What to Expect at RightsCon

Every participant’s RightsCon experience is a little different, with endless opportunities to make the event your own. Everyone who joins our community can expect:


Meet with people from every corner of the world working to protect and extend our human rights.


Attend workshops and skill-building seminars with the world’s leading experts.


Get feedback on your latest report, find new members for your coalition, or present a tech tool.


Take advantage of unconference space to relax and unplug.


Map solutions to complex problems and find partners to help put them into action.


Influence policy making and contribute to priority setting in the public and private sectors.

Meet RightsCon 2019 Speakers

At RightsCon, hundreds of experts from around the world join our official program as speakers. Check out a selection of the people who met in Tunis below.

Moez Chakchouk

Moez Chakchouk

Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

Zeynep Tufekci

Zeynep Tufekci

Writer, Professor, and Techno-sociologist

Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola

Writer and political analyst

Steve Crown

Steve Crown

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation

Adrian Lovett

Adrian Lovett

President & CEO, World Wide Web Foundation

Wolfram von Heynitz

Wolfram von Heynitz

Head, Cyber Policy Coordination Staff, German Federal Foreign Office

Margaret L. Satterthwaite

Margaret L. Satterthwaite

Faculty Director, Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Samidh Chakrabarti

Samidh Chakrabarti

Head, Civic Engagement, Facebook

Michel Forst

Michel Forst

UN Special Rapporteur, Situation of Human Rights Defenders

Alex Walden

Alex Walden

Counsel, Free Expression and Human Rights, Google

Clément Voule

Clément Voule

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Assembly & Association

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Member of European Parliament

Dunja Mijatović

Dunja Mijatović

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Julie Owono

Julie Owono

Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontières

David Kaye

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir

Director, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Hibah Kamal-Grayson

Hibah Kamal-Grayson

Public Policy Manager, Human Rights & Internet Governance, Google

Henri Verdier

Henri Verdier

Ambassador for Digital Affairs, Ministry for Europe & Foreign Affairs

Agnes Callamard

Agnes Callamard

UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

Ahmed Shaheed

Ahmed Shaheed

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Sébastien Soriano

Sébastien Soriano

Chairman, ARCEP

Burcu Kilic

Burcu Kilic

Director, Digital Rights Program, Public Citizen

Peggy Hicks

Peggy Hicks

Director, United Nations Human Rights

Alp Toker

Alp Toker

Executive Director, Turkey Blocks

John Graham-Cumming

John Graham-Cumming

Chief Technology Officer, Cloudflare

Rim Garnaoui

Rim Garnaoui

Director, Public Services, E-Government Unit, Tunisia

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights

Martin Tisné

Martin Tisné

Managing Director, Luminate

Miriam Puttick

Miriam Puttick

Head, MENA Programmes, Ceasefire Centre

Damien Kieran

Damien Kieran

Data Protection, Legal, Twitter

Lea Kaspar

Lea Kaspar

Executive Director, Global Partners Digital

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative

Tara Denham

Tara Denham

Director, Democracy Unit, Global Affairs Canada

Emilar Gandhi

Emilar Gandhi

Head of Public Policy for Southern Africa, Facebook

Daniel Drewer

Daniel Drewer

Data Protection Officer, Europol

Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Access Now

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Internet Economist, OECD

Wafa Ben-Hassine

Wafa Ben-Hassine

MENA Policy Counsel, Access Now

Rohinton Medhora

Rohinton Medhora

President, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Befekadu Hailu

Befekadu Hailu

Author, Blogger and Pro-Democracy Activist

Pavithra Ram

Pavithra Ram

Content Strategist, RNW Media

Carlos Alvarez Pereira

Carlos Alvarez Pereira

President, Innaxis

Hajer Trabelsi

Hajer Trabelsi

Member, Access to Information Authority

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford University

Malachy Browne

Malachy Browne

Senior Producer, The New York Times

Uffa Modey

Uffa Modey

Co-Founder, Digital Grassroots

Agustina De Luca

Agustina De Luca

Network Director, Open Data Charter

Friedhelm Weinberg

Friedhelm Weinberg

Executive Director, HURIDOCS

Tina Bouffet

Tina Bouffet

Project Officer for Communications & Operations, ICRC

Albert Antwi-Boasiako

Albert Antwi-Boasiako

National Cybersecurity Advisor, Ghana

Edison Lanza

Edison Lanza

IACHR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

Catherine Gicheru

Catherine Gicheru

Country Lead, Code for Kenya

Ramy Raoof

Ramy Raoof

Technologist and Privacy Researcher

Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig

Executive Director, Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley

Ayesha Malette

Ayesha Malette

Senior Policy Advisor, Democratic Institutions, Privy Council Office

Amel Saidane

Amel Saidane

President, TunisianStartups

Manal Hassan

Manal Hassan

Executive Director, Motoon

Toby Mendel

Toby Mendel

Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy

Rob Faris

Rob Faris

Director, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard

Michael Posner

Michael Posner

Director of NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights

Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown

Global Policy Advocacy Lead, APC

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Director of Partnerships, AI for Good

Nicole Karlebach

Nicole Karlebach

Global Head, Business and Human Rights, Verizon and Verizon Media

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Asia Policy Director and Senior International Counsel, Access Now

Betsy Bramon

Betsy Bramon

Principal, Kronia Collaborative: Social Impact Consulting

Eva Galperin

Eva Galperin

Director of Cybersecurity, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jennifer Easterday

Jennifer Easterday

Co-Founder & Executive Director, JustPeace Labs

Caroline Greer

Caroline Greer

Head of European Public Policy, Cloudflare

Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS

Gabe Rottman

Gabe Rottman

Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke

Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE 19

Avery Davis-Roberts

Avery Davis-Roberts

Associate Director, Democracy Program, The Carter Center

Kaja Ciglic

Kaja Ciglic

Director, Digital Diplomacy, Microsoft

Dorothy Gordon

Dorothy Gordon

Chair, Information For All Programme, UNESCO

Keegan Hankes

Keegan Hankes

Senior Research Analyst, Southern Poverty Law Center

Megha Rajagopalan

Megha Rajagopalan

World Correspondent, BuzzFeed News

Sam Dubberley

Sam Dubberley

Manager, Digital Verification Corps, Amnesty International

Tanya O’Carroll

Tanya O’Carroll

Director, Global Tech & Human Rights Programme, Amnesty International