Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Budapest – Board Co-Chair
Anikó Bakonyi works as a Senior Programme Officer at the Refugee Programme of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. She coordinates the human rights monitoring activities of the programme, manages projects, such as the Refugee Law Reader, and takes part in 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 and an M.A degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Since May 2020, Anikó has been fulfilling the duties of a Co-Chair of the Board at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
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.
Netherlands Helsinki Committee, The Hague
André Gerrits had been a regular Board member until 2021 and was then elected as treasurer. André 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.
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.
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.
Documenta, Zagreb – Board Co-Chair
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.
Open School of Sustainable Development, Russia
Dr. Nelya Rakhimova is a sustainable development advocate and educator, as well as policy analyst. She is a founder and CEO of Open School for Sustainable Development (Openshkola), coordinator of the Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia (CSDR) and the first civil society review on the implementation of the SDGs in Russia, ECE RCEM Governing Body Member from Eastern Europe, Member of GCAP Europe Regional Council, Teach SDGs Ambassador, consultant for UN DESA, UNDP and UNSSC. In 2016, she received her Ph.D in natural science at TU Dresden, Germany and in 2011, a masters degree in Environmental Planning at ASU, USA as a Fulbright Scholar.
Committee against Torture, Nizhny Novgorod
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.
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.
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
International Socio-Ecological Union
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Finnish-Russian Civic Forum – Finrosforum
People in Need
Rights in Russia
Citizens Network Watchdog
Environmental Defence of the Moscow Region
International Partnership for Human Rights
Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights
Solidarity with the Civil Movement in Russia
Public Verdict Foundation
NGO Development Centre
Ralph du Long
Netherlands Helsinki Committee
Russian LGBT Network