Working with journalists Michael Cooke, Troy Reeb and Lisa LaFlamme among many many others, Pulfer pioneered an approach to media partnerships that embedded Canadian journalism experts in training programs with JHR across the media landscape. On her watch the organization has more than doubled its budget (growing at a rate of 25% over the past two years) while winning several regional and national awards acknowledging the impact of JHR programs. Such recognition includes the 2018 Bill Hutton Award for Excellence in Journalism from RTDNA Canada, 2018 Ontario Heritage Award and 2013 Canadian Ethnic Media Award for Innovation for the Indigenous Reporters Program, and a 2013 Governor-General’s Award for Services to the People of Ghana.
She is a contributing editor to Corporate Knights magazine, a Fellow of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a member of the Banff Forum.
Prior to running JHR, Rachel was the 2009-2010 Webster-McConnell William Southam Journalism Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. She was a columnist and US correspondent for Canadian Business, as well as a member of the editorial. She continues to work as a journalist, writing op-eds and features for the Walrus, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Azure and many other publications.
Nabin Pokharel is the JHR Finance Manager. Nabin has over ten years of experience in financial management, internal control, administration, community development and micro finance areas. He has worked with international development agencies such as the UN Development Programme and World Bank on projects in Nepal. Nabin has a masters degree in business administration (MBA) from Tribhuwan University, Nepal, and advance diploma in accounting from Centennial College, Toronto, Canada. Nabin works closely with JHR’s country offices and partner agencies to streamline the financial management, documentation and financial reporting processes. JHR is very pleased to have Nabin on the team!
Janine DeVries Director of Operations, Communications & Research
Janine is working on communications, research, donor stewardship and fundraising for JHR.
Janine has graduated in International Relations (MA) and International Human Rights Law (LLM) from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She has worked on a wide range of human rights issues and international development since, and has done in depth research in eastern Congo on the obstacles and remedies to legal assistance for victims of sexual violence.
With an international perspective, and cross-cultural experiences, she is excited to contribute to JHR’s media development programs and sees journalism and press freedom as one of the crucial links for people to obtain their human rights.
Zein joined JHR in October 2015 as a consultant on grant development, and moved on to the program manager position for South Sudan in March 2016. After studying law, Zein started his professional life as a legal aide to Syrian human rights advocacy before moving on to media development, working as program coordinator at the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) in Amman, Jordan.
At CDFJ, he was responsible for more solid projects and programs with complete attention to media development. He handled all aspects related to the Center’s projects, from securing funds to implementing the project, including preparing various types of reports and communicating with partners, beneficiaries and donors. He has managed national projects in Jordan that focused on building the capacity of journalists and the media sector in general, as well as to lawyers, in defending freedom of speech. His involvement in other regional projects included supervising partners’ activities and commitments to plans and contracts in different countries such as Iran, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
Hannah is a Senior Program Manager in the JHR team. She works collaboratively on the Indigenous Reporters Program while also managing JHR’s projects in South Africa, Jordan and on misinformation in Canada while supporting the organization’s youth engagement programming. Her background is in international development and cross cultural programming, having previously worked primarily in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies and Women and Gender Studies.
Megan is Associate Manager in the JHR team working on the Indigenous Reporters Program. She is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario from the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory. Previously, she had worked in the legal field providing advice on human rights matters in Ontario, particularly working with Indigenous clients who have faced discrimination. She has also traveled across the province with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers working on an Indigenous languages revitalization strategy. Along with working at JHR, she is Chair of the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. Megan is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she specialized in Political Science.
