Robert L. Bernstein is the Founding Chairman Emeritus of Human Rights Watch, and was President and Chairman of Random House for almost twenty-five years. In 1998, Bill Clinton awarded him the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. Bernstein published Andrei Sakharov, Anatoly Sharansky, and Jacobo Timerman, as well as William Faulkner, James Michener, Toni Morrison and William Styron, among many others. Currently he is a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2011 Bernstein founded Advancing Human Rights. In 2012, CyberDissidents.org and Movements.org both became divisions of Advancing Human Rights. The merger was featured in the New York Times and praised Bernstein for his continuous efforts in aiding online activists. Bernstein stated, “We will be trying to say to people in closed societies that we will do everything we can to give you a voice." A graduate of Harvard College, he has received honorary degrees from Yale, Swathmore College, Bates College, Bard College, and the New School.
David Keyes is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights and co-founder of CyberDissidents.org. He served as coordinator for democracy programs under famed Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky and assisted a former UN ambassador. Keyes was called a "pioneer in online activism" by The New York Times and is a contributor to Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Reuters, The Huffington Post and many other leading publications. He has appeared on MSNBC, PBS and Bloomberg TV. Keyes spoke on human rights in the US Congress, Italian Parliament, and Google and held meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President George W. Bush. Keyes created the First Annual Saudi Women's Grand Prix. He graduated with honors from UCLA in Middle Eastern Studies and completed a Masters in Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew. David can be reached at email@example.com.
Stephen Apkon is the founder and executive director of The Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit, membership film organization which opened in 2001. The JBFC is comprised of a three theater state-of-the-art film complex in Pleasantville, NY, as well as the Media Arts Lab, which offers educational courses in film and visual literacy. He is the Producer of the documentary I’m Carolyn Parker. A native of Framingham, MA, Mr. Apkon graduated from Georgetown University in 1983. In 1986, he received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction. He currently serves on the board of Teatown Lake Reservation, the board of trustees for Evermore Funds, and is President of Big 20 Productions. He lives in Pleasantville with his wife and three children.
Lori Evans Bernstein is the President of GSI Health, a health IT solutions company. Ms. Bernstein has 20 years experience in healthcare, including: executive roles within health care and health IT corporations; federal and state governmental appointments; delivery system operations; and health services and policy research. She writes and speaks regularly on health IT across the country and participates in numerous industry initiatives as a national expert. She has received various professional honors and serves on the Boards of the National eHealth Collaborative and the Certification Commission for HealthCare IT. Ms. Bernstein holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MPH from the George Washington University.
Joseph L Birman is a distinguished professor of physics at City College and City University of New York. Honored for his defense of the human rights of scientists throughout the world, Birman has received the 2010 Andrei Sakharov Prize from the American Physical Society and the 2006 Heinz Pagels Award from the New York Academy of Sciences. Birman is a member of the Board of the Committee of Concerned Scientists, Honorary Governor of Human Rights in China, past chair of the Committee on Human Rights of Scientists of the New York Academy of Sciences, and past chair of The Committee on International Freedom of Scientists of the American Physical Society. He also negotiated and signed for the APS a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese (PRC) Academy of Sciences, and Ministry of Education creating a U.S. PRC Cooperative Program in AMO and Condensed Matter Physics. That program, which he directed for the first 3 years, ultimately brought 60 senior Chinese physicists to major U.S. laboratories for 2 year visits to do cutting edge research.
Elena Bonner (1923 - 2011) was a Soviet refusenik, an internationally renowned human rights activist, and widow of the late Andrei Sakharov. Until her recent death, Mrs. Bonner served as a founding board member of AHR. We deeply mourn her passing and hope to continue her legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. A founding member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, she opposed the Soviet regime relentlessly, and was exiled to Gorky for five years in the early 1980s. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the death of Sakharov in 1989, she established the Andrei Sakharov Foundation and the Sakharov Archives. She remained outspoken on democracy and human rights in Russia and around the world and vigorously opposed the Putin regime and Russia's armed involvement in Chechnya which she denounced as "genocide of the Chechen people."
Jared Cohen is the Director of Google Ideas, a new entity at Google aiming to re-frame and act on old challenges in new and innovative ways. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he focuses on terrorism and counter-radicalization, the impact of connection technologies, and “21st century statecraft.”Previously, he served for four years as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff under both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Additionally, Cohen is author of various books including One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide. He received his BA from Stanford University and his Masters in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Besides being fluent in Swahili, Mr. Cohen enjoys painting and reading about Tudor England.
Irwin Cotler was Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from 2003 until 2006. Cotler has served on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and its sub-Committee on Human Rights and International Development, as well as on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. In 2000, he was appointed special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the International Criminal Court. Cotler served as counsel to former prisoners of conscience including Nelson Mandela, Natan Sharansky, and many other political prisoners and dissidents.
