Leadership Council

Hannan AshrawiHannan Ashrawi
is the Founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy. She is a former faculty member of Birzeit University on the West Bank, and a former Minister of Higher Education and Research for the Palestinian Authority.

Robert BadinterRobert Badinter
is a barrister and author. He is President of the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration and a member of the French Senate. He was formerly French Minister for Justice, and President of the Arbitration Commission for former Yugoslavia.

is a founder member of the Irish rock group U2, and a prominent human rights advocate. Bono has consistently used his position as front man of one of the most popular bands in the world to draw attention to human rights issues. He was named a Person of the Year by Time magazine in 2005.

14th Dalai LamaHis Holiness The Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, is the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is a leading proponent of the Buddhist approach to politics, human rights and social action and is a winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. Unique in the world today, he is a world statesman, national leader, spiritual teacher and deeply learned theologian.

Indai Lourdes SajorIndai Lourdes Sajor
is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Asian Centre for Women’s Human Rights. She was one of the convenors of the Tokyo Tribunal on "comfort women", which achieved a groundbreaking international law judgement on sexual slavery and violence in wartime, at The Hague in 2001

Adolfo Pérez EsquivelAdolfo Pérez Esquivel
is an Argentinean architect, author and the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He vehemently protested against the social injustice caused by the Argentinean military regime in the 1970’s and was jailed on numerous occasions, once for 14 months without trial. He is the leader of Servicio Paz y Justicia, an organisation that promotes human rights throughout Latin America.

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
is an Anglican archbishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.