Howard French, President
Associate Professor, Columbia Journalism School, New York
Mr. French is an award-winning former New York Times international correspondent and author of several books on Africa and Asia. His career in journalism began as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and many other publications in West Africa. From 1990 to 2008, he reported for The New York Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China in Shanghai. His work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; he was twice the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, and he has also won the Grantham Environmental Award, among other awards. Mr. French is the author of "A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa" (2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers, and won the 2005 American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Non-Fiction, and was runner up for the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and for the Hurston Wright Foundation's non-fiction prize. He is also the author of “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, which will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in May 2014. His work has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Transition, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Crisis, and Travel and Leisure. Mr. French was a 2011 fellow of the Open Society Foundations and is presently researching a book about the geopolitics of East Asia.
Andy Martin, Vice-President and Treasurer
Founder and Director, Firetail, London, UK
Mr. Martin is the founder and Director of the civil society strategy consulting firm Firetail. He has over 15 years of experience as a strategy consultant and is an advisor to senior leaders in charities, NGOs, foundations and social enterprises. He has led strategy and evaluation engagements for clients including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations, the Queen’s Trust, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Oxfam International, Save the Children UK, Malaria No More UK, Comic Relief and Anthony Nolan. He also works as an advisor to a number of start-ups and social ventures. Prior to founding Firetail, Mr. Martin was Head of Strategy for Cancer Research UK, where he ran the Strategy Unit and Consumer Insight teams, covering fundraising, marketing and public engagement for the UKʼs largest charity. He was a founder member of the commercial strategy consulting firm Credo, and a founding Governor of the public participation organisation, The Democratic Society. Mr. Martin holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. He was the lead author of a 2014 report, commissioned by the UN, to determine whether IRIN’s spin-off was feasible.
Peter Bouckaert, Member
Emergencies Director, Human Rights Watch, Geneva
An expert in humanitarian crises, Mr. Bouckaert is responsible for coordinating the organization's response to major wars and other human rights crises. A Belgian-born Stanford Law School graduate, specializing in the laws of war, Mr. Bouckaert is a veteran of fact-finding missions to Lebanon, Kosovo, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Macedonia, Indonesia, Uganda, and Sierra Leone, among others.Mr. Bouckaert was recently in the Central African Republic, where he has conducted investigations into ethnic cleansing and war crimes committed during the current civil war. Mr. Bouckaert is featured in the 2014 documentary film "E-Team," which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, he investigated the use of landmines, the execution of prisoners and arbitrary arrests of African migrant workers in Libya. He has testified about war crimes before the United States Senate, the Council of Europe, and at the Yugoslav Tribunal (ICTY) in the Hague, and has written opinion pieces for papers around the world. His work has been profiled in Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Stanford Lawyer, and The Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper.
Dr. Sara Pantuliano, Member
Managing Director at the Overseas Development Institute
Dr. Sara Pantuliano is a Managing Director at the Overseas Development Institute, one of the world’s leading think tanks on aid and development, where she has led the humanitarian team for six years. She is a political scientist with extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict settings. Prior to joining ODI, she led the UN Development Programme’s peacebuilding unit in Sudan, managed post-conflict response in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, was an observer at the IGAD Sudan peace process, and lectured at the University of Dar es Salaam. She holds a PhD in politics, has written widely on Sudan, South Sudan, the Middle East and humanitarian affairs, and is a recognised public speaker on these issues. She is the Managing Editor of Disasters journal and the vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience. She is a Trustee of SOS Sahel and serves on the advisory boards of Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre and the UN Association of the UK, amongst others. Dr. Pantuliano oversaw the temporary hosting of IRIN at ODI during IRIN’s spin-off from the UN.
Paula Fray, Member
Founder and Managing Director of frayintermedia
Ms. Paula Fray has worked in media for more than three decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager. An award-winning journalist, Ms. Fray was the first female editor of the Saturday Star newspaper. In 2005, she started Paula Fray and Associates (now frayintermedia) before joining Inter Press Service (IPS) as Africa regional director in 2008. As regional head, she oversaw the operations of the international development news agency. She was a trustee of Brand SA until March 2016 and is a trustee of Media Monitoring Africa. She has wide-ranging consultancy and project management experience and has served as a mentor for organizations such as Health-e and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). Ms. Fray graduated with a BJourn degree from Rhodes University and has a Women and Law Certificate from UNISA. A recipient of the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, she is a former member of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board at Harvard.