Civil Rights Defenders has more than 100 staff members of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Our staff is located at our headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, or at our regional offices or stations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. The staff is made up of human rights professionals, country experts, lawyers, security and technology specialists, as well as other specialists.

If you would like to speak to an expert, contact or the department relevant to your question. For press and media requests, contact or read more here.  

Global Programme

Our regional work is managed and coordinated under our Global Programme, consisting of regional departments for Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, and Latin America. Our work in Sweden is coordinated under our Legal department.

Gabrielle Gunneberg, Global Programme Director

Africa Department

Mesfin Bekele, Director Africa Department  

Asia Department

Rosanna Ocampo, Director Asia Department 

Eurasia Department

Helen Rask, Director Eurasia Department

Europe and MENA Department

Goran Miletic, Director Europe and MENA Department and Deputy Global Programme Director

Latin America Department

Erik Jennische, Director Latin America Department


Maria Granefelt, Communications Director


Karin Ancker, Chief Financial Officer

Fundraising and Partnerships

Anna Magnard, Development Director

John Stauffer, Legal Director and Deputy Executive Director

Security and Innovation

Annica Ekfeldt Renberg, Interim Security and Innovation Director