International Advisory Board

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Serge Bambara (Smockey)
Hip Hop artist, activist, founder/owner of Studio Abazon in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Serge Bambara (aka SMOCKEY ) is a hip hop artist, actor and political activist from Burkina Faso in West Africa.  Born to a Bissa father and a French mother in what was then The Republic of Upper Volta, he studied in France from...

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Anton Burkov
Attorney and Advocate, NGO Sutyajnik and Academy of Human Rights

Dr. Anton Burkov, LLM (Essex), PhD (Cambridge), kandidat uridicheskikh nauk (Tumen State University), a law degree (Urals State Law Academy), is a Russian lawyer and advocate for human rights. He runs NGO Sutyajnik and Academy of Human Rights where he litigates strategic...

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Cristina Coc
Maya Leaders Alliance co-spokesperson; Founder and Program Director for Julian Cho Society

Ms. Cristina Coc, a Q’eqchi Mayan community leader in Southern Belize, founded and is presently Program Director of the Julian Cho Society (JCS), dedicated to the conservation of environments and rights of indigenous peoples of Southern Belize....

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Savo Heleta

Dr. Savo Heleta is a researcher and educator at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His research and teaching interests range from post-war reconstruction, development and peace-building; higher education in post-war settings; social justice advocacy and...

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Sindiwe Magona
Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Sindiwe Magona grew up in a township near Cape Town, South Africa.  She earned her high school and undergraduate education by correspondence, and later won a scholarship to Columbia University in New York to study for a Master of Science degree in Organizational Social Work....

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Kamila Mateeva
Associate Professor of Law Program; and Director of the LL.M program at the American University of Central Asia


Kamila Mateeva, LL.M, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the LL.M program at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic where she teaches several courses, including Theory of Law, Public International Law. Recent research...

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Venkatesh Nayak
Coordinator of Access to Information, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Venkatesh Nayak is the Coordinator of the Access to Information Programme and is presently a key public training resource on Right to Information across South Asia, Africa & the Caribbean. He has trained more than 6000 officers of government and more than 600 executives of...

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Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena
Commissioner, Right to Information (RTI) Commission of Sri Lanka

Commissioner Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena is a constitutional lawyer who was actively involved in the 2003/2015 information law drafting committee leading to the enactment of the country's RTI law.   She serves on the Right To Information (RTI) Commission of Sri Lanka.  Litigating...

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Shayna Plaut
Research Manager, Global Reporting Centre; Research Associate, Refugee Project at the University of Winnipeg

Dr. Shayna Plaut has researched and engaged with Romani media, migrant media and Indigenous media in Canada, the U.S. and Europe for nearly 15 years.  She is interested in how people represent themselves in their own media, with a particular interest in...

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Suheir Rasul
Director, Search for Common Ground Jerusalem

Suheir Rasul is the Director of Search for Common Ground’s (SFCG) Jerusalem office.  She joined the international conflict transformation organization in November 2008.  She is a first generation born Palestinian American from Ohio. Today, Suheir leads SFCG’s East Jerusalem office working on...

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Gaye Sowe
Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Gaye Sowe is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, a Pan-African human rights organized based in The Gambia. Mr Sowe has spent more than 12 years at IHRDA. He rose through the ranks as Legal Officer, Senior Legal Officer to Director...

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