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 (she/her) is an Indian lawyer and human rights defender, successfully litigating landmark cases in relation to women's rights, police accountability, freedom of the press and sexual minorities. She is a Board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights and a member of South Asians for Human Rights and the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN. 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.

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. 


Heba Morayef (Egypt) - Member
Heba Morayef is an Egyptian human rights defender and currently Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Director. Prior to that she was Associate Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, worked with International Crisis Group and Human Rights Watch’s as Egypt director in Cairo and previously Libya researcher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a specialisation in Public International Law from the American University in Cairo and an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 


Erik Møse (Norway) - Member
Erik Møse (he/him) 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.


Mona Sabella (Palestine) – Member
Mona Sabella (she/her) is a human rights advocate and defender. She currently coordinates global efforts to stop corporate capture and ensure corporate accountability at ESCR-Net. Mona was formerly an International Advocacy Officer with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Geneva focusing on UN advocacy in support of communities and defenders in Libya, Palestine, Yemen and beyond. She also formerly worked on the protection of defenders with Front Line Defenders in Dublin, and worked for several years with Al-Haq focusing on colonial practices of dispossession impacting human rights in Palestine. Mona holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (University of Essex).


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.