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    New Crisis Action Board member

    Crisis Action is thrilled to announce a new board member. 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 […]

    Crisis Action is thrilled to announce a new board member.

    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. She is based in Nairobi.

     

    Andrew Hudson

    Executive Director

    New position of Global Campaign Director

    Crisis Action is delighted to let you know that Janah Ncube has joined Crisis Action in a new position of Global Campaign Director.   Janah will be based in Nairobi and join Crisis Action’s Senior Management Team. She will oversee half of our campaigns and emergency responses. Nicola Reindorp, now Deputy Executive Director, will oversee the […]

    Crisis Action is delighted to let you know that Janah Ncube has joined Crisis Action in a new position of Global Campaign Director.  Janah Profile Photo

    Janah will be based in Nairobi and join Crisis Action’s Senior Management Team. She will oversee half of our campaigns and emergency responses. Nicola Reindorp, now Deputy Executive Director, will oversee the other campaigns/emergency responses.

    The creation of the Global Campaign Director position is a critical part of Crisis Action’s efforts to diversify and globalize. The recruitment process for the position was rigorous, starting in late 2015 and with hundreds of highly qualified leaders applying for the position. We are delighted the Janah agreed to join our team.

    Prior to Crisis Action, Janah was Pan Africa Director for Oxfam. Her career spans over 20 years working on human rights with a particular focus on women’s rights; conflict reduction and peace building; reducing poverty and injustice with organisations such as the SADC Secretariat, the Centre for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union, and Women in Politics Support Unit amongst others. She has focused in the last 10 years on Africa’s regional integration with a particular focus on African institutions such as the African Union, the African Development Banks and Regional Economic Communities, working on civil society development and engagement with other non-state actors on the continent. In 2005 the University of Bradford presented her with the Hilary Rose Award for her contribution to issues of diversity and inclusion. In 2006, she was nominated as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow of the Africa Leadership Institute (Afli). In 2011, Janah was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Zimbabwe by the Junior Chamber International.

    She can be contacted at Janah.Ncube@crisisaction.org, @JanahNcube on Twitter, and janah.ncube2 on Skype.

    I hope you’ll give Janah a warm welcome and enjoy working with her.

    Andrew Hudson

    Executive Director

    New Crisis Action Board Chair and Board Members

    Crisis Action is delighted to announce a new Board Chair and two new Board members. Arnold Tsunga, from Zimbabwe, is the new Chair of Crisis Action’s board. Arnold has been on the Board since December 2014. He is one of Africa’s leading human rights lawyers and is Africa Director for the International Commission of Jurists. Prior […]

    Crisis Action is delighted to announce a new Board Chair and two new Board members.

    Arnold Tsunga, from Zimbabwe, is the new Chair of Crisis Action’s board. Arnold has been on the Board since December 2014. He is one of Africa’s leading human rights lawyers and is Africa Director for the International Commission of Jurists. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Executive Secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). In recognition of his promotion of human rights in Zimbabwe, at grave personal risk, he was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Award in October 2006. He is based in Johannesburg.

    Crisis Action is also excited to welcome two new board members.

    • Bruno Stagno Ugarte, from Costa Rica, is the Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy at Human Rights Watch. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he was Executive Director of Security Council Report, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Ambassador to the United Nations for Costa Rica and Chief of Staff of the Foreign Ministry. He also served as the President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court from 2005-2008. He is based in Paris.
    • Khaled Mansour, from Egypt, is an independent writer and consultant. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Director of Communications at UNICEF 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.
      Arnold, Bruno and Khaled bring diverse talents, strengths and perspectives to Crisis Action’s Board and will ensure leadership of the highest caliber.

    Andrew Hudson
    Executive Director

    Jan Egeland stepping down from the Board

    Dear Friends, As you will have heard, I have been asked to facilitate the new United Nations humanitarian mediation efforts on Syria. Secretary General Ban and UN Special Envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has appointed me to head the UN working group on the protection of civilians in Syria, which will involve direct talks […]

    Dear Friends,

    As you will have heard, I have been asked to facilitate the new United Nations humanitarian mediation efforts on Syria. Secretary General Ban and UN Special Envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has appointed me to head the UN working group on the protection of civilians in Syria, which will involve direct talks with the warring parties.

    After over four years of horrific conflict, I feel compelled to accept this request to become directly involved and do all that I can to convince the warring sides to enable at least some protection and humanitarian relief for civilians in dire need. Even though it is more difficult than ever to get any progress at all – we have to keep trying.

    Unfortunately, it would be a conflict of interest for me to assume this UN position, and thus become an advocacy target, while remaining on Crisis Action’s board. It is thus with a heavy heart that I must step down as Crisis Action’s Chair and board member.

    It has been an enormous privilege and great pleasure to serve on the board of Crisis Action. Given the seemingly unsurmountable issues surrounding conflict, I continue to be struck by its unique ability to catalyze global civil society action to protect civilians from the ravages of war. Our new and able Executive Director, Andrew Hudson, will work with the board to identify a new Chair and I will wholeheartedly support him in this process.

