IHRIP relies on a small international Advisory Board to define its focus, policies, areas of work and priorities. Advisory Board members are activists from different regions of the world who bring to the program an understanding of developments and trends in their regions, as well as knowledge about human rights work and budget work there.
D.J. Ravindran, Chair, from India, coordinated the human rights program of the UN Mission in Sudan, and worked with the UN human rights programs in East Timor and Cambodia. In the 1990s he founded Forum-Asia, prior to which he was the Asia Program Officer at the International Commission of Jurists.
Fouad Abdelmoumni is the CEO of Association Al Amana in Morocco, which provides micro-loans to the poor in the country. Prior to Al Amana, Mr. Abdelmoumni managed MADI, a social venture capital fund. He is also a former Vice President of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights.
Helena Hofbauer was the founder and first Director of Fundar–Centro de Análisis e Investigación in Mexico, which works to advance substantive democracy in Mexico through focusing on human rights and government budgets. Ms. Hofbauer currently heads up the Partnership Initiative of the International Budget Partnership.
Johannes “Babes” Ignacio is a lawyer from the Philippines, who was the founder and for many years Director of Alterlaw in Manila.
Viviana Krsticevic is the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). She previously worked as a fellow at Cambridge University and Somerville Legal Services, where she counseled refugee women. She has also taught at American University, Stanford University and the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Birgit Lindsnæs currently works with COWI on governance and evaluations, human rights issues and financing. Ms. Lindsnæs was deputy director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights from 1991 to 2008, and its administrator for five years. She was also chair of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) from 2003–2007.
Bibiane Mbaye Gahamanyi is a human rights lawyer from Rwanda, who is currently working as Policy Coordinator for West and Central Africa with ActionAid International. Prior to that, she worked with Enda Tiers Monde in Dakar and with the African Centre for Human Rights Studies in Banjul.
Vincent Saldanha is a judge in the High Court of the Western Cape, South Africa. He practiced as an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre from 1994-2008, mainly in human rights litigation and constitutional matters, and continues to be active in various student, community-based organizations and professional bodies.
Aloysius Toe is Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy (FOHRD), which he founded in 2003 to promote economic and social justice, and combat impunity and poverty, in Liberia. During the country’s civil war Mr. Toe led the Movement for the Defense of Human Rights.
David Weissbrodt, founder of IHRIP, is with the Faculty of Law at the University of Minnesota. Professor Weissbrodt has researched and written extensively in the human rights field, and earlier served as a member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.