Our Team

Dedicated to ending impunity and achieving justice.

Staff

Co-Founders/Co-Directors

  • Sukhman Dhami

    Sukhman Dhami is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Ensaaf (2004), a human rights organization that works to end impunity and achieve justice for crimes against humanity in India, with a special focus on Punjab. Sukhman was the recipient of the 2004 Unity Award from the San Francisco Coalition of Minority Bars and South Asian Bar Association for his outstanding service to the legal community. He is a 2006 Echoing Green fellow, and also received a two-year fellowship through the Ford Foundation to work with the Center for Justice & Accountability. Sukhman has published several articles and reports on human rights in India with The Hill, Christian Science Monitor, Human Rights Watch, and The Public International Law & Policy Group, where he also serves on the Advisory Board. He earned his J.D. and M.A. from the American University.

  • Jaskaran Kaur

    Jaskaran Kaur, Co-founder and Co-Director, has authored several seminal reports on human rights abuses in India, including Protecting the Killers: A Policy of Impunity in Punjab, IndiaTwenty Years of Impunity: The November 1984 Pogroms of Sikhs in India, and, as a contributing author, Reduced to Ashes: The Insurgency and Human Rights in Punjab. Ms. Kaur is a 2006 Echoing Green fellow. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Kaur was the recipient of the Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship from Harvard Law School. In 2001, she published a study in the Harvard Human Rights Journal on the role of the Indian judiciary during the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab. Ms. Kaur graduated with distinction from Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Programmatic

  • Khushbu Srivastava

    Khushbu Srivastava, Partnerships Director, has expertise in gender, public health and human rights and has worked across 15 countries. Ms. Srivastava is adept at positioning and amplifying social justice issues in order to elevate community voices to diverse stakeholders for maximum funding and policy impact. Ms. Srivastava is a skilled fundraiser who has raised over $24 million for a range of advocacy, social service and public health efforts. She has led policy and fundraiser efforts for organizations including the United Nations Women, CARE International and the Ford Foundation. Khushbu graduated with distinction from Wellesley College and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

  • Bachittar A. Singh

    Bachittar A. Singh, Program Director, graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle East & South Asia Studies and Religious Studies, and a Minor in Entomology. As an undergraduate, Bachittar was actively involved in his university as the founder, and former board member, of the Sikh Cultural Association of UC Davis. Prior to joining Ensaaf, Bachittar served as a Junior Lab Specialist at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis.

  • Jesse Keim

    Jesse Keim, Executive Program Associate, has worked in a variety of industries, most recently in multifamily and mixed-use real estate. At Ensaaf, he focuses on the IT department, donor management, and data cleaning.

Board of Directors

  • Gurinder S. Ahluwalia

    Gurinder S. Ahluwalia is currently the CEO of 280 CapMarkets, an innovative fixed income business. He brings over 25 years of operating and financial services experience to building businesses, most recently in wealth management. Mr. Ahluwalia has provided leadership in several different roles including CEO and President, COO, Chief Risk Officer, and Executive Advisor. Previously, Mr. Ahluwalia was President and CEO of AssetMark, Inc., and served as President and CEO of GE Private Asset Management and Genworth Wealth Management, where he transformed the unit from a boutique business to one with industry-leading profitability. Mr. Ahluwalia earned computer science and engineering degrees from Cooper Union, New York University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

  • Elvis Fraser

    Elvis Fraser is the Founder and Managing Director of Sankofa Consulting, LLC, a Seattle-based international development consulting firm focused on outcomes and impact metrics and measurement. Previously, Dr. Fraser was a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has 25 years of experience in international and domestic development research and program evaluation. His primary expertise is in social science research and evaluation; policy analysis; economic analysis; ethnographic studies; process and impact evaluation; performance monitoring; operations research; and translational research. Dr. Fraser has published research papers on democracy and international human rights, political instability, and the interrelationships among social, political, and economic development. Dr. Fraser has a doctorate in socio-economics, with a concentration on international development. He has conducted research and has published on the interrelationships among social, political, and economic development. Dr. Fraser also has extensive experience working on the in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He has working proficiency in Spanish.

  • Jaskaran Kaur

    Jaskaran Kaur, Co-founder and Co-Director, has authored several seminal reports on human rights abuses in India, including Protecting the Killers: A Policy of Impunity in Punjab, India, Twenty Years of Impunity: The November 1984 Pogroms of Sikhs in India, and, as a contributing author, Reduced to Ashes: The Insurgency and Human Rights in Punjab. Ms. Kaur is a 2006 Echoing Green fellow. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Kaur was the recipient of the Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship from Harvard Law School. In 2001, she published a study in the Harvard Human Rights Journal on the role of the Indian judiciary during the Decade of Disappearances in Punjab. Ms. Kaur graduated with distinction from Yale College and Harvard Law School.

