Tirana Hassan

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Programs Officer
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Tirana Hassan, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Programs Officer at Human Rights Watch, leads the organization’s research, advocacy, media and legal work, supervising a staff of almost 300 professionals in more than 50 countries. Hassan, who previously worked as a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, was most recently director of Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Team, and also served on the group’s Transitional Leadership Team in 2019. She previously worked in humanitarian operations across Africa and Asia, including in Darfur, Aceh post-Tsunami, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Liberia. She holds honors degrees in both social work and law from Australia, and a master’s in International Human Rights Law from Oxford. 

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