Dr. Karlo learned about Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights during a two-year research fellowship (2011-2013) in New York City. In 2012, he decided to bring the education program Speak Truth To Power back home and founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation in Switzerland as a vehicle to do so. In addition, Dr. Karlo is the founding Chairman of Kessel International, a Swiss-Mexican solar energy company.
Former President of the Swiss People's Party SVP (1984-1988); Former Member of the Swiss Federal Council (1988-2000) and former President of Switzerland (1993, 2000).
General Manager of the Widder Hotel in Zurich.
Entrepreneur, investor & philanthropist.
Dirk is an entrepreneur and strategic investor. He has vast experience in finance, software, biometrics and compliance. Under his leadership, WorldCompliance, with nearly 300 employees on four continents and customers in more than 150 countries, was one of the top 100 private companies and the fastest growing company in Florida. Its innovative approach to systematic customer due diligence has since had a lasting impact on the financial industry. His vision has helped countless companies avoid corruption and bribery. Dirk was nominated for the "Integrity Award" from Transparency International and was awarded the "Technology Award" by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and is a recipient of the Bronze Stevie Award as Executive of the Year.
Alex Mundt is currently the liaison to the US Government for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. His prior assignments for the UNHCR included work in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Afghanistan and South Sudan. He has recently been deployed to Afghanistan as head of legal protection for the UNHCR, one of the agency's largest and most complex displacement situations. He has authored numerous articles on conflict management and displacement and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Provides legal expertise necessary to successfully carry out the scope of the Foundation within the Swiss jurisdictional landscape. He is a law graduate (lic.iur.) from the Universities of Zurich and Alicante, an Attorney at Law and holds an MBA from IE Business School (Madrid). Stefan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Treuco, a Zurich based company with 50 domestic and international experts providing wealth management, trust, tax and legal services. He serves on the board of trustees of several Swiss foundations and is Honorary Consul of Ireland in the Canton of Zurich.
Dr. Sandra Hutterli
Sandra is a former member of the management board of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) and used to be responsible for the coordination of compulsory school programs. She further represented Switzerland as an education expert in the Council of Europe and the European Union. Sandra is the Director of Speak Truth To Power in Switzerland and currently serves as the responsible person for all training and education at SBB, the Swiss railroad company.
Kerry Kennedy is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. For more than thirty years, Ms. Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. She has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, exposing injustices and educating audiences about women’s issues, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, sexual assault, abuse of prisoners, and more. She has led hundreds of human rights delegations. At a time of diminished idealism and growing cynicism about public service, her life and lectures are testaments to the commitment to the basic values of human rights.
She is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which features interviews with human rights activists including Marian Wright Edelman, the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Ms. Kennedy served as Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council for over a decade. She serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, HealthEVillages and Inter-Press Service (Rome, Italy). She is a patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust (Northern Ireland) and serves on the Editorial Board of Advisors of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. She is on the Advisory Committee for the association of American Indian Affairs; International Campaign for Tibet, the Global Youth Action Network, and several other organizations. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Albert Schweitzer Institute.
Ms. Kennedy was named Woman of the Year 2001 by Save the Children, received the Crossing Borders Award from the Feminist press in 2003, Humanitarian of the Year Award from the South Asian Media Awards Foundation and the Prima Donna Award from Montalcino Vineyards. In 2008, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor and the Thomas More Award from Boston College Law School. World Vision and International AIDS Trust gave her the 2009 Human Rights Award. She has also received awards from NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Teachers Association. In 2013 she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from the Unitarian Universalists.
Ms. Kennedy has served in numerous political campaigns, and she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars. She is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School, and she holds honorary doctorates of law from Le Moyne College, University of San Francisco Law School, and University of New Caledonia, and honorary doctorates of Humane Letters from Bay Path College and the Albany College of Pharmacy.
Ms. Kennedy is the mother of three daughters, Cara, Mariah, and Michaela.