Global Rights Advocate, Thor Havlorssen

Thor Halvorssen is a 39-year-old human rights advocate and produces films. He is of Norwegian and Venezuelan descent and was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Raised in a wealthy family which had a driver, butler, cook, bodyguard, and other servants he was always taught to respect those who worked for him. Thor went to the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and has degrees in Political Science and History.

Advocacy for Thor began in 1989 in London by organizing opposition to South African apartheid. In 1999 Thor became the CEO and executive director of FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) a civil liberties organization based in the US. Thor Halvorssen joined the Board of Advisors of FIRE in March 2004 When he stepped down from his previous duties. He founded and is president of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) in 2004 and HRF was incorporated in 2005. The HRF headquarters opened its doors in August 2006. In 2009 Thor also founded the Oslo Freedom Forum. The Oslo Freedom Forum is a gathering of human rights advocates from all over the world. He is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute, On Own Feet, and the Patron of the Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement.

Halvorssen regularly meets with North Korean defectors, activists, and friends of his from Silicon Valley. The stories of the defectors is always a sad one, but they are all thankful to have a better life. They help spread information and media to the citizens of the oppressed regime. They use tactics like attaching leaflets to balloons filled with helium and releasing them at the border of South Korea in the hopes that the balloons will drift to nearby cities and towns. Once in the air, the balloons are popped by a time-released acid. Other en devours include sending movies, treats and candy, bibles, and even what is purported to be photos of Kim Jong-Un’s wife in a porno. These actions are a regular part of Thor’s repertoire to give hope to North Korean citizens. Follow Halvorssen on Facebook to learn more about his causes.

Source:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824

Sanjay Shah: Introducing New Faces To Autism Rocks

Autism Rocks is making headlines for recent movement in the board of trustees. The PR Newswire announced that Sanjay Shah, the founder of the charity, had appointed 2 new individuals to the board. The first was Will Best. Will ties in well with the charity’s method of raising money through private concerts. He has been involved in the music industry since he started organizing underground concerts in London during his days at King’s College. After graduating, he then went on to host music tv shows around the world. The network of industry professionals he brings to the charity’s disposal is astounding.

Sanjay Shah also appoint Will Best’s brother, Pete, to the board of trustees. Pete’s background is in finance. He spent more than 2 decades working in the financial markets in London and he then was asked to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of Icap. Most recently, Pete has made the decision to retire and spend time with family and pursuing a few good causes, both for profit and not for profit. Pete’s background is an extremely useful one for Autism Rocks to tap into.

Shah’s background is in finance. It was only in the last decade that he has had the chance to pursue other interests. Recently, he made the decision to step back from his largely successful firm. When he stepped back, he immediately moved onto new projects. His first project was a co-sponsored jazz festival in Dubai. Shah worked on that project with a local promotional firm and it was a huge success. Joss Stone was a headliner and Aloe Blacc performed. More than 3000 people came to the festival and in its first year, it managed it break even.

In the middle of the planning for this event, Shah decided to start a charity to help raise money for autism research. This issue is close to Shah’s heart as his own son was diagnosed with the illness in 2011. The charity has already managed to raise several hundred thousand dollars with concerts by famous musicians.