2011 Speakers

Jamila Aanzi

Jamila Aanzi studied business economy and organisational sciences. As the former vice-chair of FNV Young, the youth network of the confederation of Dutch trade-unions, she was responsible for combating and preventing youth unemployment, negotiating on collective workers agreements and working on recommendations to the social economic council. Jamila is now self-employed, working on issues like diversity 2.0. Together with Kirsten van den Hul she developed a workshop on the topic. Together they wrote an essay on diversity 2.0, which was recently published as part of a book on the future of the Netherlands.

Henry Alt-Haaker (HIA Senior Fellow)

Henry Alt-Haaker participated in the HIA Fellowship in Berlin in 2005. Since then Henry has remain involved with HIA. He was a co-founder of the German and European Senior Fellow Network, chaired both of them and enjoyed shaping HIA’s future within the International Committee on Planning and working as an advisor for the European HIA Centre. Outside of HIA, Henry has been active in several NGOs and organisations focused on anti-racism, migration/integration topics and anti-corruption. Henry studied Philosophy and German Literature in Berlin (Humboldt), Paris (Sorbonne Paris 1) and St Louis (Washington University) and subsequently added a second Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Henry has worked for several Members of German Parliament (B90/Greens and FDP), as a political officer in the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and is now the Chief Clerk in the parliamentary office of the German Minister of Justice. Here he coordinates the staff, serves as an intellectual and strategic sparring partner for his boss and focuses on long term political questions.

Dr. Hans Binnendijk

Dr. Hans Binnendijk is the Vice President for Research and Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Policy at the National Defense University in the United States. Binnendijk has been an advisor on security policy in both the legislative and executive branches of the American government and continues to serve on the boards of several academic institutions, including the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Binnendijk is the Chair of the International Board of Directors of Humanity in Action.

Antonella Caruso

Antonella Caruso is the founder and director of the Ipalmo-USIP Dialogue on National Reconciliation in Iraq, an ongoing project that supports the Iraqi government’s efforts in the process of reconciliation. Ms. Caruso works with the main political blocs and parties in the Iraqi Council of Representatives to promote and support a parliamentary caucus for national reconciliation. The project is financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her four years of experience in Iraq, Ms. Caruso has been a researcher focusing on Islam in Europe at the French think tank Institut Monataigne in Paris, a columnist at L’Espresso Magazine and an advisor to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Caruso studied Arabic Language and Literature at La Sapienza University, Rome. She did her post-graduate research in Islamic Studies in London and Cairo.

Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons is the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. It aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America's global interests with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America's democratic way of life. He is currently a Senior Fellow at New America Foundation. He previously served as Executive Vice President and remains actively involved in the direction of the American Strategy Program. Mr. Clemons writes frequently on matters of foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. His work has appeared in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journals, and magazines around the world.

Steve Crawshaw

Steve Crawshaw is chief of staff with the Secretary-General of Amnesty International. He joined Amnesty International as international advocacy director in 2010. From 2002 to 2010 he worked for Human Rights Watch, first as UK director and then as United Nations advocacy director.

He was a journalist for many years, first with Granada Television in the UK and then joining the Independent at launch in 1986. He reported for the Independent on the east European revolutions, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Balkan wars, and was Germany correspondent from 1992 to 1995.

He is the co-author, with John Jackson, of Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity and Ingenuity Can Change the World (2010; Arabic, French, Hungarian, and Korean editions published or forthcoming). Previous books are Goodbye to the USSR (1992) and Easier Fatherland: Germany and the Twenty-First Century (2004, German edition 2005).

He studied Russian and German at Oxford and Leningrad Universities, and lived in Poland from 1978-81.

