EG Justice is governed by a Board of Directors, advised by Equatoguinean and international experts, and managed by an Executive Team.
Bennett Freeman, Chair
Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy, Calvert Group (Bethesda, MD)
Bennett Freeman is Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy with Calvert Group, a socially responsible mutual fund firm. Prior to his work with Calvert, Mr. Freeman headed Burson-Marsteller's corporate social responsibility practice group in the U.S. As U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Mr. Freeman was responsible for conducting the State Department’s bilateral human rights diplomacy around the world. He led the development of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, recognized both as the first human rights standard developed by governments, companies and NGOs for the extractive sectors and as the first standard for companies operating in conflict zones in any sector. Mr. Freeman sits on the board of directors of the U.S. division of Oxfam America. He is also a member of the Business and Economic Relations Group of Amnesty International USA.
Peter Rosenblum, Vice Chair
Human Rights Professor, Columbia Law School (New York, NY)
Peter Rosenblum is the holder of the newly created Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professorship of Human Rights Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia University, Dr. Rosenblum served as the Associate Director of the Human Rights Program at the Harvard Law School. Dr. Rosenblum has extensive experience outside academia, including Human Rights Officer with the Geneva-based precursor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Program Director of the International Human Rights Law Group, and Researcher for both Human Rights Watch and the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights. Through these postings, he has served in more than a dozen countries, and continues to maintain a strong interest in Africa. Currently, Dr. Rosenblum is a member of the Human Rights Watch Africa Advisory Committee and sits on the Board of Directors of Virtual Activism.
Regan E. Ralph, Treasurer
Executive Director, The Fund for Global Human Rights
Regan E. Ralph is the founding executive director of the Fund for Global Human Rights. Prior to launching the Fund, Regan was Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington D.C. where she led advocacy, policy, and educational strategies to promote the quality and availability of health care for American women. From 1992-2001, Regan helped build and ultimately directed the Women’s Rights division of Human Rights Watch, where she developed campaigns to ensure the prosecution of sexual violence in conflict as a war crime, to secure recognition of gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum, and to promote women’s rights in countries including Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan, and Mexico. Regan is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She serves on the board of EG Justice, the advisory council of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center, and the advisory committee of The Council for Global Equality.
Sarah Pray, Secretary
Policy Analyst for African Affairs, Open Society Foundations (Washington, D.C.)
Sarah Pray is a Policy Analyst for Africa at the Open Society Foundations (OSF),where she works closely with colleagues from the OSI Africa foundations and the broader network to advance the Foundations’ advocacy priorities in the Washington D.C. policy community. Prior to joining the Foundations, Ms. Pray was the coordinator of the Publish What You Pay United States coalition, advocating for corporate and government transparency and accountability in the oil, gas, and mining industries. Ms. Pray also worked at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights as a human rights attorney, where she partnered with Delphine Djiraibe to establish the first ever public interest law firm in Chad. Ms. Pray received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Director, Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch (Washington, D.C.)
Arvind Ganesan, director of Human Rights Watch's business and human rights program, is involved in research, advocacy, and policy development for Human Rights Watch on issues involving business and human rights, with a primary focus on the energy industry. Currently, his program focuses on human rights issues related to the extractive industries, labor rights, trade, and the economic interests of militaries. Mr. Ganesan has worked on a number of other issues related to corporate responsibility— including the internet and human rights—covering countries such as Azerbaijan, Burma, China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Mr. Ganesan worked as a medical researcher. He attended the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Ganesan speaks Kannada and Tamil.
Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House (London, UK)
Alex Vines has led the Africa Programme at Chatham House since 2002. In 2008, he became Director of Regional and Security Studies. Mr. Vines first joined Chatham House as an Associate fellow for the British Angola Forum in 1999 and has written extensively on Angola. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Vines was a member, and later Chair, of the UN Panel of Experts on Côte d'Ivoire and served from 2001-2003 on the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia. He has had a long association with Human Rights Watch and served as their Senior Researcher on Business and Human Rights. He serves on the editorial board of several leading journals and writes regularly for publications around the world. In 2008, Mr. Vines was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in recognition of the work he has done in founding and developing the Africa Programme.
