Lorraine Smith van Lin
Founder, Executive Director
As an international human rights lawyer, my passion is to advocate for the rights of women, children and victims of crime. I have over two decades of professional experience in multiple roles as a former Prosecutor and Resident Magistrate in the Jamaican Courts, Director of the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Programme, Senior Legal Adviser with REDRESS, and consultant with international organizations.
Board Member, Finance
Regina is a German e-commerce entrepreneur who is passionate about helping single mothers and women entrepreneurs. She has a Bachelors Degree in International Business and Management Studies from Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and almost a decade of practical business experience as a solo entrepreneur.
Marie-Pierre is a lawyer, and has been a member of the Quebec Bar in Canada since 1999. She currently works at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where she joined in 2013 as a Legal Adviser. Marie-Pierre previously worked as a Senior Programme Lawyer at the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Human Rights Institute, where she conducted projects in sub-Saharan Africa, including rule of law fact-finding missions in Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Chief Financial Officer, Chiron Group SE, Germany
Vanessa is the Chief Financial Officer of Chiron Group SE, Tuttlingen, Germany. Vanessa has previously served as CFO, Business Unit Service of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and Siemens AG in both Germany and Denmark. An expert in general management of global business with responsibility for finance, customer service, supply chain management, human resources, IT, legal and compliance, Vanessa has been responsible for IFRS accounting of large scale projects with an annual turnover of 4 billion euros.
International Lawyer, former Senior Counsel
Adejoke is a versatile international law expert with over 18 years of experience in public international law, international criminal law and investigations, human rights law, and the international settlement of disputes. She has worked as a Senior Counsel at the World Bank, Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice and as an investigator in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Diane Forbes Berthoud
V.P. for Diversity at the University of Maryland, USA
Dr. Diane Forbes Berthoud is the Vice President for Diversity at the University of Maryland Baltimore leading university equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy, implementation, and accountability. She is an expert consultant and published author on women’s leadership development, the psychodynamics of race, and organizational development and change. Previously, she was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of California, San Diego.
Videshni Naidoo Singh
Founder of Lightworkers Int. in South Africa
Videshni is the Founder of Lightworkers, a non-profit organization based in South Africa that is dedicated to empowering women, children as well as recovering drug addicts. Her 27 year journey in law included training as an acting Magistrate in the Children’s court. Videshni’s passion for service has included creating solutions against gender-based violence, programmes for rehabilitated addicts and empowering women with business and personal skills.
Ghana Leadership Council, Global Survivors Network
Josephine is a founding member of the Leadership Council for the Global Survivor Network, an international group of survivor leaders who desire and pursue safe communities through justice systems that protect the most vulnerable. She says, “I very strongly believe that for interventions to achieve sustainable change and meet the needs of survivors, they must be informed by survivor voices.” Her goal is to empower other survivors to speak out and break the silence.
Prof. Olympia Bekou
Head of School of Law, University of Nottingham, UK
Olympia is Professor of Public International Law and Head of the School of Law. She also heads the International Criminal Justice Unit of the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. Olympia read law at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece and in 2000 was admitted to the Greek Bar. She completed the LLM in International Law at the University of Cambridge and obtained her PhD in International Criminal Law from the University of Nottingham, for which she had been awarded a NATO Fellowship.
Women's Rights Lawyer
Nikki graduated in Law and Spanish LLB from the University of Edinburgh. Whilst on her year abroad in Madrid she represented her host university at The International Symposium on Gender, Law and Constitutions, hosted by UN Women at the United States Institute of Peace, where she presented her research on women’s role in peacebuilding.
Human Rights Masters Student
Lilit has an undergraduate degree from Sciences Po Paris, where she studied Politics & International Relations. During a year abroad at the War Studies department at Kings College London, she developed an interest in international criminal law and the intersection between human rights and conflict. She now is a final-year master’s student of Human Rights & Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po Paris