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Maj. Gen. (ret.) Patrick Cammaert | Peacekeeping

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Patrick Cammaert has served in Cambodia as Sector Commander for UNTAC, in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Assistant Chief of Staff for UNPROFOR, in Ethiopia and Eritrea as a Force Commander for UNMEE, in the Democratic Republic of Congo as General Officer Commanding the Eastern Division for MONUSCO, and at the United Nations as Military Advisor to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Since his retirement from the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps in 2007, Cammaert has advised the senior management of the DPKO, the UN Development Programme, and UN Women on Integrated Training Development, the protection of civilians from the threat of physical violence, and sexual gender-based violence in armed conflict, respectively. Other responsibilities have included carrying out UN fact finding/assessment and evaluation missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Sudan, Haiti, Liberia, Chad, and Sri Lanka. He led the UN Secretary General’s Board of Inquiry for certain incidents in Gaza in 2014. Cammaert is also a regular senior mentor at UN Senior Leadership Courses and at Intensive Orientation Courses for new force commanders. In addition to CIVIC, Cammaert sits on the board of the Mukomeze Foundation, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. In 2015, he was a member of the High Level Advisory Group for the global study on UNSCR 1325.

Cammaert graduated at the Dutch Higher Command and Staff College and the Top Management Course at the Armed Forces War College in The Hague.

Thomas hammarberg | international institutions & human rights

Thomas Hammarberg currently chairs the Swedish Commission against anti-Roma sentiment and serves as Honorary Chairperson of Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international NGO that advocates for the rights of children and adults with intellectual disabilities or psycho-social disabilities. He has previously served both as an EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in the Republic of Georgia and as UN Senior Expert on Human Rights in Transnistria. Prior to that, he held the post of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg from April 2006 through March 2012 and served as Secretary General of the Olof Palme International Center (2002-2005). He is the former Ambassador of the Swedish Government on Humanitarian Affairs (1994-2002); Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden (1986-1992); and Secretary General of Amnesty International (1980-86). In 1977, Amb. Hammarberg accepted the Nobel Peace Price on behalf of Amnesty International.

Amb. Hammarberg has also served as Regional Adviser for Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2001-2003), and acted as the Swedish Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for the UN Special Session on Children. Under Kofi Annan, the ambassador represented the UN Secretary-General for human rights in Cambodia. He also has worked with the Refugee Working Group of the multilateral Middle East Peace Process. 

SARAH HOLEWINSKI | CENTER FOR A NEW AMERICAN SECURITY

Sarah Holewinski is a Senior Fellow focusing on the responsible use of force in armed conflict and U.S. policy.  She was most recently deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. For nearly a decade prior, she was executive director of Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), leading efforts to advise warring parties on civilian protection and responsible use of force. In that role, she worked extensively with the U.S. military and its allies and in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, CAR, Burma, and elsewhere.  Sarah helped author U.S. doctrine on civilian harm mitigation, advised NATO on addressing civilian harm in Afghanistan and on civilian casualty prevention for Operation Unified Protector in Libya, advised the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and created trainings on civilian protection for the United States, NATO, AMISOM, ANSF, and Burmese forces.

Sarah was named in Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction by Action on Armed Violence and received the Truman National Security Project’s award for Extraordinary Impact.  She was a member of the (Bill) Clinton Administration’s White House AIDS Policy team, a senior associate at West Wing Writers, and consulted for Human Rights Watch, Ford Foundation, and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Sarah holds degrees from Georgetown and Columbia Universities, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

MICHAEL KLEINMAN | ORANGE DOOR RESEARCH

Michael Kleinman is the founder of Orange Door Research, a company that specializes in high-frequency data collection in developing countries and emerging markets. Prior to this, he was Director of Investments at Humanity United, where he oversaw the organization's grant making in West Africa, as well as on issues related to technology and human rights. He worked overseas for international NGOs—first with CARE in Afghanistan, Sudan, and in a regional position covering east and central Africa, and then with International Relief and Development in Iraq.

Prior to going overseas, he worked for the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, leading a project on the application of international humanitarian law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Michael is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

THOMAS MCCARTHY | AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD LLP

Thomas McCarthy is a partner in the international trade practice at Akin Gump. Thomas McCarthy has an extensive background in counseling clients on international trade practice. He has helped clients in various industries successfully develop and implement compliance programs, conduct internal reviews, audits, and investigations, negotiate settlements, litigate trade-related cases before the US Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, draft license applications, ruling requests, and complete Focused Assessments.

