Maja Daruwala

Board Member

For over ten years, Maja Daruwala has been the executive director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), an international non-governmental organization headquartered in New Delhi with offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana.

CHRI promotes the practical realization of human rights in the Commonwealth’s 53 countries and focuses particularly on issues relating to accountability, transparency, and participation. Its present areas of specialization are access to justice and access to information. CHRI promotes police and prison reform and seeks to ensure citizens are guaranteed the right to access government-held information.

Maja sits on several charitable boards in India and abroad, including NAMATI, International Record Management Trust, Chair in Multiple Action Research Group (MARG) New Delhi, and Public Affairs Centre (PAC) Bangalore. Maja believes the only way to be optimistic about the future is to invent it! 

A barrister by training, Daruwala has conceptualized and edited reports targeted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government on poverty, the right to information, and police accountability. She continues to produce a body of journalistic work, including a television documentary on prisoners and rights and governance issues in the region.