Executive Council

The APMA Executive Council (EC) is elected through an online election, where alumni members vote and choose the candidates. The APMA EC holds the office for two-year terms. The current EC took the office in October 2019. Following is the brief introduction of the team members. The new EC Team would like to get connected with other chapters. You can reach them by email contact.apma@gmail.com or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/APMAlumni?fref=ts.


President: Parvez Ahmed Pirzado

Parvez belongs to 2010-2011 (First Cohort) of the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (MHRD) program. He has been an active member of APMA since its inception. He participated in the first general assembly and contributed in the development of the constitution. He was part of the Election Committee during the previous two elections of the alumni (2014 and 2016). Currently he is enrolled at the University of Technology Sydney as a doctoral candidate. He has more than 15 years of experience of working in the international development sector with a focus on Education, Human Rights and Community Development.


General Secretary: Mariah Grant

Mariah belongs to MHRD cohort 1. Mariah was instrumental in organizing the first APMA General Assembly and served on the first Executive Council. She has worked closely with the GCA by managing mentorship and career building programs. Throughout her career she has focused on global migration. She is dedicated to defending people’s freedom of movement and advocating for dignified and safe modes of travel for people who choose or are forced to move away from home. She works tirelessly to ensure individuals’ human rights are respected and upheld both throughout their journey and once settled in a new community.


Treasurer: Gianna Francesca M. Catolico

Gianna belongs to the 2017-18 cohort of MHRD. She is a young human rights defender from the Philippines. She is also an alumnus of the Global Classroom held in Armenia last 2018. She currently works as a Program Officer for Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services Inc. (IDEALS), an NGO providing legal services to marginalized communities and victims of human rights abuses in the Philippines. Lastly, Gianna is a prolific and talented writer, having published articles in the Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, and South Korea.


Executive member: Niaz Ahmed Kandhir
Niaz is a graduate of cohort 1. Niaz is one of the founders of the APMA with significant role in establishing it as an organization. He led on arranging first ever General Assembly of APMA in Bangkok in 2014. He was first ever elected President of APMA after approval of its by-laws.
He has been successfully representing APMA with Sydney University, EIUC, Mahidol University and Global Campus Alumni. In fact, he is also one of the founding members of GCA in its registration in Brussels!

Niaz is Democratic Governance Expert based in Pakistan with significant experience in parliamentary strengthening, elections, political parties and civil society. He also works on linguistic and cultural diversity issues. He chairs a forum of cultural activists based in Islamabad and also pioneered annual Pakistan Mother Languages Literature Festival in 2016.


Executive Member: Nishandeny Ratnam

Nishandeny is a graduate of MHRD from 2011-2012 cohort. She is an Attorney-at-law in Sri Lanka with a LL.B from University of Colombo and a LL.M from Ohio Northern University. With more than seven years professional experience in legal and development sector her interests and expertise varies with human rights, rule of law reforms, democratic governance, transitional justice and anti-corruption initiatives.


Executive member: Nir Lama
Nir Lama belongs to the 2017-2018 cohort. He is currently working as a freelance researcher. He has been involved in the human rights movement of Nepal for more than ten years. While working in Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) in Nepal, he led the documentation of serious violations of human rights committed during Nepal’s armed conflict and monitoring of Constituent Assembly elections. He also worked as editor of human rights portals, various human rights publications and reports.


Executive member: Nushrat Zehra

Nusrat belongs to 2014-15 batch of MHRD. She is pleased to offer her volunteer services for this position as she has relevant experience, skills and interest in Human rights. She is interested in cultural and languages rights and freedom of speech and work for it as member of a volunteer organisation.