Mr. Stephen Lewis is the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World (www.aidsfreeworld.org), an international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS.
Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations.
In addition to his work with AIDS-Free World, Mr. Lewis is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law; the Commission’s Report was launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in July 2012.
Mr. Lewis serves as the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada. He is an immediate past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
Stephen Lewis is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honor for lifetime achievement. In 2005, Mr. Lewis was named by TIME magazine as one of the ‘One hundred most influential people in the world’ (he was cited in the category which included The Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela). In 2007, King Letsie III, monarch of the Kingdom of Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa) invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country’s highest honor.
Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time. He holds 35 honorary degrees from Canadian universities as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
Nicole Ball is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. She is also a Senior Security & Justice Adviser at the UK Stabilisation Unit and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (“Clingendael Institute”) in The Hague. Ball has previously held positions at the Overseas Development Council and the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, the Swedish Institute for International Affairs in Stockholm and the University of Sussex in the UK. She has conducted research and provided policy and programming advice on a broad range of issues relating to security and development, including the economics of security; democratic governance of the security sector; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; the international development community's role in assisting countries to recover from violent conflict and reform their security sectors. Her current work is focused on strengthening democratic security sector governance and on assessing the impact of funding mechanisms in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Other activities include taking part in a review of the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy for Eastern DRC for the United Nations and major donors to the ISSS (2010); helping to develop the methodology for and analyze the findings of focus groups on the causes and remedies for insecurity in six cities in DRC for the UK funded Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform program (2010); and supporting the International Network on Conflict and Fragility’s program of work on improving the effectiveness of international support to security and justice reform through several studies, including a country study of security and justice work in Burundi, From Quick Wins to Long-term Profits? Developing better approaches to support security and justice engagements in fragile states: Burundi case study, with Jean Marie Gasana and Willy Nindorera, (2011-12). She is currently part of a team undertaking an evaluation of the European Union’s Africa Peace Facility.
Dr.Suliman Baldo is a widely recognized expert on conflict resolution, emergency relief, development, and human rights in Africa and on international advocacy around these issues. He has worked extensively in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Eritrea, and the Sudan, and travelled widely throughout the rest of the African continent.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, he worked as a lecturer at the University of Khartoum; a Field Director for Oxfam America, covering Sudan and the Horn of Africa; and, later, as the founder and director of Al-Fanar Center for Development Services in Khartoum, Sudan. He also spent seven years at Human Rights Watch as a senior researcher in the Africa division.Most recently, he worked as a senior analyst before becoming the director of the Africa program at the International Crisis Group.
Suliman Baldo holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (1982) and an M.A. in Modern literature (1976), both from the University of Dijon in France. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Khartoum, in the Sudan.
For over two decades, Dr. Taisier Ali has been involved in attempts to end civil wars in Sudan. In 1985, he was assigned by the Sudanese Trade Union Alliance (TUA) to coordinate peace talks with the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). From 1986 until the military coup of 1989 he was seconded from the University of Khartoum to the Sudanese Cabinet as coordinator for the Ministerial Peace Committee.
Following the 1989 military coup in Sudan he was subjected to periods of detention and eventual dismissal from the University by a decree of the Sudanese “Revolution Command Council”. For several years following 1996, he headed the political department of the democratic resistance movement, Sudan Alliance Forces (SAF), which in 2004 merged with the SPLM/A. Subsequently, he helped establish an independent non-governmental institution, the Peacebuilding Centre for the Horn of Africa (PCHA), based in Asmara, Eritrea that engages in capacity building training for grassroots organization from Eastern Sudan, Darfur and Somalia.
Dr. Ali is a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, Canada and has published on the political economy of underdevelopment in Sudan and the processes of domination, resistance, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and crisis of the state in Africa.
Dr.Taisier Ali studied at the Universities of Khartoum and Toronto where he received a doctorate in the Political Economy of Underdevelopment.
Renata Rendón, Director of Policy and Advocacy, is responsible for guiding the Enough Project’s analysis and policy recommendations, developing public policy materials, and implementing comprehensive advocacy strategies.
