Speakers

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Owusu Akoto (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Owusu Akoto is the Global Head of Department at a boutique management consultancy that advises ten of the FTSE 20 and governmental/intergovernmental organizations.

From 2005-2006, Owusu worked in Sarajevo as part of the Communications and Management team of the Registry for War Crimes and Organised Crime of Bosnia amd Herzegovina. There, he developed his primary career interest – organizational transformation.

At the University of Pennsylvania, he founded the Ghana-UPenn Network Initiative (GUNI) to support health and education projects in Ghana. Upon graduating from the University in 2004, Owusu was selected from 2,000 classmates to be one of eight honored with the university’s highest award for leadership, the Senior Honor Award.

With a passion for visual art, he has addressed issues of social justice through different media formats, initially as a teen talk show host on Ghanaian national TV. An award-winning photographer, Owusu has more recently explored issues of cultural dissonance and social acceptance through photography, for which he has held 4 solo exhibits and been published nationally.

Benjamin Allen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Elected to the School Board as the top vote-getter in the 2008 elections, Ben Allen currently serves as President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education.  Ben is an attorney with the law firm of Richardson & Patel LLP, where his work focuses on government/political affairs and litigation. He is also adjunct faculty at UCLA Law School. While in law school, Ben served as the student member of the University of California Board of Regents and as a judicial clerk with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Afterwards, he was a litigator with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and then led the successful Los Angeles launch of The Spark Program, a non-profit organization that connects at-risk middle school students with apprenticeships.  He currently serves on Spark’s board. Prior to his law career, Ben worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on the Latin American/Caribbean team, and then as Communications Director for Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY).  Ben has degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and UC Berkeley.  He is a Senior Fellow who completed his HIA Fellowship in the Netherlands in 1999.

Damir Arsenijevic

Dr. Damir Arsenijevic is an assistant professor in English literature, gender and cultural studies at the English Department, Faculty of Philosophy, Tuzla University. He also teaches gay and lesbian studies and queer studies at the MA Programme in Gender Studies of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies in Sarajevo. His research and art-theory political interventions examine the impact of the terror of inequality, the solidarity of unbribable life, relevant knowledge production and material memories of war and genocide.

Kurt Bassuener

Kurt Bassuener is an independent policy analyst in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a co-founder and Senior Associate of the Democratization Policy Council, a global initiative for accountability on democracy promotion.  Under DPC’s aegis and previously, he has authored numerous opinion pieces and analyses on a variety of topics, published in papers/journals such as the The Irish Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal Europe, Christian Science Monitor and St. Petersburg Times.  He has testified before the Oireachtas’ (Irish Houses of Parliament) Joint Committee on European Affairs (2008, 2010) and the US Congress’ joint Helsinki Commission (2011).

DPC has published several policy briefs and other analytical pieces on Bosnia, the most recent of which are Assessing the Potential for Renewed Ethnic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Security Risk Analysis, co-authored by Kurt Bassuener, his DPC colleague Bodo Weber, and the Atlantic Initiative’s Vlado Azinović and a chapter in the collected volume Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community.

Kurt served as Strategy Analyst at the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo in 2005-2006. Previous positions and projects include serving as Political and Campaign Analyst for the OSCE-ODIHR’s Election Observation Mission in Ukraine (2004-2005), co-founding and co-directing the Democratization Policy Institute (2000-2002), acting Assistant Director for Government Affairs at the International Rescue Committee (2001), Program Officer for the US Institute of Peace’s Balkans Initiative (2000-2001), Associate Director of the Balkan Action Council (1998-2000) and Policy Analyst at the Balkan Institute (1997-1998).

He co-authored with Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman the Diplomats’ Handbook for Democracy Development Support, a project of the Community of Democracies. In his role as the project’s Research Director, he authored, co-authored, or oversaw the research and writing of the Handbook’s case studies. He received his MA in European Studies from the Central European University in Prague (1994); his thesis advocated a standing all-volunteer UN peacekeeping division under the Security Council. He earned his BA in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service (1991).

