The third plenary of the 2008 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference focuses on human rights and included these panelists: Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch; Klaus Leisinger, President and CEO of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development; Paul van Zyl, Executive Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice; Sidney Harman, Chairman of Harman International and Founder of the Harman Family Foundation and was moderated by Kerry Kennedy, Chair of the Board of Speak Truth to Power.
Sidney Harman is executive chairman of Harman International Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio, video, and navigation products for automotive, consumer, and professional markets. From 1970 to 1973, he was president of Friends World College, a worldwide experimental Quaker college.
Harman founded the Program on Technology, Public Policy, and Human Development at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He has written extensively on productivity, quality of working life, and economic policy. He is the co-author (with Daniel Yankelovich) of Starting with the People and the author of Mind Your Own Business. He also serves as a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Activist Kerry Kennedy is an advocate for the protection and promotion of fair and equal justice, the defense of basic human rights, and the rule of law worldwide.
The author of Speak Truth to Power, which features interviews with international human rights activists, Kennedy has led over 40 human rights delegations to over 30 countries, all with the goal of preserving the rule of law and human dignity. Currently, she is chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, and is a judge for the Reebok Human Rights Award.
Klaus Leisinger is President and CEO of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development.
Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, a post he has held since 1993. Human Rights Watch investigates, reports on, and seeks to curb human rights abuses in some 70 countries.
From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Roth served as deputy director of the organization. Previously, he was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. He also worked in private practice as a litigator.
Paul van Zyl
Paul van Zyl is a co-founder and the Executive Vice-President of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an organization which assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse.
The ICTJ was founded in 2001 in response to a growing recognition that facing legacies of past abuse and injustice is crucial to promoting human rights around the world. By helping to address past crimes, transitional justice can help to break vicious cycles of violence and reduce the likelihood of future conflict.