International Advisors

Sneh roundSneh Aurora, UNITED KINGDOM
Sneh Aurora is a human rights and development specialist with extensive expertise in program management, rights based approaches in education, strategy and policy development, multi-stakeholder program evaluations, strengthening stakeholder relationships, developing quality education resources and facilitating capacity building trainings based on participatory and empowerment methodologies. Experience working in a complex international organizational environment, and with community based organizations, UN institutions and agencies, as well as government actors.


Ian Hamilton, CANADA ian round
Ian Hamilton joined the team of Equitas, the International Centre for Human Rights Education, in 1997 and has served as its Executive Director of since 2004. He formerly worked for the Coordinating Committee of Human Rights Organizations of Thailand for 16 months in Bangkok, assisting their campaign for the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission. From 1992-1995, he worked in a number of positions, including Asia Program Officer at the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) in Montreal. He is currently a volunteer member of the board of directors of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.


Andre Keets roundAndré Keet, SOUTH AFRICA
André Keet holds the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University. He has worked in many national human rights institutions including as Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, as Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Transformation, and as a member of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). He is an acknowledged social justice researcher, higher education transformation practitioner, and academic citizen.


abraham roundAbraham Magendzo, CHILE
Abraham Magendzo is a professor of State in Education and educational counselor of the University of Chile. He is the academic director of the Doctorate in Education, Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights Education and coordinator of the Curriculum team of the Academy of Christian Humanism University.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and History from the Hebrew University (Israel) and a PhD in Education from the University of California. He also holds a post-doctorate in Curriculum, made in the Institute of Education of the University of London (England). He is Coordinator of the Cross-cutting Issues in the Ministry of Education; Educational researcher in the Interdisciplinary Program of Research in Education (PIIE); Research member of the IDEAS Foundation and international consultant in Human Rights Education. He was the General Director of the Hebrew Institute. Author of books and essays on curriculum and education in human rights, highlighting the invisibility of the Other and education in human rights that was First Prize in the 2nd Essay Contest. He has also been awarded the UNESCO Chair Award, Mexico 2000.


Audrey roundAudrey Osler, NORWAY
Audrey Osler has been actively engaged in human rights education over three decades, working primarily with colleagues in Europe, East Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America in NGOs, schools and universities. She has taught HRE graduate courses at the University of Washington, Utah State University, the UN-mandated University for Peace, Cost Rica, and Beijing Normal University, as well as at the universities of Birmingham, Leicester, and Leeds in the UK. Her books include Human Rights and Schooling (Teachers College Press, 2016); Teachers and Human Rights Education (Trentham/IOE Press, 2010 with H. Starkey); and Teacher Education and Human Rights (with H. Starkey, republished as a Routledge Classic 2017). Audrey serves regularly as an expert on HRE the Council of Europe. Since 2010 she has worked as Professor of Education at the University of Southeast Norway and is Editor of Human Rights Education Review:


ana round.pngAna Perona-Fjeldstad, NORWAY
Since its establishment in 2009, Ana Perona-Fjeldstad has been the Executive Director of the European Wergeland Centre, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre. She is a lawyer ( Córdoba State University, Argentina) with a MA in International Relations from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO). She has been working in Education for the last 20 years. From 1994-2009 she worked at the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), a global NGO gathering Higher Education Institutions active in the field of open, online and distance learning, holding several positions up to Assistant Secretary General. She was engaged in capacity building projects in Asia, Africa and Europe developed under the framework of UNESCO, The World Bank and EU programs, mostly addressing issues of access to education. Previously she was adviser at the Chamber of Representatives (Córdoba), working also in research at FLACSO-Buenos Aires focusing on the integration process between Argentina and Brazil.


Jefferson roundJefferson Plantilla, JAPAN
Jefferson Plantilla’s work at HURIGHTS OSAKA includes research (multi-country research projects on human rights and social development, culture, education, law and business; and special projects such as profiling of human rights centers in Asia-Pacific) and publication (Human Rights Education in Asia-Pacific, an annual publication; FOCUS Asia-Pacific, a quarterly newsletter; research reports [e.g., Law, Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Asia, Bridging Human Rights Principles and Business Realities in Northeast Asia], as well as training materials). He also serves as a presenter and resource person at human rights workshops and conferences held in many Asia countries and internationally.


barbara roundBarbara Schmiedel, AUSTRIA
Barbara Schmiedl is the head of the human rights education department of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) in Graz, Austria. She turned to professional human rights involvement and joined the ETC Graz in 2001 after careers as a trainer for refugees and a university lecturer and educational coordinator in Austria and Croatia. She is responsible for program, education, public relations including social media and campaigning activities of ETC. ETC’s education activities range from free-access public lectures and workshops to professional training (e.g. for teachers, police, judiciary, trainers…) to on-line and on-site campaigning and training such as the ETC’s anti-hate speech program That’s right! and the anti-discrimination game and gaming workshops for the youth, Das Boot ist voll (The boat is full). She is also involved in the on-line youth platform of the Human Rights Advisory Council of the city of Graz, Kenne deine Rechte (Know your rights) and started the elementary school human rights program UNSERE Menschenrechtsschule (OUR human rights school).


Feliece roundFeliece I. Yeban, PHILIPPINES
Feliece I. Yeban is Professor of Human Rights at the Philippine Normal University (PNU) and Vice President for Finance and Administration. She has served as Deputy Chair of Amnesty International Philippines, as a board member of many human rights education organizations both in the Philippines and abroad, and as a consultant to UN agencies and international NGOs. The author of numerous books and articles, she conducts research on HRE, peace, women, critical thinking, social science education, development, business and human rights, and democracy education. In PNU’s mandate as the National Center for Teacher Education, she has nurtured innovative teachers and education leaders and trained educators, activists, lawyers, police and military officers, local government officials, and other professional in the field of HRE.