Edina Becirevic

Dr. Edina Becirevic is co-founder of Center for Justice and Reconciliation (CJR) and President of the Assembley, as well as head of the CJR's Advisory Board. She teaches at the Faculty of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies at the University of Sarajevo. She studied at the London School of Economics (MSc, Media and Communication) and Central European University (MA Political Science). At the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Sarajevo, Edina defended her doctoral thesis, “Genocide in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1993: The Serbian Political, Military and Social Project.” She also writes analytical reports on international justice for the award winning Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Edina is the author of two books: International Criminal Court: Between Ideals and Reality, published in 2003 by the International Center for Peace and Arka Press and Na Drini Genocide [Genocide on the Drina River], published in 2009 by Buybook Sarajevo. She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the MacMillan Center Yale University.

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.

Sonja Biserko

Sonja Biserko is a Serbian campaigner for human rights. She holds a degree from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics. She served as a diplomat for the former Yugoslavia in London and at the United Nations in Geneva for over 20 years until 1991 when she resigned her diplomatic position in protest over the policies of Slobodan Milošević amid rising nationalism throughout Yugoslavia. In 1994 she founded the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia (HCHRS) and she is the organisation's current President. 

Sonja Biserko's ongoing work for human rights has included documenting the resurgence of nationalist sentiment that followed the war in Kosovo, the continuing threats to minorities, attempts to falsify or deny the historical record and efforts to undermine multi-ethnic society in the former Yugoslavia. Through active support for minority and refugee communities within Serbia and Kosovo, she has sought in particular to promote dialogue between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo.

Biserko is the author of Srbija na Orijentu [Serbia in the East]. Among some 140 other publications, she has written about the Srebrenica genocide, the fall of Vukovar, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and war crimes and accounts of the trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Seselj. Biserko was a founding member of a European movement in Yugoslavia, the Center for Anti-War Action in the Belgrade Forum for International Relations. She is senior fellow in the United States Institute of Peace.

In 1994 she received the Human Rights Award of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. In 2005 she was one of 1000 women in the group 1000 Women for Peace nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2009 she was awarded the 2009 Human Rights Prize of the City of Weimar (Germany) jointly with Jestina Mukoko. In 2010 she was awarded the Human Rights Award of the University of Oslo.

Emina Bosnjak

Emina Bošnjak is from Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is the project coordinator for Sarajevo Open Center’s human rights/gender program. She is also the regional coordinator editor for the online magazin B-Turn for Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the advisor for the online magazine Submagazin, which examines indie culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Svetlana Broz

Dr. Svetlana Broz is a cardiologist, author and lecturer, as well as founder and Executive Director of the NGO Gariwo. She works in Sarajevo on education about how civil courage can mobilize the bravery of individuals to oppose ethnic and religious prejudice, bigotry, corruption, intimidation, inhumanity and violence. She is founder of the Dusko Kondor Civil Courage Award and lectures at over 80 universities in the United States and Europe. She is the author of two books: Good People in an Evil Time – Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War, translated by Ellen Elias Bursac (2003) and Having What it Takes – Essays on Civil Courage, edited by Tom Butler (2006), as well as essays published in The Iraq War and Its Consequences – Thoughts of Nobel Peace Laureates and Eminent Scholars, World Scientific (2003) and Peace Movements Worldwide – Peace Efforts That Work and Why, Marc Pilisuk and Michael N. Nagler (2011). Svetlana’s awards include l’Ordre National du Merite, France, l'Ambrogino d'oro and La Bussola dell’ Educazione – “Margherita Zoebeli,” Italy, Honorary citizen of the city of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Svetlana is President of the Sarajevo City Steering Committee for the Garden of the Righteous and President of the Board of The First Children’s Embassy in the World, in Sarajevo. She is a member of the International Board of the Tufts University 'Institute for Global Leadership,' the Editorial Board of the online magazine Duh Bosne (Spirit of Bosnia), the Advisory Board of the Center for Macro Projects and Diplomacy, Roger Williams University and the International Advisory Council of Conflict Management Group, as well as various NGOs in Sarajevo, including The Association of Independent Intellectuals CIRCLE 99, International Multi-Religious and Inter-Cultural Center, The Bosnia and Herzegovina Society of Victimologists, Education Builds Bosnia and Herzegovina, Center for Children and Youth Novo Sarajevo.

