Our Board

Gisella Reina


Gisella is New Business Manager for OXFAM, based in Geneva, Switzerland. A member of the HURIDOCS Board since 2014, Gisella assumed the Chair at the close of 2016. An expert in institutional development, she has held leadership positions at Global Ethics, the International Commission of Jurists, and EuronAid (an association of more than 30 member NGOs specialising in emergency aid and food security). Earlier in her career, Gisella worked as an economic advisor for a variety of consulting and engineering firms, and as an expert in the evaluation of development programs and project planning. She has lived in Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and India and speaks Italian, Dutch, English and French.

  • Italy, Netherlands

Edward Abbott-Halpin

Professor Edward (Eddie) Abbott-Halpin is an expert on human rights and information communication technologies. A member of the HURIDOCS Board since 2009, Eddie served as Chair from 2009-2016. He teaches in the School of Computing and Creative Technology at Leeds Becket University, where he is Co-Chair of the Digital Research Centre. Eddie has worked for the European Parliament’s Scientific and Technical Options Assessment (STOA) Unit on human rights information, the Child Rights Information Network, and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. He co-published Human Rights and the Internet (2000) and co-edited Human Rights and Information Communication Technologies: Trends and Consequences of Use (2012).

  • United Kingdom

Hannah Forster


Hannah is Executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, a position that she has held since 2001. She joined the HURIDOCS Board in 2009, having previously served as a member of the HURIDOCS International Advisory Council (1992-2009). A human rights activist with a background in information management, Hannah has served as Chair of the African Democracy Forum and has worked for adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. In 2007, Hannah was the first Gambian to receive the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

  • Gambia

Lisa Reinsberg

Lisa Reinsberg is the Executive Director of the International Justice Resource Center (IJRC), an organization she founded in 2011 with the goal of improving the accessibility, transparency, and impact of human rights protections. IJRC’s informational resources, technical support, and training services reach advocates and victims around the world. Lisa is a lawyer who previously worked with non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations in the Americas and Europe. She joined the HURIDOCS Board in 2018.


  • United States

Oleksandra Matviichuk

Oleksandra Matviichuk is a human rights defender who works on issues in Ukraine and the OSCE region. She heads the human rights organisation Center for Civil Liberties and also coordinates the work of the initiative group Euromaidan SOS. In 2016, Oleksandra received the Democracy Defender Award for “Exclusive Contribution to Promoting Democracy and Human Rights” from missions to the OSCE. In 2017, she received a Ukraine’s Woman of Courage Award from U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. She joined HURIDOCS’ Board in 2018.

  • Ukraine

Allen Gunn, Special Advisor

Allen Gunn (“Gunner”) is Executive Director of Aspiration (www.aspirationtech.org) in San Francisco, USA, and works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. The common thread that connects all facets of Gunner’s work is a focus on open approaches to capacity building and knowledge sharing. Gunner is an active facilitator, contributor, advisor, and/or partner in a number of projects and communities, including Electronic Frontier FoundationDigital Freedom FundOpenStreetMap USThe Tor ProjectOpenReferralGreenpeaceRainforest Action NetworkOpen Architecture CollaborativeHumanitarian OpenStreetMap TeamSimply Secure, and Mozilla. He is a board member of The Ruckus SocietyGlobal Exchange, and Peer 2 Peer University, and serves in a formal advisory role with HURIDOCS and other organisations.

  • United States


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