Chair: Julia Häusermann MBE, Founder and President, Rights and Humanity, Switzerland
An international human rights lawyer and development worker, she began her career as a university lecturer in law. Her doctoral studies at Oxford were on Aid to Refugees, with field research in the Middle East and Horn of Africa. In the early 1980s, she served as International Humanitarian Advisor to HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, advising on the establishment of the Independent Commission on Humanitarian Issues. In 1986, she founded Rights and Humanity to prevent and relieve human suffering through the promotion and realisation of human rights and responsibilities. Mrs Häusermann has frequently acted as a senior policy consultant for a number of UN agencies, governments and international organisations influencing global policy on HIV/AIDS, health and development. In 1995, Mrs Häusermann was invited to address the South African Constitutional Assembly, advocating the incorporation of economic and social rights into the Constitution, which were later included in the embedded Bill of Rights. She is the pioneer of “the human rights approach to development”. Her influential book by this title, commissioned by the UK Government‟s Department for International Development in 1997, led to the approach being adopted by many UN agencies, governments and NGOs around the world. She is widely respected for her commitment to multi-faith dialogue, Islamic/Western understanding and building bridges of respect between people of difference. She has a proven track record of resolving deadlock between governments on controversial and sensitive issues.
Ambassador Anja-Riitta Ketokoski-Rexed, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland.
H.E. Ambassador Anja-Riitta Ketokoski-Rexed has been a worker in intercultural relations since 1966. After having been trained in the law faculty at Helsinki University, she joined the Finnish Foreign Ministry and has been working with European, Nordic and United Nations organisations (UNESCO, other specialized agencies, UN headquarters), OECD, Council of Europe, WIPO etc. Her academic work has been in the fields of economic and social relations, international law, human rights including women, governance and world trade. She has been active both as civil servant and as an NGO- and trade union representative. Her current position is in the Development Policy Department of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, working with the theme of the „meeting of cultures‟.
Mr Philip Watkins, Partner, Katten Muchen Rosenman UK LLP, UK
Philip Watkins practices corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, takeover offers, strategic investments, joint ventures, and public and private securities offerings. He has a broad range of experience advising corporations and private equity investors both in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Philip also has an active pro bono practice, and has considerable experience advising English charities and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining Katten Muchen Rosenman, Philip practiced at another major international law firm, based in London, where he served in a management role on the firm's global and European pro bono committees. Before embarking upon his legal career, Philip was a cultural adviser to the Japanese Government.
Mrs Jennifer Godwin,UK, Chairman and General Manager, Anglo-European Services Ltd. Mrs Godwin acts as Secretary of the Board.
Ms Louise Madden FCA, UK, is Treasurer
Mr Gerry Van der Sluys, the Netherlands, CEO, Business Creation Investments AG, Swtizerland.