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

Thomas Coombes

Trustee

Thomas is a communications expert. He is currently Head of Brand and Deputy Communications Director at Amnesty International, managing branding for the world’s biggest NGO across more than 70 countries. He also has experience in the public sector, as Press Officer and Speechwriter at the European Commission and in the private sector, with a global PR firm.

Thomas has a BA in Economics and History and an MA in Human Rights Law.

On becoming a René Cassin Trustee, he says:
“As a third-generation survivor, I have dedicated my career to honouring the legacy of my family by defending the human rights of all people. I hope to contribute in my small way to making sure what happened to them never happens again. I therefore feel a close affinity to the mission of René Cassin (the organisation, as well as the person!)”.

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Thomas Coombes

Thomas Coombes

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

Victoria Prais

Trustee

Vicki Prais is a British qualified human rights lawyer with over 20 years' experience in the human rights field. She has worked with the United Nations, Council of Europe, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the British Government and non-governmental organisations in a variety of positions in the field and at Headquarters.

Most recently, she was a Human Rights Advisor to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office/Prisoners Abroad where she advised officials on human rights issues affecting British nationals detained overseas.

She will be taking up a position as Policy & Programme Manager at Penal Reform International in October 2018 (maternity cover). Vicki was an O'Brien Fellow in Residence at the Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism, McGill University, Montreal from February to June 2018.

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Victoria Prais

Victoria Prais

Trustee

Hannah Swirsky

Campaigns Officer

Hannah joined the René Cassin team as Campaigns Officer at the end of March 2018. She previously interned with us in late 2016. In the intervening 14 months she was Parliamentary Researcher for Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield.
Hannah is currently studying for a Masters in Human Rights at the London School of Economics, having graduated from Bristol University with First Class Honours in Politics and International Relations.

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Hannah Swirsky

Hannah Swirsky

Campaigns Officer

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 ♦ Daniel Kingsley ♦ 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