Olaf Deussen

Olaf Deussen works on projects in the Euro-Mediterranean area in the field of intercultural dialogue, communication and networking. Olaf holds a MA degree in Euro-Mediterranean Studies (International Politics) from Reading University and a Bachelor degree in European Management from the Strasbourg Graduate School of Managemente. In his career, Olaf has worked with the European Commission, the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Arab TV-channel Al Arabiya, where he produced the documentary "The Arab world seen through European eyes." (http://vimeo.com/5780268) His latest assignment in the Euro-Med area was to work for the regional office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Palestine as Programme Coordinator. He was in charge of the coordination, support and monitoring of 10 projects of local partners in the Palestinian occupied Territories, Jordan and Egypt in the areas of political research, foreign policy analysis, human rights advocacy, radio journalist training, democratic participation, online activism, bloggers and new media organisations. In June 2011, Olaf joined the EU Commission, DG INFSO in the area of ICT as Communication and Information Officer. Among other areas, he will focus on informing and communicating about the EU’s Digital Agenda policy with social media and audio-visual tools. On a voluntary basis he is the Founder and President of the Brussels based NGO “EuroArab Forum” (www.euroarab-forum.eu) which is promoting better understanding between Europe and the Arab world.

Boris Dittrich

At the United Nations in New York, Boris Dittrich co-organized the launch of the Yogyakarta Principles, a landmark document that articulates principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. He also co-organized two events at the UN Headquarters on sexual orientation and gender identity which resulted in the joint statement of 66 countries (now 67 including the United States) to combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity a statement by the Holy See to decriminalize homosexual conduct and to respect the human rights of homosexual men. He visited countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe where he discussed LGBT rights with governments, members of parliament and civil society and where he gave many interviews on LGBT rights. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2007, Boris was a member of the Dutch national parliament for more than 12 years. He initiated the same sex marriage and adoption bills through which the Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow civil marriage for gays and lesbians. Before being elected as MP Boris was a judge at the regional court of Alkmaar and prior to that a lawyer in Amsterdam. He is author of two books in Dutch in which he focuses on LGBT rights and a recently published novel. He studied at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Majid El Jarroudi

Majid El Jarroudi is a French social entrepreneur. Since 2003 he has started five consulting and cultural organizations, all focused on providing business opportunities to minorities and promoting corporate diversity. In 2009, El Jarroudi started the French Agency for Diversity in Entrepreneurship (Adive), which encourages large corporations to develop business relationships with entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities and diverse heritages. He is also the Chair of the Board of HIA France and a vice-president of JEUNE, the association for young entrepreneurs in the EU.

Aisha Fukushima (HIA Senior Fellow)

Since 2009, Aisha Fukushima has travelled to over 6 countries on 4 different continents exploring and participating in hip hop justice with the generous support of the Watson Fellowship Foundation. Fukushima currently lives in San Francisco, California where she teaches in public schools and is working on a feature length documentary about her 'RAPtivism' (rap activism) journey. She enjoys performing, singing and inspiring youth through the creative arts. She also writes for New America Media and will begin a teaching artist residency with the Global Writes Project in the fall. Fukushima holds a degree in Rhetoric and Film Studies with minors in French Literature and Gender Studies from Whitman College.

Dr. Judith S. Goldstein

Judith Goldstein is a historian by training. She founded Humanity in Action in 1997 and has been the Executive Director ever since. She has written several books and articles about American history, art and landscape architecture, most recently Inventing Great Neck: Jewish Identity and the American Dream, published in September 2006.

Dr. Detlef Graf v. Schwerin

Dr. Detlef Graf v. Schwerin, a historian by training, worked for the United Nations Development Programme at New York and for different development organisations in Germany and Nepal. 1990, he returned from abroad and became head of Potsdam police (1991-2001). From 2007-2009 he was responsible for establishing the Center for Contemporary History of Police at the training institute of the Brandenburg Police. He is the initiator of the exhibition project "Order and Destruction. The police forces in the NS-State," which is presently shown at the German Historical Museum, Berlin. One of his books is on his father and his friends, who were members of the German resistance movement against Hitler and his regime.

Malika Hamidi

Malika Hamidi is the Director General of the think tank “European Muslim Network” (EMN) in Brussels which focuses on Islam in Europe. She is a PhD candidate in sociology at the “Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales” in Paris. Her research focus is on the concept of feminist Islam in the Occident and feminine, Muslim identity in Europe. As a member of the “l'Association Femmes Musulmanes de Belgique” she is part of a reflection platform on the construction of a European, feminine, Muslim identity. She is also the Vice president of the International Study Group of reflection on Women in Islam (GIERFI). Malika Hamidi is also a trained social worker. For the last 11 years, she's been active in various organisations at grassroots level on the issue of Women and Islam in the West.

