Mariana Bernardez

Mariana Bernandez is the Creative Director at the Human Rights Foundation. Mariana joined HRF after completing her degree in graphic design from Parsons School of Design. Before moving to New York, Mariana studied Communications, and graduated with her M.A. in Public Management while working for the opposition-led local government of Sucre (Caracas, Venezuela). In Sucre […]

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Nasser Weddady

A strategist with expert knowledge of the Arab World, Muslim Affairs, and Africa combined with years of strategic planning, public diplomacy, advocacy and networking. Identified as one of the top 5 influencers during the 2011 Arab uprisings by the Atlantic Magazine, Voted “Best Person To Follow – Arabic” in Deutsch Welle’s Best of Blogs Awards […]

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Jim Warnock

Jim Warnock grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and after graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School of Politics at UVA, has spent years in various capacities. Working for companies like The Financial Times, Zegna, and the History Channel, he has worked in leadership positions in sales, TV and Film production, and marketing. As Director of Outreach […]

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Prachi Vidwans

Prachi Vidwans is a research associate at HRF. She previously served as HRF’s communications specialist. In 2016, Prachi graduated with her M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago, where she studied democratization and conflict. Previously, she served as assistant editor of Democracy Lab, a journalistic partnership between Foreign Policy magazine and the Legatum […]

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Jhanisse Vaca-Daza

Jhanisse Vaca Daza is Communications Associate at HRF and Media Advisor for the Oslo Freedom Forum. She received her B.A. from Kent State University where she studied International Relations. Her focus of work is Human Rights and Nonviolent Action. She has received the 2018 Distinguished Honors Alumna Award from Kent State University for her work […]

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Centa Rek

Centa is a Bolivian attorney and cum laude graduate from Santa Cruz Private University. She worked for seven years as legal counsel in the oil and gas industry before moving to New York in 2011. Centa has six years of experience working on international human rights law issues, focusing on a variety of countries including […]

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Alexandra Prow

As Deputy Director, Alexandra coordinates the Oslo Freedom Forum and its satellite events.  Alexandra joined HRF in 2015 and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the annual Oslo Freedom Forum and its satellite events. On the Oslo Freedom Forum team, she focuses on the coordination and successful continuation of the flagship Oslo Freedom Forum […]

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Joy Park

Joy Park oversees HRF’s legal research and advocacy in the Asia region. Joy received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and has since worked on legal and policy issues in closed societies in Asia. As a part of HRF’s Center for Law and Democracy, Joy’s research focuses on legal issues related to freedom of […]

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John Lechner

As Operations Coordinator, John assists with event logistics for the Oslo Freedom Forum. John is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied international affairs and economics. Born in Stavanger, Norway, John spent his formative years overseas before graduating high school in Houston, Texas. He held two summer internships with HRF before beginning a full-time […]

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Olivia Laura

Olivia Laura holds bachelor’s degrees from The College of New Jersey in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, where her main focus of study was on global women’s rights. Throughout her college career, she worked with various nonprofits and joined the Human Rights Foundation in 2017 where she now works on the Oslo Freedom […]

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Malaak Jamal

Malaak received her M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University where she specialized in human rights, international law, and post-conflict state reconstruction and sustainability. She received her B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she double majored in sociology and in political science with a concentration in international relations, and was awarded FDU’s […]

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Jamie Hancock

Jamie joined HRF after completing her master’s in international politics and business at New York University, where her thesis focused on the erosion of press freedom in Latin America. She served as media relations coordinator at HRF for three years before becoming the Global Director of the Oslo Freedom Forum, HRF’s global conference series. Jamie […]

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Thor Halvorssen

A human rights advocate and film producer, Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in the spring of 2005.  Thor began advocating for human rights in 1989 in London by organizing opposition to South African apartheid while in school.  He is president of HRF, founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, and patron of the Prague-based […]

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Roberto Gonzalez

Roberto González is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York. He graduated cum laude from Rafael Landívar University, where he earned a Bachelor of Laws degree. He also holds a master’s degree in International Law and Justice from Fordham University School of Law. As a part of HRF’s Center for Law […]

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Alex Gladstein

Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. He has also served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. In his work Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers, and artists to promote free […]

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Alisha Giri

Alisha has a degree in anthropology from Wake Forest University and is passionate about working to promote civil liberties across the globe. Prior to joining HRF she worked as a program coordinator for a global development nonprofit while completing a fellowship through Stanford University. […]

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Sandra Germaine

Sandra joins HRF with 10 years of experience in business administration across various industries. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy as well as an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. […]

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Mallory Galbreath

Mallory is the director of the Human Rights Foundation’s College Freedom Forum and oversees the Oslo Scholars Program. Mallory joined HRF after working in leadership programming and event management at an educational organization based in the greater New York City area. She has spent several years developing various events on college campuses around the United […]

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Javier El Hage

Javier El-Hage is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York. He holds Masters degrees in International Law from Columbia University School of Law, and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. From 2006-2008, El-Hage was a constitutional law professor at the Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz-Bolivia, in which period he was invited by […]

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Holly Baxter

Holly Baxter is Principal in Holly Baxter & Associates LLC with has over 17 years experience as a fine art professional working in public, private and non-profit organizations and 10 years as a business development executive in the technology industry. Her expertise ranges from emerging contemporary art to modern masters and specializing in art that […]

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Celine Assaf Boustani

Celine joined HRF’s Center for Law and Democracy in 2014 to focus on the protection of freedom of expression in Arabic and French-speaking countries around the world. Her legal and advocacy work cover the Middle East and Africa. She has since co-authored a legal report on the case of Waleed Abu al-Khair in Saudi Arabia. […]

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Maria Arievitch

Maria Arievitch is a recent graduate from New York University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Spanish and German. She joined the Oslo Freedom Forum team this year after completing her internship with HRF, and focuses on conference logistics for the flagship Oslo Conference, as well as for HRF’s regional events. She […]

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Andrea Austin

Andrea Austin has a broad background in strategic planning and program development, and currently coordinates programs for HRF. Previously, she oversaw communications and public affairs for United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign. Andrea has also managed advocacy and communications work for various anti-trafficking organizations, including Polaris and Shared Hope International. She has a Master of […]

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