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Artyom Geghamyan is an associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. His research focuses on transitional justice issues in Eastern Europe and former soviet socialist republics. As an Edward S. Mason Fellow, he recently received his Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he focused on leadership development, public policy and international human rights. Artyom holds a JD and Master of Laws from Yerevan State University School of Law, and a PhD in European Union Law and Integration from Public Administration Academy. He holds an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Indiana University School of Law. He has written scholarly articles on the issues of EU law and human rights, taught courses on the European Convention on Human Rights and the practice of the European Court of Human Rights at Yerevan State University. He managed the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Justice’s department responsible for representing the government before the European Court of Human Rights and implementing its judgments into the domestic legal system. Prior to coming to Harvard, Artyom served as a legal officer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, working on the implementation of European Court of Human Rights judgments in several countries, including Armenia, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia and Malta. He is a fellow of the UK Ministry of Justice and John Smith Trust program on good governance, social justice and the rule of law, which is designed for the next generation leaders. He was awarded the US Department of State Edmund E. Muskie Fellowship and the Public Service Fellowship in 2009.


Lise King Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC. He is also founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide. Previously, Jared was a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, the global strategy consulting firm. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars." Jared has taught classes about the UN Security Council as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center as well as the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania law schools. He was a 2006-2007 Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. His pro bono clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was an Alumni Public Service Fellow, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. He also was a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jared is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2015). He is also co-editor of The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The UN Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Luka Biong Deng Kuol Lisa Shannon, is an author and founder of Run for Congo Women, which is a volunteer effort to raise funds and awareness for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She previously owned a photography production company in Portland, Oregon, where she served as art director and producer. By Fall 2010, Run for Congo Women had sponsored more than 1400 war-affected Congolese women through Women for Women International and over $12,000,000 had been raised for the program through Shannon's media appearances and Run for Congo Women events. Shannon's book, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman covers her journeys into eastern Congo in January–February 2007 and May 2008. In Fall 2010, Shannon founded A Thousand Sisters in order to empower everyday women and men to become leaders in the movement to end violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and mass atrocities around the world. In July 2011, she founded Sister Somalia, the first rape hotline and support program for survivors of gender based violence in Mogadishu, in partnership with Fartun Adan and the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre and Prism Partnerships. In July 2012, Shannon entered the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program as a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership. She is curently continuing her work to end violence against women as a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Stephen Frost

Cheryl Thomas Cheryl Thomas is an attorney who works internationally to promote women's human rights. She has provided technical assistance to the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Council of Europe, the United States Department of State and other institutions on legal reform on violence against women. She is the former Director of the Women's Human Rights Program at the Advocates for Human Rights. Since 1994, Ms. Thomas has traveled throughout Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries and Morocco to work with local groups and individuals to promote women's human rights. She has published numerous articles and reports on violence against women as a human rights abuse. In 2008, she was selected to be one of 15 experts from around the world to participate in a United Nations Expert Group Meeting on good practices in legislation on violence against women. Ms. Thomas was named one of 150 “Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek in 2011 for her work with local partners around the world writing laws that better protect women and girls. After receiving her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983, Ms. Thomas practiced law at the Minnesota Attorney General's office and was a partner at the law firm, Briggs and Morgan. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School where she taught Women’s International Human Rights from 1996 – 2002. From 1999 to 2001 she served as Executive Director of WATCH, a court monitoring organization focused on cases of violence against women and children.


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Stephen Frost

Stephen Frost is a globally-recognized inclusion and leadership expert and Principal of Frost Included, an inclusive leadership and consulting practice. From 2007-2012 he served as Chief of Staff and Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.

From 2004-2007, Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall, after starting his career in advertising. He has worked in consultancy and communications worldwide.

He was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford, a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, recipient of the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and voted one of the top 100 influential LGBT people in the UK. Since 2001 he has been a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.

He teaches at Harvard University, USA, Sciences Po, France and in organisations worldwide. He advises the International Paralympic Committee, Novartis, BP and the Governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore on inclusive leadership and diversity best practice and is author of The Inclusion Imperative.

