Andrew Green is a freelance journalist based in East Africa who writes primarily about issues of public health, governance and culture. He has previously worked in South Africa and Zambia, where he had a Fulbright grant studying the evolution of the country’s independent media. His work has appeared in In These Times, The American Prospect, PlusNews, IRIN and more. In addition, Green was the web editor at the Center for Public Integrity for three years, where he led the Center’s digital efforts, including a video series from the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. He graduated from Northwestern University and hails from Kentucky.
Anna King is a freelance editor and writer for the United Nations. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Anna researched, wrote and edited the Secretary-General’s report on multilingualism, which was presented to the 65th General Assembly. She also edited the annual report for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and frequently edits documents for UN Women.
Brianne McGonigle Leyh is a senior researcher and lecturer at Utrecht University’s Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), specializing in international criminal law and procedure, human rights, victims’ rights and transitional justice. She is an executive editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, co-directs the Dutch Office of the Public International Law & Policy Group and is vice president of the International Criminal Law Network.
Conor Foley is a humanitarian aid worker. He has worked for a variety of human rights and humanitarian aid organizations, including Liberty, Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He currently lives and works in Brazil, and is a research fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham.
Conor's books include Combating Torture: a manual for judges and prosecutors (2003), which was published by the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and A Guide to Property Law in Afghanistan (2005), which was published by the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNHCR.
Courtney B. Smith is associate dean and associate professor at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where he also directs the United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program. He has published articles on global consensus building, the United Nations Secretary-General, Security Council reform, the relationship between the United States and the United Nations, the UN Year of Dialogue among Civilizations, and teaching about the United Nations. His book, Politics and Process at the United Nations: The Global Dance, was published by Lynne Rienner in 2006.
Deborah Brown is a Senior Policy Analyst for Access (accessnow.org), where she focuses on the intersection of internet governance policy and human rights. Previously, as the Leo Nevas human rights fellow with the UN Association of the USA/UN Foundation, she conducted research on the role of the UN system in promoting and protecting human rights online.
Emily Ross is a program associate for UN relations at the United Nations Foundation, where she researches UN policy and relations among countries. Ross holds a master's in international relations from King’s College London and a B.A. in political science from Providence College.
Fabiola Carrión is a Policy Counsel at Access, an international NGO dedicated to protecting and extending the rights of digital users around the world. In this capacity, she leads the due process signature initiative by formulating policies and coordinating efforts that protect the right to access to justice, procedural fairness, and other international human rights. Fabiola is a licensed attorney in New York and Spain.
Fahem Boukadous is a Tunisian human rights activist and journalist who has been persecuted for his reporting. He was reporting on a social protest movement in the Gafsa Redeyef mining region of southern Tunisia for satellite TV channel Al-Hiwar-Ettounsi, when government authorities arrested him.
Fernande is a freelance journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. She iscurrently a correspondent for de Groene Amsterdammer (NL) and workedfor Baladna English in Syria in 2010. Fernande recently graduated withdistinction from King's College, London with an MA in War Studies. Shepreviously completed both a BA in Political Science and in Arabic atthe University of Amsterdam.
Haley Edwards is a freelance writer living and working in the Caucasus and the Middle East. Over the course of my travels, she chewed qat with Yemeni sheikhs, trekked with Bedouins in the Sahara, weathered tear-gassings in Srinagar and Sana’a, back-country skied in the Rockies, climbed to prehistoric cave paintings in Somaliland, sailed through the Panama Canal, picnicked in the Mayan pyramids and, just once, threw myself out of a plane over Washington State. Sweetland Edwards' reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Washington Monthly, Foreign Policy.com, New York Magazine online, The National, New York Times.com, Slate, and Mental Floss. She has lived in, and reported from, Yemen on and off from 2009 to spring 2011, thanks in part to a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Fellowship. Sweetland Edwards has been grossly over-educated at Yale (BA philosophy & history) and Columbia (MA journalism & politics), where she learned, among other things, how to drink whiskey, ski the giant slalom, and pretend to understand Heidegger. She currently live in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Irwin Arieff is the editor of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 issues of "A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations," a book published annually by the United Nations Association-USA, and contributes regularly to other UNA-USA publications. Before leaving daily journalism in 2007, Arieff was a Reuters correspondent for 23 years, serving in senior posts in Washington, Paris and New York as well as at the United Nations. He also wrote restaurant reviews for The Washington Post and Washington City Paper in the 1980s and 1990s with his wife, Deborah Baldwin.
