The Committee

Chair – Azra Say-Ötün

My name is Azra Say-Ötün and I am an Archaeology undergraduate student at Corpus Christi College.

My activism background has up to now focussed on Cypriot environmental politics and education, as well as heritage and identity management, since it is where I am from. I was previously the CUAI Events Officer and with my new role as Chair, along with our amazing committee, I hope to follow Amnesty International’s policy of active, determined campaigning and (re)connect our Cambridge community with the individuals and collectives who have worked and are working to uphold human rights around the world.

Please do reach out with any suggestions or comments as to the current and future activity of CUAI! You can contact me at

Treasurer – Amy Shailes

My name is Amy and I’m the treasurer for this year. I am a first year Asian and Middle Eastern Studies student at Lucy Cavendish. My interests are particularly in human trafficking, human rights abuses in the Middle East and refugees.

Events Officer – Basma Khan

Hi everyone! I’m a first year economist at Trinity College. My work with human rights so far has involved working with NGOs supporting vulnerable groups in India but I am excited to continue this passion as the new Events Officer for CUAI.

Publicity Officer – Lucy Maxwell

I’m Lucy, a second year Law student at Caius.

I am eager to expand my human rights work beyond academic legal concerns to practical action with Amnesty.

As the Publicity Officer I want to support the CUAI by using its social media platforms to stimulate you engagement in campaigning for human rights, to inform your about Amnesty International’s mission and current undertakings, and to invite you to the interesting and fun events taking place this term. Follow us on Instagram ( and Facebook ( to stay updated!

We’re planning a great year!

If you have any questions about getting involved with Amnesty and our campaigns, please contact me at

College Reps Coordinator – Tess Lambert

I’m Tess, a third year German and Italian student from Medwards and the new College Reps Coordinator here at Amnesty.

Having been a college rep for various charities in Cambridge I’m so excited to get started and to get as many people as possible involved and enthused about the amazing, crucial work Amnesty is doing. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the reps and I’m hoping to make their role even more central and exciting than before, strengthening their ties to each other, as well as to central committee.

After Uni I’m hoping to become a human rights barrister and continue fighting the same injustices that Amnesty stands up against every day. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to get involved either by message or email at!

General Committee member – Elena Handtrack

My name is Elena and I am a third-year law student at St. John’s College. I joined CUAI’s Committee in my first year at Cambridge and I am looking forward to continue being on the Committee during my final year!
As a general member, I help out with different projects where needed – I am especially good with designing posters, stickers, flyers, etc, but I am happy to help with anything – so if you ever need a hand with something CUAI-related, please feel free to email me at

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