Magnus Ag is a human rights advocate, journalist, and researcher. He is the founder & director of Bridge Figures – a human rights project that scales the potential of artists, activists, journalists & other agents of social change to build bridges and break walls in a data-driven world. Now based between Hong Kong and Berlin, he previously worked with Copenhagen-based Freemuse — which defends the right to artistic freedom worldwide — and in New York as the Assistant Advocacy Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
He has led or participated in missions to Bangladesh, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and Zimbabwe, as well as Brussels, Geneva, New York, and Washington, where he has advocated for change at local and global levels. He has also worked in government and journalism.
Magnus has given keynotes and talks at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Garage Museum in Moscow, CAFA in Beijing, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Etats Généraux de la Culture au Maroc in Casablanca, and Columbia University in New York among others. He has written and appeared in international media such as Deutschlandfunk, TV i24 NEWS, The Huffington Post, Politiken, and on Harvard University’s HPCR Blog. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen.
Magnus serves on Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought’s planning committee for the research project The Politics of Visual Art in a Changing World, is an advisor to Avant-Garde Lawyers, and a proud member of PEN Hong Kong.
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