  • Sukhman Dhami

    Sukhman Dhami is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Ensaaf (2004), a human rights organization that works to end impunity and achieve justice for crimes against humanity in India, with a special focus on Punjab. Sukhman was the recipient of the 2004 Unity Award from the San Francisco Coalition of Minority Bars and South Asian Bar Association for his outstanding service to the legal community. He is a 2006 Echoing Green fellow, and also received a two-year fellowship through the Ford Foundation to work with the Center for Justice & Accountability. Sukhman has published several articles and reports on human rights in India with The Hill, Christian Science Monitor, Human Rights Watch, and The Public International Law & Policy Group, where he also serves on the Advisory Board. He earned his J.D. and M.A. from the American University.

  • Cristy St. John

    Cristy St. John is the Deputy Director of Development for Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), an inter-generational nonprofit committed to the psychological, physical, social and economic development of young cis and trans women of color. Ms. St. John has provided social media and business operations consulting, as well as freelance photography services, to journalists, authors, medical professionals, activists, TV talk show hosts, and musicians since 2010. Previously, she served as the social media manager at Primary Care Development Corporation, and as the project coordinator for the CDC-funded High Impact HIV Prevention team. Ms. St. John has also worked at The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Clinton Foundation, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), New York University’s Wasserman Career Development Center and Charity: Water; leading research and program development projects. She spent six months conducting qualitative research in India on the psychological impact of coping with a terminal disease with patients of the Palliative Care & Pain Management Unit of the Amrita Institute for Medical Sciences (AIMS). Ms. St. John holds an MSSW from Columbia University and an MPH from New York University.

  • Alex Beck

    Alex Beck is the Head of Operations at Lattice Investments, where he oversees core business development and designs quantitative asset and risk management strategies. Alex has been involved in algorithmic portfolio management for seven years and specializes in developing strategies in Python and R. Alex is experienced in applied and theoretical mathematics, macroeconomics, emerging market modeling, and geopolitical analysis. Additionally, Alex has lived in China for more than two years, is proficient in Mandarin Chinese (HSK 5), holds a FINRA Series 3 Futures Trading License, and is an avid tennis player having previously participated in numerous professional ITF tournaments.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is an independent research and strategy consultant with expertise in human rights law and grantmaking. She has worked and consulted, respectively, for a global human rights grantmaking institution and a large multi-million-dollar foundation. Trained as a lawyer and with expertise in program management, she also directed a multi-year program on human rights and national security for a large legal organization.

Board of Advisors

Ensaaf’s Advisory Board members enhance Ensaaf’s capacity, contributing significant time, resources, and work on joint projects.

Brad Adams is the Executive Director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW is the largest human rights organization based in the US and protects the human rights of people around the world.

Rajvinder Singh Bains is a Punjab & Haryana High Court attorney with over three decades of human rights litigation experience.

Sandra Coliver is senior team manager for freedom of information and expression with the Open Society Justice Initiative. Previously, she served as the director of the Center for Justice and Accountability..

Matt Eisenbrandt is Special Advisor to the Canadian Centre for International Justice. He is one of Canada’s leading experts on universal jurisdiction prosecutions and corporate accountability for human rights violations.

Carla Ferstman is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex School of Law. She was previously the Director of REDRESS. REDRESS helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparations.

Ram Narayan Kumar, who helped grow Ensaaf from an idea into an international human rights organization, passed away in 2009, yet continues to inspire Ensaaf through his lifelong commitment to humility, accountability, and the rule of law. He was most recently Director of the Understanding Impunity Project at the South Asian Forum for Human Rights.

Smita Narula is lecturer and interim director of the human rights program at Hunter College. She is an award-winning scholar and practitioner with over two decades of experience in human rights and public policy.

Sharanjeet Parmar is an international human rights lawyer working in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has also served as a lecturer on law in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

Paul Williams is the Co-Founder of the Public International Law & Policy Group which provides pro bono assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, post-conflict constitution drafting, and war crimes prosecutions. He is also a Professor of Law and International Relations at the American University Washington College of Law and School of International Service.

Contact Us

Ensaaf
P.O. Box 11682
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Tel: (800) 668-1516 x111
Fax: (270) 916-7074
info@ensaaf.org

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