Aicha Touré Associate Program Manager, Francophone
Aicha Touré holds a bilingual master’s degree in Public Policy and International Affairs from York University. Her work is informed by a broad interest in the Human Rights – Development nexus. She has worked and volunteered for a wide-range of human rights organizations in North America and Sub Saharan Africa. Aicha enjoys doing research and her work centers around gender mainstreaming in development policies and the interplay between the rule of law and development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nesreen is the Project Assistant supporting JHR’s Arabic speaking projects. Previously, she worked with different organizations defending the rights of people with disabilities, right of education, and juveniles rights in Gaza, Palestine. Later, she joined the United Nations in Jordan. She is experienced non-profit project management professional with 5 years of success in the fields of human rights, refugees’ appeals, and humanitarian assistance. She participated in human rights clusters, international campaigns structuring, leadership, and public relations activities. Nesreen is graduated of University of Westminster in UK, where she finished her MA of International Relations and Democratic Politics.
Sarala is working as a Finance Associate with JHR. She graduated with a Diploma in Accounting from Centennial College Toronto. She has also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies (BBS) and a Master’s Degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
She worked as a Social Science teacher for grade 11 and 12 for three years at a higher Secondary School in Nepal. Her major subjects were Sociology & Rural Economics. Sarala has more than two years of working experience as a cashier & bookkeeper at a saving and credit co-operative in Nepal and has done research on women’s issues such as the participation in politics and civil service in Nepal.
Leigh is a Franco-Ontarian writer, photographer and filmmaker. She is committed in all her work to telling stories from perspectives that are underrepresented in mainstream media and to creating opportunities for others to tell their own stories. She has a bachelor of film production from Ryerson University and is currently living in Thunder Bay, ON.
Laura Bain has a decade of experience working for both Canadian and international media broadcasters, including the Canadian Broadcating Corporation, Al Jazeera and TRT World. Laura has been leading JHR’s South Sudan program for the last two years where she has expanded the scope of the project beyond only training journalists. More than 200 government and security officials have also been trained in human rights reporting and its function in a democratic society: work that has been directly credited for helping to reduce incidents between authorities and journalists in the country. Laura will be leading JHR’s South Sudan project into a fourth year where she looks forward to continuing to help strengthen media in the country by encouraging to bring all stakeholders together to reach a common goal.
Juma John Stephen is the project coordinator for Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)-South Sudan. He is posted to Bakhita Radio 91.0 FM-The Voice of the Church.
He was a Radio Trainer and Producer for BBC Media Action (BBCMA)-South Sudan. Juma was tasked with the training of radio producers, presenters, reporters in all the Catholic Radio Network (CRN) radio stations including other community and commercial radio stations for two years.
Prior to that, he was part of Eye Media Production Department as a producer and presenter for “On The Road” and ‘Akwana Junubin’ programs.
He was the Central Equatoria State Correspondent for Gurtong Peace Trust www.gurtong.net for five years. Juma worked in South Sudan Radio and Television as a reporter, prior to that he worked as a reporter for The Juba Post Newspaper, The Star Newspaper and The Citizens Newspaper (currently all closed). Juma John Stephen is a 2013 graduate from Uganda Christian University (UCU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication majoring in Broadcast.
Mustapha Dumbuya Senior Media Trainer, South Sudan
Mustapha is a Sierra Leonean international journalist and Media trainer based in Juba, South Sudan. Prior to joining jhr, Mustapha worked for BBC Media Action in Sierra Leone as a producer and community radio mentor/trainer. Working with community radio stations, Mustapha covered the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa as it ravaged communities in Sierra Leone, particularly affecting the women who cared for the sick. His experiences come from working for both print and broadcast media. Mustapha’s stories have appeared on several international media outlets like the Guardian in the UK, Inter Press Service and the New Internationalist.
Mustapha was the 2015/2016 Gordon N. Fisher/JHR journalism fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Growing up in Sierra Leone, Mustapha saw first-hand how misinformation – or a lack of information – was used to fuel the war in his country. The massive scale of human rights violations – especially those against women and girls during the war – was what first ignited his interest in pursuing a career in human rights journalism. Through his work in the field, he learned the power of words to educate entire communities on their rights.