Juan Manuel Davies Eiso
Equatoguinean Author (South Orange, NJ)
Mr. Davies has written a number of books, essays, and collection of poems about Equatorial Guinea, including El Rincón de Polopó (Polopó's Pub), Siete Días en Bioko (Seven Days in Bioko), Abiomo, Héroes (Heroes), Reconciliación (Reconciliation), La Última Escalada (The Final Step), “Héroes Desvanecidos (Fallen Heroes): Remembering all our fallen heroes, not for vengeance but so their names can never be forgotten”, and “Guinea Ecuatorial: la Generación del 68. Sueño Perdido, Realidad Recuperable” (Equatorial Guinea: The Generation of 68. Dream Lost, Reality Retrievable). Mr. Davies was born in Lubá, a southern province on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, and completed his secondary studies at el Instituto Nacional Cardenal Cisneros (Cardinal Cisneros National institute) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea before heading to Spain to attend the Instituto Nacional de Educación Física y Deportes (National Institute of Physical Education & Sports) in Madrid, where he obtained the degrees of Professor of Physical Education and a Masters in Olympic Sports. In 1975, Mr. Davies moved to the United States, where he received his Masters of Spanish Literature from Seton Hall University. He taught Spanish and Physical Education at the Montville Institute in New Jersey from 1981 to 2010. Mr. Davies is now retired and is dedicating some of his newly earned free time to helping improve the sociopolitical and economic conditions of Equatoguineans living both inside the country and abroad.
Founder and Chief Attorney, Public Interest Law Center (Chad)
Delphine Djiraibe is a human rights and environmental activist in Chad, her native country, where she is founder and chief attorney of the Public Interest Law Center. Prior to her work at the Public Interest Law Center, Ms. Djiraibe co-founded the Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights. Ms. Djiraibe led a relentless campaign to ensure that the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline Project followed environmental and social standards, and she continues to fight so that profits from the project are allocated to Chadian education, health, and development. In addition to her work on the pipeline project, she is concerned about Chadian access to justice and is in the initial stages of creating a Center for Conflict Resolution, an alternative dispute resolution body for family and land disputes. In 2004, she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Equatoguinean Scholars Advisory Group:
Dr. Justo Bolekia Boleka
Professor of French Philology
Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Alo
Physician and politician
José Luis Nvumba Mañana
Dr. Enrique Okenve Martinez
Professor of History
Celestino Okenve Ndo
Professor of Communications
Remei Sipi Mayo
Director, Asociación de Mujeres E’Waiso Ipola
Francisco Zamora Loboch
Journalist and writer
Luis Acebal Monfort
Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España (Madrid, Spain)
Development Manager (Washington, D.C., USA)
International Attorney (Washington, D.C., USA)
Senior Policy Advisor of Extractive Industries, Oxfam America (Washington, D.C., USA)
Senior Consultant on oil, gas, and mining issues (Washington D.C. USA)
International Human Rights Attorney (Kampala, Uganda)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL, USA)
Environment and Climate Change Analyst, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (London, UK)
Tutu Alicante is from Annobón, Equatorial Guinea. Before founding EG Justice, Tutu worked as a legal consultant with international NGOs, promoting legal accountability and transparency in the extractive industry. In 2007, he received a fellowship from Echoing Green to establish EG Justice. Prior to that, he worked as an employment attorney with the Southern Migrant Legal Services, where he represented migrant farm-workers. Tutu holds a Masters in Law degree from Columbia Law School and a law degree from the University of Tennessee.
Marina Navia obtained a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, where she concentrated on public health and development. For over a decade, Marina has been a communications consultant for international as well as local non-profits. She has worked with several organizations that address social issues including domestic violence, child abuse, cancer, and tobacco prevention. From 2008 to 2010, at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns, she facilitated the development of research projects that linked students, faculty, and university staff to community partners in order to address their research needs.