Magnus Ag

Founder & Director


M agnus Ag is a human rights advocate and a researcher. He is the founder & director of Bridge Figures. Now based between Hong Kong and Berlin, he previously worked with Copenhagen-based Freemuse — which defends the right to artistic freedom worldwide — and as the Assistant Advocacy Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York.

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 as a journalist.

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 advisory committee for the signature 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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Other team members:

Nada Bakr, Research Lead

Geoffrey Cheng, Multimedia Lead

Pere Ferrera, Chief Technology Officer

Ana Pastor, Storytelling Lead

Nina Shapiro, Chief Social Officer

Theresa Züger, Co-Founder & Deputy Director