Fahim Hakim is chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, a program officer at the United Nations Center for Human Settlement and a leading human rights activist. He was an active member of Afghan civil society during the Bonn Conference in December 2001. Besides having a monitoring role in the Constitution Grand Assembly, Hakim was a key facilitator through the whole process of the Constitution Loya Jirga.
Mohammad Nasib is managing director of the Welfare Association for Development of Afghanistan, a democracy promotion and training NGO, and has the responsibility of managing both strategic and operational activities. In the past, Nasib has worked with the World Bank and in the United Nations Drug Control Program on narcotics issues. He is also a winner of the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2005 Democracy Award.
Mohammad Osman Tariq
Mohammad Osman Tariq is the local coordinator at the National Solidarity Program with expertise in community development, peace-building, and human rights. He is a former mujahedeen fighter-turned-peace activist and development worker. His previous experience in the development field includes the position of International Rescue Committee program coordinator for community empowerment. Tariq has founded an NGO and was the local elected representative and delegate to the constitutional convention.
Alla Kos is a development professional and a lawyer, and currently serves as director of the NIS Regional Institution Building Program at the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI). Kos also advises NGOs on capacity building issues and is executive director at the RADA Institute, an international NGO which promotes self-reliance in the development of civil society by facilitating networking and advancing advocacy-based research in Eurasia.
Nancy Gamal El-Din Okail
Nancy Gamal El-Din Okail is an international development researcher and senior economic researcher for Foreign Aid Evaluation at the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation, where she is responsible for assessing the impact of foreign-funded development projects in Egypt. Okail was also a micro-credit advisor at the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Egypt, focusing on the empowerment of young women in rural areas.
Mehmood Pracha heads the Organization for the Promotion of Legal Awareness, an India-wide NGO whose task it is to make citizens aware of their legal and constitutional rights and duties. Pracha is active in legal aid, civic education and peace promotion in Jammu and Kashmir and is the only Muslim to have been president of the students’ union at Delhi Law School.
Binziad Kadafi is a researcher at the Center for Indonesian Law & Policy Studies (PSHK), the leading NGO behind the effort to reform Indonesia's legal institutions and legislative process. His accomplishments include developing blueprints for the reform of the Supreme Court and lower level courts, conducting a study on the Judicial Commission, and contributing to the establishment and reform of special courts, particularly the Anti-Corruption Court. Kadafi is interested in learning more about judicial training programs and their relation to judicial reform. After obtaining his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law, Kadafi is now involved with the National Legal Reform Program, an agency that benefits Indonesian legal institutions and civil society.
Inaam Hassan Alyasiry
Inaam Hassan Alyasiry is the regional women issues coordinator at the American Development Foundation in Iraq, working in the south-central region to establish and support groups of professional women, facilitate the participation of poor and marginalized groups in civil society, and promote gender equity.
Anthony Njoroge is a senior human rights officer at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and a personal assistant to the chairman of the commission. Prior to this he served as a lawyer and coordinator of the Africa Democracy Forum, a large coalition of pro-democracy, human rights, and good governance NGOs in Africa. Njoroge has significant experience as a practicing lawyer and human rights activist, representing victims of the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, interning with an Italian human rights group (which campaigned for the International Criminal Court), and working as a legal consultant in the campaign to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation.
Yulia Savchenko is the television producer and host of the TV program "No Edits," which was named the leading public affairs talk show in the country, on Pyramid Station in Kyrgyzstan. She has worked as a reporter for five years in Kyrgyzstan and is currently in Washington at the National Endowment for Democracy working on a project entitled, "Civil Journalism as a Catalyst of Change in Central Asia.”
Patrick Rafolisy has training in law and economics, and is the executive secretary of Madagascar’s High Council against Corruption, the agency responsible for developing and implementing a national strategy against corruption. Madagascar is the first country to have a grant approved from the Millennium Challenge Account, and is about to be one of the first African countries to adopt a National Integrity System.
Janet Laura Banda
Janet Laura Banda is a lawyer and the chief law reform officer at the Law Reform Commission, which promotes and advises the Cabinet and Parliament on legal reform, constitutionalism, and good governance in Malawi. She is also vice president of the country’s Women Lawyer’s Association and a leader in the local bar association chapter. In her civic capacity, Banda has worked on legal aid for children and women.
Renchinnyam Amarjargal is the former Prime Minister of Mongolia, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, an economist, a professor, and a current Member of Parliament. In addition to contributing to developments and reforms in Mongolian politics, economy, and academia, he also founded the Amarjargal Foundation, an active NGO committed to civic engagement, democratization, and research on economic development.
Sylvester Odion Akhaine
Sylvester Odion Akhaine is a Nigerian democratic activist who also recently obtained a political science Ph.D. in England. He was one of the leading organizers of the decade-long campaign in the 1990s to end military rule in Nigeria. Akhaine held several top leadership positions of pro-democracy civil society organizations in the 1990s, and then initiated the Centre for Constitutionalism and Democracy, which promotes both democratic, civil-military relations and the culture and institutions of constitutional democracy.
Miabiye Kuromiema is the associate director of Our Niger Delta, an organization at the cutting edge of efforts to mediate the ethnic and gang (warlord) violence in the oil-producing Delta region.
Saadia Abbasi is a Pakistani senator with a background in issues of human rights and poverty alleviation, and a barrister at law who is qualified in the UK as well as Pakistan. Abbasi worked as an attorney before the Pakistani High Court for several years before she was elected senator in the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), serving as an advocate of political, economic, and social reforms through the Parliament.
