As a Managing Director in the Development + Outreach Department, Miriam Mahlow works with supporters in Europe and North America and is part of the Department's Senior Management Team. She served as founding director of Human Rights Watch’s Germany Committee and helped to establish our offices in 5 countries. Currently working from Istanbul, she is in charge of Human Rights Watch's Development presence in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Zurich and Japan. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Miriam worked as a journalist in Africa; a press officer for the United Nations, in Dili, East Timor; an external staff member for the World Economic Forum; and as a farm worker on the Kibbutz Nahsholim in Israel. Miriam holds a BA and an MA from Stanford University. She was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.