International Advisory Board

International Advisory Board (IAB)

Our International Advisory Board is made up of international experts who support OHPI’s work and provide their expertise to OHPI’s staff and Board of Directors.

The International Advisory Board was launched at the start of March 2014 and the details of members will slowly be added throughout March. We will announce each new addition here on our Facebook page as well.


Dr. Abbee Corb, CAS, CMAS, HOKC. (Canada)

AbbeeDr Corb is Executive Director at the International Institute for Radicalisation & Security Studies and a Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. For the past 11 years she has worked with the Hate Crime Extremism Investigative team (HCEIT), a group of 15 law enforcement agencies in Canada. Prior to this she spent over 7 years at the Simon Wiesenthal Center as an Internet Specialist. Dr Corb is a court-qualified expert on hate and extremism in the online environment. She has also produced 3 award winning films dealing with hate crime. She holds a PhD in Criminology and is a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist.

Twitter: @IIRSS_Global

Adv David Matas (Canada)

DavidAdv David Matas is a Canadian human rights lawyer. He is Senior Legal Council at B’nai Brith Canada and co-Chair of the Online Antisemitism Working Group of the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. He is the author of ‘Bloody Words: Hate and Free Speech’ (2000), ‘Aftershock: anti-Zionism and antisemitism’ (2005) and various other books. David has served as Co-chair of the Canadian Helsinki Watch Group (Human Rights Watch) and in various capacities with Amnesty International, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Council for Refugees. He holds an MA from Princeton University, BA from University of Manitoba and a BA (Jurisprudence) and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University.

Mr Imran Awan (UK)

ImranMr Imran Awan is the Deputy Director for the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. He has taught on Policing Cyber Crime, Terrorism Theory, and Violent Extremism and Terrorism, and published widely in the area of online hate crime, Islamophobia, counter-terrorism, human right and policing. He recent books include ‘Policing Cyber Hate, Cyber Threats and Cyber Terrorism’ and ‘Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and policing’. Mr Awan is an Advisory Committee member for the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks Project, an ambassador for the Make Justice Work Campaign, and the Founder & Director of the Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology.

Twitter: @ImranELSS


Dr Stefano Gatti (Italy)

sgattiStefano Gatti is a researcher and editor of the web site Osservatorio antisemitismo of the Jewish Contemporary Research Center of Milan (CDEC), a non-profit organization and the most important institution in Italy for Jewish history and documentary research . He received a degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan, actively contributed for six years as curator to the on-line press review of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) and was part of a group of experts of the Italian parliamentary committee against anti-Semitism. As a specialist in contemporary anti-Semitism, he collaborates with Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry of the Tel Aviv University, writes for the monthly magazine Shalom, is one of the columnists of the official website of the Jewish Community of Rome and blogger of the online daily newspaper Huffington Post Italia.

Hannah Jacobs (USA)

Hannah2Hannah’s youngest daughter was diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability in 1997. She has worked as an advocate against Internet hate speech targeting disability since then. Her advocacy work has helped remove many offensive websites, groups and pages from the Internet and has taken her to the White House and to the offices of Facebook. Hannah is a founding member of Family Member Inc., a 501c3 organization that works to eradicate Internet hate speech targeting children and adults with special needs and disabilities. She is the recipient of the 2011 Visionary Leadership Award from Resources for Children with Special Needs in New York City. She is a member of the Best Buddies New York Advisory Board and in November received the Community Hero Award at the Best Buddies New York Friendship Walk. Hannah was a 2013 nominee for the Women’s Media Center Social Media award and the 2014 recipient of the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award by UCP Women Who Care. She has dedicated her life to changing the conversation on disability from one of ignorance to acceptance.

Kenneth L. Marcus (USA)

pic_marcus1Kenneth L. Marcus is President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of the award-winning book “Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America“. He served as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.  He was the first recipient of the Justice and Ethics Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Civil Rights for this work. Marcus also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism and Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Antisemitism.  He has been a Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair in Equality and Justice in America at the City University of New York and Chair of the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East’s Legal Task Force.


Baden Hughes (Australia)

Baden_1-156x156Baden Hughes was a co-founder of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and served as a Director and Company Secretary during OHPI’s first two years. He is a Senior Consultant and Capability Area Lead at Glentworth. He has been consultant to state and federal public sector agencies including in higher education and cultural institutions. He has also worked at the University of Melbourne and National ICT Australia. He is a Director of Buildings Alive, and a Board Advisor to SYL Semantics and Event Zero. Baden has a background in natural language processing and information management, and has published widely in these areas. A long standing professional association volunteer, he currently serves on the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Standards Committee.

Marc Knobel (France)

knobelMarc Knobel is President of J’accuse (a French association fighting against racism and anti-Semitism on the Internet) and a researcher at the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF). He was formerly a researcher at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Vice President of the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA), and a member of the Observatory of Antisemitism. A specialist in extremism on the Internet, he has advised the Council of Europe, the French Parliament, and the United Nations. Since 2004 he has been a rapporteur for the Consultative Commission on Human Rights (Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l’Homme). Mr Knobel initiated successful legal proceedings in 2000 in the seminal case  of LICRA v Yahoo! over the sale of Nazi memorabilia.