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David Keyes

Executive Director, Advancing Human Rights

David Keyes is executive director of Advancing Human Rights and co-founder of He served as coordinator for democracy programs under famed Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky and assisted a former UN ambassador. Keyes has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Reuters, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Al Akhbar and other leading publications. He has appeared on MSNBC, PBS and Bloomberg TV. He spoke on human rights in the US Congress, Italian Parliament, and Google and held meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President George W. Bush. Keyes launched the First Annual Saudi Women's Grand Prix. He graduated with honors from UCLA in Middle Eastern Studies and pursued a Masters in Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. Keyes is the founder of Students Against Dictators and speaks Arabic, Hebrew and English.
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