Speakers In Category: Central and South Asia

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  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

    Russian activist and artist, jailed for a provocative performance with Pussy Riot.

  • Emin Milli

    Emin Milli

    Azerbaijani activist, journalist, and writer.

  • Arzina Begum

    Arzina Begum

    Child marriage abolitionist from Bangladesh.

  • Vivek Maru

    Vivek Maru

    Founder and CEO of Namati, an international group of grassroots legal advocates

  • Elena Kostyuchenko

    Elena Kostyuchenko

    Russian journalist and LGBT rights advocate.

  • Sima Samar

    Sima Samar

    Afghan physician and the first women’s affairs minister of the post-Taliban government.

  • Saad Mohseni

    Saad Mohseni

    Chairman and CEO of the MOBY Group, a media company serving more than 300 million people from Central Asia to North Africa.

  • Igor Eidman

    Igor Eidman

    Russian sociologist, dissident, and cousin of assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

  • Kimberley Motley

    Kimberley Motley

    American human rights advocate and litigator practicing in Afghanistan.

  • Kenan Malik

    Kenan Malik

    Indian-born English free expression advocate, historian, and scientific author.

  • Maria Alyokhina

    Maria Alyokhina

    Russian political activist and Pussy Riot Member who was jailed by the Russian authorities on grounds of hooliganism.

  • Frederica  Jansz

    Frederica Jansz

    Sri Lankan journalist and former editor of The Sunday Leader who has faced death threats for her critical reporting of the government.

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