HURIDOCS announces appointment of new Executive Director

We are thrilled to announce that Danna Ingleton has been appointed as our new Executive Director.

By Lisa Reinsberg on

HURIDOCS is thrilled to announce the appointment of Danna Ingleton as our new Executive Director. Danna comes to this role with a wealth of experience as a human rights defender, lawyer, and nonprofit leader in the technology and human rights space.

Danna joins HURIDOCS from the Amnesty Tech management team, where she played an integral role in growing globally distributed teams, securing and managing large grants, and providing strategic and operational leadership. She combines perceptive and empathetic leadership with a bright, organised, fearless approach to building organisational strength and resilience. As  HURIDOCS continues into a transformative phase of strategic growth and consolidation, we are delighted Danna will join the wonderful HURIDOCS team.

At a time when the power of accurate, accessible and secure information has never been more important to those seeking justice and the fulfilment of their human rights, I am thrilled to be starting as the new Executive Director of HURIDOCS. 

It is exciting to be joining an organisation with such a rich history of harnessing the power of information to facilitate change. Together with my new colleagues and our diverse, valiant partners we will build on this history to ensure HURIDOCS is consistently at the sharp-edge of information management and technological developments, and always strategically growing. 

As an activist myself who has been working in human rights for more than a decade I have seen how the battle for justice can take its toll on the people behind the movements. I am therefore also committed to ensuring HURIDOCS is an effective and accountable workplace that values health and the well-being of us all.

— Danna Ingleton

Danna’s appointment follows an intensive recruitment process, launched last December, which included wide-ranging consultations and drew an exceptional candidate pool. Thank you to the candidates, partners, and HURIDOCS team members for their contributions to this enriching process and its successful outcome. 

Danna will officially assume her responsibilities on 1 July 2023, joining an experienced management team. HURIDOCS will provide regular updates on our progress and relevant developments as we move forward under Danna’s leadership.

In the words of HURIDOCS Chief Operations Officer, Peter Küttel:

HURIDOCS has experienced enormous growth and change since I joined in 2012, and it is exciting to be welcoming an Executive Director whose skills and values match the demands of our next chapter.

The HURIDOCS board and team also extend our sincere gratitude to Nancy Yu, who has served as Interim Executive Director during this transition period. Nancy brought energy, ambition, and research expertise to various roles during nearly four years with HURIDOCS, gaining trust and admiration among her colleagues. As Nancy moves on, we wish her success in all her future endeavours. 

“Human rights documentation is a time-critical intervention which, when preserved and organised methodically, can emerge as the pathway to and grounds for justice and accountability. It has been my greatest honour and joy to serve and build tooling for human rights defenders and organisations around the world with the incredible team at HURIDOCS.”

— Nancy Yu

Finally, we convey our heartfelt appreciation to HURIDOCS’ supporters and partners for their continued collaboration and solidarity. Together, we will continue to empower human rights defenders around the world to use evidence and documentation to advocate for justice and accountability.

With gratitude,
Lisa Reinsberg, Chair
on behalf of the HURIDOCS Board

For inquiries or further information, please contact:
Yolanda Booyzen
Interim Director of Programmes

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