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Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
Consultant, Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence

Lagipoiva, from the island of Savaii in Samoa, South Pacific is the author of Staying Afloat in Paradise - a study of climate change reporting in the Pacific islands and the United Kingdom. She has worked in the news media for over 18 years and was appointed the first female Editor of an independent national newspaper in her country at the age of 25. Lagipoiva has worked in the Pacific islands as a journalist, media trainer and communications for development specialist in the areas of climate change, environment, human rights, gender sensitive reporting and broader development issues. She has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, The Guardian, AFP, CNN, Huffington Post, AlJazeera and others. As a communications specialist she has worked with various UN agencies including UNDP, FAO, ILO, UNESCO and UNEP.  She has trained journalists across the Pacific through Internews, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the International Federation of Journalists. She received her Masters in Development Studies from the National University of Samoa and was a Journalist Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.

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James Heintz
CWGL Affiliate

James is Research Professor and Associate Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has written on a wide range of economic policy issues, including employment policies, gender and labor markets, global labor standards, the distributive consequences of macroeconomic policies, economic development of sub-Saharan Africa, and the intersection between macroeconomic policy and human rights. He has worked on collaborative projects with numerous United Nations agencies, including the International Labour Organization, the U.N. Research Institute for Social Development, the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Development Programme, and UNIFEM/UN-WOMEN. His policy work has focused on the U.S. economy and the economies of developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, the Gambia, Madagascar, and South Africa. He is co-author of several books including, with Nancy Folbre, The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy. From 1996 to 1998, he worked as an economist at the National Labour and Economic Development Institute in Johannesburg, a policy think tank affiliated with the South African labor movement.

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Diane Elson
CWGL Affiliate

Diane is Emeritus Professor in sociology at the University of Essex, UK, and is a member of the Essex Human Rights Centre. She has served as adviser to UNIFEM, UNDP, Oxfam and other development agencies and is a past vice-president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She is the chair of the UK women’s organization, the Women’s Budget Group, which analyses government economic policy and advocates for budgets that support gender equality and low income women. She publishes widely on gender and development. Her recent publications include: ‘Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account’, co-edited with Radhika Balakrishnan, Zed Books, 2011; ‘Financial regulation, capabilities and human rights in the US financial crisis: the case of housing’, co-authored with Radhika Balakrishnan and James Heintz (Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 12 (I): 153-68, 2011);Budgeting for Women’s Rights; Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW, UNIFEM, New York, 2006; ‘”Women’s rights are human rights”: campaigns and concepts’, in L. Morris (ed). Rights: Sociological Perspectives, Routledge, 2006; ‘Auditing economic policy in the light of obligations on economic and social rights’ (Essex Human Rights Review, 5(I), 2008); and ‘Gender equality and economic growth in the World Bank’ (World Development Report, 2006, Feminist Economics, 15 (3), 2009). Her academic degrees include a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester.

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Amy Hartzler
Consultant, Communications

Amy works with organizations focused on making the world better for more people, with a specific focus on issues we culturally avoid — from nuclear weapons and disability rights to investing, climate change, aging, and equity. Her values-based communications strategies help to bridge disconnected efforts across public and private sectors, working to shift culture, policy, and capital to create communities and economies that work for all people. Hailing from a bipartisan, multi-faith Midwestern home, Amy has spent the past 20yrs in Washington, D.C., enjoying its many parks and museums, and supporting the city's robust arts and culture scene.

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Krishanti Dharmaraj
Executive Director

Krishanti Dharmaraj, executive director, is a feminist and human rights activist with over 25 years of experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. She is the founder of the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and inclusion to reduce identity-based discrimination. Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund.

Ms. Dharmaraj serves on the Steering Committee for the Feminist Alliance for Rights and the Board of Directors of IDEX; is a member of the Spotlight Civil Society Global Reference Group; a Trustee of THIRST (The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea) and the North East Women’s Network in Sri Lanka; and is on the Advisory Boards of Amnesty International, the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center, South Asia Democracy Watch, and Machik (an organization enhancing the wellbeing of those living in Tibet). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International; Women, Law and Development; Horizons Foundation; and the Center for Asian Pacific Women.

Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing an international human rights treaty. As a result of passing CEDAW in San Francisco the city implemented a gender analysis in departments that assessed employment, programming and service delivery and resource allocation. Currently, this public policy strategy is being implemented in cities across the United States. She has received numerous awards for her cutting-edge work, conducted trainings and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Dharmaraj has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, at Berkeley.