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

Jeff Highfield

Treasurer

Jeff is a financial executive and company secretary, and worked for over thirty years in the occupational pensions industry.  He retired from his position in the Finance and Accounting team at the Pension Protection Fund in 2018.

Jeff has long been active in his local community, as treasurer, council member and co-chair of Mosaic Jewish Community in Harrow.

On his appointment as René Cassin trustee and treasurer, Jeff said:

“René Cassin is a unique organisation that carries out a vital mission, exactly at the point where two of my passions intersect, my Jewish life and the pursuit of human rights. I hope I can use my financial and governance experience to support the organisation in the next stage of its development, at a time when the need for a Jewish perspective on human rights issues has never been greater.”

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Jeff Highfield

Jeff Highfield

Treasurer

Justin Abbott Chalew

Trustee

Justin is a technology leader who has co-founded and worked at several start ups, helping them to achieve and manage growth at scale. He has also worked at a number of large corporates, starting and managing new programmes and delivering digital transformation at pace.

He has experience both as a Non Executive and as a Chief Technology Officer in businesses in the United States and the UK, and has taken a lead in mentoring and enabling women and youth in tech.

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Justin Abbott Chalew

Justin Abbott Chalew

Trustee

Lauren Keiles

Trustee

Lauren recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in International Relations. She is now the Community Engagement Officer at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Her portfolio involves engaging with different parts of the Jewish community in the UK to provide support, mobilise activism and implement outreach projects.

Lauren’s interfaith work and strong leadership in the Jewish community has led to her being recognised as a Faith Leader for the 21st Century by the Jewish News, Church Times and British Muslim TV.  She has also received awards from the Union of Jewish Students, the UJIA and The World Union of Jewish Students. Lauren is passionate about international efforts to promote human rights. This has earned her fellowships with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti Defamation League in Washington and New York.  She has also participated in the Chief Rabbi’s Ben Azzai programme in Ghana.

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Lauren Keiles

Lauren Keiles

Trustee

Rachel Zaltzman

Trustee

Rachel is an equality and human rights expert. She is currently Senior Strategic Policy Adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions, leading development of the Crown Prosecution Service’s post-2020 strategy. Rachel also has a decade’s experience at the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a variety of roles, including Head of Human Rights and Director of Strategic Planning and Policy; as well as experience in human rights roles at the European Parliament and Amnesty International.

Rachel has an LLB in Law and MA in International Peace and Security and undertook the Rene Cassin Fellowship Programme in 2013

On becoming a Rene Cassin Trustee, she says:

“As a Fellowship Programme alumnus, I’m hugely excited to be re-joining Rene Cassin, contributing my human rights expertise and strategy experience to help achieve our namesake’s vision of the universal enjoyment of human rights.”

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Rachel Zaltzman

Rachel Zaltzman

Trustee

Jessye Berkowitz-Werner

Campaigns Officer

Jessye Berkowitz-Werner joined René Cassin in November 2019, where she works part-time. The rest of her working week is spent with Rights of Women, as their Communications Officer.

She previously managed a local council election campaign for the Women’s Equality Party, and has been assisting the interim party leader – Mandu Reid – in her leadership election campaign. She continues to volunteer for the party as a Committee Member of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Caucus.

Jessye graduated with a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, having completed her BA in International Relations and Politics at Sheffield University with a year studying abroad at the Australian National University.

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Jessye Berkowitz-Werner

Jessye Berkowitz-Werner

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 QC ♦ 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 OC ♦ Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon ♦ Yael Weisz-Rind ♦ Professor Jay Winter ♦ Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg ♦ Dr Reuven Ziegler Esq