Mohammed Shamma Chief of Content and Program Manager, Jordan
Mohammed Shamma is a journalist specialized in human rights. He has been working for JHR as a media trainer based in Amman, Jordan, since 2014. Over the past 15 years, Shamma has produced and presented several leading radio shows at the main community radio in Amman, Balad Radio, besides producing a series of documentaries focusing on human rights. He also collaborates with several media outlets based in both the Middle East and Europe.
Rameen Alrameeni graduated from New York Institute of technology with bachelors of accounting and pursued her MBA from Talal Abu Ghazaleh School of business – German Jordanian university. She started off as an auditor then she went as a volunteer to Spain. She also worked in marketing.
Rameen was always against injustice and it’s a principle that she carries throughout life. Therefore, she always wanted to work in human rights and by working at JHR, she is taking her first step into a huge milestone in her career.
Mohammad Ghbari Investigative Journalism Mentor, Jordan
Currently working with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) as an Investigation Journalism Mentor. He holds a master’s degree in Journalism and New Media for the Jordan Media Institution (JMI).
He has worked as a Digital Investigations Editor at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), and as an editor and journalist at 7iber e-magazine, and as a freelance Investigative Journalist in the Investigative Journalism Unit at Ammannet.net.
Munor Kabondo has been working with JHR in the DRC since 2014. A graduate from the leading Congolese Journalism School, IFASIC, he also collaborates with the newspaper « L’Objectif », where he is in charge of the internship program helping young journalists to get practical experience. Munor started his journalistic career back in 2006, covering cultural affairs and sport events for several media outlets to then focus on human rights-focused reporting after being trained by JHR. A former active leader of student chapters himself, Munor has helped JHR establish new chapters in Eastern DRC while revamping the existing ones based in Kinshasa.
Founder and director of JHR’s implementing partner in Eastern DRC, Journalistes pour la promotion de la démocratie et des droits humains.
Prince graduated in Law in 2009 at the University of Bukavu (South Kivu). Since he was a kid, he dreamed of becoming a journalist. At 17, he started working for a local radio station, “Radio Maria”, where he stayed until 2012 as a presenter, reporter and editor-in-chief. In December 2010, Prince won the Prix JDH (JHR Award). With a renewed perspective on responsible journalism, he immediately founded a network of journalists in South Kivu, “Journalistes pour la promotion de la démocratie et des droits humains.” The organization strives to promote quality journalism on issues related to human rights and democracy in our local media and communities.
Born in Kinshasa in 1977, Doudou grew up with the dream of becoming a doctor. While studying at the University of Kinshasa, theatre entered into his life, so he chose to set the white coat aside and jump on stage. He is now an actor and a story-teller. A few years ago, he and his friends founded an NGO promoting the rights of the hearing-impaired people, CPPS, through the medium of theatre. He has been working for JHR since June 2012.
Moro Siaka Diallo est un jeune professionnel en Communication et Plaidoyer au Mali. Il a débuté sa carrière en agence, puis en 2012 s’est s’engagé dans le secteur humanitaire avec des organisations internationales. Cet engagement lui a permis d’appuyer de nombreux projets d’urgence et de développement intervenant dans la protection de l’enfance, la santé maternelle, néonatale et infantile et le marketing social.
Après son diplôme de 2ième cycle universitaire en Information et Communication, Moro Siaka a été Chef de publicité Junior (stage); Assistant en communication & media ; Chargé Marketing et Communication ; Chargé communication et plaidoyer et Responsable Communication et Plaidoyer.
Moro Siaka souhaite mieux contribuer au respect des droits humains, à la promotion de la démocratie dans son pays où la paix, la sécurité, la protection des personnes, les droits humains, la démocratie sont actuellement des plus grands défis à relever.
Michael Cooke was appointed Editor of the Toronto Star in 2009. Michael was raised near Lancaster in Northern England and began his career at age 17 as an apprentice reporter. He moved on to work in and around London’s Fleet Street, and at Bristol’s Western Daily Press and emigrated in 1974 to Toronto where he became assistant national editor at The Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. In 1977, Michael moved to The Gazette in Montreal, where he served as assistant city editor, city editor and co-managing editor. Michael moved to The Edmonton Journal in 1992 as managing editor and became editor in chief of The Vancouver Province in 1995.
