Board Of Directors Profiles

Board Of Directors Profiles

Ann Burroughs

Board Chair

Education: She was educated in South Africa

Biography: A lifelong human rights advocate, Ms. Burroughs was imprisoned as a young student in her native South Africa as a result of her anti-apartheid activism. She has dedicated her career to investigating and exposing assaults on justice and human dignity around the world. Ms. Burroughs is a Partner at Social Sector Partners, an organization that focuses on supporting social sector organizations working for a more just and equitable world.

 

 

Reza Fakhari

Vice-Chair, Governance Committee Chair

Vice President for Continuing Education, Workforce Development, and Strategic Community Partnerships & Professor of International Politics at The City University of New York/Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York.

Education: Ph.D., with Honors, in International Relations from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Biography: Reza has had a long-standing, passionate commitment to promoting human rights globally. This interest began in his years as a dissident in Iran where he was arrested under the Shah's regime for possessing testimonies of political prisoners and banned books. Since becoming a higher education practitioner in the U.S., he has intensified this devotion by conceiving and successfully implementing civic and global engagement programs at his colleges, lecturing and writing about the imperative of global citizenship, and serving on the board of national organizations devoted to human, civil, and democratic rights.

Reza established an AI chapter at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY in New York City in 2000 which hosted the AIUSA Conference, "Teach Truth to Power," attended by educators in the tri-state area, with the author Kerry Kennedy as the keynote speaker. As the member of the Board of the Student World Assembly since 2004, and its Chairman from 2008, he was able to organize and energize members globally at the chapter/school level for various campaigns and causes, global and/or local in dimension.

Relatedly, Reza actively serves on the National Steering Committee of The Democracy Commitment, as Secretary of the Board of Global Citizenship Alliance, on the Advisory Council of the Aspen Institute’s Wye Seminar, on the Editorial Advisory Board of AAC&U’s Liberal Education, and on the International Advisory Board of GlobalMindEd. He also served on the founding Steering Committee of Dream.US—a national scholarship for undocumented college-bound youth (Dreamers).

Reza has been trained in a number of national executive leadership workshops and brings extensive experience in shared governance, grants development, fundraising, strategic planning, outcomes assessment, resources allocation, personnel management, diversity recruitment, technology integration, branding/marketing, and speaking on pressing international issues.

Reza received the Distinguished College Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in 2013. He has also taught at Fordham University, Vassar College, International Pacific College in New Zealand, and has been a visiting faculty at Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.

He frequently speaks and writes about the imperative of global, intercultural, and interreligious understanding and engagement in our rapidly globalizing and highly interdependent world. His recent article on “Educating for Religious Pluralism and Inclusive Citizenship” appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Diversity & Democracy.


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Aniket Shah

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Aniket Shah is currently the Head of the Financing for Sustainable Development Initiative at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). In this role, Aniket advises national governments, global financial institutions (public and private) and non-profit organizations on how to finance the sustainable development agenda. In this capacity, he led a global advisory initiative to the Government of Ethiopia on the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015. He is currently leading various research projects on the following topics: development of municipal bond markets, the One Belt, One Road Initiative and how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. Aniket works closely with the Office of UN Secretary General and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute. He has been seconded from Investec Asset Management for 2015 for this position.

From 2011-2015, Aniket served as an investment professional and strategist at Investec Asset Management, an international investment management firm based in South Africa and the United Kingdom. As an investment professional, Aniket led the thematic investment process within Investec’s Global Multi-Asset platform, which managed over $8 billion of assets under management. In addition, Aniket was the lead investment analyst for the Emerging Market Multi-Asset product, a fund-of-funds for global emerging market asset allocation. As an investment strategist, Aniket advised the some of the world’s largest institutional investors, from both the public and private sectors, on how to develop long-term portfolio investment strategies with a focus on emerging markets and the Africa opportunity set. He is a founder of the firm’s Investment Institute, a product-agnostic thought leadership platform, and serves on its Leadership Committee.

From 2009-2011, Aniket worked at The Earth Institute at Columbia University where he served as a Program Manager and Special Assistant to the Director. At the Earth Institute, Aniket directed the International Policy Advisory Group (IPAG), a collaborative engagement with the Asian Development Bank advising the G20 on global economic policy. He also served as a lead researcher for various publications on economic and financial development. Prior to this role, Aniket was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the Financial Services Group.

Aniket has published books, reports and articles on a variety of topics pertaining to sustainable development and financial markets. He is the lead-author of the report titled Africa and the United States – A Defining Relationship of the 21st Century, acollaborative study between Investec Asset Management and the US Chamber of Commerce. He is the co-editor of Learning from the World: New Ideas to Redevelop America (Palgrave Macmillan). Aniket is a frequent contributor to Institutional Investor’s Global Market Thought Leadership series, where he writes on asset allocation topics for investors globally. 

