Debora Diniz has more than 25 years of experience as a Global South leader, academic, filmmaker, and activist. She created and led ANIS, an organization specialized in using video and research for evidence-based advocacy, policy change, and strategic litigation. As an academic, she served as a professor for the Law Faculty of the University of Brasilia (Brazil), where she cultivated generations of activists and legal professionals committed to a wide range of human rights issues.
A skilled communicator, Debora Diniz is recognized for her effectiveness in building connections on hard issues among diverse stakeholders, which can be evidenced by her strong presence on social media channels, such as Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. As a video creator, her films have won more than 80 awards, and have been exhibited at festivals, prisons, universities and schools, hospitals and labs, courts, and churches in more than 35 countries.
Due to her rights-based response to the effects of the Zika epidemic in Brazil, she was nominated as one of 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2020, she won the prestigious Dan David prize, a lifetime achievement recognition for her contributions to gender justice.