During the winter and spring of 1998, Michael was one of a team of founding editors of Canada’s new national newspaper, The National Post. And, for the summer of 1998, Michael served as the last editor of The Financial Post. He supervised the paper’s merger with the new national newspaper. During both periods, Michael continued to edit The Province, commuting between Toronto and Canada’s west coast.
In 2000, Michael was named editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times and was appointed editor in chief of the New York Daily News in January of 2005, returning to Chicago as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times news Group (100 titles) in 2006. Michael was also re-appointed editor in chief of the Sun-Times in the fall of 2006.
For the past seven years, Anthony has held senior executive positions, first at a federal Crown Corporation and, more recently, at one of Canada’s largest financial institutions.
During this time, he has also been active on the not-for-profit front, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and in the community fund-raising and mental health support sectors. Prior to this, he had a distinguished and award-winning career in journalism as a best-selling author, columnist, foreign correspondent, television and radio commentator and as Editor of one of Canada’s largest print publications. During his time in journalism, he worked in all of Canada’s provinces and territories as well as reporting from more than 35 countries.
A bilingual native Montrealer, he graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science) and also successfully completed Russian Language studies at The Russian School in Northfield, Vermont.
Farzad is a Company Director and a Visiting Research Professor at Schulich School of Business. He is presently a member of several Boards, with responsibilities including chairing several audit committees, chairing a social impact committee, and membership in a strategy committee. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of strategy, international entrepreneurship, and the institutional contexts of emerging markets.
Prior to Ph.D studies, Farzad worked in investment banking for 11 years, principally with Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO Bank, focusing on the restructuring, mergers and equity financing of state-owned banks in emerging markets. Based at various times in Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Amsterdam, he advised governments and banks in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Farzad has been awarded degrees from the University of Cambridge (Ph.D.), Indiana University (J.D.), University of Toronto (MBA, ICD.D), and University of Chicago (A.B.).
Alethea Au practices in the Corporate M&A and Technology & Outsourcing Groups in Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto office. Her practice areas include mergers and acquisitions involving both private and public entities, corporate commercial transactions, corporate finance transactions and various securities matters.She advises on a wide range of corporate commercial matters including those related to corporate governance, corporate structures and general commercial engagements. She also acts for large and mid-sized technology companies in connection with outsourcings, licensing and technology development and has been involved in IT procurement arrangements in a variety of industries including, financial services, retail, insurance, telecommunications and mining.
In addition, Ms. Au is a member of the Knowledge Management Group of Stikeman Elliott. She advises principally in mergers & acquisitions and corporate commercial transactions for a wide range of corporate entities across various industries and is consulted on a variety of corporate practice matters as well as various drafting and transactional issues.
Ms. Au is responsible for developing, managing and delivering legal content and current awareness to ensure that both lawyers and clients have the benefit of the firm’s collective legal expertise and the latest in legal and industry developments. She also participates in the training and education of practice group members about legal, regulatory and market developments through formal and informal education initiatives and the creation, assessment and implementation of legal project management and other value-added initiatives for clients.
She also works on a wide range of other firm-wide Knowledge Management initiatives, including internal and external continuing legal education, publications, legal project management and client development initiatives.
Ms. Au is a graduate of McGill University, Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals and CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance) WIT (Women in Technology) Toronto Chapter.
Chad Rogers is a founding partner at Crestview Strategy.
Chad helps companies and industry associations make their case to governments and mobilize coalitions that support jobs, growth and investment. He is a frequent commentator on public affairs in print, radio and television and appears as a member of CBC Power & Politics’ Power Panel.
He previously led the public opinion research practice at a national public affairs firm, served as a Senior Advisor to Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm, worked on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and has volunteered on campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Chad was a Country Director with the Washington based National Democratic Institute (led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright).
