A varying number of persons are working for IHEU in different capacities. This includes office staff, and our representatives at international bodies. Staff can be reached via our Contact page.
|Gary McLelland – Chief Executive|
Gary joined IHEU in February 2017. Before this he worked for the Humanist Society Scotland since 2013 as Head of Communications and Public Affairs. He has also previously served as a director of the European Humanist Federation based in Brussels, as well as a board member of the Scottish Joint Committee on Religious and Moral Education.Before working in Humanist campaigning, Gary worked for a global citizenship project at the Mercy Corps European headquarters in Edinburgh, and also in policy and service delivery in education and social work.
He has a BSc (hons) in psychology, a diploma in childhood and youth studies and is currently completing a master’s dissertation in human rights law focusing on the approach of international human rights institutions to so-called ‘blasphemy’ laws.
|Bob Churchill – Director of Communications and Campaigns|
As well as managing our communications strategy and online presence, Bob coordinates campaigns including IHEU’s contribution to the End Blasphemy Laws campaign, and serves as Editor of the IHEU Freedom of Thought Report, which monitors the rights, legal status and discrimination against non religious people around the world.
Prior to joining the IHEU staff, Bob worked for three and a half years with the British Humanist Association as Head of Membership and Promotion and volunteered for a year with the Uganda Humanist Association.
He holds a BA (hons) in Philosophy from the University of Warwick and serves on the boards of two UK charities.
|Elizabeth O’Casey – Director of Advocacy|
Elizabeth joined IHEU in this position in January 2016, after three years as a delegate and head of delegations. She focuses her work on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, LGBT rights and the rights of women, particularly in relation to religious, traditional and cultural practices.
She manages IHEU delegations at a number of UN institutions and at the Council of Europe. Elizabeth is also Vice Chair of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief (in Geneva), an International Patron for the Pink Triangle Trust and an International Advisor at the Raif Badawi Foundation. She has also done work as a consultant on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the EU level.
Elizabeth has a PhD in International Political Theory from the London School of Economics, where she was a Michael Leifer Scholar. She has spent time as a Global Justice fellow at Yale University, and worked in various policy and advocacy positions in the UK and EU.
|Giovanni Gaetani – Growth and Development Officer|
Giovanni joined IHEU in January 2017. His main task is to reach new individual contacts and humanist organizations in those areas of the world where IHEU is underrepresented, and to work for the development of existing Member Organizations worldwide.
In April 2016 Giovanni has obtained a PhD in Philosophy from Rome “Tor Vergata” University with a thesis entitled “If you want to be a philosopher, write novels. The philosophy of Albert Camus”. He has published more than thirty academic papers in English, French, and Italian mainly on the philosophy of Camus and Nietzsche. He has published also many articles on secularism, liberalism, and pluralism in different international revues and blogs.
Before joining the IHEU, Giovanni worked as a volunteer for the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR). In 2013 he won the UAAR best thesis prize with his work on “Nihilism and Responsibility at the age of God’s death in Nietzsche and Camus”.
United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva Delegation
- Elizabeth O’Casey — Head of Delegation
- Kacem El Ghazzali
United Nations, New York Delegation
- Margaretha Jones
- Sylvain Ehrenfeld
- John Wagner
Council of Europe
- David Pollock — Head of Delegation
- Renate Bauer
- Michel Grosmann
- Françoise Olivier-Utard