Antonella Caruso

Antonella Caruso is the founder and director of the Iraqi Dialogue for National Reconciliation, an ongoing Track II project that supports the Iraqi government’s efforts in the process of reconciliation. Antonella works with the main political blocs and parties in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, and also assists and coordinates the first parliamentary caucus for national reconciliation, a project financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her five years of experience in Iraq, Antonella had been a researcher focusing on Islam in Europe at the French think tank Institut Monataigne in Paris, a columnist at L’Espresso Magazine, a senior adviser to the Italian Energy company ENI and personal assistant to the Italian Minister of  Foreign Affairs on Middle Eastern affairs. Antonella studied Arabic Language and Literature at La Sapienza University, Rome, and she did her post-graduate research in Islamic Studies in London and Cairo.

Sabina Cehajic-Clancy

Sabina Čehajić-Clancy is currently working at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Department of Political Science and International Relations) as an assistant professor teaching research methods and political psychology. She is also a director of the Balkan Institute for Conflict Resolution, Responsibility and Reconciliation. She received her PhD (“Responsibility and Denial: Antecedents of Acknowledgment, Collective Responsibility and Guilt”) in social psychology from the University of Sussex in 2008 under the supervision of professor Rupert Brown. Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues (SPSSI) has awarded her with the Dissertation Award for 2008. She has also received the Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for her dissertation. At the same university, she also received her Master of Science degree in applied social psychology as a British Chevening scholar.

Sabina works in the field of intergroup relations, more specifically on reconciliation in post-conflict societies, collective emotions of guilt and shame, collective responsibility, dehumanization and other moral disengagement strategies. Currently she is looking at the effects of apologies, offers of reparation followed by different emotions on victim group responses. She has received funding for her work from British Council, Open Society Institute and Overseas Research Scheme by the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has published ten research articles on the issues of acknowledgment, group-based responsibility, guilt and intergroup forgiveness and several book chapters. In the last seven years, she has coordinated and supervised over 8 scientific projects, presented her work on over twenty national and international conferences and worked as a consultant for various NGO’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina such as UNICEF, UNDP and Save the Children UK. She is also a member of International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) serving also on an Editorial Board, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) and Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), International Society of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and American Psychological Society (APS).

President Bill Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice – first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results.  Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) which is helping more than 4 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs. Other initiatives – including the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative – are applying a business-oriented approach worldwide to fight climate change and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008 – to help raise money for recovery efforts and served as the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.

Building on his longstanding commitment to Haiti as President and through his Foundation, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti in 2009 to assist the government and the people of Haiti as they “build back better” after a series of hurricanes battered the country in 2008. Following the 2010 devastating earthquake in Haiti, President Clinton dedicated Clinton Foundation resources to help with immediate and long-term relief and assistance, and at the request of President Obama, joined with President George W. Bush to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which supports highly effective organizations on the ground in long-term rebuilding efforts. Today, the Clinton Foundation is supporting economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti.

President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.

Belinda Cooper

Belinda Cooper is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, where she directs the program on Turkey: Democratization, Human Rights and Security. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University’s Global Affairs Program and Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Cooper, an expert on human rights and international and transitional justice, is the editor of “War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg,” which explores the interconnections between the Nuremberg tribunal and today’s international criminal courts. She has taught at The New School, Brooklyn College, Ohio Northern University Law School, Seton Hall Law School and Humboldt University in Berlin. She has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, World Policy Journal and Internationale Politik.

Belinda lived in Berlin, Germany from 1987-1994, working closely with members of the East German opposition before the fall of the Berlin Wall and following subsequent developments in the region. She returned to Berlin in 2002 as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. A fluent German speaker, Belinda has contributed frequently to German print and broadcast media. She is also a translator of German scholarly books and articles, including many texts on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany and a textbook on international criminal law. She worked as a translator on the case of Turkish-German Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz.

