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:

Betty Yolanda

Director at Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) and previously worked on ASEAN issues at the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative.

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.

Julia Duchrow

Heads the human rights and peace unit at Brot fuer die Welt, a German development organisation, and previously worked for ten years with Amnesty International Germany. She holds a PhD in international public law and has published various books and articles on human rights and refugee law. 

Vijay Naidu

Head of the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at University of the South Pacific and has conducted extensive research on civil society in the region for many years.

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 MarĂ­a 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.