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Salil Shetty served Amnesty International as the organization’s eighth Secretary General from 2010-2018.

A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Salil Shetty lead the movement’s worldwide work to end human rights violations and  spearheaded a significant move of Amnesty International’s work to the global south.

Before joining Amnesty International, he was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010, credited with significantly increasing awareness of and accountability for the Millennium Development Goals across the world.

From 1998 to 2003, Salil Shetty was Chief Executive of ActionAid, a leading international development NGO.

Salil Shetty studied at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and at the London School of Economics.

Research Interests:

Understanding the resistance to elected authoritarian regimes


Salil Shetty: Decoding the Kashmir Crisis

Real Resistance