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Kate Donald

Acting Executive Director

Washington DC area, USA

Kate oversees CESR’s programmatic work and team, and leads our collaborative efforts to build a blueprint for a Rights-Based Economy. Kate’s experience researching the impacts of economic and social policies helps shape CESR’s reports as valuable policy tools to strengthen the protection of human rights around the world. Her work has focused on economic and gender inequality, tax policy, development finance, and unpaid care work. Her advocacy work has been mostly focused on influencing international and intergovernmental institutions and processes. Before joining CESR, Kate worked for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and the International Council on Human Rights Policy. She holds an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

Allison Corkery

Allison Corkery

Director of Strategy and Learning

Allison Corkery

Director of Strategy and Learning

Johannesburg, South Africa

Allison leads on the design and implementation of CESR’s organizational strategy. This includes building effective systems and processes; developing strategic partnerships; and fostering a culture of learning across the organization. Her work supporting rights claiming through innovative research and creative advocacy equips her with valuable experience to transform CESR’s goals into concrete objectives and actionable plans. Allison first joined CESR in 2010 as a research fellow, working on a joint project with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. In previous positions, she worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney and the National Institutions Unit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Allison is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity. She holds an MSc in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics, LLM from Columbia University Law School, and BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales.

Saswati Sarkar

Saswati Sarkar

Director of Finance, Human Resources and Operations

Saswati Sarkar

Director of Finance, Human Resources and Operations

New York, USA

Saswati oversees and provides strategic direction on CESR’s financial health, operational infrastructure, and the implementation of our Embodying Equity and Justice strategy, ensuring CESR’s values are reflected in all aspects of organizational culture and practice. Her background in Business Administration, Women’s Studies, and executive leadership allows us to rely on solid infrastructure to strengthen our work, expand our reach, and embody our values. Prior to joining CESR, Saswati worked with Red Hook Initiative and the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. She holds an MS in Women’s Studies and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and is a certified nonprofit accounting professional.

Mahinour ElBadrawi

Mahinour ElBadrawi

Program Officer

Mahinour ElBadrawi

Program Officer

New York, USA

Mahinour coordinates CESR’s work in South West Asia and North Africa. Her work focuses on fostering partnerships and expanding the toolkit of methods shared among the human rights, economic justice, and environmental justice communities and she contributes to CESR’s work on global economic governance. Her previous experience working at different human rights organizations in Egypt, doing national and international research and advocacy on debt, development, and environmental justice, among others, aids the Center in creating strong strategic alliances in the region. Before joining CESR, Mahinour worked as a Senior Programs & Research Officer at the Law & Society Research Unit at American University Cairo, where she helped build the Unit's strategy and oversaw the implementation of its work on law, society, and human rights in post-revolutionary Egypt. She holds a BA in political science and an MA in international human rights law from the same university.

Sakshi Rai

Program Officer

Delhi, India

Sakshi leads CESR’s efforts on reforming the global economic governance system with a focus on integrating human rights into key debates affecting Global South countries disproportionately constraining their fiscal space. As a public policy expert, she brings her experience on international tax issues, corporate tax abuse in particular, that exposes the impacts of the current system and to advocate for rights-based systemic reforms. Before joining CESR, Sakshi worked as the Lead Researcher for the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research investigating profit shifting by gig companies and workers’ rights. As a Programme Officer at the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, she was also a steering committee member at the Financial Transparency Coalition. She holds an MSc in Economic Development from the University of Glasgow, and a graduate degree in Economic Majors from Ambedkar University Delhi, India.