Annette Heuser

Ms Heuser is executive director of the Bertelsmann Foundation North America, a private, nonpartisan operating foundation, working to promote and strengthen transatlantic cooperation. Before launching the Bertelsman Foundation in Washington DC, Ms. Heuser served in the corporate sector as Vice President of International Relations at Bertelsmann AG in Guetersloh, Germany, and as the founding Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation's Brussels office from 2000 to 2006. Ms Heuser studied political science, law and sociology. Before joining the Bertelsmann Foundation, she was editor of the "Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration," an annual publication that focuses on the year's institutional and political developments in European integration. She has published a number of articles in international newspapers on transatlantic relations and European affairs.

Emma Herman (HIA Senior Fellow)

Emma Herman is Director of Business Development at Fairfood International, a global advocacy organization committed to making the food industry more sustainable. Before joining Fairfood, she worked in The Hague and Brussels as a policy advisor and spokesperson on trade and development issues. Emma is a Senior Fellow from the Dutch programme in 2006 and continues to be closely involved with Humanity in Action.

Anne-Juliette Hermant

Anne-Juliette Hermant is the Global Head of Learning and Development of the AXA Group. She is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure and the Institut d’ Études Politiques of Paris. She holds a PhD in French Literature and a Master Degree in German Literature and Civilizations. She started her career as a Lecturer of French Literature at the University Paris-3. Ever since, she has been focusing on Higher Education, Research, Executive education, Learning and Development in various companies as well as in the French Public administration. She joined the AXA Group in 2004 as a Program Director at AXA university, and launched the AXA Research Fund in 2008. Since September 2010, she is the Global Head of Learning and Development of AXA. She serves at the Scientific Board of the AXA Research Fund and at the Scientific Board of the Toulouse School of Economics.

Dr. Rainer Huhle

Dr. Rainer Huhle holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Erlangen. He is known for numerous freelance activities in the field of human rights. In March 2011 Rainer Huhle retired from employment with City Council of Nuremberg/Germany (Department of Human Rights Education). He remains engaged as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees at German Institute for Human Rights and a Member of the Board of Directors of Nuremberg Human Rights Centre (NMRZ). He is also a member of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Stefan Ivanovic (HIA Senior Fellow)

A Bosnian participant in the 2010 HIA Fellowship in Amsterdam, Stefan Ivanovic is finishing his studies in Political Science, European Integration and Business Administration at the American University in Bulgaria, where he attends with the support of an OSI Scholarship. Stefan has also received a European Studies Diploma from University of Vienna, studied abroad at the University of Maine and was a Pat Cox-HIA Fellow in the European Parliament, interning in the office of Hannes Swoboda, MEP.

Stefan has coordinated international NGO and university events, conducted research and written articles on European Union and trans-Atlantic relations. In March 2011, Stefan was awarded the “Young European of the Year 2011” prize by the Schwarzkopf-Stiftung in Berlin.

Stefan is currently exploring graduate school options and professional opportunities and contemplating the way forward for a brighter future for the Western Balkans.

Anders Jerichow

Anders Jerichow is a Danish columnist, frequent commentator on international affairs and an international media activist focusing on human rights and the Middle East. He has been an editor at the Danish newspaper Politiken since 2002 and also Editor-in-chief of the Copenhagen daily newspaper Aktuelt. Jerichow is currently the Chair of HIA Denmark.

Aart Loubert (HIA Senior Fellow)

Aart teaches European Union law and European Constitutional law at the University of Amsterdam. He received an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law in 2005 and a Masters of Laws from the University of Amsterdam in 2003. Aart Loubert was an HiA intern at the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY in The Hague in 2004. He is a member of the Bar in New York and was an associate with international law firms Bingham McCutchen in Boston, USA, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels, Belgium. Aart participated in Humanity in Action's fellowship in Amsterdam in 1999.