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Lise King Lise Balk King was a fellow at the Carr Center where she worked on its Indigenous Rights Project. Ms. King recently received her Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School where she focused on leadership development and social entrepreneurship. She has over twenty years' experience in media and communications, specializing in their applications as tools for political advocacy, education and social change. Her work has spanned the roles of producer, publisher, advocate, consultant, event organizer, writer, editor, filmmaker and photographer.

Ms. King’s work first focused on using major media and corporate engagement for mainstream advocacy and education, focusing on environmental issues and social justice. After completing work on MTV's first major documentary project, DECADE, which won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, she initiated and co-produced a short series of environmental action pieces for MTV News.

Other clients included IBM, the Sociodade Culturale Arte Brasil for NHK Japan, Warner Brothers/ABC TV, ECO (the Earth Communications Office), Friends of Animals International (with NBC), and Body Glove surf gear for a national theatrically-released Earth Day campaign.

Lise relocated to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1992, where her focus shifted to indigenous human and civil rights, political and social advocacy, community education and economic development. She transitioned into independent media and grass roots education. She co-founded Native Voice Media, The Native Voice, an independent national Native American newspaper, and The Native Voice Film Festival. The Native Voice is best known nationally for its Get Out The Native Vote work, and was credited by Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) as being instrumental in his successful re-election campaign in 2002. In 2004, The Native Voice created the first national GOTV product specifically created for Native American voters. The Native Voice worked to engage Native voters in policy debates, helped recruit Indians to run for public office, and developed special editions for mass distribution at the 2004 and 2008 elections. Ms. King also served intermittently as traveling press on the Obama presidential campaign.

Ms. King has two children, ages 10 and 18, who are enrolled members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. As a non-native with decades of experience living and working in Indian Country, Ms. King has become known as a “bridge-builder,” providing leadership in cross-cultural communication and advocacy.

Ms. King has worked on projects for a number of non-profit organizations, tribes, governments and businesses, including the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, South Dakota Alliance for the Mentally Ill's Native American Advocacy Project, Houghton Mifflin Publishing, the Grameen Foundation, the National Indian Gaming Association, the Bureau of Indian Education, the South Dakota Governor’s Office, SD Public Television, and the National Congress of American Indians.

Luka Biong Deng Kuol Luka Biong Deng Kuol, was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy throughout the 2012-13 academic year. Luka’s research focuses on the challenges of nation and state building of the new state of South Sudan in the context of transitional justice. South Sudan as the newest state is litmus test of how to make use of the wealth of knowledge and experiences in building a viable state that is founded on solid values of social trust and democratic governance.

He served as the Co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) that provides political and administrative oversight of Abyei area, a contested oil-rich area between South Sudan and Sudan, on behalf of President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan. He is the Executive Director of Kush Inc., a non-profit organization that supports building bridges between the international community and local African initiatives. He served as national minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Government of Sudan and as a minister of Presidential Affairs in the Office of the President of the Government of Southern Sudan. He also worked as a Senior Economist for the World Bank in South Sudan.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex in UK. He also earned a Master of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is a recognized expert on the affairs of South Sudan and Sudan, conflicts and civil wars, poverty, diversity and constitution making, vulnerability, famine, civil wars, and state building.

He has written scholarly articles published in international journals such as the Journal of Eastern African Studies, the Journal of African Affairs, the Journal of Disasters, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Bulletin, the Oxford Journal of Forced Migration, and the Journal of Civil Wars. He contributed with chapters in various books such as New Sudan in Making, Frontiers of Unity and New Famines. He writes regular opinion to the New Nation Newspaper, Sudan Tribune and Al-Masiir Arabic Newspaper in South Sudan. 

Sharmila Murphy Sharmila L. Murthy was a joint Fellow in the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Sustainability Science Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Her research focuses on the intersection of human rights, poverty, and the environment. She has written on the relationship between land security and the challenges of realizing the human right to water and sanitation in the slums of Mumbai, India; on the history and meaning of the human right to water and sanitation and its relationship to the controversy over privatization; on the human right to water in the Negev in Israel; on Iraq’s constitutional mandate to ensure the just distribution of water; and more broadly on water governance in the Middle East. She also serves as the Lead Investigator for the Water Sector in an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral research project on “Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development.” Her faculty hosts are Professors Mathias Risse and William Clark.