María Emilia Mamberti

María Emilia Mamberti

Program Officer

María Emilia Mamberti

Program Officer

La Plata, Argentina

María Emilia coordinates the Principles and Guidelines Initiative, part of our work on human rights and fiscal policy in Latin America. Her previous experience working in strategic litigation and budget analysis for social, cultural, and economic rights, allowed CESR to co-create a compendium of principles that summarize the human rights’ standards applicable to fiscal policy around the globe. Prior to joining CESR, she worked for ACIJ in Argentina, and has also worked as a consultant for different public institutions and NGOs, on matters of transparency, accountability, and economic and social rights. María Emilia holds a law degree from University of La Plata, and postgraduate degrees in Constitutional Democracy (University of Genoa) and Administrative Law (University of Buenos Aires). She also graduated from Columbia Law School’s LLM., where she was a Human Rights Fellow & Fulbright Scholar.

Alina Saba

Program Officer

Munich, Germany

Alina’s focus is on deepening and expanding CESR’s engagement on environmental and climate justice issues. She helps to align our efforts for a Rights-Based Economy and better global economic governance with climate justice perspectives and principles, building bridges with partners and allies in the field. Her experience in advocacy, feminist participatory action research, and indigenous people’s rights facilitate CESR’s efforts to shed light on the interconnectedness of the climate and human rights crises. Before joining CESR, she worked with Public Services International (PSI) in Nepal. Alina holds a MA in Governance, Politics, and Public Policy from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Sociology from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.

Ohene Ampofo-Anti

Ohene Ampofo-Anti

Program Associate

Ohene Ampofo-Anti

Program Associate

Pretoria, South Africa

Ohene provides research and advocacy support across several CESR projects, with a particular focus on embedding human rights into agendas for economic transformation and strengthening our collaborative work around assessing rights fulfillment. Ohene’s background in law, journalism and his knowledge of critical race theory and intersectionality boost our efforts to transform current narratives around the economy and dismantle the inequalities that sustain them. Before joining CESR, Ohene was a Law Clerk at South Africa’s Constitutional Court and a fellow at Sonke Gender Justice where he engaged in advocacy related to gender-based violence drafting releases, making parliamentary submissions, engaging in strategic litigation, and facilitating workshops. He also worked as a writer for Ground Up (a news website that covers stories on human rights and social justice issues in South Africa). He is a qualified attorney from the University of Cape Town (2013) and recently completed an LLM at UCLA with specializations in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies.

Olivia Minatta

Program Associate

La Plata, Argentina

Olivia supports our research and advocacy activities on fiscal justice in Latin America. Her work has focused mostly on socioeconomic rights and constitutional law, which helps CESR to analyze and address the rights impacts of fiscal policies in the region. Before joining CESR, she worked with the Attorney General of Argentina, coordinated the Human Rights Clinic at National University of La Plata, and was part of the socioeconomic rights team at ACIJ. Olivia graduated as a lawyer from University of La Plata and holds an LLM from Columbia Law School.

Auska Ovando

Communications Manager

Los Lagos, Chile

Auska manages the narratives and messages by which CESR communicates its work around the globe. Her previous experience in creating communication strategies for social and political reforms in Latin America strengthens CESR’s mission to envision a new economic system through the power of stories. Before joining our organization, Auska served as general coordinator and communications manager at the NGO Ciudadanía Inteligente, she worked as a researcher on journalism and media practices for Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and TVN, and as a reporter at Radio Cooperativa. She holds an MPhil in Sociology of Media and Culture from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics from University College London, and a BA in Journalism (Universidad Católica de Chile).

Mariana Escobar

Mariana Escobar

Communications Consultant (Fiscal Justice in Latin America)

Mariana Escobar

Communications Consultant (Fiscal Justice in Latin America)

Bogotá, Colombia

Mariana creates narratives and outputs that bridge the gap between economic policy and human rights in Latin America, for the Initiative for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy (which CESR coordinates). Her previous experience in media and strategic communications for human rights issues boosts CESR's efforts to tell compelling stories that can drive systemic change. Before joining us, Mariana worked at the newspapers El Espectador and El Tiempo in Colombia, and also with our allies at Dejusticia. Mariana specialized in social communication, with a focus on communication for development and international journalism, at Universidad de La Sabana (Bogotá), and she’s currently pursuing a master’s in Public Health at Universidad de Los Andes.

