Former International Advisory Board Members

Morton Abramowitz, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, Washington, DC

Morton Abramowitz retired in 1997 as President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and from the State Department in 1991. He also served as Acting President of the International Crisis Group, a multinational, non-governmental organization focused on crisis prevention. Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment in August 1991, he was Ambassador to Turkey. Mr. Abramowitz has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, United States Ambassador to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction Negotiations in Vienna, Ambassador to Thailand, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Inter-American, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State. He also served in Hawaii as political advisor to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific. In 2007, he received the Democracy Service Medal, following his retirement from nine years of service on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is the author of numerous articles and books on foreign conflict.
Current as of July 2014.

Diego ArriaDiego ArriaFounding Member, former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Venezuela

Diego Arria is a distinguished diplomat and businessman who served as the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations and as President of the Security Council. He was Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. He previously served as Governor of Caracas, Congressman and Minister of Information and Tourism of Venezuela, Visiting Diplomatic Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and Board member of the International Peace Academy in New York. Arria serves on the advisory boards of Unilever, the Latin American Advisor of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Institute of the Americas at the University of California in San Diego, School of International Service (SIS) at American University, Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, and the International Crisis Group. Other positions have included serving on the Board of Governors of the Museum of Arts and Design of New York and the United Nations Association of the United States (UN-USA). Mr. Arria is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Athelera LLC in New York, a strategic financial advisory firm focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Current as of July 2014.

Nancy Kassebaum BakerNancy Kassebaum Baker, former United States Senator, Kansas

Nancy Landon Kassebaum was first elected to the United States Senate in 1978 and reelected in 1984 and 1990. During those 18 years, she served on the Commerce Committee (chair of Aviation Subcommittee), the Budget Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee (chair of the African Subcommittee), and served as the chairman of the Labor and Human Resources Committee of the 104th Congress, now called the HELP Committee. In 1996, she married Howard Baker (U.S. senator from Tennessee, 1966-1985). After retiring from the Senate, Senator Kassebaum Baker served on the Board of Trustees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation. She was the chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the chairman of the George C. Marshall Foundation and the American-Turkish Council. She served on the 16-member Commission for Africa created in 2004 and chaired by Prime Minister Tony Blair. She serves on the International Advisory Board of the U.S./Middle East Project. She is an honorary chair of Vital Voices Global Partnership.
Current as of July 2014.

Thomas BuergenthalThomas Buergenthal H '11, former Judge of the International Court of Justice, Washington D.C.

A United States citizen, Thomas Buergenthal was a judge on the 15-member International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague from 2000 until his resignation in September 2010. He is a former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and a former member of the UN Human Rights Committee and of the U. N. Truth Commission for El Salvador. Recipient of the Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize and member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee, he has been re-appointed Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School, where he taught before his election to the ICJ. He has also been re-named to the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Judge Buergenthal is author or co-author of numerous books and law review articles on international law and international human rights topics. His memoir A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy was published in 2009.
Current as of December 2016.

James CarrollJames Carroll, Founding Member, author, journalist

James Carroll is a novelist and a journalist whose writings on politics, religion, and culture have challenged thinkers and government leaders in America and elsewhere. He has studied poetry and religion, and he has worked as a civil rights activist and a professor. In 1969 he became Catholic Chaplain at Boston University, but left the priesthood in 1974 to write full time. Mr. Carroll is the author of numerous novels including The City Below, and Secret Father, both New York Times Notable Books, and numerous award-winning works of non-fiction, including An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, which won the National Book Award in 1996. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Constantine’s Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which one the first PEN-Galbraith Award, and Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was proclaimed a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. His weekly column in the Boston Globe reminds readers of the moral imperatives that govern all people in a pluralistic society. Mr. Carroll’s columns won the 2012 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. He is a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University in Boston.
Current as of July 2014.