Belinda has led human rights fact-finding missions and coauthored reports on domestic violence in Armenia, Uzbekistan and Tanzania. She is a founding member of the animal rescue non-profit Brooklyn Animal Action. Cooper graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in History from Yale College and received her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Vladimir Coric

Vladimir Ćorić is an activist of GFO and member of OKC Abrašević. He is studying Political Science at University of Mostar. He was coordinator of many projects such as "Caravan for Legality," "Urban Assault," "Motus Fest2011," and he also organizes concerts and dj shows. Currently, he is a coordinator of Motus! Fest2012.

Douglas Davidson

Douglas Davidson became Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues with the U.S. Department of State in April 2010. He is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. policy pertaining to the return of Holocaust-era assets to their rightful owners, compensation for wrongs committed during the Holocaust and Holocaust remembrance.

From 2004 to 2008, Douglas was Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Immediately prior to that, he was Deputy U.S. Representative to the OSCE in Vienna.

His other overseas diplomatic assignments have included Kosovo (also on detail to the OSCE) in the immediate aftermath of its most recent conflict; Zagreb and Belgrade from the end of the war in former Yugoslavia to the eve of the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia; and Peshawar in the early nineteen-eighties during the Soviet-Afghan war.  From late 1989 until early 1993 he was an Assistant Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the White House. 

Tara Dickman (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Tara is the national director for Humanity in Action France. A Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from 2007, she joined the organization after receiving an M.A in comparative politics from New York University, where she focused on the impact of the monopoly of cultural approaches to minority rights in international law on the understanding of the 2005 riots in the French suburbs. A French citizen, she is the daughter of a half-Serbian half-Swiss-French-Pied Noir mother and a half-Irish half-Polish father, both of whom were born and raised in apartheid-era South Africa and moved to Paris in 1980. Tara grew up in between Paris and Ivry-sur-Seine, where she was involved in a  grassroots theater organization for five years. Thanks to the US Embassy in France, she received Community Organizing training by SOUL and Target Aera in Chicago, and seeks to spread the  methodology as much as possible through her work with Humanity in Action and with the Collectif Contre le ontrôle au Faciès, a grassroots collective dedicated to addressing illegal profiling by police across France. Prior to attending NYU, she received a B.A. in Information and Communication, followed a graduate program at the Institute for European Studies of Paris 8 University, and studied race and urban politics on a one-year exchange program at Brown University.   

General Jovan Divjak

Jovan Divjak was born in 1937 in Belgrade to Serbian parents. He attended elementary school in Bela Crkva, Serbia and continued on to Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He later graduated from high school in Zrenjanin, Serbia. From 1956 to 1959 he attended the Military Academy in Belgrade. He proceeded to a professional career in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar and Sarajevo, where he furthered his military school education. Since 1966, he has lived and worked in Sarajevo. He was a general in the Bosnian army from 1992-1997, when he retired. He has also served as a military instructor at various levels of military education. He also served as the Chief of the Department of Tactics.

In 1994, Jovan participated in the formation of the "Education Builds Bosnia and Herzegovina" foundation, which aims to help children whose families were victims from the war, by providing them money, for instance; the foundation also helps the increase of education in Bosnia, even in the poorest parts of the country, by providing them financial and material support. He is the executive director of the organization. He is an active participant in many international conferences, seminars and discussions. He has written many articles for national and international publications.  He co-authored a book with journalist Florence La Bruyere (France) Sarajevo, My Love in French and Italian. He also wrote Expecting Truth and Justice – Vienna Diary.

Jovan has won many international and national awards, including the French Legion of Honour, Order of Lafayette, Sixth of April Award of Sarajevo, the International League of Humanists Plaque and the Plaque of the Sarajevo Canton.

Gorcin Dizdar (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Gorčin Dizdar was born in Sarajevo, where he completed parts of his primary and secondary education. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he lived and attended schools in Croatia and Germany. In 2001, he won a Soros Open Society Scholarship, which enabled him to complete his secondary education at Whitgift School in London. He was subsequently awarded an Oxford Student Scholarship, which covered the fees and living costs for the duration of his B.A. in Philosophy and German Literature at Wadham College at University of Oxford. After completing his B.A, Gorčin returned to Sarajevo, where he worked as a freelance translator, account executive in an advertising agency and as a media analyst.