Aniket is an honors graduate of Yale University, where he collaborated closely with former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and UN Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch BrownSince 2006, Aniket has been a member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA, and currently serves as Treasurer of the organization.

 

 

Govind Acharya

General Secretary

Education: undergraduate work: University of California, San Diego; graduate work: San Francisco State University and Cornell University in Agricultural Economics.

Biography: Based in Davis, California just outside of Sacramento, Govind has been a volunteer with AIUSA for over 20 years, serving in a variety of capacities ranging from Student Area Coordinator in San Diego to Country Specialist and IS staff. He has served on numerous working groups aimed at strengthening AI's policies worldwide. His graduate work was on developing linkages between mainstream economic theory and human rights, especially the right to food.

In addition to his human rights activism, he was a commissioner on the City of Ithaca's Board of Public Works and chaired the City of Ithaca's Planning and Development Board. While on these local government bodies, he has pushed to ensure that development is sustainable and available for all in our community.

He has a prolific social media presence, tweeting to the world from @gringostani.

 

 

Terry Kay Rockefeller

Planning and Priority Committee Chair

Documentary film producer, peace and justice activist.

Education: M.A. in U.S. History, The Johns Hopkins University; A.B in Government, Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Biography: Terry began her documentary filmmaking career at WGBH-TV where she helped create the long-running PBS science series, NOVA. Among her other credits are episodes of Eyes on the Prize, a history of the civil rights movement, and The Great Depression, both produced at Blackside, Inc., America's leading African-American production company.
Terry's sister, Laura Rockefeller, was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since May of 2002, Terry has worked with September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows to oppose war in response to 9/11, to protest lack of due process in the military tribunals trying those accused of the terrorist attacks, and to close Guantanamo. From 2003 to 2009, Rockefeller was a member of the board of directors of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, which works to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. She currently serves on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of national and local peace, nonviolence and social justice organizations. She also works with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, a collaboration between Iraqi and international NGOs to support human rights, democracy, and anti-corruption activists in Iraq. Terry has been a member of AIUSA for more than 30 years.

 

 

Becky Farrar

Membership Committee Chair

Attorney

Education: J.D. from Stetson University College of Law (2009); B.A. from Queen's University (Canada) (1979)

Biography: Becky Farrar works as a contract attorney in Washington, D.C. and is actively involved with both Amnesty International USA and the American Bar Association (ABA).
As a member of DC's Adams Morgan/Capitol Hill Amnesty group, Becky helps organize events and rallies, including the annual Get on the Bus-DC. She has been a Legislative Coordinator (LC) with AIUSA since 2007, in Florida and DC. Becky is concluding a term as Co-Chair of the ABA's Section of International Law's International Human Rights Committee.
Becky grew up in Canada and graduated from Queen's University in 1979 with a degree in politics and drama. Prior to attending Stetson University College of Law, Becky worked in human resources, created and managed small businesses, and co-published and edited a magazine. During law school (2007-2009), she co-founded Stetson Law's first Amnesty chapter and served as President of the Public Service Fellows. Becky has been recognized with leadership awards from AIUSA and Mid-Atlantic Region, and from Stetson Law.
In her spare time, Becky enjoys writing. She is currently working on a mystery thriller involving microfinance.

 

 

Pratap Chatterjee

Member at Large

Executive director of CorpWatch, based in Berkeley, CA. Member of AIUSA Board since June 2011

Education: Pratap has degrees from Calcutta University in India, San Francisco State University in California, and the New School for Social Research in New York as well as a graduate diploma in international journalism from City University in London, UK.

Biography: Pratap is an investigative journalist specializing in environmental and human rights issues as well as on fraud, waste and abuse. He has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and Central Asia including a number of trips each to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq since 2001 when the U.S. War on Terror began. He has also worked extensively in Asia and throughout the Americas to investigate gold mining as well as other major reconstruction and development projects by institutions like the World Bank.
He is the author of two books on the US war on terror: Halliburton's Army (Nation Books, 2009) and Iraq, Inc. (Seven Stories Press, 2004), as well as co-author of The Earth Brokers (Routledge, 1994), a book on global environmental policy.
Pratap previously worked for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London and Inter Press Service in Washington DC. He serves on the board of the Corporate Europe Observatory in Brussels and spent a year as a visiting fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC.

 

 

Matthew Kennis

Deputy Treasurer

Currently: Program Director, Libertas Center for Human Rights.

Education: MA, Human Rights and Political Transitions, Columbia University. BA, Anthropology, Hampshire College.