Hans CorellHans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Sweden

Hans Corell served as Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations from March 1994 to March 2004. In this capacity, he was head of the Office of Legal Affairs in the United Nations Secretariat. Before joining the United Nations, he was Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in his native Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1994. From 1962 to 1972, he served first as a law clerk and later as a judge in circuit courts and appeal courts. In 1972, he joined the Ministry of Justice, where he became a Director in 1979 and the Chief Legal Officer in 1981. Corell has been a member of Sweden's delegation to the UN General Assembly 1985-1993 and has had several assignments related to the Council of Europe, OECD, and the CSCE (now OSCE). He was co-author of the CSCE proposal for the establishment of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which was transmitted to the UN in February 1993. In 1998, he was the Secretary-General's representative at the Rome Conference on the International Criminal Court. Since his retirement from public service in 2004, Corell has been engaged in many different activities in the legal field, inter alia as legal adviser, lecturer, and member of different boards. Among other activities, he is involved in the work of the International Bar Association and the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law. In January 2006, he gave the keynote address at the fourth Brandeis Institute for International Judges, held in Dakar, Senegal. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Lund from 2006-2012. He is the author of many publications. His website is at http://www.havc.se. (Click here to read an interview with Hans Corell conducted on March 9, 2006.) Corell was a member of a Commission of Jurists appointed in 2012 to inquire into the cause of the death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who was killed in an aircraft crash in 1961. (The Commission's 2013 report is available here.)
Current as of December 2016.

Kerry Kennedy, Founder and President, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, New York

Kerry Kennedy first undertook her work as a defender of human rights in 1981, investigating abuses by United States immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador. Since that time she has embraced a wide range of human rights issues, including child labor, disappearances, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, the environment, and women’s rights. She founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in 1988 to ensure the protection of rights codified under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and she has negotiated for human rights with government officials of numerous countries. A graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School, she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars. Her book, Speak Truth to Power, published in September of 2000, is a profile of fifty-one human rights defenders around the world.
Current as of July 2014.

Ismat Kittani (1929-2001), Founding Member, former diplomat representing Iraq

Ismat Kittani represented Iraq at the United Nations from 1985 to 1989, and was president of the General Assembly and served five secretaries general in senior posts. Read his obituary in the New York Times here.
Current as of July 2014.

Tommy Koh, Founding Member, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore 

Tommy Koh gained international regard as a legal scholar and a diplomat. Professor Koh serves as Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore, Chairman for the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore, Rector of the Tembusu College of the same University, and Special Adviser to the Lee Kuan Yew Institute of Policy Studies. In the past, he was the executive director of the Asia-Europe Foundation from 1997-2000. He has represented his country as Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States, and he has served the United Nations in many capacities: president of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, chair of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and special envoy to the Russian Federation, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. He has also chaired a dispute settlement panel for the World Trade Organization. A graduate of the University of Singapore, Harvard University Law School, and Cambridge University, Professor Koh is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Singapore. He has received an honorary doctorate of laws from Yale University and prizes from Columbia, Stanford, Georgetown, and Tufts Universities. In 2014, was the recipient of the Great Negotiator Award at Harvard University.
Current as of July 2014.

Kishore Mahbubanischolar and former diplomat, Singapore

Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani was appointed the first Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore in 2004. He is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the same University. He was formerly a civil servant and career diplomat who was with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971-2004. His overseas postings included Cambodia (during the war, in 1973-74), Kuala Lumpur, the United States, and the United Nations. Most recently, he was the Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations and High Commissioner of Singapore to Canada. Mahbubani served as President of the Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002 and was the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry from 1993-1998 and he also served twice as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN. He was the first Dean of the Civil Service College in Singapore and has served on the Boards and Councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council, the University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee and the World Economic Forum - Global Agenda Council on China.

Prof. Mahbubani has published and spoken in all corners of the globe. His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Survival, American Interest, the National Interest, Time, Newsweek, the Financial Times and New York Times. He is the author of “Can Asians Think?” as well as “Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World,” and “The New Asian Hemisphere: the Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East.” His latest book, “The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World,” was published in 2013. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: “A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker.” He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in 2005 and was included in the 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals (including Pres. Obama, Premier Wen Jiabao and Pres. Sarkozy) who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. Prof Mahbubani was selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was described as “the muse of the Asian century.” He was selected by British current affairs magazine, Prospect, as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.
Current as of July 2014.

Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, Founding Member, former President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, New York

Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, one of the most influential international judges of our day, began her work on the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1993. In 1997 she was elected president of the tribunal, presiding over the prosecution of war crimes suspects from the former Yugoslavia and greatly expanding the activities of the tribunal. A 1966 graduate of Howard University Law School, her background includes the practice of civil rights law at the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1966-1970 and an appointment to the Federal District Court in Houston, Texas from 1979-1988. Judge McDonald has also taught law at several universities in the United States. She is now a consultant serving as Special Counsel to the Chairman on Human Rights for Freeport-McMoRan, a corporation engaged in mineral exploration and development and the mining and milling of copper, gold, and silver in Irian Jaya. In 2001, Judge McDonald was appointed to serve on the historic Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.
Current as of August 2014.