    I remain a huge supporter of Crisis Action and firmly believe that it has one of the most innovative and impactful models of conflict prevention and crisis response. Its work has never been more needed and I call on you to continue and expand your support for the organization as it enters a new era. The sky is the limit for this organization.

    With warm regards,

    Jan

    Appointment of Andrew Hudson as Crisis Action’s Next Executive Director

    I am delighted to announce that, following a unanimous Board decision, Andrew Hudson has been appointed as Crisis Action’s next Executive Director. Andrew impressed the Board with his vision for Crisis Action’s future, which included a specific focus on working more effectively with different centers of power around the world.  Andrew demonstrated an exceptional track-record […]

    I am delighted to announce that, following a unanimous Board decision, Andrew Hudson has been appointed as Crisis Action’s next Executive Director.

    Andrew impressed the Board with his vision for Crisis Action’s future, which included a specific focus on working more effectively with different centers of power around the world.  Andrew demonstrated an exceptional track-record as Acting Executive Director of Crisis Action during Gemma Mortensen’s maternity leave and, throughout the interview process, showed dynamism, clear sightedness, strategic analysis and campaign insight.  The Board also believes he will be the best-placed custodian of Crisis Action’s unique culture and model.

    The board led a rigorous global recruitment search to find the right Executive Director. This included global advertising in The Economist, the New York Times, Al Hayat and more. We received over 130 exceptional applications from high-level diplomats, journalists, policymakers, business leaders and leading civil society figures. The board held five rounds of interviews and applicants submitted a variety of tests and presentations, including a psychometric test.

    Andrew has held many positions at Crisis Action, including New York Director and Deputy Executive Director. He provided world-class leadership to a global team and has spearheaded some of the organization’s signature advocacy successes, as well as leading critical aspects of the internationalization of Crisis Action. He has 20 years of human rights advocacy experience in the NGO, government, corporate and UN sectors, including at Human Rights First, International Center for Transitional Justice, UN Refugee Agency in Ecuador and the UN regional commission in Thailand. Previously, Andrew was a lawyer in Australia representing indigent clients and refugees. He holds honors degrees in politics and law from the University of Melbourne and a Master in Laws from New York University School of Law.

    Andrew succeeds Gemma Mortensen who steps down after 9 exceptional years with Crisis Action (our previous announcement of her departure can be found below). Andrew will start on September 1, 2015 and can be reached at andrew.hudson@crisisaction.org or @andrewhudsonau on Twitter.

    I know Andrew is excited to work with you to build strong collaborations to protect civilians from the horrors of war. The board is also delighted to have the opportunity to support him to take Crisis Action onwards and upwards at this critical juncture. Thank you for your support.
    Sincerely

    Jan Egeland

    Chair, Board of Directors, Crisis Action

     

    Previous announcement about Gemma Mortensen’s Departure

    Dear Friends

    The time has come for me to relinquish leadership of Crisis Action and pass on the mantle to others. I have been selected as one of Yale’s World Fellows for 2015, starting in August, and have decided that this is the right moment to move on, to take a breath and to reflect on all I’ve learned. There will be an open recruitment for my successor, led by our board, details of which will be circulated next week and I would greatly appreciate your help in circulating it to your networks.

    The decision to leave Crisis Action was always going to be horribly difficult. It has been a huge privilege to lead this incredible organisation and to work alongside and serve some of the individuals and organisations I respect most in the world. There was never going to be a time that I really wanted to go.

    Over two years ago, I wrote myself a checklist of what would have to be in place for me to feel able to leave. These included Crisis Action enjoying a global network of the best NGOs working on conflict, being in excellent financial health with long-term relationships with our key donors; having worked through some big strategic decisions about our global presence and executed those, having established and developed a first-class senior management team who could take the organisation forwards, having helped build a talented global team that can ensure we don’t lose sight of our model and mission and an effective global board to steward the organisation from strength to strength. These are all things I have done in partnership with my incredible colleagues and it is because of them that I feel able to go, knowing that Crisis Action is in excellent hands.

    Crisis Action’s journey is far from over and, though solid foundations are laid, there is still a great deal to do. I have been deeply inspired, touched and changed by those who have had the courage to stand up to injustice and fight for those whose power has been stripped from them. I have found you among our NGO partners, among the communities that have been ravaged by conflict, among our board and team, our donors, among politicians and diplomats who use their power for the benefit of others and among journalists who expose the horrific truth about conflict to the world. Thank you for the profound impact you have had on me. I have also been deeply frustrated at the failure of our international institutions and leaders to act fast and effectively enough to protect some of the most vulnerable people on our planet. It is a conspicuous and unforgivable failure and one we must not cease to address.

    My heartfelt thanks to you for your support, partnership and inspiration. I only request that, when I leave, you redouble the commitment to Crisis Action that you have shown during my time as Executive Director. Crisis Action is in all of your hands. I will miss my team, my board, our supporters and our partners a great deal. I only know that it is good that it feels so hard to leave and that I will always be a supporter of Crisis Action and our collective cause.

    Gemma Mortensen