Eileen Donahoe appointed to ISHR Board

04.05.2014

ISHR is delighted to announce the appointment of Eileen Donahoe, Global Affairs Director with Human Rights Watch and former US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, to its Board.

(Geneva) - The International Service for Human Rights is delighted to announce the appointment of Eileen Donahoe to its Board.

Dr Donahoe is currently Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch and previously worked as US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

'ISHR is delighted to have Eileen Donahoe join the organisation in a non-executive leadership role,' said ISHR Director Phil Lynch.

'Eileen brings substantial experience working in, negotiating with, and influencing governments and UN agencies at the very highest levels,' said Mr Lynch.

'In Geneva, she is renowned for her work at the UN Human Rights Council to promote issues such as freedom of expression and association, internet freedom, and accountability for gross human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Syria and North Korea.'

Dr Donahoe hold degrees from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley and Dartmouth universities. She previously worked at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and as an IT and IP lawyer with Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. Dr Donahoe was Chair of the National Women for Obama Finance Committee during Barack Obama's first presidential campaign and has also undertaken consultancy work for Human Rights First and Amnesty International. 

Dr Donahoe's appointment further strenghens ISHR after Michael H. Posner was appointed to the Board in March 2014 and leading international human rights advocates Hina Jilani, Sir Nicolas Bratza, Egbert Myjer and Jean-Daniel Vigny joined the Board in 2013.

Contact: Phil Lynch, Director of ISHR, on p.lynch@ishr.ch or + 41 76 708 4738.