Our People

Mia Hasenson-Gross

Director

Mia joined  René Cassin in 2015. Before that, she worked for Amnesty International as International Projects Advisor where she acquired in-depth knowledge of international human rights work and experience in human rights education, campaigning and organisational development. Prior to joining the staff of Amnesty she was Managing Director of the Hanan Aynor Foundation for Ethiopian Immigrant Students in Jerusalem and was Chairperson of Amnesty International’s Israel Section.

Mia is now a fellow of the Dangoor Senior Leadership Programme and is a graduate fellow of the Minerva Centre for Human Rights at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Mia Hasenson-Gross

Mia Hasenson-Gross

Director

Daniel Silverstone

Chair

Danny comes to the role with significant non-executive and executive experience, including roles on BIG Lottery Fund’s England Committee, the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 and Social Enterprise London.  

Danny was Chief Executive at Interights, an international human rights charity and the Commission for Racial Equality, the UK's statutory agency for enhancing and enforcing equal rights for minority communities.

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Daniel Silverstone

Daniel Silverstone

Chair

Jacob Coy

Treasurer
info@renecassin.org

Jacob joined René Cassin as its Treasurer in 2014.

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Jacob Coy

Jacob Coy

Treasurer

Simone Abel

Trustee

Simone was René Cassin's Director from 2010 to 2013, leading the organisation through a period of positive transition and growth. She came to René Cassin from the New York office of a human rights non-profit organisation, where she conducted research, drafted policies, wrote reports, prepared training sessions and provided advice on international law, human rights and corporate governance issues.

Before switching her focus to human rights, Simone was an attorney at leading law firms Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, New York, and Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney. She also worked as a journalist for the Australian Jewish News and as student editor for the Australian Journal of Human Rights.

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Simone Abel

Simone Abel

Trustee

Laura Forster

Trustee

Laura is a solicitor at the Home Office, where she advises on immigration law. She has had a diverse legal career, previously working on sports and heritage issues at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and, as a financing lawyer, at Slaughter and May. She joined René Cassin in 2007.

Laura has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and professional qualifications from the College of Law, London.

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Laura Forster

Laura Forster

Trustee

Caren Gestetner

Trustee

Caren is a solicitor, most recently practising at Mishcon de Reya where she was ‘Knowledge Partner’ – developing and implementing a strategy for improving and managing the firm's knowledge assets. She left Mishcon in 2009 and is now a trustee of the Human Dignity Trust (an NGO challenging the legality of laws that criminalise homosexuality, wherever in the world those laws exist). She has also sat on the board of Space Studio, an organisation providing affordable studio space to artists.

René Cassin appeals to Caren as an organisation seeking to use Jewish experiences to benefit others who may lack an audible voice in our society or legal system. Caren's particular areas of interest are slavery and human trafficking and asylum and immigration.

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Caren Gestetner

Caren Gestetner

Trustee

Alexander Goldberg

Trustee

Alexander Goldberg is the Chief Executive of the London Jewish Forum. Alex also works as a consultant to an international humanitarian organisation in Paris. He was called to the Bar in 2001 and was formerly the Community Issues Director at the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Senior Policy Officer on Race Relations at the CRE.

He has an interest in interfaith and human rights issues. He addressed the inaugural session of the UN Human Rights Commission in 2006 as the chair of the CCJO - René Cassin group and is a national advisor to the Three Faiths Forum and the Center for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism. In 2010 he was elected the co-chair of the Faith Forum for London.

He served on two Ministerial steering groups at the Department for Schools and Families.
He is the elected co-chair of the Faith Forum for London and the Football Association’s Ambassador for Social Inclusion and represented the Jewish Committee for the London Games on the London 2012 Faith Reference Group.

In the last few years Alexander has become a regular contributor to television, radio, online and print media.

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Alexander Goldberg

Alexander Goldberg

Trustee

Maya Jaffe

Trustee

Maya works in international development with Crown Agents on public sector supply chain management, particularly in the health sector. She has previously worked with the World Health Organisation and the US Agency for International Development. Her expertise includes policy analysis, financial/project management and marketing.

Maya has a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Government and International Relations from Cornell University.

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Maya Jaffe

Maya Jaffe

Trustee

Amanda Lewis

Trustee

Amanda has wide experience as a commercial lawyer. She is also a non-executive director of the Ben Uri Museum in London.

She has a firm understanding of charity and corporate governance issues, and has a commitment to continuous self-development and development of others. She has written four books for Boards on outsourcing, focusing on best practice and innovation.

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Amanda Lewis

Amanda Lewis

Trustee

Judy Peritz

Trustee
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Judy Peritz

Judy Peritz

Trustee

Victoria Prais

Trustee

Vicki is an international human rights lawyer. She works in the Department of Execution at the Council of Europe, where she is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of states' implementation of European Court of Human Rights judgments. Vicki previously worked at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, the UK Government's largest legal department, where she specialised in terrorism and national security cases. She also has extensive experience in immigration and asylum law, having worked at the Immigration Advisory Service.

Vicki has been on mission to the Russian Federation and Armenia to train the judiciary on European human rights law. She also lectures at the School of Social Science at Middlesex University where she gives an annual workshop on terrorism, national security and human rights.

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Victoria Prais

Victoria Prais

Trustee

Sam Grant

Campaigns and Programmes Manager
sam.grant@renecassin.org

Sam Grant joined the René Cassin team in June 2014 after three years working for Liberal Judaism. Sam has an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and wrote his dissertation on how school curriculum changes devalue human rights in the UK.

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Sam Grant

Sam Grant

Campaigns and Programmes Manager

Sam Watson

Development Manager
sam.watson@renecassin.org

Sam Watson joined René Cassin in July 2014, from JUSTICE where he was Director of Promotion & Production. He was previously Head of Marketing at Legal Action Group, Administrator at Doughty Street  Chambers and Membership & IT Systems Manager at Liberty (National Council for Civil Liberties).

Sam works part-time and is usually in the René Cassin office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Sam Watson

Sam Watson

Development Manager

 

 

 

 

 


 René Cassin’s Advisory Council

Sylvie Bacquet ♦ Rabbi Tony Bayfield ♦ Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer ♦ Professor Geraldine van Bueren ♦ Caroline Cassin ♦ Professor Margaret Greenfields ♦ Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner ♦ Dr Keith Kahn-Harris ♦ Professor Francesca Klug OBE ♦ Sir Gavin Lightman ♦ Dr Noam Lubell ♦ Dr Kishan Manocha ♦ Rabbi David Mason ♦ Rabbi Danny Rich ♦ Rabbi David Rosen CBE ♦ Professor William Schabas ♦ Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon ♦ Yael Weisz-Rind ♦ Professor Jay Winter ♦ Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg ♦ Dr Reuven Ziegler Esq