Zia Mody, Partner, AZB & Partners, Mumbai, Indiazia mody

Zia Mody is a prominent Indian legal consultant, considered an authority on corporate merger and acquisition law, securities law, private equity and project finance. Mody's initial education was at Elphinstone College, Mumbai. She went on to study law at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, followed by a master’s degree from Harvard Law School in 1979. Mody worked for five years with Baker & McKenzie in New York City before starting her own practice in Mumbai, which she merged twice with other firms to form AZB & Partners, one of India's largest law firms, where she is the Managing Partner. She was also a member of the Chandrasekharan SEBI Committee on the Rationalization of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolios. Mody was also a member of the RBI Nachiket Mor Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households. Mody is the daughter of well-known Indian jurist Soli Sorabjee. She is the Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Hong Kong. She is the parent of Brandeis alumna Aarti Mody '10, and a founding supporter of the Brandeis-India Initiative.
Current as of April 2017

Sari NusseibehSari Nusseibeh, Founding Member, former President, Al-Quds University, Palestine

Sari Nusseibeh is a scholar and humanitarian whose voice has resonated throughout the Middle East with the hope for a solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In his various roles as president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, and as an activist, he has worked zealously on behalf of the people of his region. A philosophy professor, Nusseibeh earned his B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy from Harvard University in 1978. In October 2001, Nusseibeh was briefly appointed Palestinian political representative in Jerusalem. In 2004-5, he was a Rita Hauser Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. He was invited to deliver the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Harvard in 2008, and the Multatuli Lecture at Leuven University in 2009, where he was also awarded an honorary doctoral degree. His other awards include the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Medal, 2004. He is a prolific writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers in the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. His English-language books, including No Trumpets, No Drums: A Two-State Settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1991), have been translated into several languages, as has his more recent work Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life (2007), co-authored with Anthony David. His book, What Is a Palestinian State Worth? was published in 2011. Nusseibeh also serves as a non-resident associate at the Johns Hopkins Humanities Center.
Current as of August 2014.

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, President of the Center for Strategies and Security for the Sahel Saharaouldabdallah

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has devoted himself to African development and conflict management throughout his professional career. Between 1969 and 1984, Ould-Abdallah held several posts with the Mauritanian government, including minister of foreign affairs, ambassador to the United States, and ambassador to the European Union. In 1984 he began work within the United Nations as the special coordinator for Africa and the least developed countries, and subsequently (1993-1995) as the special representative of the secretary-general in Burundi. He has authored many publications, including La Diplomatie Pytomane (1996) and Burundi on the Brink (2000), a detailed account of his experiences with the United Nations from 1993 to 1995. Ould-Abdallah was previously the executive secretary for the Global Coalition for Africa, an intergovernmental forum dedicated to addressing and promoting Africa's political and economic reforms. He is currently President of the Center for Strategies and Security for the Sahel Sahara. He previously served as Special Representative of the Secretary General for West Africa and as Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia. In January 2006, he gave the keynote address at the Western African Judicial Colloquium in Dakar, Senegal, a gathering coordinated by the Center of 12 West African high court judges and four international judges.
Current as of April 2017

Michael RatnerMichael Ratner '66 (1943-2016), former President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY

Michael Ratner was President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and was Chairman of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin. Both are non-profit human rights litigation organizations. He and CCR were the attorneys in the United States for Julian Assange and Wikileaks. He also was co-counsel in representing Guantánamo Bay detainees in the United States Supreme Court. A major area of Ratner's litigation and writing was the enforcement of the prohibition on torture and murder against various dictators and generals who travel to the United States. He sued on behalf of victims in Guatemala, East Timor, Haiti and Argentina, among other countries. Ratner’s books include Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in 21st-Century America (2011); Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder (2011); International Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts, Second Edition (2008); Against War with Iraq (2003); Guantánamo: What the World Should Know (2004); and The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book (2008). He taught human rights litigation at Yale and Columbia Law Schools. A past president of the National Lawyers Guild, Ratner received many awards, among them Trial Lawyer of the Year, the Columbia Law School Public Interest Law Foundation Award, the Columbia Law School Medal of Honor (2005), the North Star Community Frederick Douglass Award, Honorary Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2005), and The Nation Institute/Puffin Foundation Prize for Creative Citizenship (2007). In 2006, the National Law Journal named Ratner as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. Read the Center's remembrance of Michael Ratner.
Current as of May 2016.

