Astrid Thors

Astrid Thors is a lawyer and a Finnish politician and the former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, HCNM. She has been Minister of Migration and European Affairs and served in the European Parliament and in the national Parliament.

She has held several positions of trust related to Human Rights and minority rights, chairing the Advisory Board on Human Rights of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (2011-2013) and now a member of it. She has also been engaged in the national delegation for Human rights at the Human rights center of Finland, (NHRI). Since 2019 she chairs the Human Rights Committee of LIberal International. She is currently member of the Board of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, based in Uppsala, Sweden.

She has held several positions of trust in the fields or visual and performing arts and higher education.

Bill Samuel, Treasurer

Bill Samuel is a chartered accountant with broad private sector experience in banking, finance, and tourism. With a strong interest in human rights and conservation, he has extensive experience of the Charity Sector, having served on the councils of Education Action International, The Book Trade Charity, The Ilois Support Group and the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Network. He was also a director of Foyles Bookshop and lives in London.

George Ngwane

George Ngwane is a Senior Chevening Fellow in conflict prevention from the University of York (UK), a Rotary Peace Fellow from the University of Chulalongkorn (Bangkok, Thailand) and a United Nations Minority Rights Fellow from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the Executive Director of the civil society organisation AFRICAphonie, Member of the National Commission on the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in Cameroon.

Joe Frans, Chair of Finance Committee

Joe Frans is founder and Chief Operating Officer of NGA Novum AB, a company specializing in digitizing terrestrial television networks in Africa. He is board member of the Swedish Association of ethnic minority entrepreneurs IFS and previously served as chair and member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group of Independent Experts on People of African Descent. He also worked with the mayor of the City of Stockholm and represented the social democratic party of Sweden in the Swedish Parliament.

José Guevara Bermúdez

José Guevara Bermúdez has extensive practical experience in the area of human rights and international criminal law. Among its former responsibilities, he was Deputy Ombudsman at Mexico City’s Human Rights Institution, Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and Deputy Director General for Human Rights and Democracy at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as a member of the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in 2014.

Mahdis Keshavarz, Vice-Chair

Mahdis Keshavarz is founder and principal of The Make Agency. Keshavarz’s clientele has included international dignitaries, Hollywood stars, global artists, numerous film festivals and events focusing on the Middle Eastern community. She has placed news stories and op-eds with media outlets around the world – including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, NPR, The National and Al Jazeera. She also serves on the board of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA).

Meena Varma, Chair

Meena Verma has been Director of Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK) since 2007. DSN-UK campaigns against the atrocities, humiliation and poverty that over 260 million Dalits or ‘untouchables’ suffer due to caste discrimination. Meena is also the Chair of the International Dalit Solidarity Network; a Board member and the Treasurer of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dalits.

Pratima Gurung

Pratima Gurung is an academic activist from Nepal. Pratima has been instrumental in raising the voiceless voices of women, indigenous peoples, disability rights, and has been remarkable in bridging multiple marginalised identities with an intersectional lens from Nepal, Asia and globally. Ms. Gurung is a faculty member at Padmakanya College, one of the single women colleges in Nepal. She is engaged in research and linkage her academic research to advocacy. She also contributes as an expert of Disability National Direction Committee, formed by the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizen, Nepal Government. Pratima Gurung is a founding member and currently General Secretary of Indigenous Person with Disabilities Global Network and National indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal. She is an example in Nepal and Asia to initiate cross-movement collaboration and intersectional approach among indigenous peoples, disability, women and other marginalised movement and discourse.

Victoria Hoskins

Victoria Hoskins has 20 years’ experience as a trustee. Currently an advisor to the Stroke Association Investment Committee, and trustee for the Edward Gostling Foundation. Former trustee of the LankellyChase Foundation and former Board member of ECCR.

Victoria has been working in investment management in London for over 20 years and is a long term advocate of sustainable and impact investment. She currently leads the Charity proposition at Rathbone Greenbank Investments. Victoria is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI (FCSI).

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