Sharmila received her JD from Harvard Law School, her Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was a Fulbright Scholar in India and the recipient of the New Advocate of the Year award by the Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services. Previously, Sharmila practiced law with a focus on economic, social and cultural rights, first as a Skadden Fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, and then as an associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, LLP. She also worked for an environmental consulting firm and in India on public health and microfinance projects. She has served in leadership roles with numerous civic and non-profit organizations, including the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. She is a former Fellow of the Impact Center's Women's Leadership Program. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Constitution Society Boston Lawyer Chapter, and is a member of the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network, which is a joint project of the Atlantic Council and the Ecologic Institute.

Michael Semple Michael Semple, a former Carr Center Fellow, works on reconciliation in Afghanistan and the Taliban Movement. He combines academic research with participation in the public debate and track two diplomacy. Michael is a leading expert on the Taliban, the Pashtun tribes and Afghan politics. He has worked in Afghanistan since 1989, most recently as Deputy to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan, and has interacted with leading figures in the succession of Afghan regimes, and the different armed movements which have campaigned against them. He is recognized internationally as a key proponent of political approaches to dealing with the conflict in Afghanistan, including “talking to the Taliban”. His experience as development worker, political officer and conflict negotiator give him an unparalleled network into most elements of Afghan and Pakistani society. Michael's understanding of Afghan political history and current Afghan political strategies, combined with an international community insiders perspective and access to politicians on all sides of the debate give him a unique ability to advise on the development of a realistic political strategy for a more stable and prosperous Afghan future.

Michael Semple was a recipient of the Anna Lindh Research Fellowship
generously sponsored by
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation


Felisa Tibbitts Felisa Tibbitts was a Carr Center Fellow and ran its Human Rights in Education Program. Felisa is the Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) which she directed from 1999-2010. She is also Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace. Her professional career has been devoted to supporting educational activities that promote a culture of human rights and prevent human rights abuses. Since 1992, she has worked with numerous government and international agencies in developing curriculum and policies that support the integration of human rights into teaching and training. These organizations include the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP, OSCE, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and numerous non-governmental organizations, such as Amnesty International. She has engaged in adult trainings in over 20 countries and has published articles, book chapters, and manuals addressing such topics as HRE in schools and the empowerment model of HRE. She received her A.B. from Harvard College, her M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government, her Ed.M./Certificate of Advanced Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her D.Phil from the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Germany).

Leonardo Vivas Leonardo Vivas, was a Fellow at the Carr Center from 2011 to 2013. He also created the Center's Latin America Program, a  program he continues to direct as an associate. He is a sociologist from Central University in Venezuela, with an M.Phil from University of Sussex, UK, and a Ph.D from Nanterre Université in Paris. He currently teaches Latin American Politics at UMass-Lowell. He founded and for several years has led Latin Roots, an organization devoted to Latino Culture and Education in Massachusetts. Leonardo has been a fellow and associate researcher at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. At Tufts University he taught a course about the Chavez Era in Venezuela. In Venezuela he was Director of Industry in the Development Ministry and founder of several nonprofit organizations.

Professor Vivas has published two books about Venezuela's political crises and co-edited another about grass roots management. He writes for the media both in the Boston area and in Venezuela.
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MarkWilliams Mark Williams was a Carr Center Fellow with the Human Right to Water and Sanitation program. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Hastings in 1990. He has practiced law for nearly twenty years internationally and in the United States.

Over the past few years, Mark focused his research and travel on understanding solutions for improving global access to clean drinking water and sanitation. He co-authored an article with Professor Barbara Cosens of the University of Idaho College of Law that is entitled Resilience and Water Governance: Adaptive Governance in the Columbia River Basin, submitted for publication in the Ecology and Society Journal. He traveled to Ecuador to study the “rights of nature” and “right to water” constitutional amendments, and to Haiti to learn about small-scale water projects. Mark also attended numerous conferences, including “Implementing the Human Right to Water in the West,” held at Willamette College of Law in 2010, the 2011 California Water Law Symposium, and the 2011 American Bar Association Annual Water Law Conference. These experiences inspired a passion for the emerging human rights to water and sanitation and led him to join the Carr Center in 2011 as a Fellow in the Human Right to Water Program.