Rebecca Berger

Development Manager

New York, USA

Rebecca manages CESR’s development plan, constantly strengthening our fundraising efforts, and plays a key role in the implementation of our monitoring, learning, and evaluation framework. She received a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Albany, where she majored in Sociology and minored in English, and a Master's degree in Sociology from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College, where her studies focused on gender.

Pamela Choga

Pamela Choga

Operations Associate

Pamela Choga

Operations Associate

Johannesburg, South Africa

Pamela serves as a key member of the People and Processes team, supporting CESR's transition to a global team as well as managing the upkeep and maintenance of our virtual workspace. Her experience in providing administrative and operational support to teams vis-a-vis her research background in the realm of human rights and economics allows us to function smoothly and execute the actions needed for our work in systemic transformations. Pamela has previously worked with the Institute for Economic Justice in South Africa and holds a Law degree and LLM in International Economic Law from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Imad Sabi, Chair

Senior Program Coordinator, Oxfam IBIS-Education Out Loud

Imad Sabi, Chair

Senior Program Coordinator, Oxfam IBIS-Education Out Loud

Imad Sabi works in Oxfam IBIS, as a member of the Education Out Loud team, a GPE-funded global program to strengthen civil society activism and advocacy on education. Previously he worked for the Open Society Foundations' Education Program; Oxfam Novib's Global Programs Department in the Netherlands, and for the Dutch development agency ICCO as a Senior Program Officer for Emergencies in Africa and the Middle East.  He also worked in Central Asia for a number of years 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 representing the private foundations and civil society constituencies on the Board and Board committees of the Global Partnership for Education, Imad is also a member of the Bank Information Center (BIC) and the Transnational Institute (TNI) Boards. Previously he was a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum and a founding member of the Board of Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE).

Karin Lissakers, Vice-Chair

Former President, Revenue Watch Institute

Karin Lissakers, Vice-Chair

Former President, 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. 

John T Green, Treasurer and Secretary

Former Professor of Professional Practice/Nonprofit Management, The New School

John T Green, Treasurer and Secretary

Former 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 Associate Dean of the Milano School  and Vice Dean of The Schools of Public Engagement at The New School. 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.

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho-Kang-You

Former State Councillor for the Council of State, Netherlands

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho-Kang-You

Former State Councillor for the Council of State, Netherlands

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho-Kang-You is a former State Councillor at the Raad van State, The Hague. She is a member of the Netherlands Financial Investments board and vice-chair of the supervisory board of Radboud University and Radboudumc University Medical Centre. Ms. Goncalves-Ho-Kang-You is also a member of the committee to provide individual compensation to Holocaust survivors transported by the Netherlands national railroad and Chair of the advisory commission to government on policy regarding Dutch colonial collections. She is chair of  the Stichting Juridische Samenwerking Nederland Suriname, a foundation that promotes democracy and rule of law in Suriname.

Roshmi Goswami

Feminist, Human Rights Activist and Researcher

Roshmi Goswami

Feminist, Human Rights Activist and Researcher

Roshmi Goswami is a  feminist, human rights activist with decades of work on women’s rights especially pioneering work on women in armed conflict situations using the CEDAW framework. She was a Program Officer with the Ford Foundation, New Delhi office for several years supporting cutting edge work on women’s rights in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal and regional women’s human rights networks in the Asia Pacific region. Associated with several human rights and feminist organizations she  is the present  Co-Chair of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a South Asian human rights platform conceived and founded by some of the most eminent human rights defenders of the region. Roshmi was also a Governing  Board member of  the US based Urgent Action Fund, which supports women human rights defenders across the world,  founder and Board Member of Urgent Action Fund-Asia Pacific, Advisory Board member of LSE’s UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice & Security Hub, core group member of the South Asia feminist network – SANGAT, founding member of the National Alliance of Women (NAWO). She  is presently based in North East India and  an  independent researcher and consultant on  women ‘s human rights , gender justice, peace and conflict transformation. She has  been  involved in work  on  sexual violence in conflict zones, with women ex combatants in Nepal and  North East India and is presently part of a research project on the gendered dimensions of violent extremism.

