Members of the Board

Georgiana Gheorghe

Vice President of the Board
Georgiana Gheorghe is the executive director of APADOR-CH, a 30-year-old human rights organization based in Bucharest, Romania. She has 13 years of working experience in non-governmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, and Latvia). Prior to being appointed director in 2018, she was working mainly on APADOR-CH's criminal justice projects. Through the years she has been involved in research, advocacy and strategic litigation in various human rights areas: access to information of public interest; transparency in the decision-making process; police reform; rights of people deprived of liberty; and rights of people with mental disabilities. Georgiana studied political science at Bucharest University and has an M.A. in international human rights law from the Legal Studies Department of Central European University.

Krassimir Kanev

Treasurer
Dr. Krassimir Kanev graduated in 1982 from Sofia University. Specialized Human Rights and Religious Freedom at Columbia University in 1996-97. For 10 years he taught an introductory course on international human rights at Sofia State University. Has also taught sociology, sociology of law, critical social theory, environmental studies and international human rights in a number of colleges and universities in Bulgaria and abroad, among them the Plovdiv State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Sarajevo and the Central European University. Since 2003 teaches online courses for a US-based organization Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) for human rights professionals. Has taught courses on UN mechanisms for human rights protection for lawyers from several East European countries. Started human rights work in 1988. Has been and continues to be an activist in a number of human rights and environmental NGOs. Since 1994 – Director of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. In the past, he has also been member of the boards of a number of international human rights NGOs and institutions. At present, he is Vice-President of the European Prison Litigation Network, director emeritus of PILnet, member of the Management Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, member of the Board of the Association for the Prevention of Torture and member of the Board of the International Partnership for human rights. Dr Kanev successfully represents clients before the European Court of Human Rights on a variety of human rights violations.

Sara Lalic

Member of the Board

Nancy MacPherson

Independent Board Member
Nancy is the former Managing Director for Evaluation at the Rockefeller Foundation where she was responsible for setting up and managing the Foundation’s evaluation system from 2008-2018. Prior to her work in philanthropy, she worked in Canada, Asia, Africa and Switzerland for 25 years in international development with indigenous peoples, not-for-profit organizations, and government and UN agencies. She set up and managed IUCN’s Program Evaluation System and served as Special Advisor to the IUCN Director General on Performance Assessment and Oversight. She played a key role in the establishment and nurturing of a number of global and regional development evaluation professional associations, and networks, notably, the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA). Nancy was a member of the teaching faculty at the World Bank’s summer International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) from 2001-2011 and she is the recipient of the 2015 American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Enhancing the Public Good Award, presented to an individual whose evaluation work has substantially contributed to the public good.

Andrea Menapace

President of the Board
Andrea is the executive director of CILD (Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights). He previously worked for the Transparency & Accountability Initiative in London and was a researcher for Italy at the Open Government Partnership. Always active in the field of human rights, he began his career as a humanitarian worker before becoming a consultant and researcher for governments as well as non-governmental and international organizations. Co-founder of Diritto Di Sapere (Right To Know), the first Italian organization working on the right of access to information, he graduated in law at the University of Trento.

Máté Szabó

Member of the Board
Máté Szabó works as the Director of Programs at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU, Budapest), where he is responsible for the supervision of holding various strategic litigation cases by the organization before domestic, lower and higher, and international courts as well. Previously he was the director of Eötvös Károly Policy Institute (Budapest, Hungary). He had also been a senior lecturer at the University of Miskolc’s Department of Information and Media Law. Szabó is a lawyer specializing in the protection of fundamental freedoms and informational rights; he obtained his PhD degree at ELTE University (Budapest, Hungary) in 2011.

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