Currently, Mr. McCarthy is involved in the International Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar and the sits as a board of directors for Citizen Effect, a nonprofit organization dedicated to microinfrastructure projects in India and Africa.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. McCarthy served as a summer clerk for the Honorable Clarence Newcomer of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. Thomas earned his Bachelors degree at the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctorate degree from University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to entering law school, Thomas spent four years as a US naval officer. 

TAWANDA MUTASAH | AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Tawanda Mutasah is Senior Director of Law & Policy at Amnesty International. He is responsible for leading the formulation of the movement's human rights policies, legal positions and litigation strategies.

Tawanda has 20 years of leadership experience in human rights, governance, rule of law and humanitarian work. His previous roles include Executive Director for Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Coordinator of Policy, Advocacy, Communications for Southern Africa for Oxfam, and the principal founder of a broad-based national Coalition for Constitutional Reform in Zimbabwe.

He has served as the governor of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa; led the organization of a Brazil-Africa project encouraging the sharing of human rights lawyering skills among young Lusophone lawyers; and helped found the Southern Africa Litigation Center.

Tawanda received his legal training from Harvard Law School, New York University Law School, and the University of Zimbabwe. He holds a Master of Management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He received the International Bar Association's "International Rule of Law Award" in 2004.

ARYEH NEIER, CHAIR OF THE BOARD | PRESIDENT EMERITUS, OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS

Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served for 12 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). Since 2012, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po.

Neier is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and has published in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Foreign Policy. For a dozen years, he wrote a column on human rights for The Nation. He has contributed more than 200 op-ed articles in newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune. The author of seven books, including his most recent, The International Human Rights Movement: A History (2012), Neier has also contributed chapters to more than 20 books.

He has lectured at many leading universities in the United States and worldwide. He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and numerous awards from such organizations as the American Bar Association, the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

GRIFF NORQUIST | BlackRock Solutions

Griff Norquist, Managing Director, is the Project Engagement Oversight Manager for BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group within BlackRock Solutions, responsible for the oversight of engagements in the United States.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Mr. Norquist was a Senior Vice President at Moelis & Company, where he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group. He has advised on a wide range of Mergers & Acquisitions across the financial industry, including Insurance, Market Structure, Specialty Finance and Financial Technology. Prior to joining Moelis in 2010, Mr. Norquist was an investment banker at Macquarie Capital and J.P. Morgan. While at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Norquist was involved in several of the major transactions in the sector during the global financial crisis. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2007, Mr. Norquist began his business career at MassMutual, where he was a Director in the Corporate Development department, executing acquisitions and divestitures and other key strategic initiatives. Mr. Norquist served as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army, both stateside and in the Republic of Korea. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2004, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Mr. Norquist earned a BS degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 2003.

Susan Osnos | NONPROFIT CONSULTANT

Susan Osnos was on the staff of Human Rights Watch for sixteen years, first as Communications Director and later as Associate Director.  She now works as a consultant to domestic and international rights organizations and some of the foundations that support their work.  As a consultant, she has done executive searches, assisted mission-driven organizations in designing communications strategies and organizational structures, worked on strategic plans and done evaluations of boards of directors.  In addition to serving on the advisory committee of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, she is on the board of the Barth Syndrome Foundation and Words Without Borders.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

DAVID QUIGLEY | McKinsey & Company

David Quigley is a Director in McKinsey & Company's New York office. David leads McKinsey's Healthcare Practice in the North East. He leads McKinsey's Global BioPharma Commercial Practice. Over the last 14 years with McKinsey he has worked extensively with Pharmaceutical and Biotech Manufacturers and with Healthcare Private Equity investors. David's client service areas include Corporate Strategy, Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint ventures, Go-To-Market Strategy and Organization.

Prior to joining McKinsey's New York office in 1998, David held a variety of management positions in the energy industry. David holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, cum laude, an MSc. from The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland and a BA, Honors, from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Elizabeth Seuling | Human Rights watch

Elizabeth Seuling is a managing director at Human Rights Watch in the Development and Outreach Department. She oversees international teams responsible for research, strategy, leadership-level giving, and partnerships with foundations and trusts across ten countries. In addition to CIVIC, she is proud to serve on the board of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2004, Elizabeth worked in Serbia advising members of parliament on security-sector reform, and in India directing a service-learning program for American students. She previously had a career in visual art in San Francisco and New York. Elizabeth earned a BA in art history from Wesleyan University and a certificate in international affairs from New York University. She speaks Hindi, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and French.