Sanaulah Baloch is a member of the Senate of Pakistan, and a member of Standing Committee on Local Government and Problems of Less Developed areas. He is also central information secretary of Balochistan National Party, and editor of “Jood” (Movement), a political organ of Balochistan National party. In the last 15 years Baloch has been involved in mass political movements. He has also published many articles and a book, Oppressed Balochistan (2001), on the denial of basic democratic and political rights to the people of Balochistan. Baloch’s professional expertise is in the field of democracy, federalism and ethnic minorities in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. His public life has been devoted to the struggle for the democratic rights of Balochistan.
Mohammed Rumi is a legal advisor to the Prime Minister’s office and the Council of Ministries, and was recently appointed to lead a newly created department at the Council of Ministers on issues of good governance, rule of law, and standardization of government quality performance. Rumi worked on the electoral commission from 2000 to 2004. His responsibilities as an advisor include composing proposed legislation and presenting bills to committees.
Jose Luis Gascon
Jose Luis Gascon is a democracy advocate who is currently the undersecretary in the Department of Education in the Philippines. His main tasks include reviewing and reforming the administrative processes of the large school system, ensuring its responsiveness and fighting corruption within the agency. Gascon pioneered the Politics and Government Program of Ateneo University’s Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs and later became the executive director of the National Institute for Policy Studies. Gascon has since served as the director-general of the Liberal Party of the Philippines and is currently serving as the Undersecretary for Political Affairs in the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Yuri Dzhibladze is a political scientist, human rights specialist, former cardiologist, and the founder and president of the Center for the Development of Democracy in Human Rights. The Center is an advocacy NGO developing mechanisms of civic influence on policymaking and sustainable mechanisms of human rights protection. Dzhibladze has a long career of public activism in Russia even prior to the Soviet collapse, and is a specialist in human rights, civil society, democratic transition, and international affairs.
Tanya Lokshina is one of the leading experts on human rights in Russia with a particular focus on xenophobia and nationalism. She is the chairwoman of the DEMOS Center for Information and Research, a major think tank which assists Russian civil society in solving problems in the field of human rights and democracy. Lokshina has been working in the Moscow Helsinki Group since 1998 as coordinator of international and domestic programs on human rights. Lokshina taught at Brandeis University (USA) and worked as a columnist and editor for the weekly newspaper Boston Courier. An author of numerous reports and articles, she is often quoted by major international publications. Lokshina is currently serving as the deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Moscow office.
Daria Miloslavskaya is a lawyer and linguist working for an advisory center that she co-founded to help journalists in Russia cope with multiple legal challenges. Miloslavskaya has also founded the Human Rights Hotline, a free 24-hour cell phone network of lawyers who advise people from around Russia on legal rights issues.
Telesphore Kagaba is a former diplomat, journalist, human rights activist, and a survivor of the genocide. He now works as a political analyst at the US Embassy working to build US-Rwanda relations, including advising American officials on political developments and trends, human rights issues, and refugee policy.
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
Adelino Pereira is the Attorney General of Sao Tome and Principe. As Attorney General, he heads the Office of the General Public Prosecutor, which is responsible for defending the legality of democracy, representing the state in courts, ensuring that the state abides by the laws of the country, preventing and prosecuting crimes and corruption, and protecting the rights of children. The office is currently in the process of prosecuting politicians who used their immunity to avoid prosecution.
Jovan Jovanovich is a foreign policy advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, responsible for democratic and market reforms in the EU accession process. In his advisory capacity, Jovanovich organizes briefings and foreign visits, prepares policy memos, and assists other office members on foreign policy issues.
Gjylnaze Syla is a Member of Parliament in Kosovo and is caucus leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, the third-largest liberal-democratic ethnic Albanian party. An up and coming Kosovar leader, Syla has extensive experience in politics, legislative reform, and women’s issues. Previously, she was moderator of a radio program and a physician in the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Davidson A. Kuyateh
Davidson A. Kuyateh is the secretary-general of Sierra Leone’s Teacher’s Union. He is a former teacher and a leader of the pro-democracy movement. He is also national coordinator of a prominent advocacy organization for universal education. His work and experiences bridge the themes of democracy and development. Kuyateh and the union have been at the forefront of the movement for democracy and civilian rule in Sierra Leone.
Dmytro Potekhin is a political analyst and public communications consultant with background in international relations. During the Orange Revolution, he developed and coordinated the “Znayu!” (“I Know!”) voter education and mobilization initiative.
Marina Nagai works as a senior staff attorney for the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, managing the Legal Education Reform project’s wide-ranged, intensive programming that focuses on law curriculum reform, public legal education and developing student associations in Uzbekistan. Nagai is concerned with the rampant corruption and lack of professional ethics among, most notably, judges and prosecutors in Uzbekistan, and is interested in researching professional ethics issues as well as human rights law.
Lien Thi Bich Bui
Lien Thi Bich Bui is a law and governance program officer at the Asia Foundation, Vietnam. Prior to that, she was a senior associate at the Vietnam International Law Firm, which works extensively on legal and institutional reform with NGOs, the World Bank, USAID, and the Asia Foundation. Bui also assists Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice in reviewing draft commercial laws and regulations before they are submitted to the National Assembly and the government for promulgation. Bui was honored in 2010 with an Australian Prime Minister’s Award, a scholarship that will allow her to pursue a Ph.D.
Rindai Chipfunde has been the national director of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, a leading pro-democracy organization in Zimbabwe. Chipfunde has also been on a number of international election observer missions.