Amnesty’s Salil Shetty to join Harvard as senior fellow

Salil Shetty, the former secretary general at Amnesty International, will be joining the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy as a senior fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.

 “It is a great honor to return to the Harvard University community this fall as a senior fellow," said Shetty in a statement. “This is an exciting new opportunity for me. Most of the challenges we face nationally and globally are rooted in the lack of accountable governance. I look forward to joining the Carr Center and benefit from the rich intellectual resources of Harvard Kennedy School in our collective search for solutions.”

A long-term activist on issues of poverty and justice, Salil Shetty led the movement's worldwide work to end human rights violations and spearheaded a significant shift of Amnesty International's operations to the global south, said a post on Amnesty’s website. The organization, which already has a presence on the ground in more than 70 countries, has recently attracted over a million new members from countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Shetty stepped down from Amnesty International July 8, after holding the position of the secretary-general for eight years, the release said.

Before joining Amnesty International, Salil Shetty was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010 and Chief Executive of ActionAid.

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