Minority Rights Group International (MRG) Deputy Director, Claire Thomas, writes this opinion piece for the Thomson Reuters News Foundation.+ LEARN MORE
Council Members of Minority Rights Group International
Meena Varma, Chair
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.
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.
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.
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).
José Guevara Bermúdez
Mr. 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.