Maya Foa

Maya Foa, Reprieve Director, oversees Reprieve’s strategic initiatives to end extreme human rights abuses – the death penalty and abusive counter-terrorism practices.

As the Director of the legal charity Reprieve, Maya leads a team of lawyers, investigators, campaigners, and policy advisors fighting against grave human rights abuses. Her work, alongside the work of the organisation she has helped shape over the past 8 years, aims to protect vulnerable individuals from the excesses of oppressive Governments – whether they are on death rows or hillsides patrolled by weaponised drones.

CBS has described Maya as “the woman behind a shortage of execution drugs” in the US thanks to her innovative work in tracing pharmaceutical supply chains and consulting with more than 50 manufacturers to help them prevent their life-saving drugs being used in life-ending executions. Under Maya’s directorship Reprieve are saving the lives of people on death rows across the world and securing justice for the victims of abusive counter-terrorism practices; torture, rendition, extrajudicial imprisonment and extra judicial killing. Maya has conducted extensive advocacy before the governments of Europe, the United States and regional and international bodies, has served as an expert advisor to the European Commission and is a frequent voice in the media.

Maya is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for 2018 and was a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow. Maya won the 2015 SMK Women Demanding Justice award. A graduate of Oxford University in French and Italian, Maya also holds an LLB.

Contact: / @mayafoa