John T Green (United States)
Professor of Professional Practice/Nonprofit Management, The New School
John has over thirty years of senior financial management experience in education and nonprofit organizations, including the New York City Department of Education (Deputy Executive Director of Budget Operations and Executive Director of the Office of Charter Schools), City University of New York (Assistant University Budget Director) and Human Rights Watch (Director of Operations). Most recently he served as the University Budget Director at The New School and Associate Dean of The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School and now teaches part-time in the school’s graduate program of nonprofit management. He was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire and has served on the board of directors at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (New York), the Betty Ford Center (California) and Isabella Geriatric Center (New York). John is a graduate of Maryknoll College (Illinois) and has an MA from Columbia University in higher education administration.
Irene Khan (Bangladesh)
Director General, International Development Law Organization
Before becoming Director General of the International Development Law Organization, Irene Khan was secretary general of Amnesty International from 2001 to 2009. Previously, she joined the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1980, working in a variety of positions, including senior executive officer to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, head of the UNHCR team in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia during the Kosovo crisis in 1999; she was appointed deputy director of International Protection in the same year. Khan studied law at the University of Manchester and Harvard Law School, specializing in public international law and human rights. She has received several awards and academic honours, including the City of Sydney Peace Prize in 2006. She is author of the 2009 book, "The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights."
Miloon Kothari (India)
Independent Expert on Human Rights and Social Policy
Senior Advisor, MIT Displacement Research Action Network (DRAN)
Based in New Delhi, India, Miloon Kothari is an independent expert on human rights and social policy. He served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing from 2000 to 2008, and Founder and Executive Director of the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India from 1999 to 2013. He was also co-founder and convenor of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) from 2009 to 2014. He is the President of UPR Info, the Geneva-based organization which provides capacity-building for more effective use of the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Mr Kothari was appointed Dr Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013. From 2013 to 2015, he guided the development of the MIT Displacement Research and Action Network (DRAN), and taught graduate courses at the MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Karin Lissakers (United States)
Director, Revenue Watch Institute
Karin Lissakers was founding president of the Revenue Watch Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the transparent, accountable and effective management of oil, gas and mining revenues to help countries realize the full economic benefit of their natural resource wealth. She served as US executive director on the board of the International Monetary Fund from 1993 to 2001 and as deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff of the US State Department. She was also staff director of the economic policy subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. She has also held senior posts in academia and several think tanks, as well as advising George Soros on issues of globalization. She is a former senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and headed the International Business and Banking Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Her research and writing have focused on the interplay of international business and US foreign policy. She is the author of 'Banks, Borrowers and the Establishment 'about the 1980s international debt crisis. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, the Journal of International Affairs, The New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications.
Elizabeth McCormack (United States)
Adviser, Rockefeller Family & Associates
Elizabeth J. McCormack is a board member of the Juilliard School, Hamilton College, the Asian Culture Council and the Atlantic Philanthropies. She received a BA degree from Manhattanville College and a PhD from Fordham University. From 1966 to 1974 she was president of Manhattanville College. At the present time she is an adviser to members of the Rockefeller family.
Carin Norberg (Sweden)
Former Director, Nordic Africa Institute
Carin Norberg is former director of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. From 2002-2005, she was executive director and program manager for global programs at the secretariat of Transparency International, in Berlin. Since 1970, she has held various positions with the Swedish International Development Agency, including director, department for East and West Africa, director, department for humanitarian assistance and co-operation with NGOs, and director, department for democracy and social development. From 1984-87, she was advisor to the UN Commissioner for Namibia at the United Nations headquarters in New York. She holds a degree in political science and economics from Uppsala University. She is presently board member of Civil Rights Defenders, Stiftelsen Folkoperan and Nordic Africa Research Network and member of the AEGIS Advisory Council.
Joe Oloka-Onyango (Uganda)
Professor of Law, Human Rights & Peace Centre (HURIPEC), School of Law, Makerere University
J. Oloka-Onyango is a Professor of Law at the Human Rights & Peace Centre (HURIPEC), School of Law, Makerere University, and has taught at various schools including Harvard, Oxford, Cape Town, NYU and the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan. He has been a member and former chair of several local, regional and international human rights organizations and was the Special Rapporteur on Globalization and Human Rights of the United Nations (UN), Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights from 1998 to 2002. Mr Oloka-Onyango is actively involved in the struggle against sexual bigotry and minority victimization and was the lead petitioner in the successful challenge to the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda. His most recent publications are “Debating Love, Human Rights and Identity Politics in East Africa: The Case of Kenya and Uganda” (2015) and When Courts do Politics: Public Interest Law and Litigation in East Africa (2017).
Imad Sabi (Palestine)
Senior Program Officer, Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations (OSF)
Imad Sabi works for the Open Society Foundations' Education Support Team. Prior to this, he worked for ten years at Oxfam Novib's Global Programmes Department in the Netherlands, supporting an extensive network of global civil society actors. He previously served as Senior Program Officer for Emergencies in Africa and the Middle East for the Dutch development agency ICCO and has also worked in Central Asia as a consultant. He has been active over many years in the right to education movement, serving on the Board of the Global Campaign for Education, and is a Founding Board member of the Arab Campaign for Education for All. He currently represents the private foundations constituency in the Country Grants and Performance Committee of the Global Partnership for Education, having represented civil society on the same committee for four years. Previously he was a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum and has also been a member of the Board of Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE).
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona (Chile)
Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona is a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Ms. Sepúlveda was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights from May 2008 to June 2014. She has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica. She also served as a consultant to UNHCR and to the Norwegian Refugee Council. More recently she was Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva and Research Fellow at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights. Ms Sepúlveda has worked with a range of NGOs in formal and informal capacities. She has taught various post graduate courses at universities in Latin America and is currently Associate Professor at Oxford University’s Summer Course on Human Rights and has published widely on human rights, poverty and development.
She currently serves as member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the Committee of World Food Security and as a Member of the Human Rights and Gender Group, formed under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Ms. Sepúlveda is a Chilean lawyer, J.S.D. (University of Valparaiso, Law School); LL.M. (University of Essex) and Ph.D (Utrecht University).
UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer
Manuel José Cepeda
Jurist, Universidad de los Andes
Professor of International Affairs at the New School, New York
Director, China-Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative
Honorary President, Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association
Chief Executive Officer, Landesa
Founder and Executive Director, Justice Trust
Alicia Ely Yamin
Lecturer on Global Health, and Policy Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University