Secretary General and Coalition Leadership Team
Acting Secretary General
Julie Verhaar is Acting Secretary General at Amnesty International. She is responsible for providing overall leadership of the International Secretariat, including setting the strategic direction for the organisation and managing relations with Amnesty International’s national entities. She directly oversees the regional offices as well as heading the Coalition Leadership Team.
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 –, 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.
International Secretariat Coalition Leadership Team
The International Secretariat of Amnesty International is led by a Coalition Leadership Team, headed by the Acting Secretary General and comprising Senior Directors and representatives of Amnesty International’s national entities.
The Senior Directors oversee the directors of IS programmes and provide strategic direction, operational management and direct support to the secretariat’s staff and volunteers. As a collective, the team supports the Acting Secretary General in her overall responsibility for the organisation’s global strategy. The team works closely with the directors of Amnesty International’s national entities.
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.
Rajat Khosla – Research, Advocacy and Policy
Rajat Khosla is the Senior Director of Research, Advocacy and Policy at Amnesty International. He 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 human rights policies, legal positions and litigation strategies.
Rajat previously served as Human Rights Adviser for the World Health Organisation, managed the global campaign on UDHR@70 at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and held a variety of research and policy roles at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, the International Environmental Law Research Centre, and others. He holds a LLM in International Human Rights Law, a LLB, and a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and economics. He is no stranger to Amnesty, having served as Policy Adviser in the International Secretariat between 2010 and 2013.
Rohan Hewavisenti – Chief Financial Officer
Rohan Hewavisenti the 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 legal counsel, information and technology, security, and workspace services.
Rohan, who is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (MEng), has gained extensive experience in a variety of CFO and COO roles over the past 15-plus years. These include Director of Finance and Resources at Breast Cancer Care; Executive Director of Finance, Planning and Resources at the British Red Cross; Group Director of Resources at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB); and interim Finance Director roles at the Fairtrade Foundation, Imperial War Museums, WWF-UK and the NHS Confederation.
Mariela Belski – Director of Amnesty International Argentina
Mariela Belski is the Executive Director at Amnesty Argentina. She is an experienced human rights lawyer, having worked for more than 20 years on human rights issues, gender, justice and strategic litigation. She has a Law degree, a Master’s Degree in Public Law and Human Rights, a degree in Constitutional Law and Human Rights and a Diploma in Human Rights and Democratisation Processes.
Before joining Amnesty International, she worked in the public sector for over 10 years and was a legal adviser to the national and the city of Buenos Ares governments. She also worked as a professor and researcher, as well as a consultant at the UNDP and UNESCO.