Team. Bery, SunjeevSunjeev Bery, Executive Director

Sunjeev Bery (@SunjeevBery) serves as director of Freedom Forward. Previously, Bery served as advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Amnesty International USA, where he lobbied U.S. officials, diplomats, and officeholders regarding human rights concerns across the MENA region; as a regional director for the American Civil Liberties Union, where his work included advocacy on post-9/11 security policies; as a public interest lobbyist on student financial aid issues in Washington, DC; and as a fundraiser for environmental and human rights organizations. His commentaries on U.S. foreign policy and human rights have appeared in a range of U.S. newspapers and publications.

Bery holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Harvard Public Service Fellow. He is a recipient of the 2007 Asian Law Alliance Community Impact Award and has received commendations from the California State Senate and Assembly for his human rights advocacy.

Bethany Alhaidari, Women’s Rights Advocate

Bethany Alhaidari is playing a lead role in Freedom Forward’s campaign to push the W20 to take a stand on women’s human rights in Saudi Arabia. Bethany brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge on Saudi violations of women’s human rights. She has lived in Saudi Arabia for nine years and is now completing her PhD in international human rights law at the National University of Ireland, with a focus on human rights inside Saudi Arabia.

Arvin Alaigh, Digital Campaigner

Arvin Alaigh is a digital campaigner interested in mobilizing digital supporters into taking tangible action moving social progress: he also has experiences in grassroots organizing across both the electoral and non-electoral spaces. He’s worked for organizations such as MoveOn, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the Indian-American IMPACT Project, in addition to various candidate campaigns. He has degrees from the College of William & Mary and the University of Cambridge, where he has studied political science and history.