Gissou Nia is a human rights lawyer with a passion for world politics, social good and solutions for global displacement. She is a Strategy Director at Purpose, a social change agency, where she leads work on campaigns to boost public engagement around the global refugee crisis and issues in the international development and human rights space. In that capacity, she created Refugees Welcome, an award-winning dinner series that brings newcomers and locals together over a meal to break bread and break barriers.
Before her most recent posting, Gissou served as the Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and the Deputy Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Gissou also works on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. She lectures and publishes widely on human rights developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the rule of law in post-conflict and transitional societies. Her work has been published and featured on CNN, Forbes, NPR, Politico, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and other major media outlets..