Juana Kweitel is the new Chair of Global Witness’s Board. Ms Kweitel, who has been on the organisation’s Board since 2016, brings with her a wealth of experience on achieving change across the Global South, deploying her legal and campaigning skills to protect people and the planet.
She is the Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights and has served as a Trustee to the Brazil Human Rights Fund and on the Advisory Board of Open Global Rights.
Responding to her appointment, Ms Kweitel said:
“I am honoured to have been appointed as Chair of the Board of Global Witness. These are very challenging times for civil society, but there are also opportunities. I hope to help Global Witness develop new ways of working on a global agenda, including building strong partnerships with organisations from the Global South. Racial inclusion and diversity will also be among my key priorities in this new role.”
Mike Davis, CEO of Global Witness, said:
“It is fantastic that Juana is bringing her experience, her extensive knowledge on the intersection between human rights and the future of the planet, and the deep integrity with which she approaches campaigning to Global Witness. We have benefited so much already from having her on our Board. I look forward to even closer collaboration as she takes on the role of Chair.”
Juana Kweitel is Executive Director of Conectas Direitos Humanos, whose mission is to promote the realisation of human rights and consolidation of the Rule of Law in the Global South – Africa, Asia and Latin America. Juana previously worked in Argentina as institutional coordinator of Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and as coordinator of their Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Program.
Juana served on the Board of Trustees of the Brazil Human Rights Fund (2014), the Advisory Board of Open Global Rights (2013) and is a member of the Assembly of Partners of the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS, Argentina) and of the Developments in the Field Panel of the Business and Human Rights Journal, published by the Cambridge University Press.
She has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Human Rights and Democratic Transition from the University of Chile, and she graduated as a lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).