“The NHRF is in a unique phase of growth, and we believe that we have recruited a new executive director with the experience, motivation and vision that is needed in the time to come in an ever-challenging landscape for human rights work and defenders” NHRF Chair John Peder Egenæs.
Ingeborg Moa comes to the NHRF from the position as Director of Activism and Organisational Development at Amnesty Norway, and has nearly two decades of international experience working with local organizations and human rights defenders around the world. She has ten years of working experience with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), as well as having worked for Norwegian Refugee Council and the UN.
“I am excited and proud to be given the possibility to work with organizations and people around the world, who are in the first line of defence for human rights, and I look forward to working with the excellent and highly skilled NHRF team!"
Geographically, she has extensive work experience from the Middle East and Southeast Asia, having spent a number of years in Palestine and Myanmar, as well as in Cambodia, Thailand, Iraq and Turkey. She has also been working on Syria. “My own experiences after working with human rights defenders for nearly 20 years is that for situations of injustice to change, it is the affected communities and people on the ground who need to organize, mobilize and take the lead in the struggle for their own rights. At the same time, international solidarity is necessary both in order to ensure support for practical initiatives on the ground, and not least in order to ensure that local struggles are supported by policy initiatives on a multilateral level”, she says.