Immaculee Birhaheka is one of the Congo's leading human rights activists. She is dedicated to protecting and promoting women's rights and leading efforts to end the massive rape of women and girls in eastern Congo. Birhaheka founded Promotion and Support of Women's Initiatives, or PAIF, and currently serves as the Executive Director. Prior to this, she was a program officer in charge of gender issues at GEAD, a local NGO working in Masisi and Walikale.
She was an Expert for Women before the Goma peace talks for the Kivus held in January 2008. Birhaheka has also consulted for CARE International and International Crisis Group on the consequences of sexual violence in Maniema province and the implementation of the UN 1325 resolution on the advancement of women in the Congo, respectively.
Birhaheka is a recipient of the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy in 2006. She received the Solidar Silver Rose Award for justice and human rights in 2002.
Immaculee Birhaheka is a graduate of the rural social development high institute in Bukavu (Institut Supérieur de Development Rural de Bukavu, ISDR) in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mia Farrow is an actress and dedicated activist. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has worked extensively to draw attention to the fight to eradicate polio. Farrow also has been a high profile advocate for children's rights, working to raise funds and awareness for children in conflict-affected regions, predominantly in Africa. She has traveled to Darfur three times to advocate for Darfuri refugees.
Farrow was involved with the Olympic Dream for Darfur campaign. During the 2008 Olympics, Farrow broadcasted from a Sudanese refugee camp to highlight China's involvement in the region and show the poor living conditions of African refugees displaced by conflict. Farrow has set up her own website, miafarrow.org, which features a guide on how to get involved with Darfur activism, along with her photographs and blog entries from Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic.
In 2008, Farrow received the France Legion of Arts and Lettres award, the Refugees International McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for "extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people", and the Tiannamen Square Award. In 2009, Farrow was the recipient of the Leon Sullivan International Service award. Farrow also testified in the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor in August 2010.
Sr. Pauline Acayo is a highly experienced and award-winning peacebuilder whose skills in project management and conflict resolution have consistently won her the praise of her colleagues. Sr. Pauline Acayo currently works as a peace building and partner's relations Manager for Catholic Relief Services, or CRS, Uganda program.
Sr. Pauline has worked at Catholic Relief Services for the past twelve years in consistently progressing levels of responsibility. For instance,she worked as Head of Office in CRS' Gulu office,where she oversees the day-to-day management of northern Uganda projects and leads the design and implementation of nationwide projects in the peacebuilding field. In her experience as CRS' Peacebuilding Program Officer during the northern Uganda crisis,Sr. Pauline coordinated the re-integration of child soldiers,participated in the creation of Peacebuilding manuals,provided health and psychosocial support to children orphaned during the war. Sr. Pauline is also experienced in facilitating community dialogue,conflict mediation,designing inter-ethnic reconciliation interventions,and helped design the 2009 CRS-ARLPI land conflict mitigation pilot project. She has been nominated as a board member of Chantal Foundation Organization in USA.
In 2005,Sr. Pauline was named a Woman Peacemaker of the Year by San Diego University's International Justice and Peace Department for her work in grassroots peacebuilding. In 2006,she was one of ten employees to be named a Beacon of Peace by Catholic Relief Services. Most recently,Sr. Pauline won an Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Development Committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution. A native of northern Uganda,Sr. Pauline is deeply knowledgeable about local land and development issues. Sr. Pauline's great skills,dedication to peacebuilding in northern Uganda,and knowledge of the northern Ugandan milieu make her one of the leading peacebuilding professionals in Uganda.
For Bonnie Abaunza, running Hans Zimmer’s Special Projects and Philanthropy division has been one step further in a life dedicated to humanitarian work and human rights advocacy. From Zimmer’s studio, Remote Control Productions, she develops and spearheads initiatives with non-governmental organizations and charities – from the arts to human rights groups – so they may benefit from the Academy Award winner’s philanthropic endeavors.
Her initiatives at Remote Control have included raising humanitarian aid for Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan for International Medical Corps, and working with Madeline Albright and the National Democratic Institute to advocate for the Roma in Europe. In 2010, she helped launch a successful internet effort to support the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with Elizabeth Warren. She helped John Prendergast and ENOUGH Project on their work on conflict minerals in the Congo, supported the efforts of Al Gore and the Alliance for Climate Protection, and produced public service announcements and viral videos for numerous human rights campaigns. Another key project is the development of an online interview series teaming youth with Nobel Peace Laureates and activists.
