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Yoni Ish-Hurwitz, Founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Likeminded Office, served as a human rights delegate at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations headquarters and a U.N. officer at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. As a delegate, he was elected Vice Chair and Rapporteur of the U.N. Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations. He was also a founding member of “Hoshen”, an NGO for the promotion of openness towards LGBT people. He holds an M.A. in international affairs from New York University and a B.A. in business management from Tel Aviv University.

The Executive Director is supported by an Executive Board, providing oversight over development and finances. The Executive Board includes experts of the highest caliber in fundraising, government relations and social entrepreneurship and is calling for further candidatures, especially women.


HRLO’s Advisory Board includes the following prominent experts (in alphabetical order), who advise HRLO in their personal capacity on relevant thematic areas. Further candidatures are encouraged, as HRLO continues to grow the scope of its work to advance human rights at the United Nations.

  • Vladimir Cuk – Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance (IDA)

  • Otto Gustafik – Former Secretary of the United Nations General Assembly’s Second Committee and Third Committee, as well as the Commission on the Status of Women

Former Advisory Board members include:

  • André du Plessis – Executive Director of the International LGBTI Association (ILGA), human rights lawyer and expert on business and human rights

  • Catarina Carvalho – Former Representative of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

  • Cristina Barbaglia - Former Gender and Human Rights Advisor at the Permanent Mission of the UK to the United Nations

  • Shannon Kowalski – Director of Advocacy and Policy at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) in New York

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