James Welsh is an MA Candidate at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University with concentrations in International Security and Africa. He is an Associate Editor of the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy, and an intern with the Maltese Mission to the UN.
Jeffrey Laurenti is director of foreign policy programs at the Century Foundation, a nonpartisan policy research institution. He served for seven years as a member of the UNA-USA national board of directors, elected by the chapters and divisions of the mid-Atlantic region. Laurenti graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in government from Harvard University and earned his master's in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
John Sinden, Jr received his MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University. He currently lives in Washington DC and is currently the Digital Marketing Coordinator for International Relations Online at American University.
Laurel Stone is an MA candidate at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. She is a Senior Editor of The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy, and a research intern at the World Policy Institute.
Mara Herrmann is a program associate for UN relations at the United Nations Foundation. She previously worked as an intern at the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy in New York on UN reform; at Columbia University’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue, researching economic policy and development; and at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s media department in Paris. Herrmann graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 2009 and studied international relations and diplomacy at the American Graduate School in Paris.
Mark Leon Goldberg is a writer, blogger and consultant to several prominent national and international non-profit organizations. He is the editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog UN Dispatch and editor of the global health and international development website PSI Healthy Lives. In 2011, he co-founded the DAWNS Digest. Mark is a correspondent with The American Prospect and hosts a regular program on BloggingHeads.tv.
From 2004-2006 Mark was a writing fellow at The American Prospect where he wrote numerous articles on foreign policy. Prior to joining the Prospect, Mark was a research assistant at the New America Foundation. Mark is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action and a proud former Dan Dutko Memorial Foundation Public Policy Fellow.
Mark's work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New Republic, PSI IMPACT, USAID Frontlines, and The Daily Beast. He has appeared as an an on-air guest on CNBC, Al Jazeera English and National Public Radio.
He has a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and his books.
Marlow Svatek, a 22-year-old native of Tampa, Florida, is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa as a non-formal education volunteer promoting girls’ access to education. Her primary projects include student clubs and camps promoting gender equality, health awareness campaigns focusing on disease prevention, and income-generating activities with a local women’s association.
Before joining the Peace Corps in June 2011, Svatek graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami with majors in philosophy and international studies and a minor in French.
She has staffed UNA-USA student conferences in Miami, Tampa, and New York City to promote Model United Nations as a means of educating students in inner-city schools on global issues and human rights. In the summer of 2009, Svatek interned for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Accra, Ghana where she researched traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and helped produce a report on the detrimental effects that gold mining companies have on the communities in which they operate. This report prompted a meeting of community representatives, the Ghanaian environmental agency, and gold mining companies to seek solutions to the human rights abuses in the areas of education, health, and sanitation.
She will be attending law school at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2013 and her career interests include international criminal, human rights, and humanitarian assistance law, specifically as these fields intersect with women's and children's rights in developing countries.
Lori McDougall is based in Geneva as Senior Technical Officer, Policy and Advocacy at The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, a global alliance of 460 member-organizations dedicated to advancing knowledge, advocacy and accountability to improve the health of women, newborns and children. Prior to her work at PMNCH, she was the senior health project manager at BBC World Service Trust, where she established the India and Cambodia offices, managing national media campaigns on issues such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and leprosy. She completed her M.Sc. at the London School of Economics in Development Studies, and is presently working on a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the influence of advocacy and communications campaigns in generating demand for maternal, newborn and child health.
Michael Coren covers science, economics and the environment. He is the co-founder of the multimedia production studio + newsroom MajorPlanet Studios. He writes from San Francisco.
Michael began his career at newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News, and joined Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post as a reporter, later becoming its managing editor after receiving a Luce Fellowship to report in Asia. He is a contributor to Fast Company, Foreign Policy and other publications reporting on the intersection of science, economics, and the environment. He also served as the science and environment producer for CNN.com and earned an MESc focused on environmental economics from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Monique Coleman is most recognized as Taylor McKessie from the tremendously successful High School Musical franchise, as well as the 4th place contestant on season 3 of ABC's hit show, Dancing with the Stars.
You may have also seen her guest starring on such shows as Boston Public, Malcolm in the Middle,Veronica Mars, Bones, The Cleveland Show, and Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Additionally, Coleman has co-hosted The View, has appeared on such shows as TheNancy Grace Show, Rachel Ray, Good Morning America, Regisand Kelly, TheToday Show, Ellen,The Tyra Banks Show, and TRL.
