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Alexa Koenig

Human Rights Center
San Francisco, CA

Alexa Koenig is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley's School of Law. In 2016, she co-founded the first university-based investigations lab to train students and professionals to discover and verify human rights violations and potential war crimes using online open sources. Alexa has been honored with several awards for her work, including the United Nations Association-SF’s Global Human Rights Award, the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, and the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, and was honored as a 2020 "Woman Inspiring Change" by Harvard Law School. Her most recent book, which she co-edited with Sam Dubberley and Daragh Murray, is Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Documentation, Advocacy and Accountability (Oxford University Press 2020).