ISHR board

ISHR is governed by a Board of Directors which is responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the organisation.

The Board provides ISHR strategic leadership, policy guidance and support for organisational development. It ensures that ISHR enjoys prudent, sustainable and accountable management. The governance and sustainability of ISHR is the responsibility of the Board.

All its outstanding members contribute according to their qualifications and capacities. They do so in terms of access to networks, fundraising, mentoring and professional development, publicity and media engagement, organisational representation, and high-level advocacy. 

Check out our Board members’ profiles below!

Photo of ISHR board member Shaharz Adakbar

Shaharzad Akbar (Afghanistan)

(she/her)

Member

Shaharzad Akbar is a woman human rights defender and former Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
Photo of ISHR board member Shaharz Adakbar

Shaharzad Akbar (Afghanistan)

(she/her)

Member

Shaharzad Akbar is a woman human rights defender and former Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. She was previously Deputy of the National Security Council on Peace and Civilian Protection, a Senior Advisor to the Afghan President on High Development Councils, Country Director for Open Society Afghanistan, and a journalist with BBC Afghanistan.

Profile Photo of ISHR board member Vrinda Grover

Vrinda Grover (India)

(she/her)

Chair

Vrinda Grover (she/her) is an Indian lawyer and human rights defender, successfully litigating landmark cases in relation to women's rights, police accountability, freedom of the press and sexual minorities.
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Vrinda Grover (India)

(she/her)

Chair

Vrinda Grover is an Indian lawyer and human rights defender, successfully litigating landmark cases in relation to women’s rights, police accountability, freedom of the press and sexual minorities. She is a Board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights and a member of South Asians for Human Rights and the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN. She has been at the forefront of a range of successful law reform campaigns, including in relation to women’s rights and children’s rights, among others.
 

Profile Photo of ISHR board treasurer Jean-Claude Erné

Jean-Claude Erné (Switzerland)

(he/him)

Treasurer

Jean-Claude Erné is an Equity Partner at Banque Pictet and CEO of the Swiss Wealth Management market. He has a background as a lawyer and is admitted to the Geneva Bar.
Profile Photo of ISHR board treasurer Jean-Claude Erné

Jean-Claude Erné (Switzerland)

(he/him)

Treasurer

Jean-Claude Erné is an Equity Partner at Banque Pictet and CEO of the Swiss Wealth Management market. He has a background as a lawyer and is admitted to the Geneva Bar. He has worked extensively in Asia, including as Managing Director of Bank Pictet in Singapore and CEO of Pictet Wealth Management Asia.

Alice Mogwe (Botswana)

(she/her)

Member

Alice Mogwe is Director of Ditshwanelo, the Botswana Centre for Human Rights.

Alice Mogwe (Botswana)

(she/her)

Member

Alice Mogwe is Director of Ditshwanelo, the Botswana Centre for Human Rights. She is former Chairperson of the Southern Africa Trust and President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Recognised as one of the leading human rights lawyers and civil society activists in Botswana and Africa, she is a prominent advocate on issues including women’s rights and development. 

Profile Photo of ISHR board member Heba Morayef

Heba Morayef (Egypt)

(she/her)

Member

Heba Morayef is an Egyptian human rights defender and currently Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Director.
Profile Photo of ISHR board member Heba Morayef

Heba Morayef (Egypt)

(she/her)

Member

Heba Morayef is an Egyptian human rights defender and currently Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Director. Prior to that she was Associate Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, worked with International Crisis Group and Human Rights Watch’s as Egypt director in Cairo and previously Libya researcher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a specialisation in Public International Law from the American University in Cairo and an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Profile Photo of ISHR board member Mona Sabella.

Mona Sabella (Palestine)

(she/her)

Member

Mona Sabella (she/her) is a human rights advocate and defender. She currently coordinates global efforts to stop corporate capture and ensure corporate accountability at ESCR-Net.
Profile Photo of ISHR board member Mona Sabella.

Mona Sabella (Palestine)

(she/her)

Member

Mona Sabella is a human rights advocate and defender. She currently coordinates global efforts to stop corporate capture and ensure corporate accountability at ESCR-Net. Mona was formerly an International Advocacy Officer with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Geneva focusing on UN advocacy in support of communities and defenders in Libya, Palestine, Yemen and beyond. She also formerly worked on the protection of defenders with Front Line Defenders in Dublin, and worked for several years with Al-Haq focusing on colonial practices of dispossession impacting human rights in Palestine. Mona holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (University of Essex).

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Meg Satterthwaite (United States)

(she/her)

Member

Meg Satterthwaite is Professor of Clinical Law, Faculty Director of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and the Director of the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law.
Photo of ISHR board member Margaret Satterthwaite

Meg Satterthwaite (United States)

(she/her)

Member

Meg Satterthwaite is Professor of Clinical Law, Faculty Director of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and the Director of the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law. She previously worked with Amnesty International and Human Rights First. Meg is a leading thinker and researcher on issues including wellbeing and resilience, and advocacy strategies and effectiveness in the human rights movement.

Profile Photo of ISHR board Deputy Chair Katarina Bervar Sternad

Katarina Bervar Sternad (Slovenia)

(she/her)

Deputy Chair

Katarina Bervar Sternad is a human rights lawyer and Director of PIC (Legal Information Centre for NGOs) in Slovenia, focusing mainly on migrant rights and women’s rights.
Profile Photo of ISHR board Deputy Chair Katarina Bervar Sternad

Katarina Bervar Sternad (Slovenia)

(she/her)

Deputy Chair

Katarina Bervar Sternad is a human rights lawyer and Director of PIC (Legal Information Centre for NGOs) in Slovenia, focusing mainly on migrant rights and women’s rights. She is Coordinator of the Coalition for ESC Rights and a Member (alternate) of the Management Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. She is the author of various studies for the European Migration Network. 

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Bruno Stagno Ugarte (Costa Rica)

(he/him)

Member

Bruno Stagno Ugarte is Chief Advocacy Officer with Human Rights Watch.
Photo of ISHR board member Bruno Stagno Ugarte

Bruno Stagno Ugarte (Costa Rica)

(he/him)

Member

Bruno Stagno Ugarte is Chief Advocacy Officer with Human Rights Watch. He was previously Executive Director of Security Council Report, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica from 2006-2010 and Ambassador of Costa Rica to the UN in New York from 2002-2006. Bruno also served as President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court from 2005-2008.

Profile Photo of ISHR board member Mirosław Wyrzykowski

Mirosław Wyrzykowski (Poland)

(he/him)

Member

Mirosław Wyrzykowski has been Chair of the Human Rights Department, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, since 2006.
Profile Photo of ISHR board member Mirosław Wyrzykowski

Mirosław Wyrzykowski (Poland)

(he/him)

Member

Mirosław Wyrzykowski has been Chair of the Human Rights Department, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, since 2006. He is a former judge of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland, as well as a former Head of the Department of Constitutional Freedoms and Rights in the Office of the Commissioner for Citizens Rights, and a former member of the Prime Minister’s Legislative Council.