Bonnie is presently working with the United Nations agency, the International Labour Organization and assisting with outreach to the entertainment community. She helped launch their Artworks/Artist Relations initiative and is spearheading their End Slavery Now campaign.
Bonnie regularly advises NGOs on human rights and social justice campaigns, speaks at conferences, workshops and seminars and participates in fact-finding missions for these NGOs. Prior to joining Hans Zimmer’s company in 2009, Bonnie served as Vice President, Social Action and Advocacy at Participant Media for two and a half years. Before joining Participant Media, Bonnie served as Director of the Artists for Amnesty program for Amnesty International from 2001 to 2007. As liaison to the artistic community for the world’s leading human rights organization, she worked closely with internationally recognized artists and entertainment industry professionals interested in leveraging their visibility for critical human rights campaigns. As a result, Bonnie raised Amnesty International’s profile in the entertainment industry and attracted a new generation of activists through the power of mainstream media.
Recipient of the 2004 KCET Local Hero/Hispanic Heritage Award, she has also received commendations for her human rights work from the United States Congress and from the City of Los Angeles. She received the Women in Leadership Award in 2011 from the City of West Hollywood and was recently named Goodwill Ambassador to the Government of East Timor (appointed by former Timorese President and Nobel Peace Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta). Bonnie is a member of the Foundation Board of the ACLU of Southern California. Bonnie graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with specialization in International Relations. She is currently writing a children’s book series, with her teenage daughter, which addresses human rights issues.
Sheri Rosenberg is the Director of the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic & Program in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Cardozo School of Law.She has worked in the areas of civil rights and international human rights with a specific focus on issues of discrimination, equality, and genocide. In 2000, the U.S. Department of State selected Professor Rosenberg to work for the Human Rights Chamber, a quasi-international court established under the Dayton Peace Agreement, in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Prior to working at Cardozo, she was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship at Columbia Law School, where she worked for the United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Policy Branch, and completed her LL.M with honors. Her research interests include equality and non-discrimination in international law, minority rights, refugee law, transitional justice and genocide prevention.
She recently published Responsibility to Protect: A Framework for Prevention, Global Responsibility to Protect 1:4 442-477 (2009); Promoting Equality after Genocide, 16 Tul. J. In't L 329-393 (2008) and What's Law Got to do With it? The Bosnia v. Serbia Decision's Impact on Reconciliation, 61 Rutgers L Rev 131-159 (2008). She speaks widely about, and trains government officials on, issues related to the law and mass atrocity.
Ashley Judd is an actress and a dedicated humanitarian. A small sampling of her advocacy work includes: Giving the keynote address on the modern slave trade to the 2008 General Assembly of the United Nations, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the urgent need to prevent the spread of HIV to girls and women, speaking to the National Press Club, appearing on major news programs, and filming 3 documentaries seen by over a billion people worldwide. She has served as an expert panelist/moderator at conferences such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Women Deliver Conference, the International AIDS conference, and the Global Business Coalition to stop HIV, TB, and Malaria, and the National Press Club.
Additionally, she actively supports a number of organizations, ranging from Women for Women International, Women Thrive Worldwide, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Tennessee Refugee and Immigration Reform Committee. Her 2010 advocacy includes the DREAM Act, International Violence Against Women Act, the anti FGM bill, amongst others.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She completed a major in French, and minors in Anthropology, Art History, Theater, and Women’s Studies. She also graduated from UK’s Honor’s Program and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with an MPA. Amongst other achievements at Harvard, she was awarded the Dean’s Scholar Award for her work in the Harvard Law class, Gender Violence: Law and Social Justice.
Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, or AfP. Before joining AfP, she worked in philanthropy as the Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, and Conflict Resolution Program Director at the Hewlett Foundation and academia, for the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. In her work on international conflict resolution, Ms. Greenberg has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution and negotiation at Stanford Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Elliott School of George Washington University.She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
Ms. Greenberg is a frequent writer, lecturer, and trainer in areas related to international law, international security, and peacebuilding, and has served on numerous boards of conflict resolution and security organizations. She holds an AB from Harvard, and a JD from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two teenagers.
Ambassador Soderberg is an author, public commentator, and foreign policy expert. Most recently, she served as President of Connect U.S. Fund in Washington, D.C., a foundation initiative to promote U.S. engagement in today’s global challenges. She is also a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and President and CEO of Soderberg Solutions, an international consulting firm. From 2001-2005, she served as Vice President for Multilateral Affairs of the International Crisis Group in New York, a non-profit conflict prevention organization. She served in the White House as the third-ranked official on the National Security Council (1993-1996) and as Alternate Representative to the United Nations (1997-2001), with the rank of Ambassador. Prior to joining the Administration, she served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has been active in national politics over the last twenty years, serving in a variety of positions on the campaigns of the Democratic nominee for President.