Miloon Kothari

Independent Expert on Human Rights and Social Policy
Senior Advisor, MIT Displacement Research Action Network (DRAN)

Miloon Kothari

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.

Joe Oloka-Onyango

Professor of Law, Human Rights & Peace Centre (HURIPEC), School of Law, Makerere University

Joe Oloka-Onyango

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).

Rosa Pavanelli

General Secretary, Public Services International

Rosa Pavanelli

General Secretary, Public Services International

Rosa Pavanelli has been General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI) since 2012. PSI represents 20 million public services workers in 150 countries, championing human rights, advocating for social justice and promoting universal access to quality public services. Ms. Pavanelli is currently Chair of the Council of Global Unions and in March 2016 was nominated as Commissioner on the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (UN ComHEEG), representing the trade union movement, health workers and public services. She is also a member of the United Nations High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters and of the Cornell University International Labour Relations Worker Institute Advisory Council. She also collaborates closely with the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT).

Crystal Simeoni

Director, Nawi - Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective

Crystal Simeoni

Director, Nawi - Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective

Crystal Simeoni has 10 years of experience working on macro-level inequalities. She currently works on women’s rights and macroeconomic policy at continental and global policy spaces. She champions for and works with women at all levels to be able to influence, analyze, deconstruct and reconstruct macroeconomic policy decision making through an intersectional Pan African Feminist lens. She is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity.

Carla García Zendejas

Director People, Land & Resources, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Carla García Zendejas

Director People, Land & Resources, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Carla García Zendejas is an environmental and human rights attorney from Mexico with more than twenty years of experience. As Director for the People, Land & Resources Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) she leads legal strategies and campaigns to strengthen law and policy in development finance institutions, international treaty bodies and trade agreements to ensure the protection of human rights and the environment and to achieve corporate accountability. Carla accompanies communities in seeking remedy through their litigation and complaints at accountability mechanisms and international arbitral tribunals. While serving as Senior Officer for Human Rights & Extractive Industries at the Due Process of Law Foundation she trained indigenous communities across the Andean Region on their right to free, prior and informed consent. She was co-founder and staff attorney at the first public interest law organization in Tijuana, Mexico providing free legal services to women workers in the maquiladora industry. During her early work, Carla led broad environmental justice campaigns on the U.S.-Mexico border and was instrumental in founding organizations which promoted sustainable energy infrastructure, water quality, government transparency and accountability. As a Fulbright Scholar, she earned an LL.M. from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Philip Alston

John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU Law School

Philip Alston

John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU Law School

Geoff Budlender

Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer

Geoff Budlender

Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer

Manuel José Cepeda

Jurist, Universidad de los Andes

Manuel José Cepeda

Jurist, Universidad de los Andes

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Professor of International Affairs at the New School, New York

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Professor of International Affairs at the New School, New York

Paulina Garzon

Director, China-Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative

Paulina Garzon

Director, China-Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative

Richard Goldstone

Honorary President, Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association

Richard Goldstone

Honorary President, Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association

Chris Jochnick

Chief Executive Officer, Landesa

Chris Jochnick

Chief Executive Officer, Landesa

CESR co-founder

Irene Khan

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Irene Khan

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Carin Norberg

Former Director, Nordic Africa Institute

Carin Norberg

Former Director, Nordic Africa Institute

Roger Normand

Founder and Executive Director, Justice Trust

Roger Normand

Founder and Executive Director, Justice Trust

CESR co-founder

Alicia Ely Yamin

Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, and Senior Advisor on Human Rights, Partners in Health

Alicia Ely Yamin

Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, and Senior Advisor on Human Rights, Partners in Health

Sarah Zaidi

Sarah Zaidi

CESR co-founder