Steve Crawshaw is international advocacy director of Amnesty International. From 2002 to 2010 he worked for Human Rights Watch, first as UK director and then as United Nations advocacy director.
He was a journalist for many years, first with Granada Television in the UK and then joining the Independent at launch in 1986. He reported for the Independent on the east European revolutions, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Balkan wars. Other stories included interviewing Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and witnessing the fall of Serb leader Slobodan Milošević.
He is the author of Goodbye to the USSR (Bloomsbury, 1992) and of Easier Fatherland: Germany and the Twenty-First Century (Continuum, 2004).
John Jackson has directed major international campaigns on human rights, economic justice, antipersonnel landmines, HIV/AIDS, and climate change.
He covered international development issues as head of campaigns at Christian Aid and was a founding member and director of the Burma Campaign UK, meeting Aung San Suu Kyi on several occasions to consult on Burma policy.
He has conducted research in a number of conflict areas in Asia, which included working with refugees and survivors of military conflict.
He is currently vice president of social responsibility for MTV Networks International, developing campaigns across its channels worldwide.