Dr. Simon Adams is Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Established in 2008 with the support of international human rights leaders including former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as well as supportive governments and organizations such as Refugees International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group, the Global Centre is the world's leading research and advocacy organization for advancing the international norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the United Nations and beyond.
Dr Adams has worked extensively with governments and civil society organizations in South Africa, East Timor, Rwanda, and elsewhere. Between 1994 and 2002 Dr. Adams worked with Sinn Féin and former IRA prisoners in support of the Northern Ireland peace process. He is also a former anti-apartheid activist and member of the African National Congress in South Africa.
Dr. Adams is the author of four books and numerous academic articles with a focus on international conflict. He has also written for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Australian, Huffington Post, International Herald Tribune, O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil), Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Dr Adams has appeared as an expert commentator on Al-Jazeera, BBC, ARD (Germany), Chinese Central Television and numerous other media.
Dr. Adams studied at the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa and at the University of New South Wales in Australia, where he received his Ph.D. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Adams has lectured at a number of international universities. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor (International Engagement) at Monash University, Australia's largest public university, and as Vice President of its South African campus between 2008-2010.
Among his other commitments, Dr. Adams is currently a member of the board of Catalpa International, an East Timorese not-for-profit information technology and development organization. He is Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Skateistan, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to using skateboarding to expose Afghan, Cambodian and South African children to educational and leadership development opportunities. Dr. Adams is also a member of the board of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world's leading professional association for the promotion of international education.
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Savita Pawnday leads on all Global Centre programs and fundraising activities and oversees the R2P Focal Points Initiative. Prior to joining the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, she was a research associate at the Program on States and Security at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and taught international politics at City University of New York. Savita has worked in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi with Catholic Relief Services, in New York with Trickle Up, and in India with Akanksha. She holds a M.A. from Fordham University in political economy and development, with a specialization in political economy of civil wars and a B.A. in Economics from St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai.
Jaclyn Streitfeld-Hall has editorial oversight for the R2P Monitor and all of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect's major publications. She also does research on populations at risk of mass atrocities in West Africa and Central Africa. Prior to joining the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, she was a Research Assistant at the Cline Center for Democracy and taught International Relations and Comparative Politics courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She received a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an M.A. in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations from the University of Illinois. She is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Illinois studying International Organizations.
Ryan X. D'Souza coordinates the country-specific and thematic advocacy efforts at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He is also the lead researcher on Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to joining the Global Centre, Ryan worked as a constituency caseworker for a Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom as well as at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. Ryan has a keen interest in Middle Eastern affairs after having worked and traveled in various countries across the region. He holds a B.A. from the University of Edinburgh and a M.A. in International Relations from New York University, where he wrote his thesis on "The Arab League and the Responsibility to Protect." He has given talks on mass atrocity prevention at various universities in the United States. Ryan has appeared on Monocle 24 (radio), Vice news and was a consultant for several episodes of the "House of Cards" television series.
Evan Cinq-Mars conducts advocacy and research for the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and monitors Populations at Risk in the Central African Republic (CAR), Burundi, Guinea and Mali. He has undertaken two missions to the (CAR) since March 2014 to assess efforts to uphold R2P. Evan also coordinates the Centre's media strategy and manages its internship program. He has been previously employed by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Evan holds a Bachelor's of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and an M.A. in Global Governance, specializing in Conflict and Security, from the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. Evan has appeared on the BBC and Al Jazeera and has written for TIME, Ottawa Citizen, The Global Observatory and Open Canada, among other publications.
Sarah is currently involved with researching populations at risk of mass atrocities, focusing on Libya. Sarah holds an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, where she concentrated on Human Rights Law and Africa. She also holds a BS in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, where her focus was Russian and Eastern European Studies and Modern Languages.
Casey Karr is involved in the Global Centre's advocacy efforts at the UN Human Rights Council, and monitors Populations at Risk of mass atrocities in Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Iraq and North Korea. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Music from New York University and an M.A. in International Affairs at The New School, concentrating in Governance and Rights.
Nadira Khudayberdieva conducts research on 'populations at risk' and her current focus is the situations in Nigeria and Pakistan. She is also involved in fundraising and development activities of the Global Centre. Nadira holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, where her thesis was on prevention of ethnic conflict, and a B.A. in International Studies from Earlham College. Previously, she worked as a Program Assistant at the Quaker United Nations Office. Nadira is fluent in English and Russian and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
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Megan Watson is the Geneva Representative of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Prior to joining the Global Centre, Megan worked for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for over ten years, leading policy on R2P during Australia's UN Security Council term. She worked extensively with other governments and civil society organizations to promote R2P at the global, regional and local levels.
Megan managed a wide range of multilateral and UN issues for the Australian Government, including atrocity prevention, children in armed conflict, the protection of civilians and human rights. She was seconded to Australia's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to work with UN Secretary-General and his delegation during Australia's hosting of the G20 in 2014. Megan served as an Australian diplomat in Japan from 2006 to 2010. Prior to working for the Australian Government, Megan was a Legal Consultant to the UN Office of Legal Counsel in New York.
