Departing Executive Director of The Sigrid Rausing Trust Poonam Joshi joins LFJL's Board of Trustees

March 15, 2019

Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) is proud to announce that Poonam Joshi has joined its Board of Trustees.  

Ms Joshi has over 25 years’ experience of working on human rights as a lawyer, advocate and grant-maker. Between 2010 and 2012 she established a new programme on the Middle East North Africa for the Sigrid Rausing Trust, one of LFJL’s earliest supporters.  During her career as a grant-maker, Ms Joshi has served as Executive Director of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and established the European Office of the Fund for Global Human Rights. Prior to working in philanthropy, Poonam was a practising family and criminal defence lawyer, and led Amnesty UK’s women’s rights programme, working on a range of issues including political participation in Egypt and Libya, human trafficking in the UK, religious fundamentalism, and counter-terrorism.

Working with the other Trustees, Ms Joshi will help strengthen the work and network of LFJL over the coming years. LFJL Director Elham Saudi commented “All of us at LFJL are thrilled to have Poonam Joshi, a long friend and mentor of LFJL, joining our Board of Trustees. Ms Joshi’s support for LFJL from our early days and throughout the last eight years has been truly transformative for LFJL as an organisation.  Having that support, and her incredible experience, pushing us from within LFJL will be incredible for us as we grow.”  

Commenting on her new role within LFJL, Poonam said “Through its expert analysis and advocacy, Lawyers for Justice in Libya has played a pivotal role in sustaining attention to the human rights in Libya and building the capacity of local civil society. I have enormous respect for the leadership, skill and integrity of LFJL and am honoured to have been asked to join its board.”

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