The Trustees

The Trustees are Sigrid Rausing (Chair), Andrew Puddephatt (Deputy Chair), Geoffrey Budlender, Jonathan Cooper, Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, Joshua Mailman, Margo Picken, Chris Stone and Mabel van Oranje.

International Board

Sigrid Rausing is a publisher and philanthropist. She founded the Sigrid Rausing Trust in 1995.

In 1993-4 she lived on a collective farm in Estonia doing fieldwork for a PhD in Social Anthropology at University College London, followed by a two-year honorary fellowship in the same department. Her book, History, Memory and Identity in Post Soviet Estonia: the End of a Collective Farm, was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, and was preceded by a number of scholarly articles in a range of academic journals.

In 2005 she co-founded the publishing house Portobello Books with her husband, film and theatre producer Eric Abraham, and the publisher Philip Gwyn Jones. The same year she bought Granta Publications from the New York publisher, Rea Hederman. She is the publisher and editor of Granta magazine, and the publisher of Granta Books.

In 2004 she was the joint winner of the International Service Human Rights Award, in the Global Human Rights Defender category. In 2005 she won a Beacon Special Award for philanthropy. In 2006 she was awarded the Women’s Funding Network's ‘Changing the Face of Philanthropy’ Award.

She is a member of the jury of the Per Anger Prize for human rights defenders, and an emeritus board member of the Order of the Teaspoon, a Swedish organisation against political and religious extremism.

She was the judge of the Amnesty Media Awards in 2009 and 2010. In 2012 she was a judge of the Index on Censorship Media Awards. She is an Emeritus member of the international board of Human Rights Watch. She serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

In 2010 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and in 2011 she was the recipient of the Morrell Fellowship from the University of York. In 2014 she became an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.

Also in 2014 her second book, Everything is Wonderful, was published by Grove Atlantic in the UK and US, Bonniers in Sweden, and by other publishers in France, Poland and Estonia.

Andrew Puddephatt is Deputy Chair of the Trust. He is Co-Director of Global Partners Digital, a social purpose company that promotes democracy and human rights online. He is also Chair of Global Dialogue, a charity registered in the UK. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 from January 1999 to October 2004. He has held a number of other prominent human rights positions, including Director of Charter88 and General Secretary of Liberty. He has been an expert member of both the Council of Europe and the Commonwealth Expert working groups on freedom of information and freedom of expression and is an advisor to UNESCO on media and internet policy. He is the chair of International Media Support, a Danish-based NGO which provides emergency support to journalists in conflict areas.

In January 2003 Andrew Puddephatt was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.

Geoff Budlender SC is an advocate (barrister) practising in Cape Town, South Africa. He works mainly in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, administrative law, and other aspects of public law.

In 1979 he was one of the founders of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). He litigated cases dealing with freedom of movement, forced evictions, citizenship, detention without trial, and fair labour practices. He was National Director of the LRC from 1994 to 1996.

With the advent of democracy he advised the new government on the creation of new legal frameworks for land reform, water rights, and the structure of the legal profession. In 1996 he was appointed Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs in the Mandela administration. He held that post until January 2000. He then re-joined the LRC as Director of its Constitutional Litigation Unit.

Since 1994 he has litigated cases dealing with the death penalty, evictions, HIV/AIDS, housing rights, land rights, access to justice, and the rights of women under customary law. He appears regularly in the Constitutional Court.

He has acted as a judge of the High Court of South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Jonathan Cooper is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. He specialises in human rights and represents clients before English and international courts and tribunals. He has taken several cases to the European Court of Human Rights. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust. He has worked with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the UK Ministry of Justice, the UK Home Office, the Turkish military, Sudanese government officials and lawyers in Syria, Cameroon, Gambia, Albania and Lithuania. He has also worked with the Russian authorities on implementing the rule of law and human rights.

Jonathan Cooper devised and wrote the human rights and terrorism programme and manual for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He has carried out counter-terrorism and human rights training programmes across Central Asia, as well as the Balkans.

Previously, Jonathan Cooper was the Legal director of Liberty and the Deputy Director of JUSTICE. He is the editor of the European Human Rights Law Review and he has been published widely on human rights. He advises the Bingham Centre on the Rule of Law on education and training. From 2005 to 2011 he was the chair of the Human Rights Lawyers' Association (HRLA). He sits on The Times Law Panel. In 2007, Jonathan Cooper was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.

Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC is the inaugural Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and a practising barrister at Blackstone Chambers. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London and the recent UK member on the Council of Europe's Commission for Public Law ("The Venice Commission").

Joshua Mailman is Managing Director of Serious Change Investment Management, a sole LP impact investment fund with $100 million in assets under management, and President of the Joshua Mailman Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of Echoing Green and the Fund for Global Human Rights. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers at the Mailman School for Public Health at Columbia University.

Margo Picken has worked for human rights for much of her professional life, including in Cambodia for the United Nations, for the Ford Foundation and Amnesty International. She has taught, lectured and published on human rights and has served on the boards of several non-governmental organisations.

Margo Picken is a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE and a graduate of the University of London.

Chris Stone is the president of the Open Society Foundations. He is an international expert on criminal justice reform and on the leadership and governance of nonprofits.

Prior to joining Open Society, he was the Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Before that, Chris Stone spent a decade as director of the Vera Institute of Justice. He founded the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and served as a founding director of the New York State Capital Defender Office and of the Altus Global Alliance.

Chris Stone received his BA from Harvard, an MPhil in criminology from the University of Cambridge, and his JD from Yale Law School. He was awarded an honorary Order of the British Empire for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.

Mabel van Oranje has been a global advocate for freedom, justice and development for over two decades. She is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’, and co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the advisory boards of Crisis Action, Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations and The Elders.

Executive Board

Sigrid Rausing
Andrew Puddephatt
Jonathan Cooper
Margo Picken