Founding member and the current director of PASSOP, Braam Hanekom's childhood in Zimbabwe strongly influenced his views on refugees. An activist in the fight for the rights of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees, Hanekom writes a weekly column for newspaper, The Zimbabwean. Between the end of 2007 and early 2008, he was arrested four times for different protest actions: in three of the four arrests, charges were withdrawn by the state. Although an active member of the ANC, he is also a strong critic of the government's shortcomings. Hanekom serves on the board with civil society representatives from COSATU, SWEAT and Workers World among others. He is a laureate of the 2008 Inyathelo award for youth in philanthropy, and in 2011 was chosen by the Mail and Guardian as one of it's 200 young South Africans.
Rabab El-Mahdi is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. She joined and co-founded a number of opposition groups in Egypt since 2001 and was the senior advisor to Presidential candidate Abdel Monem Abu El-Fetouh in 2012. She serves on the boards of a number of Egyptian civil society organizations. Her publications and political activism focuses on social movements and civil society groups including; labour, pro-democracy groups, women, and Islamists. El-Mahdi is a frequent commentator on AJE, BBC, CNN, ABC and writes op-eds for both Egyptian and international newspapers.