Philip Cook holds a Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Queen’s University, and is the founder and current Executive Director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD). Since 1994, Dr. Cook has overseen the Institute’s growth as a leader in linking children’s rights and healthy development to broad issues of human development and participatory governance across diverse cultures and situational contexts. During this time, IICRD has been working in partnership with a cross section of UN agencies, governments, and international non-governmental organizations, and children’s organizations. These partnerships have resulted in policy design, community based research initiatives, school based programs and projects with marginalized children, youth and their communities on various issues including: child participation in local governance, youth leadership and development, support for Indigenous children, child participation monitoring and evaluation, intergenerational programs, promoting the rights of sexually-exploited children and caring for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Stuart Hart is one of IICRD's Deputy Directors and is the Founding Director of the Office for the Study of the Psychological Rights of the Child and Professor Emeritus of the School of Education, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He is the present Chairperson for the Children’s Rights Committee and Past President of the International School Psychology Association, the Past President of the National Association of School Psychologists (USA), and the Past-President of the National Committee for the Rights of the Child (USA). He is a director of CRED-PRO, our international program of child rights education for professionals serving children and families. He has presented and published extensively on psychological maltreatment of children and on children’s rights. He is a member of the NGO Advisory Panel for the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children and he is on the editorial boards of Child Abuse and Neglect – The International Journal, School Psychology International, and the Journal of Emotional Abuse.
Michele Cook is IICRD's Capacity Director and is currently the Project Director for YouthScape, a J.W. McConnell Family Foundation funded initiative to increase the resilience of communities across Canada by engaging youth. Michele is a connector at heart. With a background in Physiotherapy and Community Development, Ms. Cook has dedicated the last 17 years of her life to reconnecting and enabling children and their families within our global village. This has entailed working with children with disabilities, family based interventions, community asset building, and the development and implementation of training and capacity building tools to build on local strengths and facilitate systems change.