Neil Karbank

Neil Karbank is Chair Emeritus of the HIA Board of Directors and has been a member of the HIA Board of Directors since 2000. He practices real estate, corporate and aviation law in Aspen, Colorado, where he lives with his two sons, Benjamin and Nathaniel. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 and his JD from the Benjamin Cardozo Law School in 1980, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.

Sabine Krüger

Sabine Krüger has worked since 1994 for various foundations and institutions (including the Foundation EVZ, Robert Bosch Foundation, and Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) in the funding areas of human rights, international understanding and democracy. The regional focus of her work in field of political education is on Central and Eastern Europe and Israel. She grew up in New York and studied at Brown University and the University of Konstanz, where she completed her degree in Politics and Management with a focus on the East-West conflict. She currently works in the activity area “Working for human rights” of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future in Berlin, where she directs the funding programme “Europeans for Peace.”

Monika Mazur-Rafał

Born in the 70s, Monika Mazur-Rafał witnessed the collapse of socialism in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe at an early age. Given this unique experience she became interested in politics and decided to study International Relations at Warsaw University. Since she specialized in German Studies, she went on an exchange at Free University Berlin and Humboldt University Berlin and served as an intern at the German Bundestag. She developed a strong interest in European integration, took part in a joint master studies program of the Warsaw School of Economics and Sciences Politiques Paris. After these studies, Monika worked in a Polish think tank, the Center for International Relations and in the International Organization for Migration, where she was a researcher of migration policy issues. Apart from working as HIA Poland Director, she is a PhD student at Collegium Civitas. Her thesis is devoted to the Europeanization of Polish migration policy.

Ralf Oberndörfer

Ralf Oberndörfer is a trained and qualified lawyer and has worked as a freelance legal historian since 1994. He brings 17 years of experience in research, political, and historical education as well as writing and editing of scientific and journalistic texts. Mr. Oberndörfer’s focus is on the German legal history of the 20th Century, which addresses the causes and consequences of Nazi crimes and the awareness of antisemitism and other prejudices. He is currently completing his dissertation project with PD Dr. Thomas Henne on Dr. Günther Joël, one of the defendants in the Altstoetter Case (US Case 3) in Nuremberg 1947.

Cem Özdemir

Cem Özdemir is Co-Chairman of the German Green Party (Alliance '90/The Greens). He is an educator by profession and completed his studies in social pedagogy at the Evangelical Technical College in Reutlingen, Germany. Mr. Özdemir was elected to the German Parliament in 1994, becoming its first-ever member of Turkish descent. He served two consecutive legislative terms (1994-2002). In 2003, Mr. Özdemir joined other senior policy-practitioners and academics as a "Transatlantic Fellow" at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC and Brussels. During his fellowship, he worked on trans-Atlantic relations and developed research on the ways that minority groups in the United States and Europe organize themselves politically. From 2004 until 2009 Cem Özdemir was a Member of the European Parliament (The Greens / European Free Alliance), where he was Speaker on Foreign Affairs for his political group. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and sits on the advisory board of the American Jewish Committee's Berlin office. Mr. Özdemir is the author of two books on multicultural Germany. In 2008, he published a book for young people, Turkey: Politics, Religion, Culture.

Sameer Padania

Sameer Padania runs Macroscope, a London-based research consultancy working on the future of human rights, media and technology. From 2006 to 2010, he worked for the human rights organisation WITNESS in New York, running the Hub, the world's first website dedicated to human rights video. Previously he worked at Panos London for six years to support and strengthen radio and online journalism in the developing world. He has published policy reports about the internet’s impact on the human rights landscape, on British public interest media and on local radio and journalism in Africa, and has also worked as a documentary researcher and film writer. He is on the board of New York-based archaeology foundation, Archaeos.

Pol Ponsarnau

Pol Ponsarnau is a filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Barcelona and Berlin. He received a degree in Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra – he spent 2002 at FAMU, the Film and Tv School in Prague. From 2000 he worked as a VJ and toured the national circuit as a performing artist. He also composed music for commercials and original soundtrack scores for documentary films. In 2006 Pol Ponsarnau created his own production company known as Eix Films to produce music videos and facilitate experimental work. He continues to direct music videos and create multimedia art, as he is working on the script for his first feature film. Most recently he directed a series of art videos for the Spanish National TV. Pol's first short film "Empathy" will be released later on this year.

