Board of Directors

We have a dedicated board of directors with vast and varied experience from journalism to military operations, human rights advocacy to non-profit management. The board and staff work closely together to create organizational policy and to ensure CIVIC fulfills its mission.


Dr. Akwasi Aidoo is a Senior Fellow at Humanity United, working to deepen HU’s understanding of African philanthropy and strengthen advocacy to African inter-governmental institutions. Before that, he was the founding Executive Director of TrustAfrica, a grant-making foundation dedicated to securing democratic governance and equitable development in Africa. Akwasi has extensive experience in philanthropy in Africa. His previous positions include the head of IDRC’s health and equity program for West and Central Africa, head of the Ford Foundation’s offices in Senegal and Nigeria, and director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa. He currently chairs the Boards of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Africa Regional Board of the Open Society Foundations, and the Fund for Global Human Rights; and previously served as a trustee of several international organizations, including OXFAM America, Resource Alliance, the Crime Prevention Centre of South Africa, AfriMAP, and the Global Network Committee of the Ash Institute at Harvard University. Dr. Aidoo was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1985. He has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. He writes poetry and fiction in his spare time.


Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Patrick Cammaert has served in Cambodia as Sector Commander for UNTAC, in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Assistant Chief of Staff for UNPROFOR, in Ethiopia and Eritrea as a Force Commander for UNMEE, in the Democratic Republic of Congo as General Officer Commanding the Eastern Division for MONUSCO, and at the United Nations as Military Advisor to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Since his retirement from the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps in 2007, Cammaert has advised the senior management of the DPKO, the UN Development Programme, and UN Women on Integrated Training Development, the protection of civilians from the threat of physical violence, and sexual gender-based violence in armed conflict, respectively. Other responsibilities have included carrying out UN fact finding/assessment and evaluation missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Sudan, Haiti, Liberia, Chad, and Sri Lanka. He led the UN Secretary General’s Board of Inquiry for certain incidents in Gaza in 2014. Cammaert is also a regular senior mentor at UN Senior Leadership Courses and at Intensive Orientation Courses for new force commanders. In addition to CIVIC, Cammaert sits on the board of the Mukomeze Foundation, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. In 2015, he was a member of the High Level Advisory Group for the global study on UNSCR 1325.

Cammaert graduated at the Dutch Higher Command and Staff College and the Top Management Course at the Armed Forces War College in The Hague.


Thomas Hammarberg currently chairs the Swedish Commission against anti-Roma sentiment and serves as Honorary Chairperson of Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international NGO that advocates for the rights of children and adults with intellectual disabilities or psycho-social disabilities. He has previously served both as an EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in the Republic of Georgia and as UN Senior Expert on Human Rights in Transnistria. Prior to that, he held the post of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg from April 2006 through March 2012 and served as Secretary General of the Olof Palme International Center (2002-2005). He is the former Ambassador of the Swedish Government on Humanitarian Affairs (1994-2002); Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden (1986-1992); and Secretary General of Amnesty International (1980-86). In 1977, Amb. Hammarberg accepted the Nobel Peace Price on behalf of Amnesty International.

Amb. Hammarberg has also served as Regional Adviser for Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2001-2003), and acted as the Swedish Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for the UN Special Session on Children. Under Kofi Annan, the ambassador represented the UN Secretary-General for human rights in Cambodia. He also has worked with the Refugee Working Group of the multilateral Middle East Peace Process.


Joost Hiltermann is Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group, the Brussels-based independent non-governmental organization dedicated to preventing deadly conflict. In this capacity, he leads the organization’s research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy in and about the region.

He is also a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Center for International Studies. An Arabic speaker, he has been working in and on the Middle East for more than three decades. Previously, he was Crisis Group’s Chief Operating Officer (2013-2014). Prior to that, he was the organization’s Deputy Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa (2007-2012) and Project Director for the Middle East (2002-2007), helping to manage a team of analysts deployed in the region. During this time, his research was focused primarily on Iraq, but he also worked on Yemen, Bahrain, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Before that he was Executive Director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (1994-2002) and, respectively, database coordinator and research coordinator of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq in Ramallah (1985-1990). He has provided analysis to, inter alia, the BBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times and The Financial Times, and has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Report, and others. He is the author of A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja (Cambridge, 2007), and Behind the Intifada: Labor and Women’s Movements in the Occupied Territories (Princeton, 1991).

He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Thomas McCarthy is a partner in the international trade practice at Akin Gump. Thomas McCarthy has an extensive background in counseling clients on international trade practice. He has helped clients in various industries successfully develop and implement compliance programs, conduct internal reviews, audits, and investigations, negotiate settlements, litigate trade-related cases before the US Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, draft license applications, ruling requests, and complete Focused Assessments.

