Staff

  • Garth Meintjes

    Garth Meintjes

    President

    Garth Meintjes became president of PILnet at the end of 2015, when he succeeded its founder, Edwin Rekosh. Prior to joining PILnet, Garth served as the executive director of ISLP for nearly five years. Under his leadership, ISLP completed a strategic review, which resulted in a more focused mission to advance “just and accountable development” by mobilizing pro bono expertise to support the efforts of civil society groups and least developed country governments. He also led the integration of the organization’s operations in the United States and Europe.  Read more

  • Edwin Rekosh

    Edwin Rekosh

    Founder and Senior Advisor

    Edwin Rekosh is the founder of PILnet, was its president and CEO until 2015, and continues to serve the organization as a senior advisor. He is currently the Director of Human Rights Initiatives and Visiting Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. In that capacity, he is overseeing [...] Read more

  • Tamás Barabás

    Tamás Barabás

    Senior Legal Officer

    Tamás Barabás is a senior legal officer in PILnet’s Budapest office. He runs PILnet’s Hungarian Pro Bono Clearinghouse and supports pro bono projects in Central and Eastern Europe. His main responsibility is working with NGOs to broker their legal needs with law firms in Hungary and elsewhere [...] Read more

  • Julie Cheng

    Julie Cheng

    Senior Legal Officer

    Julie Cheng manages PILnet Hong Kong’s pro bono clearinghouse, designs legal capacity building initiatives for NGOs and helps to coordinate the Asia Pro Bono Forum.  Read more

  • Jennifer Cheung

    Jennifer Cheung

    Senior Legal Officer

    Jennifer Yi Man Cheung is a Senior Legal Officer in PILnet’s Hong Kong office. Jennifer joined first as a volunteer at PILnet Hong Kong and then a secondee from DLA Piper to work on the feasibility of community legal services in Hong Kong.  She came on board as a Senior Legal Officer in April [...] Read more

  • Leontine Chuang

    Leontine Chuang

    Director for Hong Kong

    Leontine Chuang is the Director of PILnet's Hong Kong Office.  She manages all aspects of PILnet's Hong Kong operations and has overall responsibility of the programming in the Hong Kong office.  She also works with other PILnet colleagues to coordinate projects across Greater China and [...] Read more

  • Devon Kearney

    Devon Kearney

    Director of Development

    Devon Kearney is PILnet's director of development, based in the New York office. He has worked in development and non-profit management for human rights and social justice organizations for ten years. Prior to coming to PILnet, he was senior development officer at the International Center for [...] Read more

  • Lorna Kralik

    Senior Legal Officer

    Lorna Kralik is a Senior Legal Officer and heads up the Global Pro Bono Clearinghouse from PILnet's Budapest office. Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and U.C. Hastings College of the Law, Lorna has a background in both non-governmental project management and writing. She has [...] Read more

  • Marieanne McKeown

    Marieanne McKeown

    Director of Global Pro Bono

    Marieanne McKeown is director of Global Pro Bono. She is responsible for coordinating the Global Pro Bono Clearinghouse activities, planning and organizing the annual European Pro Bono Forum, collaborating with NGOs in Europe and elsewhere, and strengthening relationships with public interest [...] Read more

  • Krisztina Molnár

    Krisztina Molnár

    Grant & Finance Manager

    Krisztina Molnár helped establish the PILnet office in Budapest in 2002. Her responsibilities include managing and supervising administrative tasks and the organization of PILnet events, as well as overseeing grants administration and liaising with donor and partner financial departments. She [...] Read more

  • Tze-wei Ng

    Tze-wei Ng

    Deputy Director for Asia

    Tze-wei Ng is Deputy Director for Asia based in Hong Kong. She is responsible for managing PILnet’s Hong Kong office and program, and assisting Director for Asia in coordinating other projects across the region.   Ng joined PILnet in December 2013 to set up its Hong Kong office.& [...] Read more

  • Gyöngyvér Papp

    Gyöngyvér Papp

    Office Coordinator

    Gyöngyvér Papp is responsible for reception duties, office administration and management, and other administrative tasks key to the smooth daily operation of PILnet's Budapest office. She answers inquiries, helps orient new staff members, and assists with the logistical management and [...] Read more

  • Dmitry Shabelnikov

    Dmitry Shabelnikov

    Director for Russia

    Dmitry Shabelnikov is director for Russia, he is based in Moscow and is responsible for PILnet’s work in Russia. He has been leading efforts to promote legal aid reforms in Russia and develop clinical legal education there. Following the expansion of the PILnet Moscow office in 2007, he has [...] Read more

  • Raisa Shumeyko

    Finance Manager

    Raisa Shumeyko is the Finance Manager in the PILnet NYC office. As a Finance Manager, Raisa is responsible for a range of programs involving business and fiscal affairs of the organization.She works closely with the Budapest and Hong Kong offices to maintain grant reporting,& [...] Read more

  • Tanin Tehrani

    Tanin Tehrani

    Associate Director of Development

    Tanin Tehrani is the associate director of development based in PILnet’s New York office. She is responsible for managing PILnet’s corporate, law firm and individual donor relationships, coordinating PILnet’s fundraising efforts and strategies with the development team as well as seeking new [...] Read more

  • Melody Xiong

    Melody Xiong

    Program and Admin Assistant

    Melody Xiong is the program and administrative assistant in PILnet’s Beijing office. She is responsible for office administration and management, and other administrative tasks that are key to the smooth daily operation of PILnet's Beijing office. She is also responsible for working with the [...] Read more

  • Jessica Wang

    Executive & Program Assistant

    Jessica Wang works in the New York office as the Executive and Program Assistant.  She supports Garth Meintjes in his day-to-day operations, which includes scheduling and servicing as a liaison to the board of directors.  She also provides programmatic support to the organization as needed.  Read more

  • Wu Qian

    Wu Qian

    Finance and M&E Manager

    Wu Qian is the finance and M&E manager of PILnet’s Beijing office. She is responsible for the financial functions of the office, including budgeting, accounting, and reporting. She has more than a decade of experience with nonprofit groups, including an organization that promotes the rule of [...] Read more

  • Huang Zhong

    Huang Zhong

    Asia Fellow

    Huang Zhong is Asia Fellow based in PILnet Beijing office. She coordinates projects related to business and human rights. Zhong works as China Researcher & Representative at Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Prior to PILnet and Resource Centre, she worked with Saferworld China [...] Read more

  • Maysa Zorob

    Maysa Zorob

    Senior Legal Officer

    Maysa Zorob is PILnet’s Senior Legal Officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), based out of the New York Office. Maysa is responsible for devising and implementing strategic litigation and clinical legal education initiatives in the region as well as supporting the development of pro [...] Read more