Since 2009, Gorčin has been a postgraduate student in Humanities at York University in Toronto (completing his M.A. in 2010 and currently pursuing a PhD), where he is working on a project about medieval Bosnian art history.  He received a four-year Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2011-2014). Gorčin has worked on numerous international research projects and workshops, spending extended study periods in Germany, France, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Armenia and the United States. Besides working on his PhD research and as the web editor of the Genocide Film Library, he is also the director of the Mak Dizdar Foundation, an NGO devoted to the protection and promotion of the cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gorčin participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Paris in 2009.

Vildana Drljevic

Vildana Drljevic currently serves as the Director of Foundation Kriterion Sarajevo, which focuses on the development of civil society and culture in Bosnia’s capital. She is the coordinator for Art House Cinema Kriterion Sarajevo, a cinema run by students. The Art House offers jobs to ambitious youth who are committed to working for a better future for themselves and the future of cinema in Bosnia. Vildana has also worked as a project manager with the Foundation for Creative Development in Sarajevo, as well as a hospitality officer with the Sarajevo Film Festival. She taught Sociology at the University of Political Science in Sarajevo (1999-2005), where she also obtained her Master of Science. 

Emin Eminagic (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Emin Eminagic studied English and comparative literature at the University of Tuzla. He completed a masters in nationalism studies at Central European University in Budapest. He is a Senior Fellow who participated in the 2010 Berlin program. He is working as an intern in the Humanity in Action office in Berlin this year. Currently Emin is engaged with “Centar Grad," an organization from Tuzla, where he works on several projects regarding the creation of new solidarities in the former Yugoslavia through art and knowledge production.

Mirjana Evtov

Mirjana Evtov is an editor and translator for the Siege of Sarajevo Museum project, and an editor for a graduate students' project on analytical writing skills. She received her BA in literature and B/S/C language from Sarajevo University, and a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from Teaching House New York. After a (long) career as a projects manager, she has turned to literary translation and returned to teaching. For the past two years, she has been intensely engaged with the Siege of Sarajevo Museum.

Jakob Finci

After high school, Jakob Finci attended and graduated from Faculty of Law in Sarajevo. Since 1966, he has been a practicing lawyer, specializing in international commercial law. All this time he has also been active in Jewish communities, and at the beginning of 1991 he became one of the founders of the reborn Jewish cultural, educational and humanitarian society La Benevolencija.  He was elected the organization’s first Vice President.

In August 1995, Jakob became the first elected President of the Jewish Community of Bosnia Herzegovina. In 1997, he was one of founding fathers of the Inter Religious Council of Bosnia Herzegovina, and for two years served as the first President of the IRC, holding the same role again in 2003. In May 2002, Jakob was appointed by the High Representative to be the first director of the State Agency for  Civil Service, an appointment which was confirmed by the Council of Ministers. In March 2008, he was named as the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Switzerland, and non resident ambassador to Liechtenstein. As the only Bosnian representative, Jakob is a member of the Advisory Council of OSCE-ODHIR’s Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Jakob has been honored several times, including: the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the American decoration First American Freedom in Richmond Virginia.  He has also been named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic, and in 2009. He was proclaimed “Person of the Year” by Sarajevo’s daily newspaper, SAN.

Maxim Ferschtman

Maxim Ferschtman is senior legal advisor on equality and citizenship with the Open Society Justice Initiative. His principal responsibility is the project to combat contemporary forms of discrimination in Europe. Based in Amsterdam, Maxim comes to the Open Society Justice Initiative from Böhler Franken Koppe Wijngaarden Advocaten, a law firm based in the Netherlands that specializes in criminal law, immigration law, and international law and human rights. Maxim has brought a number of leading cases before the European Court of Human Rights, and has led trainings in international human rights law for attorneys and members of the judiciaries of Central and Eastern Europe, Georgia, Armenia, Russia and the Netherlands. Maxim also serves as a substitute judge at the Zwolle-Lelystad district court in the Netherlands. Previously, he worked as a registry lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and as a program officer at the Council of Europe for Human Rights Education and Democratic Citizenship.

Maxim graduated with masters degrees in international law and human rights law as well as Russian studies from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he subsequently lectured. He speaks Dutch, French, German, Russian and English.