Currently, Mr. McCarthy is involved in the International Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar and the sits as a board of directors for Citizen Effect, a nonprofit organization dedicated to microinfrastructure projects in India and Africa.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. McCarthy served as a summer clerk for the Honorable Clarence Newcomer of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. Thomas earned his Bachelors degree at the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctorate degree from University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to entering law school, Thomas spent four years as a US naval officer.


Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served for 12 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). Since 2012, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po.

Neier is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and has published in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Foreign Policy. For a dozen years, he wrote a column on human rights for The Nation. He has contributed more than 200 op-ed articles in newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune. The author of seven books, including his most recent, The International Human Rights Movement: A History (2012), Neier has also contributed chapters to more than 20 books.

He has lectured at many leading universities in the United States and worldwide. He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and numerous awards from such organizations as the American Bar Association, the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Griff Norquist, Managing Director, is the Project Engagement Oversight Manager for BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group within BlackRock Solutions, responsible for the oversight of engagements in the United States.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Mr. Norquist was a Senior Vice President at Moelis & Company, where he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group. He has advised on a wide range of Mergers & Acquisitions across the financial industry, including Insurance, Market Structure, Specialty Finance and Financial Technology. Prior to joining Moelis in 2010, Mr. Norquist was an investment banker at Macquarie Capital and J.P. Morgan. While at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Norquist was involved in several of the major transactions in the sector during the global financial crisis. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2007, Mr. Norquist began his business career at MassMutual, where he was a Director in the Corporate Development department, executing acquisitions and divestitures and other key strategic initiatives. Mr. Norquist served as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army, both stateside and in the Republic of Korea. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2004, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Mr. Norquist earned a BS degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 2003.


Susan Osnos was on the staff of Human Rights Watch for sixteen years, first as Communications Director and later as Associate Director.  She now works as a consultant to domestic and international rights organizations and some of the foundations that support their work.  As a consultant, she has done executive searches, assisted mission-driven organizations in designing communications strategies and organizational structures, worked on strategic plans and done evaluations of boards of directors.  In addition to serving on the advisory committee of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, she is on the board of the Barth Syndrome Foundation and Words Without Borders.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


David Quigley is a Director in McKinsey & Company’s New York office. David leads McKinsey’s Healthcare Practice in the North East. He leads McKinsey’s Global BioPharma Commercial Practice. Over the last 14 years with McKinsey he has worked extensively with Pharmaceutical and Biotech Manufacturers and with Healthcare Private Equity investors. David’s client service areas include Corporate Strategy, Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint ventures, Go-To-Market Strategy and Organization.

Prior to joining McKinsey’s New York office in 1998, David held a variety of management positions in the energy industry. David holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, cum laude, an MSc. from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland and a BA, Honors, from University College Dublin, Ireland.


Elizabeth Seuling is a managing director at Human Rights Watch in the Development and Outreach Department. She oversees international teams responsible for research, strategy, leadership-level giving, and partnerships with foundations and trusts across ten countries. In addition to CIVIC, she is proud to serve on the board of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2004, Elizabeth worked in Serbia advising members of parliament on security-sector reform, and in India directing a service-learning program for American students. She previously had a career in visual art in San Francisco and New York. Elizabeth earned a BA in art history from Wesleyan University and a certificate in international affairs from New York University. She speaks Hindi, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and French.


Anil Soni has spent the last decade building and scaling two leading organizations in global health. He left McKinsey & Company in 2002 to serve as chief of staff to the first Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing its operational model, recruiting its talent and raising its first $5B. After founding the Fund’s “Friends of the Global Fight” satellite in Washington, Anil joined the William J. Clinton Foundation in 2005, where he led a string of deals with pharmaceutical companies to lower the prices of AIDS drugs. He expanded the scope of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with a $500M five-year deal with UNITAID to expand pediatric AIDS treatment; that program dropped drug and diagnostic prices by 90% and has treated 350,000 children to date. Anil was appointed CEO of CHAI in 2008. Under his tenure, he helped the organization manage its growth – to more than 500 staff and $200M in annual spending; establish itself as an independent nonprofit; and strengthen its donor and external relations. Anil decided to leave CHAI to move back into the private sector. During his transition, Anil served as senior advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and to the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free (BLC). In 2013, Anil joined Mylan, one of the world’s largest generic and specialty pharmaceutical manufacturers, where he serves as the global commercial leader for its work in HIV/AIDS and infectious disease.