Srdja Popovic

Srdja Popovic is a founder of Otpor!, the Serbian political youth movement widely credited with leading the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, and the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). From 2000 to 2003, Popovic was a Member of Parliament and environmental affairs advisor to former Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. CANVAS, founded in 2002, disseminates the lessons learned from Otpor’s successful nonviolent struggle through trainings and workshops for democracy activists around the world. CANVAS teachings are available in a documentary, “Bringing Down a Dictator,” featuring Otpor strategies to topple Milosevic and its manual “Nonviolent Struggle, 50 Crucial Points” which was translated in 16 languages, including Farsi and Arabic, and downloaded 17,000 times from Iran during that country’s 2009 protests. Most recently, CANVAS has worked with April 6th, one of the key groups in Egyptian nonviolent uprising, and other groups from North Africa and the Middle East.

Marta Poslad (HIA Senior Fellow)

Marta Poslad has been a postgraduate researcher of the sociology of politics at the University of Cambridge since 2009. In 2005 she was one of the founders of the first get-out-the-vote initiatives in Poland, Wybieram.pl, which she ran until moving to the United Kingdom. She has also worked on various non-profit projects in close cooperation with the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Humanitarian Organisation and other associations. Marta currently works for an international consultancy, in which she is responsible for Public Affairs and Government Relations of a number of global corporations. At the same time, she serves as Communications Advisor at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. Marta participated in the HIA Fellowship in New York in 2009.

Dr. Nivedita Prasad

Dr. Nivedita Prasad studied social pedagogy at the Free University in Berlin and completed her PhD at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. The topic of her PhD Thesis was: "Utilizing the issue of violence against migrant women in order to restrict migration responsibility of Social Work as a Human Rights Profession." Since 1997, Dr. Prasad has been the project coordinator and researcher at Ban Ying – a NGO in Berlin - working on the issue of trafficking. At Ban Ying, she is responsible for lobbying, police trainings, campaigning and human rights work. Since 2010, she has been the director of the Master's study program, "Social Work as a Human Rights Profession."

Veronica Priefer (HIA Senior Fellow)

Veronica Priefer participated in the HIA Fellowship in Berlin in 2010. She is currently based in Berlin where she works as a junior strategist in a creative agency for digital marketing. Veronica received her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She also holds a Master´s Degree in Advertising Strategy and Creativity from Ramon Llull University, Barcelona.

Herbert Pundik

Herbert Pundik is a Danish-born journalist and author. For many years, he was the Executive Editor of the major Danish newspaper Politiken and is now its Senior Foreign Correspondent in Israel. Pundik is the founding Chair of HIA Denmark.

Janusz Reiter

Janusz Reiter is a Polish diplomat, foreign policy expert and political writer. In 1976 he graduated from the Warsaw University in German philology. From 1990 to 1995 Janusz Reiter served as Polish Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and later as Polish Ambbassador to the United States. In 1996 he founded the Warsaw-based Center for International Relations and was its President until October 2005. He was a founding member of the Foreign Policy Council, member of the National European Integration Council, and other Polish and international institutions. Ambassador Reiter served also on several boards i.e. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, DaimlerChrysler International Advisory Board and Presspublica Publishing House. He was also the co-chairman of the Polish-German Forum.

Marietje Schaake (HIA Senior Fellow)

Marietje Schaake (Twitter: @MarietjeD66) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighborhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression and press freedom; and on Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe's Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU´s external actions.

Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegation for relations with Iran and for relations with the Balkan countries. She is also the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. The Wall Street Journal recently named her "Europe’s most wired politician."

Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO's, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights and integration. Marietje participated in the HIA Fellowship in Amsterdam in 2003.

Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach

Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach is the Chair of HIA Germany. Since 1990, Dr. Schmalenbach has been a partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an international law firm that specializes in business law. He has been the co-head of the firm's finance practice since 2003. His expertise extends to all areas of banking and finance and to corporate transactions. Dirk Schmalenbach is the co-editor of the "Handbuch der Unternehmensfinanzierung" (Manual of Corporate Financing), the author of a chapter on lease financing in a leading commentary of the German Commercial Code and has written a commentary on wire transfers under the German Civil Code.