Megan holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge where she majored in international criminal law and the law of armed conflict. She also holds a double Honours Degree in English Literature and Law from the University of Sydney. Megan is now based in Geneva.
Olivia currently works at the Global Centre for R2P as a consultant and translator. Olivia assists in advocacy and monitors Populations at Risk of mass atrocities in Libya, Ukraine and Yemen. Olivia has studied at Melbourne University, at the Sorbonne University in Paris and holds a BA Global from Monash University in Australia where she majored in International Studies and French. She has volunteered previously at the Oaktree Foundation and AIME and is fluent in English and French.
Harry is currently undertaking a B. A. in Political Science and a B.Comm. in Econometrics & Business Statistics at Monash University, Australia. He has previously worked for an Australian Think Tank where he undertook research into living standards and wage growth in the Australian economy. Harry has also volunteered with Extended Families and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
Jessica holds a B. A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux, where she focused on Human rights and wrote her B. A. dissertation on the prevention of genocide in the 21st century.
She also studied at UC Berkeley, California, and at the Institute for Advanced International Studies of Université Laval in Quebec City. She is fluent in English and French and has working knowledge of Spanish.
Stephanie Toye has obtained a Master's degree in international and European Law from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. She further specialized in international humanitarian law and human rights at the Geneva Academy in Geneva where she wrote her thesis on "wrongful use of veto by permanent members of the UN Security Council: the case of the obligation to prevent genocide". She previously volunteered at Alkarama foundation and participated in courses on transitional justice, human rights advocacy and practice, and regional organizations and peace processes. She is fluent in Dutch and English, and has a working knowledge of French.
James Traub is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where he has worked since 1998. He has written extensively about international affairs as well as national politics, urban affairs, and education. In recent years, he has reported from among other places, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Georgia, Kosovo and Haiti. His weekly column on foreign policy, "Terms of Engagement," appears on foreignpolicy.com, the website of Foreign Policy Magazine. His most recent book is The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not The Way Bush Did). In 2006 he published The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power. He teaches a class on American foreign policy as part of New York University's Sheikh Mohammad Scholarship Program in Abu Dhabi. He is currently writing a biography of John Quincy Adams, to be published by Basic Books. He is also a fellow of the Center on International Cooperation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Hon. Gareth Evans AO QC is Chancellor of the Australian National University and Honorary Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne. He serves as Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and is President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group which he led from 2000 to 2009. He previously spent 21 years in Australian politics — thirteen of them as a Cabinet Minister — including eight years as Foreign Minister (1988-96). He has written or edited nine books — most recently The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All (2008). Gareth Evans has served on numerous blue ribbon panels, including the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2001) famous for creating the principle of the responsibility to protect, and the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change (2004). He is the recipient of the 2010 Four Freedoms Award for Freedom from Fear, granted by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute/Roosevelt Stichting for his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect, and his contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament.
Mohamed Sahnoun is the founder and chair of the Caux Forum for Human Security, and former President of Initiatives of Change-International. He has a distinguished diplomatic career, serving as Deputy Secretary-General of both the Organization of African Unity and the League of Arab States, and as Algeria's Ambassador to Morocco, the United States, France, and Germany. Mr. Sahnoun has represented the United Nations in numerous positions since 1992, and is currently a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General. He was Co-Chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS).
Francis Deng completed his five-year term of office as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on 31 July 2012 and now serves as the Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Deng served as Director of the Sudan Peace Support Project based at the United States Institute of Peace. He was also a Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Before joining MIT, Mr. Deng was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.
Mr. Deng served as Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons from 1992 to 2004, and from 2002 to 2003 was also a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Mr. Deng served as Human Rights Officer in the UN secretariat from 1967 to 1972 and as the Ambassador of Sudan to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United States. He also served as Sudan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
Edward C. Luck, PhD, is Dean of the University of San Diego (USD) Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. A highly regarded United Nations official since 2008, Dr. Luck served as the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In this role, he has been responsible for the conceptual, political and institutional/operational development of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, a plan to galvazine national and international action to prevent atrocity crimes and their incitement. From 2007 to 2011, Luck was at the International Peace Institute, an independent policy research institute, where he began as a Visiting Senior Fellow and left as the Senior Vice President, Research and Programs.
Frank Majoor is the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands on the North Atlantic Council. From 2005-2009 he served as the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York. He was the Secretary General of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague between 2000 and 2005. From 1999 until 2000 he was Ambassador at Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Majoor was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland from 1997-1999. Ambassador Majoor started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976, his long career at the Ministry has also has also included positions as Deputy Director and Director of the Security Policy Department.
