Saad Eddin Ibrahim has been a leading human rights and democracy activist for more than thirty years. He is a professor at the American University in Cairo and is a prolific writer and broadcaster. He was a founder of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, a precursor of human rights movements that have developed throughout the Arab region in recent decades. He is Chairman of the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies and Secretary General of the Egyptian Independent Commission for Electoral Review. Dr. Ibrahim is the recipient of many international awards for his work in support of human rights and democracy, including the 2002 Human Rights First Human Rights Award. He advises many international organizations on issues related to human rights, democracy and development.