Loubna Freih was HRW’s first Geneva-based Director advocating to the UN on human rights and refugee issues. In 2001 she launched the HRW Geneva Committee. In 2005 she helped launch the Zurich Committee, followed by the Beirut Committee.
Loubna works as a family mediator in Geneva. Loubna has worked as a journalist in New York and Geneva and has taught human rights at the Kennedy School. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and Master's degrees in journalism from NYU and in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. She sits on the board of Human Rights Watch and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Born in Iraq, Loubna is an avid mountaineer and spends part of her time in Verbier in the Swiss Alps. She has two sons.