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.
Kinza founded “Gaia Metta Consultancy” in 2018 to offer independent wealth management advice in the field of Philanthropy and investing for social impact. Having worked in the finance industry for over 25 years and catered for the needs of high net worth individuals and corporations throughout the globe she is well versed in both global challenges and financial wealth management. As a passionate advocate and practionner of Philanthropy and investment for social
impact she actively works to promote the practice of effective giving and responsible investing by providing her expertise to collaborative and socially responsible entities and individuals.
Kinza holds a Bachelor in Business Management and an Executive Masters in International Relations & Diplomacy and has furthermore trained and practiced in numerous avenues linked to development finance, social innovation, global health and public private partnering. Mother of 3 young adults, of Burmese and French origin and having been raised in Tanzania, she entertains a culturally diverse background and strong drive to support the needs and challenges of the next generation(s) and to help breach the growing wealth divide root to many of the inequalities faced by society today.
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.
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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.
Georgios Damtsas is a Partner at Capital Group. He is an investment analyst with Capital World Investors, with investment responsibilities in consumer staples, media and B2B services. He is also a Research Director for Europe. Georgios joined the Capital Group in 2003 in Los Angeles as a participant of The Associate Program (TAP). Prior to joining Capital, Georgios interned in the corporate finance division of Lazard in London, and also served in the Cyprus National Guard for 26 months.
Georgios earned a MPhil degree in European Studies from Cambridge University, and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) with First Class Honours. Georgios joined HURIDOCS’ board in 2019.
Professor Edward (Eddie) Abbott-Halpin is an expert on human rights and information communication technologies. He joined HURIDOCS Board in 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).
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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.
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 Foundation, Digital Freedom Fund, OpenStreetMap US, The Tor Project, OpenReferral, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Open Architecture Collaborative, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Simply Secure, and Mozilla. He is a board member of The Ruckus Society, Global Exchange, and Peer 2 Peer University, and serves in a formal advisory role with HURIDOCS and other organisations.
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