In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Ambassador Soderberg as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, an advisory committee established by Congress to promote pubic access to U.S. national security decisions. In 2011, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown appointed her to the Jacksonville International Business Coalition, and as co-chair of the Mayor’s Public Safety Transition Team. In 2008, she was elected Precinct Committeewoman, Duval County Democratic Executive Committee, Jacksonville, Florida and currently serves as the chair of Florida’s National Security Network. She is on the board of the Naval War College as well.
Her second book, The Prosperity Agenda: What The World Wants From America -- and What We Need In Return, was published in July 2008.Her first book,The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might,was published in March 2005.She speaks and publishes regularly in leading newspapers and journals on national security policy. She is a frequent commentator on national and international television and radio. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the Stanley Foundation. She is on the board of the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.
Akshaya Kumar is the Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst for the Enough Project. Prior to coming to Enough, Akshaya was a Law Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group, or PILPG, where she served as a legal adviser to the government of the Republic of South Sudan. While at PILPG, Akshaya also supported the efforts of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement -North to secure humanitarian aid access for war-affected populations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Akshaya has previously worked in South Sudan as a population based researcher for UNHCR and the ILO and also spent time in Uganda working for a local access to justice organization. While in law school, Akshaya interned with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, UN Women and the International Committee of the Red Cross's legal delegation to the United Nations.
Akshaya holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an LLM with distinction in Human Rights, Conflict, and Justice from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and a B.A. from the George Washington University's Elliott School. Akshaya is originally from Chennai in South India and speaks Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Spanish and French. She's passionate about gender sensitive transitional justice, promoting arts education for children, and collecting passport stamps.
Richard “Rick” K. Orth, a highly successful senior executive with over 30 years of management experience, has led multidiscipline teams in business development and project management in the U.S. Federal Government, African Government and Commercial sectors. He is General Manager, Ambessa Solutions LLC, a consulting company focusing on developing and winning business in Africa and providing Africa subject matter expertise. Orth's career has focused on the Intelligence and U.S. Government Africa Policy Communities. He served as the Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Department of State, and subsequently in the private sector with AECOM and now SOC, a Day and Zimmerman company.
He most recently served as Program Manager, Near East and Africa, operating from Nairobi, Kenya where he led and established SOC in-country operations and recruiting efforts for Indians, Kenyans and Ugandans for $947 million Department of State Worldwide Protective Services Baghdad Embassy contract. He developed and implemented a $325 million business development pipeline for SOC’s International Diplomacy and Defense business unit.
Colonel Orth served 26 years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel in July 2008. He was commissioned as an Armor officer in 1982. Orth spent nine years in Armor units commanding at the platoon and company levels to include company command in combat during Operations Desert Shield/Storm and served in brigade staff positions. He was designated as a Sub-Sahara Africa Foreign Area (FAO) in 1987. He has worked on African issues for the U.S. Army serving as Central Africa Analyst DIA, (1994-1996) covering the Rwanda Genocide; the first resident Defense Attaché Rwanda (1996-1998); the first Africa Branch Chief, J-2 (Intelligence), Joints Chief of Staff (1998-2000); and as the Defense Attaché Uganda (2001-2005) where he was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. action against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) starting in early 2002 as part of Global War on Terrorism; Defense Attaché Ethiopia and non-resident Djibouti (2005-2006); and Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2006-2008).
Rick made a successful transition to the private sector in 2008, joining AECOM Government Services as Director, Strategic Plans, where he developed and executed a pipeline of $500 million dollar business opportunities within the Department of State. He was instrumental in AECOM winning one of four contracts as part of the $1.5 billion Department of State AFRICAP Indefinite Duration/Indefinite Quantity contract awarded in 2009. Additionally, he played a key role in AECOM winning ten AFRICAP task orders worth about $100M in Fiscal Year 2010. He travelled frequently to Africa to create and develop business opportunity pipeline of $435 million with selected African Governments (Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Rwanda and Uganda).
Rick served two terms on the International Stability Operations Association (2009 – 2010 and 2010 – 2011). He is a lifetime and founding member of the Foreign Area Officer Association. He has published articles and lectured on ecurity issues in Africa. He is an avid reader and military history buff. He enjoys lacrosse and running. Rick is proud of his wife of 29 years Kristin and their three sons Kevin, Matthew and Stephan.