organization in Lebanon, researcher in Palestine and Syria, university instructor in Jordan, and advisor to NGOs across the region. In philanthropy she served as human rights program officer at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, coordinated the International Human Rights Funders Group, and co-founded the Arab Human Rights Fund and Fund for Global Human Rights. She also directed the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Mona holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and is author of Liberation and Democratization: The South African and Palestinian National Movements (University of Minnesota Press, 2000).