Chad has worked with governments and political leaders around the globe, namely in: Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Serbia, Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine. The Hill Times magazine named him of the ‘Top 100 Lobbyists’ in Canada.
Chad is currently a board member and works to fight global malnutrition with Action Against Hunger/ACF Canada, he supports the military and their families through the board of The True Patriot Love Foundation and global transparency through the board of Journalists For Human Rights. He has previously served the boards of the Canadian Club of Toronto, the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, Save The Children and the Kosova Democratic Institute.
Derek Fisher has been involved with JHR since 2011. He served for many years as a Director and President of the Alva Foundation, which endowed the Gordon Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. He continues to participate in the annual selection process for the Fellowship.
Derek is President of Net Directories Inc, a company he founded in 1995 to help not-for-profits with their communication and fundraising needs. Prior to forming NDI he worked at Southam Inc for 12 years in a variety of positions in the Business Communications division and Head Office.
Derek has an Engineering degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Western University.
An avid sailor, Derek has served on the Board, and is a past Commodore, of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. He and his wife Adrienne have three grown children.
Karen is a member of Dokis First Nation (Anishinabek Nation) and a beneficiary of the Robinson-Huron Treaty 1850. She currently serves as the associate chair of the Ontario Parole Board within Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario.
Previously, Karen was director of the Justice Sector at the Chiefs of Ontario, where she coordinated the efforts of First Nations leadership in Ontario to address justice and legal issues. She started her career in restorative justice and later worked in Ontario’s correctional system.
In 2016, Karen co-founded Bold Realities, an organization that aims to promote discourse among Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders on the importance of reconciling the relationship between Indigenous communities and corporate Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa’s common law program (in French), where she was inducted into the Honour Society in 2014 for using her legal education as a foundation for making a significant contribution to her community.
Karen is a fellow with Public Policy Forum and sits on boards for the Banff Forum and Level Justice. She enjoys leisure and commuter cycling, kayaking and spending time at the cottage with friends and family.
As one of Canada’s most experienced communications strategists and a veteran adviser to leaders in corporate Canada, and at all three levels of government, Peter brings more than twenty-five years of experience in communications and government relations.
Using his understanding of both the rapidly changing currents of public opinion and the complex decision-making processes of government, Peter is a senior adviser to H+K’s senior management and to its clients – focusing on strategic communications and public engagement.
Peter has in-depth knowledge to provide counsel to clients facing major transformational challenges when it comes to the economy, the way we now engage audiences and how we live together in society. And he appreciates the importance of developing the right strategy and putting together the best team to achieve measurable results.
Peter is a director of (G)irls 20, CIVIX, and a former director of Pathways to Education Canada, the Toronto Board of Trade and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Peter was most recently special adviser to the Ontario government on intergovernmental affairs and communications. He is the longest-serving prime ministerial director of communications in Canadian history (to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien), served as a senior executive in the private and public sectors, and also represented Canada abroad as a senior diplomat
Theresa Ebden is the Canadian Director of Media Relations at Accenture, which together with its design agency Fjord designed and built JHR’s online learning portal, www.dibaajimo.com. Theresa worked as a journalist with Bloomberg News, The Globe and Mail, BNN and the Toronto Star.
She currently chairs the Industry Advisory Board at the Ryerson School of Journalism, where she graduated with a B.A.A. in Journalism (Print) in 1998. Theresa volunteers with the Girl Guides of Canada and is an avid cross country skier, triathlete and hiker.
Ben Peterson co-founded Journalists for Human Rights in 2002, and served as its Executive Director until 2011. During that period, JHR grew into Canada’s largest international media development organization. Under Ben’s leadership, JHR worked across 15 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and built one of Canada’s strongest student leadership networks. Ben has a BA in Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Ben has received many national and international awards for his work, including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, the Action Canada Fellowship and the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award. Ben is a published author and accomplished public speaker.