Scott Greathead is a partner in the New York City office of Wiggin and Dana LLP, and CEO of World Monitors Inc., which works with global corporations and others on strategies for responsible business practices. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), which he co-founded in 1978. He has visited more than a dozen countries on human rights fact-finding missions for organizations such as Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch and the International League for Human Rights. His writings on human rights and corporate social responsibility have appeared in publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is an officer or director of several public interest organizations, including the American Conservation Association and Human Rights in China, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1984 to 1990, Greathead served as the First Assistant Attorney General of New York State. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim is a distinguished human rights and democracy advocate in Egypt. He is Professor of Political Sociology at the American University of Cairo, Secretary General of the Egyptian Independent Commission for Electoral Review (ICER), and the founder of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies and the Arab Organization for Human Rights. Dr. Ibrahim has authored dozens of books, including Egypt, Islam and Democracy and Arab Society: Social Science Perspectives. Dr. Ibrahim has taught at several universities, was a visiting fellow at Harvard University, and has received numerous awards for his defense of human rights, academic and religious freedom.
Anthony Julius is an attorney, writer and academic. He is Deputy Chairman of the London and New York law firm, Mishcon de Reya, a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College London University, Chairman of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, and Chairman of the London Consortium. Known among other things for his representation of Deborah Lipstadt, his most recent book is a history of English anti-Semitism, Trials of the Diaspora, published by Oxford University Press. He is now writing a book on censorship and the English novel. He is a founding member of both Engage and the Euston Manifesto.
Richard Kemp is a former British colonel and bestselling author. He served in the British Army from 1977 to 2006. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, and he also worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and Cabinet Office Briefing Room. He completed 14 operational tours of duty in various countries. After his retirement in 2006, Kemp began writing Attack State Red. The account of his 2007 tour in Afghanistan was listed as a bestseller in the Sunday Times just two weeks after initial release.
David Kilgour is co-chair of the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran, a director of the Washington-based Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD) and a Fellow of the Queen's University Centre for the Study of Democracy. First elected from Edmonton to the House of Commons in 1979, he was re-elected seven times. While in Parliament, he was Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committees of the Whole House, Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific. He did not run in the 2006 election, but continues to be active in issues of human dignity. A 2007 book, Uneasy Neighbo(u)rs, co-authored with David Jones, a former American diplomat, discusses the relationship of Canada and the USA. He published with David Matas in 2009 Bloody Harvest-The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs. He and Matas were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for their work in raising awareness of party-state-sponsored organ pillaging across China. See: www.david-kilgour.com.
Jason Liebman is the co-founder of Movements.org and Howcast Media whose goal is to create the largest – and highest quality – library of how-to videos on the web. Since its launch in 2008, Howcast has worked directly with brands, agencies, and organizations such as GE, Proctor & Gamble, Kodak, 1-800-Flowers.com, Staples, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, American Red Cross, and Ford Motor Company to create custom branded entertainment, innovative social media, and targeted rich-media campaigns. Prior to starting Howcast, Jason worked as an investment banker at Credite Suisse and at Google playing an integral part in growing strategic content licensing and monetization relationships for the YouTube, Google Video, and AcSense teams. Jason, a native New Yorker, graduated from Duke University.
Toni Morrison is the 1993 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, a Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, editor and professor. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970 when she was working as an editor at Random House. Other acclaimed works include Song of Solomon, Sula, Jazz, Tar Baby, Paradise, Love and A Mercy. In May 2006, The New York Times named her novel Beloved the best American novel published in the previous twenty-five years. Morrison earned her B.A. in English from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in English from Cornell University. Her many distinctions include honorary Doctors of Letters degrees from Oxford University in 2005 and Rutgers University in 2011, the Commander of the Arts and Letters (Paris) in 1993, the National Book Foundation’s Medial of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1996, the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 1979, and guest curator status at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2006. She held the Robert F. Goheen Chair in the Humanities at Princeton University from 1989 to 2006, was an Albert Schweitzer Chair at the University of Albany, The State University of New York and taught at Texas Southern University as well as Howard University.
Trevor Norwitz is a partner at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, where he specializes in corporate law and governance and has advised on some of the largest global mergers and acquisitions transactions. He also teaches at Columbia University School of Law, serves on several Bar committees and was an advisor to the South African government on its recent company law reform. In addition, Mr. Norwitz writes and speaks regarding matters of international law and justice, particularly on issues related to the Middle East. A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar) and Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Norwitz is a director of a number of non-profit organizations, including the University of Cape Town Fund and Friends of Ikamva Labantu (both of which he chairs), and Friends of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
Dorothy Tananbaum is a leading member of the New York philanthropic community, contributing as the chair of the board of the Jewish Funders Network, and board member of UJA Federation of New York, Facing History and Ourselves, the David Project, and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting. Tananbaum is a founding member of the Project People Foundation and the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College. She has served as the Principal of the Vanerwoude Tananbaum Gallery in New York City, a gallery specializing in American art. Tananbaum is the mother of three grown children and resides with her husband in New York City.
Gregory Wallance is a partner at Kaye Scholer LLP. A veteran of multiple human rights missions on behalf of Amnesty International and Helsinki Watch, among others, he co-produced the HBO film “Sakharov,” about the Soviet nuclear physicist who won the Nobel Peace Prize and which starred Jason Robards, Jr. and Glenda Jackson. He was a co-host of the BBC’s “The Law Show,” has been quoted frequently in major newspapers, and has appeared as a legal commentator on CNN, Fox News, Court TV, MSNBC, C-SPAN and NBC’s “The Today Show.” Mr. Wallance has published more than 100 legal and non-legal articles in, among others, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and many others. He has written several books, about which he has lectured at the Harvard Law School, the New-York Historical Society, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.