ISHR is governed by a Board of Directors which is responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the organisation.

Our current Board members are:

Vrinda Grover (India) - Chair
Vrinda Grover is an Indian human rights lawyer and defender, successfully advocating and litigating landmark cases in relation to women's rights, torture and sexual minorities. She is a Board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights and a Bureau member of South Asians for Human Rights. She has been at the forefront of a range of successful law reform campaigns, including in relation to women's rights and children's rights, among others.

Pierre Avanzo (France) - Member
Pierre Avanzo is CEO of Leadership Inside, Executive coach and leadership development expert, and a former Partner with McKinsey & Co where he worked for decades across Europe, the US and Asia. Pierre has a degree in engineering and an MBA, together with more than 25 years' experience advising companies, governments, foundations and non-profits on issues of strategy, governance and development.

Maryam Al-Khawaja (Bahrain/Denmark)  Member
Maryam Al-Khawaja is an international human rights consultant and trainer. She has formerly been Europe Director of Physicians for Human Rights, Co-Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, and President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. She was tried and sentenced in absentia to prison in Bahrain in December 2014 in connection with her exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. She is Vice Chair of the Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights and a Board member of CIVICUS. 

Elizabeth Broderick (Australia) - Member
Elizabeth Broderick is an expert member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls, and Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney. She was formerly Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 to 2015 and a partner with international law firm Ashurst. Previous roles include Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, a Special Adviser to UN Women, and a former member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development.

Jean-Claude Erné (Switzerland) - Treasurer
Jean-Claude Erné is an Equity Partner at Banque Pictet and CEO of the Swiss Wealth Management market. He has a background as a lawyer and is admitted to the Geneva Bar. He has worked extensively in Asia, including as Managing Director of Bank Pictet in Singapore and CEO of Pictet Wealth Management Asia.

Alice Mogwe (Botswana) - Member
Alice Mogwe is Director of Ditshwanelo, the Botswana Centre for Human Rights. She is former Chairperson of the Southern Africa Trust and President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Recognised as one of the leading human rights lawyers and civil society activists in Botswana and Africa, she is a prominent advocate on issues including women's rights and development. 

Erik Møse (Norway) - Member
Erik Møse is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Norway. He is a former judge of the European Court of Human Rights and former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He has also been a Court of Appeals Judge, a Supreme Court Advocate, Head of Division of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and has published extensively in the field of human rights. 


Lucia Nader (Brazil) - Member
Lucia Nader is a human rights and civil society organisations expert. She was an Open Society Foundations Fellow in 2015-16 and Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights from 2011-14, where she worked from 2003 and through which she participated in an intensive ISHR training programme in 2005. Lucia has also served as Executive Secretary of Brazil's Foreign Policy and Human Rights Committee and is a Board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights.

Andrew Park (United States) – Member
Andrew Park is human rights expert and assisted to draft and adopt the Yogyakarta Principles + 10 on sexual orientation, gender identity and human rights. Previously, Park served as the International Program Director at the Williams Institute and as a Program Director at Wellspring Advisors, LLC. He also served as the coordinator of the International Human Rights Funders Group and co-chair of the Global Philanthropy Project.

Katarina Bervar Sternad (Slovenia) - Deputy Chair
Katarina Bervar Sternad is a human rights lawyer and Director of PIC (Legal Information Centre for NGOs) in Slovenia, focusing mainly on migrant rights and women’s rights. She is Coordinator of the Coalition for ESC Rights and a Member (alternate) of the Management Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. She is the author of various studies for the European Migration Network. 

Mirosław Wyrzykowski (Poland) - Member
Mirosław Wyrzykowski has been Chair of the Human Rights Department, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, since 2006. He is a former judge of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland, as well as a former Head of the Department of Constitutional Freedoms and Rights in the Office of the Commissioner for Citizens Rights, and a former member of the Prime Minister’s Legislative Council.