Hossam Bahgat is a human rights defender and journalist with a background in political science and international human rights law. From 2002 to 2013, Bahgat was the founding executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, and recently returned to lead the organization 2020. His investigative stories appeared in the independent news service Mada Masr. He served as board chair of the International Network for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. In 2010, Human Rights Watch awarded Bahgat the Allison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism and in 2014 he received the Catherine and George Alexander Law Prize from Santa Clara University. Bahgat is also the recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya award for courageous Journalism for his work in investigative journalism. Because of his activism the Egyptian government has placed Bahgat under a travel ban and froze all his assets for the last 7 years.