Judith Schneider, Founding Member, psychologist, New York 

Judith Schneider practices clinical psychology in New York City. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Psychology at Wright Institute in Los Angeles and taught in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In addition Dr. Schneider is trained as a process consultant for organizational development. Her support for issues of ethics and justice continues the long commitment of her father, Abraham Feinberg, who conceived the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University in 1994 and provided the funds to launch and maintain its work. A generous gift from Judith Schneider and her husband, Ethics Center Board member Norbert Weissberg, will enable national expansion of the Advocacy for Policy Change Initiative beginning in July 2015.
Current as of May 2015.

George P. Shultz, Founding Member, former United States Secretary of State, California

George Shultz’s distinguished career as a public servant includes roles in five United States administrations and four different Cabinet posts. As Secretary of State, he played a decisive role in arms control, the end of the Cold War, the search for peace in the Middle East, and the development of relationships between the United States and the nations of the Asia-Pacific. Secretary Shultz has also made significant contributions in academia, having served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, and business, leading the Bechtel Group, Inc. for eight years. He is the author of several books and the recipient of the Medal of Freedom. Since 1989, he has held the position of now distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Current as of August 2014.

Paul Simon (1928-2003), Founding Member, former United States Senator, Illinois

Paul Simon established himself as a statesman of great integrity during a career that spanned more than twenty-two years in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Dedicated to the service of his constituents and to bipartisan collaboration, he was able to spearhead legislation on a broad range of issues, perhaps most notably in education, balanced budgets, and foreign affairs. Prior to entering public service, Senator Simon was the nation’s youngest editor-publisher, first leading the Troy Tribune and eventually building a chain of thirteen newspapers in Illinois. Since his retirement from the Senate, he was a professor at Southern Illinois University, founding and directing the Public Policy Institute and teaching courses in political science, history, and journalism. Senator Simon wrote 22 books and was awarded honorary degrees by more than 55 institutions of higher education.
Current as of August 2014.

Stephen SolarzStephen J. Solarz ’62 (1940-2010), Founding Member, former United States Congressional Representative, New York 

The editor of the Justice student newspaper at Brandeis, Solarz went on to law school and a career in politics. A nine-term Congressman from Brooklyn first elected at age 34, Solarz quickly became a rising star of the Democratic Party on foreign policy issues, developing especially strong ties with the Philippines, India, and Turkey, among other countries. He served on the Foreign Affairs, Budget, and Education and Labor Committees, and played major roles in Congress’ effort to restore democracy to the Philippines, abolish apartheid in South Africa, and bring peace to Cambodia. After leaving elected office, Solarz cofounded the International Crisis Group to help prevent and resolve man-made crises in the international community, and accepted a variety of roles as a teacher and consultant. A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia University, he worked as Senior Counselor at APCO Associates, a public affairs firm, and as President of Solarz Associates, an international consulting firm. His memoir Journeys to War and Peace: A Congressional Memoir was published in 2011. Read the Center's remembrance of Stephen J. Solarz.
Current as of August 2011.

Gillian Sorensen, Special Adviser, United Nations Foundationgsorensen

Gillian Sorensen has served the United Nations as Assistant Secretary-General; as New York City Commissioner for the United Nations and Consular Corps; and as Special Adviser/National Advocate for the United Nations Foundation. She is an experienced public speaker and advocate and has twice been a Fellow at Harvard -- in 2002 at the Kennedy School (Institute of Politics) and in 2014 in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program. She serves on the Board of the International Rescue Committee and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Women's Forum and the Women's Foreign Policy Group. She has been active in politics and was a delegate to three national presidential conventions. Thanks to her support, in 2015 the Ethics Center began offering a need-based Summer Earnings Replacement Grant to the Undergraduate Sorensen Fellows to supplement their merit-based funding. The Sorensen Fellowship is named for her late husband Theodore C. Sorensen, the Founding Chair of the Ethics Center's Board.
Current as of April 2017

Theodore SorensenTheodore C. Sorensen (1928-2010), Founding Chair, Distinguished Lawyer, Author, John F. Kennedy Advisor and Speechwriter 

Theodore C. Sorensen dedicated himself to serving the global community both as a public official and an international lawyer. For 11 years, he was policy advisor, legal counsel, and speech writer to John F. Kennedy. In those roles he helped to resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis, advance civil rights legislation, and influence the United States' decision to travel to the moon. He practiced international law for more than 36 years as a Senior Partner, and later Of Counsel, in the prominent U.S. law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York. Former chairman of the firm's International Practice Committee, he represented U.S. and multinational corporations in negotiations with governments all over the world, and advised and assisted a large number of foreign governments and government leaders. Sorensen authored the 1965 book Kennedy as well as eight other books on the presidency, politics, or foreign policy. He participated in 10 of the last 14 Democratic Party National Conventions and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Board of the Central Asian-American Enterprise Fund (covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) and the Commission on White House Fellows. In 2002, Sorensen was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics in Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, he gave the keynote address at the second Brandeis Institute for International Judges, held in Salzburg, Austria. A graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law, he was a member of the bars of New York, Nebraska, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. His memoir, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, was published by HarperCollins in May 2008. In 2009 Sorensen was honored with the the National Humanities Medal, the highest national award in the humanities, as selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Theodore C. Sorensen passed away October 31, 2010. Read the Center's remembrance.
Current as of August 2011.