Mona Shair

Mona Shair is the Director of the Pat Cox-HIA Fellowship in the European Parliament and the founder of key2advance, a life and career coaching service. Mona is a Certified Coach (ACC) accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner registered with the German Association for NLP. These qualifications follow her Bachelor in Psychology and Management from McGill University in Canada and Master Studies in International Relations from University of Kent in Brussels (UKB). In addition to being a career counselor at three universities and an independent life coach, she has also developed a series of skill building workshops focused on communication and public speaking.

Anne Stalfort

As a guest at the HIA Berlin Summer Program 2004, Anne Stalfort was inspired to make HIA the subject of her final thesis at the German Fundraising Academy. Since then, Anne joined the HIA staff in Berlin as development advisor, grant writer and program director. Anne puts into all of her work her academic background in literature, politics and philosophy – along with fifteen years of work experience with European exchange programs.

Magda Szarota

Thanks to her work with HIA, Magda Szarota is engaged in human rights issues on a daily basis. Magda is a co-founder of the Association of Women with Disabilities ONE.pl, which is the first and only NGO in Poland that addresses these two issues together. She is the co-creator of Open House, the popular, first interactive website for women with disabilities in Poland. Magda is a great fan of social entrepreneurship and helped to create the Ashoka Foundation’s first Academy for Young Social Entrepreneurs in Nepal. Magda earned a BA at the Philological Department at Jagiellonian University and finished two MA-level programs at the Institute for the Americas and Europe and the interdisciplinary program at the Cross Cultural Relations at the Oriental Institute at University of Warsaw. She has just completed a degree in philosophy at Collegium Civitas.

Cihan Tekeli (HIA Senior Fellow)

Cihan Tekeli is a Dutch Senior Fellow from Amsterdam who joined the HIA program in 2008. After working at the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington, DC in 2009 as a Lantos-HIA Congressional Fellow he started working as a diversity and human rights consultant for the International Department of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the InterCultural Alliance. Through his writings, lectures and trainings he has been involved in the debate on pluralism and contemporary human rights issues. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels lecturing on social justice, philosophy, politics, Shoah education and remembrance, Islam and European Muslim identity.

Philip Ugelow (HIA Senior Fellow)

Philip Ugelow is the Center Director of Humanity in Action, where he develops programs for Senior Fellows and coordinates international initiatives. Before working at HIA, Philip was a Fellow in the Dutch program in 2001 and an HIA intern at the ICTY in 2002. He also has worked at Public Citizen, Corporate Executive Board and Al Gore's presidential campaign in 2000. Philip volunteers with the Netherlands America Foundation and the NYU/Stern Social Venture Competition. Philip received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his master's degree from the University of Amsterdam, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

Kirsten van den Hul

Kirsten van den Hul is a change agent, a world citizen who focuses on what binds people together than on what sets them apart. Her motto: “Without change no butterflies.” In addition to lectures, group facilitation and debate hosting, the change agent develops tailor-made change projects for wide-ranging clients. The Change Agent speaks Dutch, English, French, German, Arabic and Russian. She's part of an extensive professional network of rain makers in different fields and disciplines, from culture to corporate, from media to non profit. In 2011, the Dutch Women's Council appointed Kirsten as UN Women's Representative.

Wilhelmina Welsch (HIA Senior Fellow)

In 2006 Wilhelmina was a German Fellow in the HIA Fellowship in New York City. She was a Pat Cox-HIA Fellow at the European Parliament in 2007 and since then stayed actively involved as board member of the German Senior Fellows Network. In five years as a Senior Fellow Wilhelmina has been a speaker and organiser in both annual reunions and summer programmes, has helped bringing into life the Senior Fellow study trip on peaceful revolutions and has engaged in introducing new Senior Fellows to the German Senior Fellows Network. Wilhelmina is a 2010 graduate of political sciences from the Free University in Berlin and has been conducting research on development (at UNDOCO, New York, 2009) and humanitarian issues of coordination. Since the beginning of 2011 she is working with the Assessment Capacities Project in Geneva - a humanitarian partner-project of the United Nations.