Nic Dawes is the Deputy Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations and program. Nic works alongside Executive Director Ken Roth with the Executive Management Team to guide the organization’s strategies and policies.
Since joining HRW in 2016, he has overseen the organization’s digital, multimedia, and external communications work, as well as strategic planning and the development, implementation, and oversight of policies and standards across the entire organization.
Prior to HRW, Nic served as the Chief Content Officer at India’s Hindustan Times, and Editor-in-Chief at South Africa’s Mail & Guardian Newspaper.
As chairperson of the South African National Editor’s Forum, Nic has been an activist for press freedom and freedom of information in his home country, working to forestall regulatory and legislative efforts to curtail media independence. He serves on the boards of amaBhungane, Coda Story, and Bhekisisa Center for Health Journalism. Nic is the recipient of Sikuvile, Mondi, Taco Kuiper and National Press Club awards.