Executive Board

Lorraine Smith van Lin

Founder, Executive Director

As an international human rights lawyer, my passion is to advocate for the rights of women, children and victims of crime. I have over two decades of professional experience in multiple roles as a former Prosecutor and Resident Magistrate in the Jamaican Courts, Director of the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Programme, Senior Legal Adviser with REDRESS, and consultant with international organizations.

Regina Beckers

Board Member, Finance

Regina is a German e-commerce entrepreneur who is passionate about helping single mothers and women entrepreneurs. She has a Bachelors Degree in International Business and Management Studies from Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and almost a decade of practical business experience as a solo entrepreneur.

Regina Beckers

Marie-Pierre Olivier

Board Member

Marie-Pierre is a lawyer, and has been a member of the Quebec Bar in Canada since 1999. She currently works at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where she joined in 2013 as a Legal Adviser. Marie-Pierre previously worked as a Senior Programme Lawyer at the International Bar Association (IBA)’s Human Rights Institute, where she conducted projects in sub-Saharan Africa, including rule of law fact-finding missions in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Advisory Board

Vanessa Hellwing

Chief Financial Officer, Viessmann Climate Solutions, SE

Vanessa is the Chief Financial Officer of Viessmann Climate Solutions SE. Vanessa has previously served as CFO at Chiron Group SE, Germany, and at the Business Unit Service of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and Siemens AG in both Germany and Denmark. An expert in general management of global business with responsibility for finance, customer service, supply chain management, human resources, IT, legal and compliance, Vanessa has been responsible for IFRS accounting of large scale projects with an annual turnover of 4 billion euros.

Adejoke Babington-Ashaye

International Lawyer, former Senior Counsel

Adejoke is a versatile international law expert with over 18 years of experience in public international law, international criminal law and investigations, human rights law, and the international settlement of disputes. She has worked as a Senior Counsel at the World Bank, Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice and as an investigator in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Diane Forbes Berthoud

V.P. for Diversity at the University of Maryland, USA

Dr. Diane Forbes Berthoud is the Vice President for Diversity at the University of Maryland Baltimore leading university equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy, implementation, and accountability. She is an expert consultant and published author on women’s leadership development, the psychodynamics of race, and organizational development and change. Previously, she was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of California, San Diego.

Videshni Naidoo Singh

Founder of Lightworkers Int. in South Africa

Videshni is the Founder of Lightworkers, a non-profit organization based in South Africa that is dedicated to empowering women, children as well as recovering drug addicts. Her 27 year journey in law included training as an acting Magistrate in the Children’s court. Videshni’s passion for service has included creating solutions against gender-based violence, programmes for rehabilitated addicts and empowering women with business and personal skills.

Josephine Amparo

Ghana Leadership Council, Global Survivors Network

Josephine is a founding member of the Leadership Council for the Global Survivor Network, an international group of survivor leaders who desire and pursue safe communities through justice systems that protect the most vulnerable. She says, “I very strongly believe that for interventions to achieve sustainable change and meet the needs of survivors, they must be informed by survivor voices.” Her goal is to empower other survivors to speak out and break the silence.

Prof. Olympia Bekou

Head of School of Law, University of Nottingham, UK

Olympia is Professor of Public International Law and Head of the School of Law. She also heads the International Criminal Justice Unit of the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. Olympia read law at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece and in 2000 was admitted to the Greek Bar. She completed the LLM in International Law at the University of Cambridge and obtained her PhD in International Criminal Law from the University of Nottingham, for which she had been awarded a NATO Fellowship.

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