Adding to her list of many achievements, Monique has received two Teen ChoiceAwards, a Billboard Award, an NAACP Legacy Award, and a Camie for her role in the Hallmark Film, The Reading Room, starring opposite James Earl Jones.
On November 16, 2010 Monique was named the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. She then embarked on a self initiated six month global tour to empower and inspire young people, meet with government officials on behalf of youth, and volunteer. She traveled to 24 countries in a six month span. Her aim was to raise awareness on the most pressing issues facing today’s youth, encourage young people to use their abilities to foster progress in their communities and urge the international community to take responsibility on youth issues. Coleman worked closely on projects with UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, and the UN Foundation as well as many local and youth led organizations. Coleman is a Peace OneDay Ambassador and is committed to promoting peace and tolerance globally.
She is the Founder, CEO, and Executive Producer of Gimmemo.com, an online talk show that empowers youth through safe conversation about issues pertinent to their development.
Olivia Bueno is the International Refugee Rights Initiative’s Associate Director. She was previously Program Associate at the International Refugee Program at Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights). She is responsible for managing IRRI's New York office, monitoring UN policies and diplomatic discussions relevant to IRRI's programmes and coordinating outreach to and collaboration with international NGOs. Olivia also contributes to the oversight and development of IRRI programmes and to institutional development. Olivia has also worked on issues of refugee rights and asylum in the United States, as a part time staff member of Human Rights First's Asylum Program and as Co-Producer of American Purgatory, a radio documentary on the asylum process in the United States. Olivia holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the School for International and Public Affairs and B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Barnard College both at Columbia University.
Paul Stephens is a multimedia journalist based in Washington DC. He has covered foreign affairs and humanitarian issues in Yemen and the Caucasus. His work has appeared in GlobalPost, IRIN, and the Los Angeles Times.
Robert Skinner is the associate director of the UN Foundation's New York office and a former US Foreign Service officer in Ivory Coast. Skinner rejoined the UN Foundation in April 2008 after a brief tenure working in international corporate law. Previously, he was the director of external relations in UNF’s New York office. Before joining UNF, he spent nearly nine years in the US State Department, serving in Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador and Ivory Coast as well as at the US Mission to the UN in New York. He also practiced law in Chicago, including working as a criminal defense lawyer with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
Skinner received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin; his undergraduate degree is from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
Photo Courtesy of Milan StanicRyan Kaminski comes to UNA-USA with a strong interrelated interest in human rights, U.S. foreign policy, and international institutions. Previously, he worked as a research associate with the Council on Foreign Relations’ International Institutions and Global Governance program. There, much of his work focused on researching global and regional human rights architectures and supporting the creation of a comprehensive online interactive platform clarifying international cooperation and challenges related to human rights. Kaminski also worked previously as a Fulbright English teaching fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). He has held internships with Papua New Guinea’s Mission to the United Nations; Amnesty International (USA); and the Brookings Institution.
Kaminski holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of the 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Young Advocate Award, the 2010 Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs’ Jal Pavry Award for research in international peace and understanding, and the 2009-2011 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Research Fellowship. He is also a multiyear volunteer for the UNA-USA Global Classrooms program, having undertaken leadership roles associated with the initiative in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Kaminski has published human rights themed articles in the Houston Chronicle, Washington Times, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Huffington Post, Haaretz, Atlantic.com, and Reuters, among others.
Timothy Spence is an independent journalist, editor and newsroom trainer with more than 25 years of experience in print and online media. A specialist in post-conflict environments, he has led newsroom training and workshops in Africa, the Caucasus, Middle East, Balkans and Eastern Europe. Spence's most recent assignments were in Kosovo, Liberia, Uzbekistan, Iraqi Kurdistan and Ukraine.
Spence has trained journalists for PressNow, the International Center for Journalists, Transitions, the US State Department and the Fulbright Specialists Program. He has been a journalism lecturer at universities in Ghana, the Czech Republic, Armenia and Ethiopia, and a media expert for the OSCE and Council of Europe.
Tom Murphy is an aid blogger and freelance journalist. He blogs at A View From the Cave, is the East Coast Correspondent for Humanosphere.org and the co-founder of the Development and Aid World News Service. His work has appeared online in the Guardian, Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and the GlobalPost.
ZP Heller is the Editor of The InterDependent. Previously, he was the Editorial Director of Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films. He has written and blogged politically for The Huffington Post, The Nation, The American Prospect, AlterNet, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The New School, and lives in Philadelphia.