Frank La Rue is the director of RFK Human Rights Europe. Previously, he served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection for the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2008. At present, Frank La Rue is a member of the Board of Directors of the DEMOS Institute, an NGO that works on the promotion of democratic values and provides support to the participation of youth, women and indigenous peoples in Guatemala. He has a wide experience in Human Rights, Democratic Development, Social Communication, Education, Latin American Analysis and political issues. Frank La Rue is a Human Rights Lawyer in cases presented to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and the Inter-American Human Rights Court and lobbies before the United Nations System on Human Rights. He is a University professor and Human Rights investigator, a member of the Google Advisory Council, and Pioneer Award Winner 2014 - granted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2004, Frank La Rue was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
PD Dr. Elham Manea is of dual nationalities, Yemeni and Swiss. She is an Associate Professor specialised on the Middle East, a writer, and a human rights activist. She is a Fulbright scholar who holds a PhD degree in political science from the University of Zurich, Master degree in comparative politics from the American University in Washington D.C, and a Bachelor degree in political science from Kuwait University. She has published academic and non fiction books in English, German, and Arabic in addition to two novels in Arabic. Her latest publication was a book entitled The Arab State and Women’s Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance, London: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics, June 2011. She works at the Political Science Institute at the University of Zurich and a consultant for Swiss government agencies and international human rights organizations. Recently, she has been appointed by the Swiss Federal Council as a Member of the Federal Commission for Women Affairs. Her research focus includes: Comparative Politics of countries of the Arabian Peninsula, with a special focus on Yemen, Saudi Arabian, Kuwait and the Sultanate of Oman; Gender and Authoritarian Arab States; Democratisation and civil society in the MENA region.