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.
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.
Emma currently runs the Barclays Philanthropy Service and has over 25 years experience in the field of philanthropy. She previously spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs where she was Executive Director of the Charitable Services Group in EMEA and Asia. Prior to that role she spent 10 years as Fundraiser and Marketing Manager for a major London charity. She is on the board of another Foundation based in the USA.