Biography: Matthew has worked with human rights organizations for over 15 years, including conducting research and fieldwork in Guatemala, Mexico and Kyrgyzstan. Matthew previously held staff positions with Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch, and consulted for UN Women and Open Society Foundations. Matthew has also served as senior research consultant for a torture prevention program at American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) which brought together local civil society groups, Kyrgyz government officials, OHCHR, OSCE and international law enforcement experts. Matthew was the recipient of a Harriman Institute Research Fellowship and the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.

 

 

Donnie Bierer

Deputy Secretary

Donald (Donnie) Bierer is an attorney and member of AIUSA since 2000. Most recently he coordinated AIUSA’s delegation to the 2015 International Council Meeting, Amnesty International’s highest decision-making body, in Dublin, Ireland. Previously, he chaired AIUSA's Priorities Subcommittee that facilitates consultations in AIUSA on human rights priority and policy questions facing the global Amnesty movement and was a member of AIUSA's LGBT Human Rights Coordination Group focusing on LGBT human rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Bierer has been a member of local and student Amnesty International groups and served the international movement of Amnesty as a member of the Membership Appeals Committee for six years.

 

 

Rana Abdelhamid

Rana Abdelhamid has organized around human rights issues with Amnesty International USA for the past eight years on campaigns related to women’s rights, torture and the Arab Spring. She currently serves on the National Resolutions Committee, has served on the National Youth Action Committee and served as the Youth Delegate to Amnesty’s 2015 International Council Meeting. Rana is a recipient of the UNAUSA Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Running Start Rising Political Star Award.

Rana Abdelhamid is also the Founding President of the Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), a self-defense, leadership and entrepreneurship program for young Muslim women in New York City. Over the past five years, WISE has engaged hundreds of participants through its programs with chapters in NY, Texas, NJ, Washington D.C., Edinburgh, Dublin and Madrid. Abdelhamid has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle.com, Mic.com, CBS and PBS. She has conducted extensive political science and economics research on the inclusion of Muslim minority communities in New York City and Madrid. She is currently a first year Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School where she is the treasurer for the Arab Caucus, a VIP member in the iLab Program and a research assistant in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

 

Ali Arab

Ali Arab is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department of Georgetown University. He received a BS in Applied Mathematics at the Iran University of Science and Technology (1999) and an MS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2002) and PhD in Statistics at University of Missouri-Columbia (2007). He joined Georgetown University in 2007. His academic research is mainly focused on statistical modeling for problems in the environmental, ecology and epidemiology. He frequently publishes in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He also frequently publishes in academic and popular outlets on topics related to human rights. He is actively involved in promoting science and human rights including promoting the role of human rights in science education, and organizing student activities related to science and human rights. He serves as the Outreach and Communication Committee co-Chair for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)-Science and Human Rights Coalition.

 

 

Jan Knippers Black

Currently Professor of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Education: PhD from School of International Service at American University

Biography: Her areas of specialization have included international and grassroots development, international and comparative politics and US foreign policy, especially with respect to the Western Hemisphere, globalization, media, human rights, and women's rights and roles. For more than a decade she has anchored the Institute's human rights program and has offered workshops and onsite courses overseas, most recently in Chile in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman.
She has also been a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester-at-Sea Program, a Research Professor in public administration at the University of New Mexico, and a research team supervisor at American University. A founding generation Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, she has worked on AIUSA campaigns and committees since the 1970s.
Dr. Black has served on more than two dozen editorial or NGO governing or advisory boards and has traveled extensively, to some 175 countries, undertaking research, speaking engagements, workshops, consulting, and program evaluation. She is author, editor, or coauthor of more than two dozen books and 200 chapters or articles in anthologies, encyclopedias, journals, magazines or newspapers. Recent books include Inequity in the Global Village, Development in Theory and Practice, 2nd ed. rev, The Politics of Human Rights Protection (pbk. 2010) and Latin America, Its Problems and Its Promise (5th ed. Rev. 2010).
Drawing upon earlier careers in music and art, she is now collaborating on composition for musical comedy.

 

 

Angie Hougas

Angie remembers a petition action Amnesty International had during the first Gulf War. It was titled, "What About the People." It is that fundamental basis that keeps her involved in human rights work.

Angie has a broad understanding of Amnesty International that comes from being a long-time member, and serving in many volunteer leadership positions at all levels of the organization. One of those volunteer positions is uniting music and human rights. She does this by organizing an Amnesty presence at live performances and during concert tours.

Other volunteer experiences in her background are, currently she volunteers at my local humane society. In the past she has worked with the local Restorative Justice Program and the Community Adolescence Program (CAP).

Her career field is with a large law office in downtown Madison, WI.