Prior to joining the Enough Project, Rendón was based in Pakistan and traveled throughout Asia and the Middle East with the International Rescue Committee, or IRC. In her time with IRC, Rendón provided advocacy, policy, and research guidance with a focus on refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Myanmar.
Rendón also worked with Refugees International and Amnesty International USA where she was responsible for U.S. government outreach. During her tenure with Amnesty International USA, she coauthored a report documenting noncompliance of the U.S. government in Colombia with the "Leahy Law." This report resulted in the first-ever internal State Department review of its vetting process on the eligibility of foreign security forces to receive U.S. assistance based on human rights indicators.
She also spearheaded advocacy that resulted in the largest single increase in U.S. government appropriations to the Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs to increase health care and law enforcement respectively for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Robert Padavick, Enough’s Director of Content, is an award-winning Internet and television news producer. Robert joined Enough from Yahoo! News, where he was senior producer of original content and responsible for production of high-profile interviews, in-depth video features, and other multimedia projects.
Robert managed production of Yahoo! News’ first major original project, “Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone,” a pioneering multimedia series covering over 20 conflict zones in a single year. The series won best news website honors from the National Press Club and the Webby Awards.
Robert also covered many of the biggest international news stories of the past decade as a producer for CNN in Hong Kong and Atlanta and NBC News in New York.
Jonathan Hutson, J.D., Director of Communications, is responsible for leading media relations and strategic communications efforts for the Enough Project. In 2010, Jonathan led successful negotiations to launch the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), which blends technology, human rights advocacy, and field research to deter full-scale war between Sudan and South Sudan, and to promote greater accountability for mass atrocities committed there by any party. SSP -- the world's first open-source human rights and human security early warning system -- is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Enough Project and DigitalGlobe.
Prior to joining Enough, Hutson served as Chief Communications Officer at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA. He has held the position of Communications Director at several national NGOs, including Amory Lovins' Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, CO, and Public Justice, a national public interest law firm in Washington, DC. Hutson created and led Dialogues Online: Racial Healing in Your Hometown, a public/private partnership between America Online and the Western Justice Center Foundation. He co-authoredBridging the Racial Divide: Interracial Dialogue in America. He took a Master's in French Language and Literature from Michigan State University and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Lexi Britton is the special assistant to Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast. Prior to joining the Enough Project, Lexi worked as an international arbitration assistant at Hughes, Hubbard and Reed LLP where she conducted in-depth research on internationally focused projects.
In 2011 Lexi was a fellow at the Northwestern University Center for Forced Migration Studies. She also worked as a consultant in Jinja, Uganda to help the Organization for Rural Development create a sustainable community- run microfinance institution.
Lexi graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude from Northwestern University in 2011, where she majored in political science, international studies, and African Studies. Her interests include conflict resolution, women’s issues, and bacon.
Sarah Zingg Wimmer serves as an Enough Project field researcher based in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has extensive research experience focusing on security and peace issues in the region and has worked as an analyst for various conflict-prevention organizations, including the International Crisis Group in Nairobi and the International Peace Information Service in Belgium. She holds a M.S. in International Relations and Security from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Kasper Agger is the Enough Project’s Uganda-based field researcher. His work focuses on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA); on-the-ground research in the remote areas of Uganda, South Sudan, Congo and the Central African Republic that have been most affected by the LRA crisis; and advocacy based research with the aim to identify recommendations and solutions to the LRA conflict.
Prior to joining the Enough Project, Agger spend two years with Northern Uganda Peace Initiative providing input to the Juba peace process. He also worked for the U.N. Environmental Program with implementation of clean energy projects across Africa. Agger has setup several social ventures in Africa, including a grassroots reconciliation initiative in Northern Uganda and a culinary school for Kenyan youths in the Masai Mara National Park.
Agger holds a combined M.A. in Geography and International Development Studies from Roskilde University in Denmark and a B.A in social sciences. He is a passionate chef, writer and video producer, with a portfolio that includes Ugandan pop music videos.