The Members of the Board (previously Steering Committee) were elected at the 10th General Assembly online on 20 May 2020

Re-elected 05 /2020

Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Budapest

Anikó Bakonyi has been working as a Project and Advocacy Officer for the Refugee Programme of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee since 2010. She coordinates the human rights monitoring activities of the programme, manages projects, such as the Refugee Law Reader, and takes part in the related advocacy activities. She is also responsible for the production of information materials for asylum seekers. Anikó holds an M.A. degree in human rights from the Central European University. Since May 2020, Anikó has been fulfilling the duties of a Co-Chair of the Board.

Re-elected 05/2020

Sakharov Centre, Moscow

Polina Filippova has been working as a Digital Director and Head of the Volunteer Centre at the Sakharov Centre since 2013. She also consults, facilitates and teaches at the Prague Media School, focusing on developing soft skills of media coordinators working for various NGOs across Europe and Russia.

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Elected 05/2020

Netherlands Helsinki Committee, The Hague

André Gerrits is a historian, Professor of International Studies and Politics at Leiden University (Netherlands). He headed multiple civil society, human rights and political party assistance projects in Russia and Ukraine. He was a Board member of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and various other human rights organisations. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS), Brussels.

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Elected 05/2020

Stichting Justice Initiative, Russia

Olga Gnezdilova has been working with SJI (Stichting Justice Initiative) since 2015 as an attorney and legal director. The organisation focuses on the legal protection of victims of human rights violations connected to armed conflict and counter-terrorism operations, torture, and gender-based violence in the post-Soviet region. One of the new directions is the protection of the right to life in cases of orphan diseases and the recent COVID-19 crisis. SJI provides legal support on the domestic level, in the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, and UN Treaty Bodies.
For ten years, Olga also cooperated with different Russian NGOs on the monitoring of freedom of assembly and freedom of association and developing recommendations on the amendments to the legislation in this field.

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Elected 05/2020

Association for International Affairs (AMO), Prague

Pavel Havlíček is a research fellow at AMO – Association for International Affairs Research Centre. His research focus is Eastern Europe, specifically Ukraine, Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries. He also deals with questions of strategic communications and disinformation. He holds a master’s degree in Russian, Central and East European Studies and the EU Studies. He had several internships in both public and private sector, e.g. at the European Parliament, the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others.

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Elected 05/2019

Documenta, Zagreb

Nikola Mokrović has been working in Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past since 2010 as archivist/data manager of the organisation’s archival records and collections, and as a researcher on project of Human Losses in war in Croatia 1991 – 1995. His professional interests include accessibility of information and developing the mechanisms of transitional justice. He holds a MA degree in Political Science. Since 2020, Nikola has been holding the position of a Board Co-Chair at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

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Elected 05/2019

Committee against Torture, Russia

Olga Sadovskaya has been working as a vice-president of the Russian public organisation Committee against Torture and has been involved in the prevention of torture since 2002. She works on international protection and development of legislation in the field of human rights protection. Olga is also a member of the Executive Committee of the World Organisation against Torture, an external expert of UNDP and a member of a public monitoring commission for places of detention. Olga is a representative for more than 150 complaints in the European Court of Justice and an author of a number of academic publications in the field of law and practice of the ECHR. Olga has a degree in international human rights protection in Russia and the Netherlands and holds LL.M. of the University of Amsterdam.

Re-elected 05/2020

Citizens’ Watch, St. Petersburg

Elena Shakhova is Board Chair at the St. Petersburg Human Rights NGO “Citizens’ Watch”. She has worked with “Citizens’ Watch” since 1998. She was elected a Board member in 2003 and the Board Chair in 2014. “Citizens’ Watch”, established in 1992, has been focusing its efforts on support of judicial reforms; these include ensuring transparency of court verdicts and judicial activities, professional training for defence and litigation lawyers, and combating xenophobia and intolerance. Elena’s professional interests are rule of law, judicial reforms, judicial oversight of special services’ activities, access to justice, free legal assistance programme and alternative ways of dispute resolution.

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Elected 05/2019

Russian LGBT Network, St. Petersburg

Mikhail Tumasov is an LGBT activist and human rights defender. Mikhail has an extensive managerial experience. In 2011, he founded Samara’s social LGBT-movement “Avers” and Samara’s regional branch of the Russian LGBT Network. Over the 3 years when Mikhail was the head of Avers, the organization became well known in the region and all over the country. Besides, Mikhail is an activist of the international LGBT Christians Movement and also deeply involved in gender equality movement

Elected 05/2019

Environmental Rights Centre BELLONA, St. Petersburg

Ksenia had been a regular Board member until 2019, and then was elected as a treasurer. She is a coordinator of renewable energy projects in the Environmental Rights Centre BELLONA, which was established in 1998 to help people and local initiative groups in the Russian regions to fight for their right on a favourable environment. Together with Youth Human Rights Group in St. Petersburg, Ksenia participates in school projects on human rights education. Ksenia holds a degree in economics.

Re-elected 05/2020

D’EST, Paris

Nina Berezner is a Co-Founder and President at D’EST, a Franco-Russian platform aiming at opening up a dialogue between the Russian civil society and European decision makers and opinion leaders. Her main activities include organising educational exchange programmes for young civil society activists from Russia and expert missions for senior Russian political scientists, economists, sociologists and NGO representatives. Throughout last three years, Nina has also been involved in the research work on the Second Chechen War.

FORMER BOARD / STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Fraser Cameron

Fraser Cameron
EU-Russia Centre
03/2011-10/2013

Sergey Simak

Sergey Simak
International Socio-Ecological Union
03/2011-10/2012

Danuta Przywara

Danuta Przywara
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
03/2011-10/2013

Oksana Chelysheva

Oksana Chelysheva
Finnish-Russian Civic Forum – Finrosforum
10/2013-11/2014

Rostislav Valvoda

Rostislav Valvoda
People in Need
03/2011-11/2014

Simon Cosgrove

Simon Cosgrove
Rights in Russia
02/2017-05/2018

Anton Burkov

Anton Burkov
Sutiazhnik
10/2013-11/2014

Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć

Katarzyna
Batko-Tołuć
Citizens Network Watchdog
10/2013-12/2015

Evgenia Chirikova

Evgenia Chirikova
Environmental Defence of the Moscow Region
11/2014-12/2015

Stefan Melle

Stefan Melle
DRA/ German-Russian Exchange
03/2011-12/2015

Simon Papuashvili

Simon Papuashvili
International Partnership for Human Rights
11/2014-02/2017

Yuri Dzhibladze

Yuri Dzhibladze
Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights
03/2011-05/2018

Alexei Kozlov

Alexei Kozlov
Solidarity with the Civil Movement in Russia
12/2015-05/2018

Natalia Taubina

Natalia Taubina
Public Verdict Foundation
03/2011-05/2018

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Anna Skvortsova
NGO Development Centre
10/2012-05/2019

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Ralph du Long
11/2014-05/2019

Elena Belokurova
German-Russian Exchange, St. Petersburg
12/2015-05/2020

Harry Hummel
Netherlands Helsinki Committee, The Hague
10/2013-05/2020

Łukasz Wenerski
12/2015-05/2020