Human Rights Center
Alexa Koenig, PhD, JD, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law with a particular focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice. She co-founded the Human Rights Investigations Lab(link is external), which trains undergraduate and graduate students to use cutting-edge open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability. Alexa is co-chair of the World Economic Forums Global Future Council on Human Rights and Technology, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, co-chair of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and a member of the board of advisors for the Syrian Archive. Alexa has been honored with several awards for her work, including the United Nations Association-SFs Global Human Rights Award, Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award, and diverse grants, including support from the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations. Her research and commentary have appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Report, and elsewhere.