The Staff of the Human Dignity Trust
Legal Director: Téa Braun
Téa oversees the implementation of all of the Trust's core legal work. She has global experience in strategic litigation, training and technical assistance on international human rights law and comparative constitutional law, with a particular focus on matters relating to women’s human rights and LGBT human rights. She previously held inter-governmental appointments as Gender Equality Advisor to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Human Rights Advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat, and has advised multiple governments, civil society organisations and litigants across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. She advises in matters addressing the rights to equality, non-discrimination, dignity, privacy and freedom of association, and has represented inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Human Rights Council and through submissions to a range of UN human rights treaty bodies. Téa holds an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia (Canada), qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Canada in 1996 and completed an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law in 2005 as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Essex (England) where she was named Alumna of the Year 2014 for services to human rights. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, which seeks to promote and uphold the rule of law across the Commonwealth, a Strategic Advisor to the global Gqual Campaign which promotes gender parity in international tribunals, and a former member of the Editorial Board of the Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest.
Head of Communications: Nina Kelly
Nina oversees all HDT's external output and devises and manages the organisation's strategic communications.
Nina started her career as a journalist and has contributed to the Guardian,Time Out London and the Independent. Since moving to the not-for-profit sector, she has led the communications of several equality-driven UK policy organisations, including the Runnymede Trust and the Women's Resource Centre.
An experienced strategic thinker, Nina has worked more recently on communications campaigns in the international development sector. She played a key role in the 2013 Enough IF campaign, and is the author of ActionAid UK's 2014 women's rights communications strategy.
Nina holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Manchester and NCTJ qualifications in Media Law, Newswriting and Public Affairs. She writes 100 words-per-minute shorthand and speaks fluent Italian.
Information Officer: Kapil Gupta
Kapil completed his MA in Human Rights Practice under the Erasmus Mundus scholarship (2008-10) of the European Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal (India). He is currently an elected member of the EMA LGBTI Network where he holds the position of the Network Development Officer. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association (HRLA).
Administrator: Chris Atkinson
Chris Atkinson has been involved in business administration for most of his career. He currently works as part-time administrator for the Human Dignity Trust, as well as for a professional association seeking to promote better equality law.
Consultant: Lauren Tapp
Lauren came to us as a Communications and Fundraising Intern in February 2016 and is now researching and authoring the Human Dignity Trust's first publication on the impact of criminal laws on transgender persons internationally. Lauren holds both an MA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Gender and Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has spent several years researching and writing about the human rights of marginalised and stigmatised communities including sex workers, drug users and LGBTQ people and continues to advocate against punitive laws from a harm reduction perspective.