Tirana Hassan (Executive Director at Human Rights Watch)

Tirana Hassan

Executive Director at Human Rights Watch

Tirana Hassan is New York-based Executive Director at Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading international human rights organisations, which operates in more than 90 countries and has over 500 staff members.

Tirana is a qualified social worker and lawyer who has spent the past two decades working with individuals and communities pursuing their rights and fighting for justice.

She was a founding member of a refugee legal service during Australia’s refugee crisis in 2000 before working across the globe in international humanitarian operations specialising in child protection and civilian protection in complex emergencies. Tirana has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children, amongst others, across East and West Africa and South and South-East Asia.

Tirana specialises in human rights protection in conflicts and crises. Between 2010-2015, she worked as a Senior Researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Emergencies Division, where she carried out dozens of investigations in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. She later served as director of Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Program, where she led teams of investigators and an interdisciplinary team that advanced innovative research methodologies for human rights investigations and evidence collection. She also served on the organisation’s interim executive team. She has authored reports and op-eds for major publications worldwide.

Mohammad Chowdhury (Moderator) (Founder and CEO of Long Street Advisors)

Mohammad Chowdhury (Moderator)

Founder and CEO of Long Street Advisors

Mohammad Chowdhury is the Founder and CEO of Long Street Advisors, and a Council Member at AIIA Victoria. Mohammad has worked in over 80 countries and focuses on the digital economy, digitisation in industries and regions and digital inclusion. Mohammad is a Trustee of the UK's Institute for the Future of Work and chairs its Finance Committee, has written for Forbes, the Sydney Morning Herald and the FT and serves the board of a technology company in Bangladesh. He works in this sector because he cares about opportunity, equality and inclusion. He is the author of Border Crossings: My Journey as an Outsider (NewSouth Books, July 2023).