Secretary General and Senior Leadership Team
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Kumi Naidoo is a life-long social justice and environmental campaigner hailing from South Africa. Born in Durban in 1965, Kumi’s first taste of activism came at age 15 when he organised and took part in an anti-apartheid protest that saw him expelled from his school.
As a result of his continued anti-apartheid activism, he was forced to live in exile in the UK in 1986. He returned to South Africa in 1990 to work with the African National Congress. He went on to hold multiple leadership roles in civil society and global organisations, including as the Executive Director of Greenpeace.
International Secretariat Coalition Leadership Team
The International Secretariat of Amnesty International is led by a Coalition Leadership Team, headed by the Secretary General, and comprising of Senior Directors and representatives of Amnesty International’s local chapters. In their individual capacity, the Senior Directors work closely with the directors and deputy directors of the IS' programmes (departments) and together they provide strategic direction, operational management and direct support to the secretariat’s staff and volunteers. As a
collective, the team supports the Secretary General by taking on overall leadership responsibilities for the organisation’s global strategy and change agenda. They also work closely with the directors of Amnesty International’s local chapters
Julie Verhaar - Deputy Secretary General
Julie Verhaar is Deputy Secretary General at Amnesty International. She is responsible for providing overall guidance on internal operational matters and overseeing the operations and impact of the International Secretariat’s regional offices. With a responsibility over the Global Strategy and Impact and Movement Building teams, she also supports the Secretary General in setting the strategic direction for the organisation and managing the relations with the sections and structures at the global level.
Julie has more than a decade’s experience leading fundraising efforts for major organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) - where she was Chief of Fundraising Services and acting Deputy Director for Private Sector Fundraising - as well as Greenpeace International and The Netherlands Red Cross.
Her previous roles include Founder and Managing Director of Sunrise Integrate Marketing Services Ltd, a project management and consultancy firm in the Netherlands.
Thomas Schultz-Jagow - Public Engagement and Growth
Thomas Schultz-Jagow is the Senior Director of Public Engagement and Growth at Amnesty International. He leads on the organization's brand strategy, communications, marketing, supporter engagement, global campaigns, education, and global fundraising. He is a key spokesperson on Amnesty International's campaigns and on organizational issues.
Thomas previously held Director-level campaigns and communications roles at Oxfam GB, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and Greenpeace International. He holds degrees in Political Science and History.
Clare Algar - Research, Advocacy and Policy
Clare Algar is the interim Senior Director of Research Advocacy and Policy at Amnesty International. She is responsible for leading and developing the global research agenda, ensuring coherence on research outputs, standards and processes, ensuring leadership and coordination of the organisation’s international, regional and national advocacy engagements, and leading on the formulation of the movement's human rights policies, legal positions and litigation strategies. Clare is also responsible for overseeing the operations and growing capacity of the National Offices.
Before joining Amnesty, Clare was a solicitor and partner at Collyer Bristow, specialising in intellectual property litigation, Executive Director at Reprieve, the human rights organisation specialising in litigation and advocacy, and CEO of Unlocking Potential, the charity focused on transforming the life chances of children and young people. She joined Amnesty in 2018 as Global Operations Director, supporting the smooth running of operations and strategic planning and impact evaluation of the International Secretariat’s regional offices.
Nigel Armitt - Chief Financial Officer
Nigel Armitt is the interim Chief Financial Officer at Amnesty International. He oversees financial management at the International Secretariat and is responsible for supporting and fostering the organisation’s financial literacy and capability. His portfolio also encompasses responsibility for Legal, Information and Technology, Security and Workspace.
Nigel has more than thirty years’ experience as a senior Finance Board member in the private and public sector, NGO’s and charity organisations, with extensive international experience. He previously held similar roles at Cancer Research, Girl Effect, Alpha Trains Group, Barclays, The Football Association, NHS, Benefits Agency, Highways Agency, BUPA, National Citizen Service, First Group, Unite Union, Virgin Trains.