Director, Fund for Global Human Rights UKRead bio
Director, Fund for Global Human Rights UK
“I believe in the power, creativity, and determination of local activists to challenge systemic issues of violence, exclusion, and discrimination. As societies grapple with rising authoritarianism and inequality, rights movements provide enterprising, practical solutions for their communities—and hope to the wider world. I’m proud of the Fund for Global Human Rights’ role in resourcing, linking, and elevating the work of these partners.”
James joined the Fund in November 2017 as director of the Fund for Global Human Rights UK with a range of experience promoting human rights—as an activist, a researcher, and as a grant maker. He is passionately committed to empowering and supporting activists and human rights organisations and was previously the associate director at the Human Rights Initiative of Open Society Foundations where he was responsible for developing grant-making practice, strategy, and learning. Prior to that he was part of Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights programme. where he supported organisations working to investigate and achieve justice for human rights violations around the world as well as managing portfolios related to new technologies and communications. He has worked with the Panic Button, a technology-based initiative for human rights defenders and started his career as a country specialist at Amnesty International, investigating and campaigning against abuses in Turkey. He serves or has served as an advisor to Benetech’s Human Rights programme. the Human Rights Funders Network, and the Thomas Paine Initiative, a collaborative initiative using strategic communications to build support for human rights in the UK. James is a Turkish-speaker and has a first degree in Turkish and Arabic from Oxford University and an LLM with Distinction in Public International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Regan E. Ralph
President and CEO, Fund for Global Human Rights (US)Read bio
Regan E. Ralph
President and CEO, Fund for Global Human Rights (US)
“When governments and others in power recognise the core values of human dignity and freedom, individuals and societies at large flourish. For this to happen, we need to make sure those who experience human rights abuses have the best resources to advance long-term solutions and vigilantly monitor their progress. The Fund for Global Human Rights is at the forefront of supporting people the world over who are rising to this challenge and building a better future.”
Regan E. Ralph is the president and CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights and has directed the organisation since its founding. Prior to launching the Fund, Regan was vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington D.C. where she led advocacy, policy and educational strategies to promote the quality and availability of health care for American women. From 1992-2001, Regan helped build and ultimately directed the Women’s Rights division of Human Rights Watch, where she developed campaigns to ensure the prosecution of sexual violence in conflict as a war crime, to secure recognition of gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum, and to promote women’s rights in countries including Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan, and Mexico. Regan is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She serves on the boards of EG Justice, Crisis Action, and WITNESS, the advisory council of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship programme at Georgetown University Law Center, the advisory committee of The Council for Global Equality, and the global practitioner council at Stanford University’s programme on Social Entrepreneurship. Regan is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Human Rights Funders Network.
Vice President for ProgrammesRead bio
Vice President for Programmes
“Supporting frontline human rights activists on their own terms isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s the best way we can enable deep and lasting social change.”
As Vice President for Programmes at the Fund for Global Human Rights, David B. Mattingly leads an international team of activist grant-makers to resource human rights movements and build stronger, more sustainable human rights organisations. Since joining the Fund in 2005 as one of its first programme officers, David helped shape the Fund’s signature model of supporting frontline activists on their own terms and providing the funding and technical support that can boost their success. Prior to assuming leadership of the programmes team, he built grants portfolios for rights groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund’s grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. After earning a BA in International Development from American University, David monitored human rights in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Prior to joining the Fund, he worked at the Moriah Fund, where he helped manage grant-making programmes promoting indigenous rights, environmental protection, and women’s and reproductive rights in Central America, the US, and globally. David is particularly passionate about land and resource rights and climate justice and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).
Vice President for OperationsRead bio
Vice President for Operations
“I’m so proud to work at a place where we trust activists to know best how to use resources for positive change in their communities. It’s thrilling to see how their creative and sophisticated strategies are developed and shared in a way that can have real impact on a global scale.”
Kathryn Sommers joined the Fund in May 2007. She oversees all operational and administrative aspects of the organisation, including human resources, technology, grant-making operations, finance and risk management. In 2012 Kathryn was instrumental in incorporating and launching the Fund for Global Human Rights UK and continues to play a critical role in compliance and strategic integration at the European level. Kathryn has over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector ranging from direct service and programme management to fundraising, operations, and financial management. Throughout her career she has cultivated specific skills and interest in organisational infrastructure and knowledge management and is passionate about putting operations expertise into service in mission focused organisations. Kathryn has a BA in History with Minors in Religion and Philosophy and TESOL. Prior to joining the Fund, she worked in the adult education and literacy field serving low income and immigrant communities and has spent time travelling and studying in Côte d’Ivoire.
