Advisory Panel

Our advisory panel provides an vital additional layer of quality assurance to the CIVICUS Monitor. It plays a central risk management role by providing an independent check on the information, analysis and ratings published by the Monitor. These are our current Advisory Panel members:

Ying Hooi

Khoo Ying Hooi is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Her research covers social movements, national human rights institutions, human rights and democratization with a regional focus on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Timor Leste. She holds several other positions in civil society including, Advisor in the Democracy Academy of Malaysia (DAM), Advisor for Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) representing the Southeast Asia region and Assistant Secretary-General of the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM), Malaysia. 

Gayoon Baek

South Korean civil society activist, formerly Coordinator of the Peace and International Solidarity team at People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy and East Asia Programme Officer at Forum Asia; she is knowledgeable on civil society issues in the Asian context.

Hanna Forster

Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights since 2001 with a wealth of expertise on civil society and human rights issues in the African context.

Shariq Siddiqui

Executive Director of the Association for Research on NPOs and Voluntary Action and has over 15 years experience in civil society. He is also one of the founding members of the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa.

Tiseke Kasambala

Deputy Director/Head of Programmes at the Open Society Institute of Southern Africa. She was previously the Southern Africa Director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. She has worked on issues related to state-sponsored repression and violence, international justice, and economic, social, and cultural rights such as the rights to health and housing in several countries including, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Sudan and Uganda.

Ana María Palacios

Venezuelan lawyer and feminist activist with a strong experience on gender and human rights issues within the Latin American context. She has played a key role conducting research, litigating and implementing landmark cases and advocacy strategies in several countries across the Americas.

Myriam Hernández 

Young social policy expert from Mexico with a strong engagement in the study of social movements in Latin America. She has worked with local and international NGOs promoting human rights in Mexico and has been a policy advisor for the United Nations Development Program. She also collaborated with advocacy networks in London, Argentina and Colombia, on issues such as women’s rights, state violence and hate speech. She holds a Master's in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, with a specialisation in non-governmental organisations. Currently, Myriam is the director of policy and development at Escalera, an educational NGO based in Chiapas, Mexico.

Salwa Abdel Wahed

Salwa is a researcher and a development practitioner, her experience is focused on youth and civil society in the MENA region. Her research focuses on youth activists and civic space after the Arab Spring. She finished her MA degree in human rights, gender and conflict in social justice perspectives, through which she combined her professional experience and research interest, and that materialised in a research paper on youth activism and civic space in Tunisia, which analysed the innovative approaches of citizen-based activism in response to corruption in governmental institutions. 

Mireille Tushiminina

Ms Tushiminina serves as the Managing Director of the African Development Solutions Lab Experts (ADSL-E) where she has focused extensively on monitoring and reporting on various gross human rights violations by armed force groups, the ongoing Anglophone crisis (in Cameroon) and socioeconomic dimensions of conflict in African fragile states. Prior to that, and for over 20 years, she held senior management level positions in international development, conflict prevention & resolution, peacebuilding, political reforms, women's peace and security, and gender & democratization. In the past decade, Ms. Tushiminina held various positions, including with the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) as the Gender and Political Affairs Advisor, the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa based in Buea, and the Shalupe Foundation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and also consulted for Africans Rising, the National Human Rights Commission, the American Bar Association, Freedom House and other human rights institutions. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University, a Master's degree from Davenport University, a Diploma in Rule of Law and Policy from Harvard Law School, an Executive degree from Oxford Saïd Business School and a Diploma in Mediation and Negotiation from the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. 

Silke Pfeiffer

Director of the Human Rights and Peace Unit at Bread for the World (Germany) with a strong focus on civic space. She has previously worked with the International Crisis Group and Transparency International on conflict, human rights and anti-corruption in Latin America.