Jerusalem – NGO Monitor is honored that Hon. Michael Danby MP has agreed to join its International Advisory Board. Mr. Danby currently serves as a senior member of the Australian Labor Party, and joins Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Ruth Wisse, Prof. Judea Pearl, Col. Richard Kemp, and other distinguished international board members.

Mr. Danby was previously Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts, chair of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade, and chair of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Migration. He takes a keen interest in Middle East Affairs. He is a senior member of the Australia-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group, and is an International Patron of the Henry Jackson Society.

In addition, he is also a steering committee member for World Movement for Democracy, an international network of activists, practitioners, scholars, policy makers, and funders who work to advance democracy.

Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor said: “Mr. Danby’s contributions to our board are greatly valued. He brings vast experience and knowledge of the political sphere and will help increase our unique impact as providing checks and balances for political NGOs around the world.”

Mr. Danby said the following about NGO Monitor: “NGOs claiming a humanitarian focus are political entities whose words carry weight in the international arena. As such, their true goals, motivations, objectivity, and sources of funding should be scrutinised. Just as politicians are held accountable for their views, so should other political entities, such as NGOs.”