Board of Directors

Tara Reynor O’ Grady is the President of No Peace Without Justice, an Irish Human Rights Defender and founder of Human Rights Sentinel, that has been advocating for the promotion from the Middle East to South America of universal human rights, democratic principles, capacity building for non-violent mobilisation of Civil Society and Transitional Justice. 
Outspoken against cruelty and injustice through TV and radio interviews and talk show panels, she also contributed as an expert in various international fora including the United Nations, International Criminal Court, House of Lords, Westminster & the Hague Institute for Global Justice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Albert E. Alejo, SJ, a Filipino Jesuit priest, poet and anthropologist, has worked intimately with NPWJ since 2017, especially in the international struggle against impunity in the wake of widespread extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. He brings into this partnership decades of experience from his diverse advocacies which involved engaging in peace negotiation and fighting corruption, organizing formal and informal labor groups, asserting indigenous people’s rights, producing music videos and documentaries for faith-based political education, researching on indigenous philosophy, promoting ecological conversion, providing sanctuary to whistleblowers as well as sharing ministry with cancer survivors. Among his books are Generating Energies in Mount Apo: Cultural Politics in a Contested Environment and Ehemplo: Spirituality of Shared Integrity in Philippine Church and Society. He holds a doctorate in social anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and now lectures at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome).
 
 
 
 
Alison Smith is the Legal Counsel and the International Justice Director for No Peace Without Justice, having formerly worked as the Country Director in Sierra Leone for No Peace Without Justice. In addition, she served as the chief legal adviser to the Vice President of Sierra Leone on the Special Court and international humanitarian law.
She has acted as international legal adviser to a number of clients including de facto states and governments in exile, and has worked with No Peace Without Justice and UNICEF on the production of a book on international criminal law and children.  Since 2000, she has worked as a legal adviser to the government of Thailand during the United Nations Preparatory Commissions for the establishment of an International Criminal Court and during the first sessions of the Assembly of States Parties. Ms Smith worked in Kosovo as an international legal officer for the International Crisis Group’s Humanitarian Law Documentation Project, which gathered statements from victims and witnesses of violations international humanitarian law in Kosovo. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the Kennedy School of Government’s Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. From March to June 2013, she was on temporary special leave of absence, as acting Head of Office and Senior Legal Adviser to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, to assist with the completion and wrap-up of its work. Ms Smith is an Australian barrister and holds a Masters Degree in International Law from the Australian National University.
 
 
 
Carmelo Palma is a Turin philosopher, politician and journalist born in 1968. He has been a leader in the Radical party, municipal councillor of Turin and regional councillor of Piedmont. He is the director of Stradeonline.it and formerly led the Libertiamo association and directed the newssite libertiamo.it. He also publishes articles on Linkiesta and Public Policy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marco Perduca was a senator in Italy from 2008 to 2013, serving on the Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Human Rights committees. For 20 years, he has coordinated the activities of the Nonviolent Radical Party at the United Nations (UN) in New York, as well as in Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria, and has organized high-level meetings to abolish the death penalty in Africa and Central Asia. He has also collaborated with British law firms and various American foundations on ending human rights violations in Italy. Mr. Perduca is an expert on UN mechanisms, with an emphasis on drug policy reform. In April 2018, he cofounded the international platform Science for Democracy, of which he is currently the coordinator. His letters and opinions have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. When he was in Parliament, he was often a guest at the BBC as a commentator on Italian politics. In 2014, he published Operazione Idigov, a chronicle of his activities at the United Nations in the year 2000; in 2018, he cocurated Proibisco Ergo Sum, a collection of essays on prohibitions in Italy, and prefaced La Cannabis Fa Bene alla Politica and Terapie Stupefacenti. He has a blog at HuffingtonPost.it andrecently published a memoir, Farnesina Radicale.
 

 
Michele Cermele is an experienced entrepreneur who worked as a strategy consultant, founded initiatives in credit management, advisory on payment technology, venture capital.
In 2005, he co-founded Jupiter, which became a market leader in the sector of non-performing credit management in Italy and Greece. The company was acquired by the Big Data provider Cerved Group, and Michele has since been CEO of Cerved Credit Management, the new name of Jupiter.
Michele has also been active in Venture Capital, through the Spanish fund Copernion Ventures, and in tutoring young entrepreneurs. He worked for INPN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics), McKinsey and Company and Mastercard. He holds a PhD in Computer and Control Engineering at University of Rome and Duke University.