ESCR-Net's Board

ESCR-Net’s Board is elected every three years from and by Members based on principles of regional diversity, gender balance and inclusion of grassroots groups.




Binota Moy Dhamai holds more than 15 years of experience on Indigenous Peoples rights movement, network building, campaign and advocacy, in the national, Asia regional and international forum. He led as Coordinator the Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus (2009-2014) to the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous issues (UNPFii), and the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) of the UN Human Rights Council. From 2013 to 2014, he represented Asia indigenous peoples group to the Indigenous Global Coordinating Group on the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014. GCG was the political decision-making body with regard to indigenous peoples’ engagement at the WCIP 2014 processes which concluded in September 2014 in New York by the UN General Assembly. Mr. Dhamai is currently serving as the Member of AIPP Executive Council (Chair, Human Rights Program Committee) and a Member of the Board of Trustee (current Chair) of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples. He has been representing AIPP in the ESCR-Net since 2016 and been actively engaged through with Social Movement Working Group and Economic Policy Working Group, and providing support to AIPP representative to the ESCR-Net Women Working Group and Corporate Accountability Working Group.



Fernanda Hopenhaym is a Uruguayan/Mexican researcher, activist and human rights defender who has worked on social, economic and gender justice issues with civil society organizations and social movements for 20 years. She has always been interested in economic, social and cultural rights, and in particular the impact of economic policies, finance and corporate activities on these rights. She has developed research, participated in capacity building activities, and led numerous advocacy processes on these issues in Latin America and internationally. Fernanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She joined the Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER) in early 2013 and is currently its Co-Executive Director. After spending the last 13 years in Mexico, she is now based in Montevideo, Uruguay since 2018.



Irene Escorihuela Blasco holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Administration and another in law, along with a master's degree in Law. Specialized in human rights, she has been working for many years for the defense of social rights at local, national and international levels. She has academic and work experience in Latin America (Peru and Ecuador), and has also worked in administration and at the University of Barcelona. Since 2015, she has been Director of the Observatory of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ODESC) in Barcelona (Spain), where she coordinates research and publications, human rights training, public policy advising and strategic litigation. Her main area of work is the right to housing and the city, from a progressive perspective. She participates in the Barcelona Tenants' Union and in other social areas defending the right to housing.



Maha Abdallah is currently a Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq, a Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization. Her line of work is mostly focused on corporate accountability and business and human rights in conflict-affected areas and occupied territory; primarily the role of corporations in the unlawful exploitation of natural resources, complicity and involvement in human rights abuses. In November 2017, Maha received her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Prior to that, between July 2013 and August 2016, Maha worked as a Research Associate at Al-Haq. In 2013, Maha graduated from The American University in Cairo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, specializing in Public and International Law, and minors in History and Economics. Following her undergraduate studies, Maha joined the Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance in Cairo as an intern legal advisor for six months, where she worked with and represented refugees from different parts of the world.



Priyanthi has been leading the team at the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, Asia Pacific, a global women’s rights organisation, based in Kuala Lumpur, for the last two and a half years. She is passionate about issues of justice and about fighting structural inequalities relating to gender and women’s human rights, access to technology, poverty and livelihoods. Priyanthi has worked in many countries, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Yemen, the UK and Australia and has led several organisations: the Centre for Poverty Analysis, an independent Sri Lankan think tank; the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development, a specialist global network and the Sri Lanka country programme of the international NGO, Practical Action (then called Intermediate Technology Development Group). She began her career working with the Lanka Mahila Samiti, a grassroots women’s organisation in Sri Lanka. Priyanthi has a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.



Ryan Schlief, a life-long activist, led local and global human rights campaigns specializing in economic and social rights for 20 years. He started as a local community organizer and then worked for Amnesty International’s headquarters and managed global campaigns on forced evictions at the video and tech organization, WITNESS. He specializes in collective campaigning methods and using technology for change. As its Executive Director, the International Accountability Project ( works to ensure all people can shape the decisions that affect their homes, environment and communities. IAP asks, “What if development were designed and lived by the same people?” Community-led approaches to realizing economic, social and cultural rights are at the core of IAP’s activities. 



S’bu Zikode is the founder and president of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA. In December 2009 Bishop Rubin Phillip conferred the Order of the Holy Nativity on him. He was the first non-Anglican to be honored in this way. In 2013, 2014 and 2018 S’bu has been forced into hiding after several attempt to his life were made by senior city government officials, the police and local ANC councillors. S’bu. survived car accidents after his car was tampered with in May and June 2018. He believes that real progress on urban and rural issues can be made when there is an agreement that the social value of land must come before its commercial value. He believes that practical steps that can be taken include ensuring that all new housing developments are in well located areas. He believes that all shack settlements should be provided with services and support while they wait for housing and permanent solution. That we take seriously the participatory in situ-upgrades are better than forcing people to rural dumping grounds. We must ensure that both transit camps and corruption are eradicated with immediate effect. It is important that all new developments are co-designed with the people that will live in them.