Alice is independent consultant and researcher and an international human rights advocate and expert on the use of the law for the public good. She has extensive experience in civil rights litigation and social justice philanthropy and currently advises, speaks and conducts research on a broad range of topics including philanthropic giving, good governance, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, public interest law and transformation within the South African legal profession. Ms Brown convenes the annual Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) and serves on the boards of Corruption Watch and Section27, one of South Africa’s most respected public interest law centres. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the advisory committees of the Wits Justice Project and of Lawyers Against Abuse.
Alice served nearly two decades of leadership at the Ford Foundation, as a human rights program officer in its New York headquarters and as a program officer, Deputy Representative and then as the Foundation’s Representative for the Office for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg. During this time, she engaged in innovative grant making to support visionaries working on crucial global, regional and national issues in areas including human rights, social justice, constitutionalism and reconciliation, amongst other matters.
Earlier in her career, Alice spent five years as a litigator and advocate at the renowned NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where she addressed some of the most intractable civil rights problems in the U.S. Her work and publications addressed legal aspects of housing conditions and environmental degradation in African American communities. Prior to her assignment with LDF, Ms Brown had the privilege to serve as a research assistant and law clerk of the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., a prominent and distinguished U.S. federal court judge, historian and civil rights advocate.
Alice is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where she was named an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow based upon academic performance and a commitment to civil rights and liberties. She holds a BA in History with honors from Dartmouth College and pursued graduate study in African History at Northwestern University. She has been a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, a fellow of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, and a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Nomvula has been working as a facilitator of social processes with the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) for the past 19 years and was appointed to the position of Director in March 2011. She has worked with a vast number of civil society formations (NGOs, CBOs, social movements) concerned with social change, social justice, development aid, social mobilization and community development. She has experience in facilitating organisational development interventions, change and transformation processes, conducting external evaluations using a participatory and learning approach, designing/facilitating stakeholder dialogues/collaborations and designing action research processes in search of innovative practices that improve developmental impact. Although the work/practice of the CDRA is rooted in and informed by the development challenges of South African, Nomvula has been privileged to work with civil society organisations in other African countries – through her work with the CDRA she has had the privilege of working in about 20 different countries in Africa. Over and above this, she has worked with civil society organisations and donor agencies in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland and the UK. In the last 3 years she has engaged with and supported capacity development processes for various government departments.
Nomvula holds a Masters Degree in Adult Learning and Global Change, an inter-continental programme that was jointly delivered by the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), Linkoping University (Sweden), University of British Columbia in Canada and Sydney Technologies University (Australia). She has published various articles on the CDRA website and has contributed as author to Barefoot Guides 2 and 4. She regularly speaks at national and international conferences and contributes as practitioner to panel discussions. In addition to Keystone, Nomvula serves as trustee for Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement.
Jack Lange is a partner in the Corporate Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, based in Hong Kong. Jack’s practice is concentrated principally on mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on the representation of private equity and venture capital funds and other financial investors in connection with their activities in Asia, including investment activities and portfolio company financing and acquisition activities.
Jack was named as one of ALB’s annual “HOT 100” practitioners in 2011 which recognizes the leaders and practitioners who have had the greatest impact on the legal market in Asia. He is part of AmCham’s Government Relations Group in Hong Kong and served as President of The American Club Hong Kong for 2012.
Jack is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia and Hong Kong. He graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1981 and from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in 1977. Prior to joining Paul, Weiss in 1988, Jack served in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State.