Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and activist who received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2003 for her efforts to promote democracy and human rights. She was the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to receive the award. After the Islamic republic established power in Iran in 1979, she personally struggled for her own civil rights. She has written several books on the subject of human rights.
Peter Eichstaedt is a veteran journalist and author whose work on issues pertaining to human rights has taken him all over the globe. As Africa editor for the Institute of War and Peace in Reporting in The Hague, he traveled extensively in Africa to cover war crimes and trials. He won the 2010 Colorado Book Award for history for his book First Kill Your Family and is also the author of If You Poison Us and Pirate State. His writing has appeared the Denver Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei was the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization that is part of the United Nations system, from 1997 to 2009.
From 1984, Dr. ElBaradei was a senior staff member of the IAEA Secretariat, holding a number of high-level policy positions, including that of the Agency´s Legal Adviser and subsequently the Assistant Director General for External Relations.
Dr. ElBaradei was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1942, son of the late Mostafa ElBaradei, a lawyer and former President of the Egyptian Bar Association. He gained a Bachelor´s degree in Law in 1962 at the University of Cairo, and a Doctorate in International Law at the New York University School of Law in 1974.
Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in media across the world, including The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and she has appeared as a guest analyst in several media outlets. She was a columnist for the Toronto Star, Jerusalem Report and Politiken until 2011 since when her columns have appeared in the Guardian. Newsweek magazine named Ms. Eltahawy one of its "150 Fearless Women of 2012," Time magazine featured her along with other activists from around the world as its People of the Year, and Arabian Business magazine named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.
David Ensor is the Director of the Voice of America and was previously Director for Communications and Public Diplomacy of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Over 30 years, Ensor was a reporter in Washington, D.C. for National Public Radio; ABC News’ White House correspondent; and CNN national security correspondent.