“Too many people around the world suffer because their human rights are stripped away and their lives and situations overlooked. But the Fund stands for basic human rights for all people, and for anyone working to make a real difference on the ground. That’s why I love working here.”
Kim joined the Fund in April 2017 and serves as the controller, managing the organisation’s day to day financial operations. Kim has over 15 years of accounting experience. Prior to the Fund, Kim served as the controller for Whitman-Walker Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and as assistant controller at the American Geophysical Union. Kim is a graduate of University of Maryland where he received his BS in Accounting. Kim volunteers on several committees lending his financial expertise.
Vice President for Development and CommunicationsRead bio
Vice President for Development and Communications
“I believe all people should have a voice in how they are governed. That is why I’m a human rights activist. I also believe that social justice organisations should embrace the same values they preach to others. That is why I work at the Fund—because it does.”
Rona Peligal joined the Fund in July 2017 as vice president for development and communications. Rona brings to the Fund a unique set of skills: knowledge of human rights issues, fundraising experience, and the ability to create materials and messages to promote the human rights cause. Prior to joining the Fund, Rona served for two years as vice president for development at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) where, as a member of the Executive Team, she oversaw a transition in AJWS’s fundraising model, helped build the Board, and launched an $18 million reserve fund. From 1999-2015, Rona worked at Human Rights Watch (HRW) in two main capacities. For the first nine years, Rona served as deputy director of Development and Outreach, where she was responsible for raising approximately one third of HRW’s revenue from foundations and program-specific donors. For the latter six years, Rona was a deputy director of the Africa division. In that capacity, she oversaw HRW’s work on Nigeria, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other countries. In 2014, Rona authored an HRW report entitled “Whose Development?,” which investigated human rights abuses connected with iron ore mining in Sierra Leone. She has also contributed to HRW reports on LGBTI rights and women’s rights. Rona has a Ph.D. in African history from Columbia University, where she also specialised in women’s history. Rona speaks French and Swahili.
Sami Al Amil
Director of Information TechnologyRead bio
Sami Al Amil
Director of Information Technology
Sami Al Amil joined the Fund in July 2018 as director of information technology, providing oversight of the Fund’s IT infrastructure and systems, managing IT and security policies, and working with other departments to support the implementation of the leadership’s vision and strategies. Previously, Sami served as a deputy director of Counterpart International’s Internet Freedom project providing information security assistance, training, and support to human rights and civil society activists around the world. Sami brings over 15 years of a diverse global experience in IT operations, cybersecurity, online privacy, user support, and assessment of how to effectively safeguard an organisation’s infrastructure. Earlier in his career, Sami served as a senior technology officer for the National Democratic Institute in Iraq where he gained experience with a broad range of technologies while operating in an increasingly challenging environment. When not busy overseeing the Fund’s technology department, Sami can often be found with a camera in hand furthering an interest in amateur digital photography. Sami has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as a few other industry certificates.
European Project ManagerRead bio
European Project Manager
Naima joined the Fund in July 2015 and currently serves as European project manager. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where she studied French and Spanish, with an emphasis on post-colonial Francophone African literature. Whilst a student at Cambridge, Naima spent a year in Côte d’Ivoire during which time she interned for an international NGO. Prior to joining the Fund, Naima pursued graduate studies in Francophone literature and Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. Naima speaks fluent French, advanced Spanish and is conversant in Swahili and Kinyarwanda. Naima is based out of the Fund’s UK office.
Director of FinanceRead bio
Director of Finance
Taylor joined the Fund in April 2020 as the organization’s first director of finance, providing oversight of the Fund’s financial management systems and collaborating with departmental leaders to help ensure the Fund’s financial sustainability and the development of growth initiatives. He has over a decade of experience working in the international non-profit sector finance and operations functions, specifically in the youth development and peace-building fields, including two years living and working in the townships and rural communities surrounding Durban, South Africa. Additionally, Taylor is an adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies’ Sports Industry Management Program and has been teaching the Social Responsibility & Globalization in Sports course since 2013.