 

 

Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings serves as Community Engagement Manager for Community Action of Skagit County (WA) and the Skagit Volunteer Center, coordinating community education about poverty issues, research on the experience of poverty, volunteer strategies, and advocacy. She serves as Vice President of the City of Bellingham Community Development Advisory Committee and Vice President of Volunteer Centers of Washington association. She has a background in nonprofit and human rights advocacy at the local, state, federal and international levels. With a passion for nonprofit governance, she helped found the Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute in Wyoming, and after serving in program and executive director roles, Liz taught nonprofit management at Western Washington University. At the start of her career, Liz worked as a daily news reporter, and managing editor of a regional scientific journal. She holds a BA in English and an MA in American Studies, with thesis research on how rural American activists create community and change. A certified Human Rights Education Trainer of Trainers, Liz volunteered for many years as an AIUSA activist, Wyoming Area Coordinator, national trainer, and Western Regional Planning Group co-chair. She focuses her current activism on affordable housing locally, and women’s human rights globally.

 

 

Janet Lord

Currently senior vice president for human rights and inclusive development at the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

Education: LLM, George Washington University Law School; LLB & LLM, University of Edinburgh (Scotland); BA, Kenyon College.

Biography: Janet Lord is currently serving as senior research associate at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and holds part-time teaching appointments at the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law; American University, Washington College of Law; and National University of Ireland (Galway). Earlier in her career, she worked on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, focusing on landmine survivor rights in mine-affected countries and serving as legal counsel to NGOs and lead governments in the negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As part of her human rights law practice, she has worked with grassroots disabled peoples organizations in more than 30 countries around the world to advance disability rights.
Research and field work interests include international disability law and policy, disability inclusive development, participatory human rights education, health and human rights and NGO participation and voice accountability in international law and process.
Recent publications include: Nothing to Celebrate: North Koreans with Disabilities and UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Foreign Policy in Focus (2013); Facilitating An Equal Right to Vote for Persons with Disabilities, Journal of Human Rights Practice (2014) (with Michael A. Stein & Jan Fiala); The Democratic Life of the Union: Toward Equal Voting Participation for Europeans with Disabilities, Harvard Journal of International Law (2013) (with Michael A. Stein & Jan Fiala); and Shared Understanding or Consensus-Masked Disagreement? The Anti-Torture Framework in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 33 Loyola Journal of International and Comparative Law (2011).
She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her partner and two children.

 

 

Adriana Sanford

Adriana Sanford is a Chilean-American author, international corporate lawyer, and professor who has worked with a broad range of global organizations to strengthen responsibility, transparency, and human rights. She currently serves on the advisory committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), a leading business voice on anti-corruption and transparency. Sanford is co-author of two business ethics books that provide critical insight for current and aspiring security, business, and supply chain professionals in the global paradigm, Business Ethics: A Guide to Surviving Storms, Challenges, and Ethical Risks and Ética Empresarial: Una perspectiva global. She is a regularly featured guest on CNN Dinero at CNN en Español, the network’s 24-hour Spanish language television broadcasting to more than 24 million viewers in the United States and throughout Latin America. Sanford is a Dean’s Visiting Scholar with Georgetown University Law Center, a Visiting Research Professor of the Universidad de Talca’s School of Business and Economics in Chile, an Honors Faculty with the Barrett Honors College, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Management at W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Academically, Sanford completed six years of law school, receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the Notre Dame Law School and a dual Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree from Georgetown University Law Center in taxation and international and comparative law. She also studied international and comparative law in the year-long Concannon Program of International Law in the Notre Dame London Law Center in London, England. Sanford lectures for numerous non-profit organizations, regularly collaborates with the private sector, and has published a number of articles with the Institute for Supply Management™ that cover important and timely aspects of global corporate ethics and compliance. She regularly provides media interviews in English and Spanish and is a global-issues speaker for American Program Bureau. She also serves as a Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics for Manufacturing Talk Radio. Prior to teaching, Sanford served as the primary U.S. counsel to several multinational businesses, including one of the largest international trading companies in the Southern Cone region — Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Her clients also have included, among others, one of Chile's largest fisheries, one of Mexico's largest infrastructure companies and one of the world's leading security companies. Among her in-house positions, she has served as the Assistant General Counsel of a trade finance bank, as well as lead counsel for Latin America and US commercial law counsel for four divisions of a Fortune 50 company.

 

 

David Stamps

Biography: David Stamps works in the fields of nonprofit consulting and industrial sales. He has served Amnesty in several capacities: International Board Member and Treasurer, Amnesty USA Board Vice-Chair and Treasurer and Chair of AI's International Financial Control Committee. He also serves on the boards of The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural rights and the Illusion Theater, Minneapolis.
His non-profit consulting is in the areas of fundraising and board development. A member of Amnesty since 1981, Dave has been a Local Group Coordinator, State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator and Area Coordinator.
He is a graduate of Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, children and grandchildren.