Marcel Floor

Marcel Floor is the Head of the Department for Victims and Remembrance of the Second World War at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. In this capacity, he heads the Dutch delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. Before taking up this position, he served as a diplomat in Brussels and Beijing and held several positions in the Ministry of Health and the Houses of Parliament. Marcel has a degree in law from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and Salamanca (Spain).

Harun Gadzo (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Harun Gadzo was born in Srebrenica, but when the war began, his family found an internal displacement in Sarajevo, where they live today. He is a law graduate and currently works as a lawyer in the Bosnian branch of the renowned Messer company. Before participating in Humanity in Action’s Denmark 2008 Fellowship program, Harun  had been engaged in an association that helped people with intellectual disabilities develop self confidence, social skills and a sense of personal accomplishment. Parallel to his studies, Harun also volunteered with the Red Cross. His plans for the future are closely linked to the legal sector, in which he will hopefully be able to make a difference and an honest contribution to the creation of  a strong state governed by law.

Natasa Gavric (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Nataša Gavrić lives in Banja Luka, where she finished Faculty of Law. She is currently working on her master’s degree at the University of Belgrade. During her studies, she has participated in many international seminars and conferences. Nataša always wanted to study abroad, and her wish came true when she received a scholarship for an exchange semester in Austria. In 2011, she participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Berlin. After the program, Nataša had the opportunity to intern as a Pat Cox-HIA Fellow at the European Parliament, at the office of British MEP Sarah Ludford. In September 2012, she will participate in a master’s exchange program in Graz. 

Konstanty Gebert

Konstanty Gebert is Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the Warsaw office at the European Council on  Foreign Relations, as well as co-founder of the Polish Council of Christian and Jews. After avoiding interment during the 1981 coup, Konstanty became an editor and columnist of KOS fortnightly and other underground publications. He has taught psychology at the Medical Academy in Warsaw, served as an intermediary between elements of the Polish underground and Western trade unions and NGOs, covered the round table Solidarity-government talks on transition to democracy and written 11 books on the Yugoslav wars, Israeli and Polish Jewish history and the European 20th century. Konstanty is a media consultant for MDLF, an international credit fund for independent media (of which he was co-founder), member of the Advisory Board of the Einstein Forum, Potsdam, scholar in residence at the Taube Centre for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland and member of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Humanitarian Fund, Amsterdam. He is also a columnist and international reporter for Gazeta Wyborcza, for which he writes about the Middle East, the Balkans, Jewish issues and human rights and international humanitarian law. He covered the Bosnian war for Gazeta from 1992-1995. From 2005-2007, Konstanty represented Jews on the Polish Council of the Government and National Minorities.

Konstanty has worked with independent media in Russia, Ukraine, the Balkans, Africa and Latin America. He has done advocacy work in Poland for Burmese exiles, Russian independent journalists and Rwandan academics. He has taught courses on the wars of the Yugoslav succession, contemporary Poland, media and ethnic conflict and Polish-Jewish relations at UC Berkeley and Santa Cruz, Grinnell College, Hebrew University and the Centre for Social Studies in Warsaw. His essays have been published in two dozen collective works in Poland and abroad, and his articles have appeared in newspapers around the world, including The Guardian (London), Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), MicroMega (Rome), Respekt (Prague), Magyar Naranc (Budapest), Svijet (Sarajevo), Maariv (Tel Aviv), New Republic (New York), The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles), The Walrus (Toronto), Die Welt (Berlin) and The Moscow Times (Moscow).

Judith 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.

Selma Hadzic (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Selma Hadžić is the Office Director of the Cinema for Peace Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she is responsible for implementing the Genocide Film Library Bosnia and Herzegovina project. She previously spent seven years working with the Public Information and Outreach Section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (War Crimes Chamber and Special Department for Organized Crimes).

She studied English Language and Literature and Communication at the Universities of Sarajevo and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her fields of interest include social media, public relations, outreach, cultural management, human rights, judiciary and education.