Taylor started his career with a top international accounting firm, working with an array of clients, including nonprofits. He earned his MBA from San Diego State University and a bachelor of science (Finance and Accounting double major) degree from Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business. He also completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
Senior Program AssociateRead bio
Senior Program Associate
Lydia joined the fund in September 2016 and serves as senior program associate to support the Fund’s programmatic work, with an emphasis on the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders programme, Before joining the Fund, Lydia most recently worked in criminal justice reform with an emphasis on ending the use of the death penalty and solitary confinement in the US. Before this she interned, worked, or volunteered at a number of organisations in Mexico City and Washington, DC with a focus on promoting migrants’ rights. Lydia is a graduate of Haverford College where she received a BA with honours in Political Science. While completing her MA in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service, she wrote her thesis on information gathering, decision making, and risk mitigation among Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. Lydia spent a year studying at Oxford University and a semester at the Academia Diplomática del Perú Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. She speaks Spanish.
Development-Operations AnalystRead bio
Brittany joined the Fund in July 2017. She serves as development-operations analyst and is responsible for coordinating core development department operations as well as managing the Fund’s database. She has seven years of nonprofit experience in operations and development and is passionate about building systems to manage workflows and maximise efficiency. When she’s not at the office, you can find her at craft fairs, concerts and extolling the many virtues of Jamaican carry-out restaurants.
Outreach and Engagement OfficerRead bio
Outreach and Engagement Officer
Kate Fanning joined the Fund as the outreach and engagement officer in 2017 from the academic world, having taught university courses in human rights, civil society, and international relations. In this role she also co-founded the Youth Model United Nations at the university and organised various outreach events around the themes of human rights and societies in conflict. Kate gained prior outreach and development experience with the organisations Human Rights Watch and Seeds of Peace. She holds post-graduate degrees in International Relations and Non-Governmental Organisations, with post-graduate studies in Middle Eastern Studies and bachelors’ degrees in Germanic Languages and Literature and Fine Arts (Design) and has worked in the NGO and Arts sectors. Kate speaks fluent German, is conversant in Spanish, has knowledge of Arabic and Farsi, and is a certified mediator. Kate has lived in continental Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, but has called London home for several years now. Kate is based out of the Fund’s UK office.
Director of Human ResourcesRead bio
Director of Human Resources
Communications Content OfficerRead bio
Communications Content Officer
Digital Communications OfficerRead bio
Digital Communications Officer
Development AssociateRead bio
Kelsie joined the Fund in February 2019 and supports the development department as the development associate. Prior to joining the Fund, Kelsie interned at the National Women’s Law Center and She’s the First. Kelsie graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, as well as a Global Health minor. As a student, Kelsie studied public health abroad in Thailand and worked on a woman’s empowerment programme in Kenya. She also conducted research across South Africa for her senior thesis, which examined reproductive politics through the international networks of crisis pregnancy centres.
John M. Kabia
Program Officer for Thematic InitiativesRead bio
John M. Kabia
Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives
John joined the Fund as a program officer in June 2012. Most recently, he was with the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace based in the UK, where he developed and facilitated peace and human rights training programmes for victims and survivors of conflict and human rights abuses. He also has experience working with human rights organisations and networks in his native Sierra Leone and has authored a series of research publications on human rights, conflict, and peacebuilding in West Africa. John holds a PhD in conflict, security, and development from the University of Bradford. John is based out of the Fund’s UK office.
Martine Target Louis
Grants ManagerRead bio
Martine Target Louis
Martine joined the Fund in June 2016 and serves as the grants manager for the Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Migrants’ Rights programmes. Before joining the Fund, Martine interned with the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti programme, Martine is a graduate of Florida International University where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minored in International Relations. During her undergraduate career, Martine served as a 2014 Women Who Lead Ambassador and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity, and was awarded with the Excellence in Civic Engagement Medallion of Distinction by the Center for Leadership and Service. Martine speaks fluent French and Creole.
Grants ManagerRead bio
Jessie joined the Grants Management team in March 2018. Based in the London office, she oversees the grant-making operations for all thematic initiatives and the Southeast Asia programme, Prior to joining the Fund, Jessie served as executive officer for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, coordinating the operations of the Global Engagement Unit. She has previously worked for the Embassy of Mexico to the UK and has done voluntary work for various organisations in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia. Jessie has lived in Mexico, Singapore, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. She holds a MA in International Relations and French from the University of Aberdeen and is fluent in Spanish and French. Jessie is based out of the Fund’s UK office.