Juan E. Méndez is a Visiting Professor of Law at the American University – Washington College of Law, and since November 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In 2009 and 2010 he was the Special Advisor on Prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He is also Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. Until May 2009 he was the President of the International Center for Transnational Justice (ICTJ) and in the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York. Concurrent with his duties at ICTJ, the Honorable Kofi Annan named Mr. Méndez his Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, a task he performed from 2004 to 2007.
Edward Mortimer is Senior Vice-President and Chief Program Officer at the Salzburg Global Seminar. From 1998 to 2006 he served as chief speechwriter and (from 2001) as director of communications to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He has spent much of his career as a journalist, first with The Times of London, and later with the Financial Times. He has also served as a fellow and/or faculty at several institutions, including Oxford University, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the International Institute of Strategic Studies, among others; and on the governing bodies of several non-governmental organizations, including Chatham House, the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, and Minority Rights Group International. Mr. Mortimer received an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University. His writings include: "People, Nation, State: The Meaning of Ethnicity and Nationalism" (co-edited with R. Fine 1999), "The World that FDR Built" (1989), "Faith and Power: "The Politics of Islam" (1982). In the UK's 2010 New Year Honours he was awarded a CMG for services to international communications and journalism.
His Excellency Gert Rosenthal has been Guatemala's Permanent Representative to the United Nations since December 1998. Prior to taking up that position, he served on the Follow-up Commission of the Guatemalan Peace Accords. From 1988 to 1997, he was Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He joined that United Nations regional commission in 1974 as Director of its Mexico office, and in 1987 was appointed its Deputy Executive Secretary.
Mr. Rosenthal held various positions in Guatemala's national public administration since joining its Secretariat of Economic Planning in 1960. From 1969 to 1971, and again in 1973 through 1974 he was Minister of Planning. Between 1969 and 1970, he was the Secretary-General of his country's National Council for Economic Planning.
Darian Swig is the President of Article 3 Advisors, a consulting practice that works at the nexus of human rights and strategic philanthropy. Prior to 2001, Darian worked for over a decade in the field of international protocol and consular corps relations. Darian currently serves on the International Board of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and is on the advisory boards of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, the Human Rights Center at the University of California and the HRW Africa Advisory Committee. She is Chair of the HRW Northern California Committee and also serves as a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, International Human Rights Funders Group, Global Philanthropy Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and The Philanthropy Workshop West. Darian is a past trustee of the World Affairs Council, Commonwealth Club, USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and a founding board member of Genocide Intervention Network. Darian holds dual Masters degrees in Political Science and International Area Studies with an emphasis on human rights policy and mass atrocity crimes from the University of California at Berkeley.
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, where he is co-director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project. He was President of the International Studies Association (2009-10), Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (2006-9), editor of Global Governance, Research Director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, Research Professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, Executive Director of the Academic Council on the UN System and of the International Peace Academy, a member of the UN secretariat, and a consultant to several public and private agencies. He has authored or edited some 40 books and 160 articles and book chapters about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.
Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006 and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. From February through August 2012 he was the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria.
Lloyd Axworthy is President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. He served for twenty-one years as a member of parliament, including as Canada's Foreign Minister from 1995 to 2000. At the end of this term, Canada launched ICISS. He also worked to advance the human security concept, in particular, the global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines.
LGen The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret'd), Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) in the Department of National Defence in 1998. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).
He is a senior fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University and author of "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda."
Jan Eliasson is currently the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. He previously served as the president of the United Nations General Assembly and served as foreign minister of Sweden (2006), state secretary for foreign affairs (1994-2000), and Sweden's ambassador to the United Nations. He is also formerly the United Nations Secretary-General's special envoy for Darfur.
Lee Hamilton is the director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University. He served as president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1999 through 2010. Before then he served in the House of Representatives for 34 years, and served as co-chair of the Iraq Study Group and vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission. He was a member of ICISS.
David Hamburg served as the eleventh president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (1982-1997). Hamburg was a founder and co-chair of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, and the founder of the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government.
Prince Hassan, brother of the late King Hussein, served as Crown Prince of Jordan from 1965-1999. He is president of the Club of Rome, chair of the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues, and member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group. He served as co-chair of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (1983-1987).
Sadako Ogata was president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and was UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2000). She was chairman of the Executive Board of UNICEF and minister plenipotentiary at the Japanese Permanent Mission. From 1982 to 1985 she represented Japan on the UN Commission on Human Rights. She was co-chair of the Commission on Human Security (2002-2003).
Fidel V. Ramos was president of the Philippines (1992-1998). Previously, he served as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and later as Secretary of National Defense in the administration of President Corazon Aquino. He is the founder and chairman of The Ramos Peace and Development Foundation.
Mary Robinson is the founder and served as a chair of Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative. She is also a member of The Elders. She is the former President of Ireland (1990-1997) and has served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002).
Desmond Tutu is a founder, along with Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, of The Elders. He served as chair of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1984.
Since 2007, the Global Centre has received generous financial support from various parties. To donate and help support the work of the Global Centre please contact Savita Pawnday.