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R. Arsenault | M. Kabalina | S. Kalamytsau | K. Kerina | O. Obasi | L. Stahr | A. Korotaev | M. Downey | R. Shah | D. Tam-Baryoh

Robert Arsenault

Robert Arsenault has been an active member of the League's Governing Council since 1998, serving as a vice president and co-chair of the League's development committee. A co-founder in 1992 of Philadelphia-based communications firm Overseas Strategic Consulting Ltd., he has managed programs throughout the former Soviet Union, the Balkan countries, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for clients including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United States Agency for International Development.

Mr. Arsenault has been involved in human rights since 1982, when he served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas on issues related to Andrei Sakharov and his family. He was also Director of Congressional Relations for the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. He currently serves on the board of the Transatlantic Policy Commission of the Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute, the board of the Community of Bosnia, and is a member of the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations.


Maria Kabalina
(Program Specialist, Europe and Eurasia)
Ms. Kabalina was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she received Master’s Degree in Sociology from Moscow State University in 1999. Maria Kabalina is currently working as Program Specialist, Europe and Eurasia. Ms. Kabalina joined the League in January 2005. Her principle responsibilities at the League include compiling the Belarus Update weekly news bulletin and monitoring, documenting and investigating human rights developments in the CIS, and to publicize human rights violations to promote international policy responses to such abuses through writing and advocacy efforts. Ms. Kabalina has previous experience working in other non-profit and public relations organizations. Ms. Kabalina speaks fluent Russian and English.


Sergei Kalamytsau
(Central Asia Program Researcher)

Sergei (Siarhei) Kalamytsau joined the League as a Central Asia Program Researcher in June 2005. He assists the CIS Program Manager with monitoring of human rights violations, advocating on behalf of independent journalists and human rights defenders in Central Asia, and organizing of League's events both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Kalamytsau was born in Russia, but grew up in Belarus, where he studied international relations at Belarus State University in Minsk and worked as Alumni Program Associate at the American Councils for Education and Research. In 2004 he received Bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University, Fresno. Mr. Kalamytsau speaks fluent Russian, Belarusian, English, Italian and proficient German, Polish, and Ukrainian.


Kakuna Kerina
(Senior Program Director/ Senior Advisor for Africa)

Kakuna Kerina is the Senior Advisor for Africa and the Senior Program Director at the International League for Human Rights. Previously, as Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), she established the regional office of the Soros Foundation in Dakar , Senegal and launched its operations in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nations, plus Chad and Mauritania . The Foundation disbursed US$10 million in grants annually to civil society institutions, non-governmental organizations and government agencies working nationally and regionally in the areas of human rights, democracy and governance, media, information communication technologies (ICTs), legal reform and transitional justice, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to OSIWA, Ms. Kerina, as Director of the Africa Program established the League's Africa initiatives and developed and implemented projects promoting the defense of human rights and strengthening West African civil society institutions. She has also worked as Africa Program Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and directed projects for the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) HIV and Development division.

  Onyeka Obasi
(Africa Program Researcher)

Onyeka Obasi received her masters in Public Health with a concentration in International Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2005 and a degree in Zoology with a concentration in Human Parasitology from University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1998. Onyeka worked as a program officer at the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in Lagos Nigeria where she assisted in developing resource/training materials and co-facilitated a Strategic Thinking Seminar on Legislative Advocacy for female legislators and civil society leaders. She also designed a project on Grassroots Mobilization for Effective Participation of Women in Politics. Onyeka was involved in a gender-focused review of the 1999 Nigerian constitution by the NGO Coalition and participated in dialogues on the amendment of the 2000 electoral act in Nigeria . She has interned with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Division for the Advancement of Women. Her publications include Zero Tolerance - Nigerian Men Against Domestic Violence.
Alexey Korotaev  
Alexey Korotaev
(Geneva Representative)

Alexey Korotaev has been the League's Permanent Geneva Representative since January 1999. He coordinates League's activities at United Nations Geneva-based treaty-monitoring bodies, Human Rights Commission, and helps organize League-sponsored conferences in CIS countries. From January to December 1998, Mr. Korotaev headed the Civil Society Program in the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation), Moscow, Russia. From 1992 to 1997, he was founder and general director of "Compassion" Humanitarian and Charitable Center in Moscow. In addition, Mr. Korotaev worked in the past as a legislative advisor for the Russian State Duma and is currently a regular consultant to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Caucasus and Central Asia. He did graduate work in economics at the USSR Academy of Sciences and holds a master's degree in physics from Kharkov State University, Ukraine.

Mindy Downey
(Administrative Officer)

Mindy Downey began working with the League in May 2002 as a consultant and has since become full-time Administrative Officer. Her work includes maintaining financial records, grant management and office files, as well as correspondence and clerical work. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and holds Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and International Studies.

David Tam-Baryoh   David Tam-Baryoh
(Executive Director, Center for Media, Education and Technology)

David Tam-Baryoh is Executive Director of the Center for Media, Education & Technology (CMET), the Freetown, Sierra Leone-based League affiliate. He is the former secretary-general of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, and publisher of Punch newspaper. Tam-Baryoh has worked as research and publications officer of the Ghana-based Media Foundation for West Africa, and served as the managing editor of the foundation's magazine, Zongo-Giwa. He also reports for the World Press Review. Tam-Baryoh studied social and political philosophy in Nigeria and read journalism at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Accra in 1993. He is a member of several international press organizations, including the International Press Institute, Commonwealth Press Union, World Association of Newspapers, and UCIP.

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