Director of Regional ProgramsRead bio
Director of Regional Programs
Marianne joined the Fund in April 2018 as director of regional programs, providing support for the regional programme officers and coordination across the programme team. Marianne has played a leadership role at several international human rights organisation, most recently as director of research at Physicians for Human Rights. Previously, she served as director of programmes at OutRight Action International (formerly International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission), senior policy advisor at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, and advocacy director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She has overseen sub-granting programmes in Latin America and Africa and has conducted advocacy and documentation across many geographies. Marianne holds a Master’s of Law in International Human Rights Law from Essex University and a Master’s of Science in European Management from Ecole des Affairs de Paris. She also is an adjunct lecturer at Barnard College and the New School for Social Research. Marianne speaks fluent Spanish and Danish, and has a working knowledge of French and German. Marianne is based in NYC, where she spends her copious free time as an amateur sailor, dressmaker, DIY enthusiast, and mom.
Operations and Projects OfficerRead bio
Operations and Projects Officer
Zoë joined the Fund in October 2018 and serves as the European operations and projects officer based in London. Prior to joining the Fund, Zoë worked as a broker in the London Insurance Market, where she founded the diversity network with the aim of bringing more diverse recruitment into the sector and encouraging more women in senior leadership roles. Zoë also created the Tower Hamlets School Outreach network, working with members of the financial sector to support and develop young people in the Tower Hamlets area through mentorships and intern placements. Zoë speaks conversant French and basic Farsi and is a chartered broker.
Clare Gibson Nangle
Senior Manager of Strategic PartnershipsRead bio
Clare Gibson Nangle
Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships
Strategic Partnerships ManagerRead bio
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Rebecca joined the Fund’s strategic partnerships team in May 2020. Prior to joining the Fund, Rebecca was the Executive Director of AdvocAid, a civil society organization working with women and girls in conflict with the law in Sierra Leone. She also spent seven years at BBC Media Action, including five years in Sierra Leone as Senior Projects Manager. Rebecca began her career at Crisis Action, in London and then Nairobi, coordinating organizations working together to protect civilians from armed conflict. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Rebecca is currently a Trustee of Womankind Worldwide, a feminist organisation working in solidarity and partnership with women’s rights organizations around the world. Rebecca is based in the Fund’s European office in London.
Manager of CommunicationsRead bio
Manager of Communications
Robin is the Fund’s communications manager, working to build the organisation’s presence in Europe and change the narrative around human rights activism. Robin previously worked with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), where she spent six years designing and implementing complex media development programmes in a number of conflict and post-conflict countries. Robin is also the creator and manager behind the award-winning Indigenous Reporters programme, which has contributed significantly to the Indigenous rights movement across Canada through empowering Indigenous communities to tell their own stories, better engage with media and lead conversations about human rights issues. Her work has developed the capacity of local reporters and civil society leaders globally and has helped build an enabling environment for independent journalism in some of the world’s most challenging regions. Robin has also previously worked in nonprofit communications and fundraising, and as a multi-media journalist and filmmaker, producing four documentary films to date. Robin has a BA in Journalism and MA in Human Rights Law and Democratisation. Her passion for investigative research and deep interest in how technology is transforming traditional research methods is evidenced through the publication of her thesis on the use of new ICT tools for human rights documentation. Although Robin hails from Toronto, Canada, she has lived throughout Africa, Latin America and Europe—she now calls London her home. Robin is based out of the Fund’s UK office.
Learning & Assessment ManagerRead bio
Learning & Assessment Manager
Indhira joined the Fund in September 2014 and is currently managing the Learning and Assessment programme, In this role, she coordinates the collection, management, and analysis of data around outcomes and impact, and is responsible for leading a cross-departmental working group as well as promoting learning and facilitating lesson-sharing within the Fund and with external audiences. Before joining the Fund, Indhira worked as a freelance consultant for a grassroots organisation dedicated to improving access to education for children in disadvantaged urban communities in Colombia. She earned a BA in Political Science and French at the University of Miami and later pursued an MA in Nonprofit Management at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Indhira is a native Spanish speaker, is fluent in French and conversant in Portuguese. She is passionate about human rights issues, particularly those affecting women and girls.