Joshua Steiner, Founding Member, Managing Principal, Quadrangle Group, New York

Joshua Steiner has worked in the field of national and international finance on behalf of private industry and the United States government. A former Managing Director in the Media and Communications Group of Lazard Freres & Company, LLC, he co-founded Quadrangle Group LLC, a private investment firm specializing in the media and communications industries. Prior to 1995, Steiner was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of the Treasury. He received his B.A. in history from Yale University and earned a master’s degree in modern history from University College, Oxford University. During 2008, he served as an economic policy advisor to the Obama administration. He is the head of Industry Verticals at Bloomberg L.P., a company that delivers data, news, and analytics through innovative technology.
Current as of August 2014.

Shiranee TilakawardaneShiranee Tilakawardane, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Sri Lanka

Shiranee Tilakawardane is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She retired in 2014 and was appointed as consultant to the Sri Lanka Judges Training Institute. She was the first woman appointed as a Court of Appeal judge in her country. Previously, she was a high court judge and an admiralty court judge. Tilakawardane's efforts are focused on the fields of equality, gender education, and child rights. She received an award from a national child protection authority for her work for the abused children in Sri Lanka. She has been active in Sakshi of India's gender workshops for judges, the Asia Pacific Forum for Gender Education for Judges, and serves on the International Panel of Judges for the Child Rights Bureau. Tilakawardane served as chairperson of a presidential commission investigating corruption in the purchase of arms and services by the Sri Lankan armed forces. From 2001 to 2003, she was one of 10 Brandeis International Fellows who participated in a series of three one-week institutes over an 18-month period, exploring topics such as human rights, intervention, and international law. (Click here to read an interview with Judge Tilakawardane conducted on March 9, 2006.)
Current as of May 2015.

Liv Ullmann, Founding Member, film director and writer, Norway

Liv Ullmann is recognized around the world for her work as an actress, film director, and writer and for her advocacy of social causes. She is best known to the international community for her memorable performances in the films of Ingmar Bergman, and she won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Actress five times. She has directed five feature films. To date she has written two books, which have been translated into more than twenty-four languages. In addition, Ms. Ullmann remains committed to an active defense of human rights causes. Since 1980 she has been Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund, and she is the Vice President of the International Rescue Committee and the honorary chair of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, an organization she founded in 1990.
Current as of August 2014.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations, Amman, Jordan Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein is Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a post he held previously from 2000-2007. In June 2014 Prince Zeid was nominated for the office of High Commissioner for Human Rights by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and was unanimously confirmed by the UN General Assembly on June 16. He succeeded Navi Pillay in that office in July. From 2007-2010 he was Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States of America. He also served as Jordan’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN, with the rank of Ambassador, from 1996-2000. In September 2002, Prince Zeid was elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court, at a time when the Court was only a plan on paper, with no officials or even an address to its name and, in three years, oversaw the Court’s growth to the point where it became a functioning institution. Prince Zeid was the first of two UN ambassadors to chair the Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Legal Protection under the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel. In 2004 he was chosen to chair the Panel of Experts for the UN Secretary General’s Trust Fund to Assist States in the Settlement of Disputes through the International Court of Justice, in the matter relating to the boundary dispute between Benin and Niger. Earlier in 2004, he was appointed by his government as Jordan’s representative, and head of delegation, before the International Court of Justice in the matter relating to the wall being built by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He represented Jordan in the same capacity before the International Court of Justice in 2009 in the advisory proceedings relating to Kosovo's declaration of independence. In 2009, Prince Zeid was asked by the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court to chair the closing stages of the negotiations on the “Crime of Aggression” – identified by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg as the "supreme international crime" – specifically with respect to its definition and the conditions for the Court’s exercise of jurisdiction over it, all of which was necessary for the crime to become operational under the Rome Statute. During a recent visit to Brandeis University, Prince Zeid delivered the Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights, "Beyond Nuremberg: The Future of International Criminal Justice." His talk can be read or downloaded here [PDF].
Current as of May 2015.