Advocacy Director, Africa Division

Anneke Van Woudenberg joined Human Rights Watch in 2002 as the senior researcher on the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 1999, Van Woudenberg has focused on humanitarian and human rights issues in the Great Lakes region of Africa, working as the Congo Country Director for Oxfam GB during the height of the war. In 2014, Van Woudenberg took on the role as Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch’s Africa Division. She has provided regular briefings on the situation in Congo to the United Nations Security Council, the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament and the European Parliament. Van Woudenberg has written numerous reports and briefing notes on human rights in Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa and is a regular commentator in the international press. Previously she worked as a researcher in the British and Canadian parliaments, followed by six years in the private sector for a large multinational bank and Andersen Consulting, including assignments in South Africa and Russia. Anneke has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She speaks French.

UN Dispatch: Interview with Anneke Van Woudenberg