Ben Peterson / @jhrben
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights
Ben Peterson is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of jhr (Journalists for Human Rights), Canada’s largest media development organization. jhr’s goal is to make every person on earth fully aware of their rights. By mobilizing the media to spark human rights dialogue, jhr informs people about rights, empowering marginalized communities to stand up, speak out and protect themselves. Since its founding in 2002, jhr has harnessed the power of the media in 15 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including major operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia and Sierra Leone. jhr has also established a presence in universities and high schools across North America, empowering students to spread rights awareness in their communities. Previous to jhr, Ben worked in Ghana’s Ministry of Justice, leading Ghana’s efforts to write reports to the United Nations on various international human rights treaties. Ben has also worked for the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy, and in the offices of David Bonior, the former Democratic Whip in the United States House of Representatives. Ben has a BA in Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE). Ben has received many national and international awards for his work, including Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, the Action Canada Fellowship and the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award. A published author and accomplished public speaker, Ben and jhr have been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and on the CBC among other media outlets.