Program Officer for the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders ProgramRead bio
Program Officer for the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders Program
James joined the Fund in February 2016 as programme officer for the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders programme, From 1999 – 2016, James worked for Amnesty International UK, where he led the organisation’s work for and with individuals at risk, including human rights defenders and most recently, served as director of its Human Rights Defenders programme. He has also worked in a variety of human rights campaigning and activism roles with AIUK including mobilising youth, student, and trade union activists. In 1994, James became involved in human rights activism with Peace Brigades International (PBI), taking a variety of roles working in PBI’s UK national group and International Office, and from 2002 – 2003 as a field volunteer for PBI in Colombia, which involved accompanying and supporting human rights defenders at risk from intimidation, stigmatisation, or attack. Currently, James sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York and the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS)a collaborative donor initiative on civic space. He is co-editor of several academic journals special issues including the Journal of Human Rights practice’s “Protection of Human Rights Defenders” and the International Journal of Human Rights’ “Critical Perspectives on Security and Protection of Human Rights Defenders,” as well as co-author of ‘Power and Protection,” a multimedia resource from JASS (Just Associates). He holds a BA in History from University College London and a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of London. James is based out of the Fund’s UK office.
Program CoordinatorRead bio
Program Officer for Sub-Saharan AfricaRead bio
Program Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa
Tony Tate began working with the Fund as the programme officer for Sub-Saharan Africa in October 2010. He currently oversees the Fund’s grant-making programme in Uganda. Before joining the Fund, Tony was a programme officer at Unbound Philanthropy, responsible for the development of the organisation’s international programmes. Prior to his work at Unbound Philanthropy, Tony worked for seven years as a researcher at Human Rights Watch, first as their in-country researcher in Burundi, later as the Africa researcher in the Children’s Rights Division. At Human Rights Watch, he investigated and published reports on human rights violations in numerous countries in central, eastern and southern Africa. In the 1990s, Tony worked as a case manager at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Comoros Islands. He has a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law, an MA in international affairs and African studies from Columbia University, and a BA from the George Washington University. Tony is a member of the advisory committee of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and is fluent in French and conversant in Swahili.
Strategic Partnerships ManagerRead bio
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Frances Tennyson joined the Fund in May 2014 as strategic partnerships manager to help drive forward the Fund’s fundraising and outreach activities with institutional donors in Europe. Frances has worked for over 15 years in the international development, human rights, and social justice sectors, with extensive experience in fundraising from trusts, foundations, and government donors, as well as expertise in managing complex grants. Her previous experience includes five years at the global development charity CARE International working across programmes and Funding teams, heading up the International Fundraising and Grants Management team at the charity Sue Ryder, and a short term at Latin American House Association co-organising the UK’s first ever film festival focused on the cultures and struggles of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Frances holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of London and a postgraduate certificate in International Poverty Reduction from the School of Oriental & African Studies. She has a passion for writing, fluency in Spanish, and a deep interest in Latin America having spent time living and travelling in the region, in particular Chile and Cuba. Frances is based out of the Fund’s UK office.
Grants ManagerRead bio
Senior Manager for Strategic PartnershipsRead bio
Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships
Anjali joined the Fund in August 2018 and brings both fundraising and programme experience focused on grassroots organisations. Prior to joining the Fund, Anjali worked at the Global Fund for Women for eight years where she served as Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. During that time, she managed key institutional donor relationships and grants, worked closely with the programmes team to develop new programmes, and managed a team of grant writers. As part of the China programme at the International Republican Institute, Anjali travelled frequently to China to observe village elections, and worked closely with local partners to administer a variety of trainings including leadership and governance trainings for newly elected village leaders, and encouraging women to run for village level leadership positions. Her work with marginalised grassroots organisations during this time, particularly upon seeing the importance of their work in bringing about social change, inspired her to move to China for three years to serve as an advisor for several of them on fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and programme design. Anjali holds an MA in International Relations/Asian Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in International Political Economy from Colorado College.
Director of Grantmaking OperationsRead bio
Director of Grantmaking Operations
Esra joined the Fund in August 2012 and currently serves as the director of grantmaking operations. She has held various other positions at the Fund—serving as the project coordinator for programmes and prior to that as a grants administrator and programme assistant. Esra is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied international relations and gender and development. During her time at Wellesley, she spent a semester abroad in Alexandria, Egypt in an Arabic immersion programme. She has interned at a UNESCO-funded development organisation in Turkey; the Harpswell Foundation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria; and Turkish Philanthropy Funds. Esra speaks Spanish, Turkish, and Arabic.