Hans joined the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2007. He has a background as a human rights activist, educator, and trainer based in Paris, with more than 30 years of experience in economic and political development. He recently designed and led a programme of training and capacity building for paralegals working in post-conflict settings in Africa and established UNESCO’s Poverty and Human Rights Programme that brought the agency’s multi-disciplinary resources to bear on the task of poverty eradication.
He previously directed an international penal and criminal justice reform training programme for Penal Reform International and held senior staff positions at Amnesty International and regional community development organisations. He has worked as a consultant on strategic planning and organisational change with clients ranging from Siemens, AT&T and Corning to numerous small and mid-sized organisations in the US and internationally.
Hans has founded several organisations and small enterprises and is currently co-founder and owner of a community-based tourism enterprise in the High Caucuses. He has studied, written and worked on issues of civil society development, human rights and capacity building in over 50 countries worldwide.
He is Austrian-American and holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.