Prior to her position at the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Selma worked with several NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in various locations in the Western Balkans. She established one of the first youth NGOs in Sarajevo, SAY YES, and later presided over the Post Pessimists Network, both in Sarajevo and throughout the country, working on the idea of building bridges and breaking down borders between young people from former Yugoslav countries following the 1992-1995 war. The focus of her work is based on communicating human rights and nonviolent communication through art.

Selma’s professional associations include: BUDP Alumni, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, Leadership Development Program/Europa College Alumni and Generation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the EU.

Nazia Hussain 

Nazia Hussain is the director of the Open Society Foundations project “At Home in Europe." As part of the Open Society Foundations’ ongoing work on minority rights and non-discrimination in Europe, Nazia is directing research and leading advocacy efforts on integration policies/practices in various EU cities and the impact of these policies on identity and belonging.

Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Nazia worked in various post-conflict countries. She was deployed as a human rights officer with the United Nations in Afghanistan, based in the southern, eastern and northern regions. She also worked for the OSCE in Mitrovica, Kosovo for two years, and later joined the EU Monitoring Mission and OSCE in Macedonia and Croatia, respectively. From 2004 to 2005, she was the researcher on Afghanistan at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. Nazia holds an MSc in Political Theory and Political Sociology and a BA (honors) in English Literature.

Natasa Kandic

Nataša Kandić is the Founder and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Law Center, a Belgrade-based human rights NGO. Tirelessly campaigning for truth and justice for victims, she leads the Humanitarian Law Center in its mission to assist post-Yugoslav societies to re-establish the rule of law and come to terms with the legacy of massive and systematic violations of human rights. She advocates a regional approach to transitional justice and the official establishment of a regional commission to investigate and disclose the facts about war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

Nataša is a recipient of over 20 international, regional and national human rights awards. In 2000, she received the Martin Ennals Award, a prestigious recognition for human rights defenders. Nataša was also listed by Time magazine as one of 36 European heroes in 2003. In 2004, the People in Need Foundation awarded Nataša and the Humanitarian law Center the Homo Homini Award, presented by Vaclav Havel. In 2005, Nataša was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, and Slobodna Bosna magazine named her Person of the Year in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In September 2006, Nataša became a member of the Order of the Croatian Morning Star of Katarina Zrinska, awarded by the President of Croatia to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of moral values. In November 2006, Time magazine celebrated Nataša as one of its heroes of the past 60 years. In June 2009, Civil Society of Ferizaj bestowed on Nataša the title of Contributor to Peace and Protector of Freedom. Also in 2009, Nataša was awarded the Schwarzkopf Europe Prize for contributions to promoting European integration and Europe’s peaceful and responsible role in the world.

Jean-Marie Kamatali 

Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali is a law professor and Assistant Director the LLM program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at Ohio Northern University, Law School. He has an MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate in Law for the University of Graz, Austria. He has taught at the National University of Rwanda where he was also Dean of the Law Faculty. He has also taught at Leuven University in Belgium, and at the University of Notre Dame, University of Indiana and Kent State University in the United States. His publication topics have included areas of transitional justice, genocide and crimes against humanity, international conflict resolution, human rights and international criminal law.  Dr. Kamatali is member of the Ohio Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He is also member of the Advisory Council on the Law Profession of the Fetzer Institute.

Martin Kaplan

Martin Kaplan is a retired partner in the Corporate Practice Group, a former chair of the firm's corporate practice and was a founding general partner of Hale and Dorr Wealth Advisors (now Silver Bridge), the investment advisory subsidiary of WilmerHale. He began practicing law at Hale and Dorr in 1964 and remained with the firm throughout his career. When he retired in 2009 he had a general corporate law and trust practice, focusing on the representation of charitable foundations.

In addition to charitable foundations, Martin’s clients included a broad range of public and family-controlled companies in financial services, manufacturing and distribution. He has managed a large number of complex transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, corporate split-ups, partnership roll-ups, public and private offerings and real estate and oil syndications. Martin has spoken at numerous conferences on matters relating to foundations, family businesses and educational and environmental issues. From 1992-1996, he served as chair of the Massachusetts Board of Education (a position to which he was appointed by Governor William F. Weld), and he was a major proponent of the education reform movement in Massachusetts. He was also a member of the Education Commission of the States, and a director of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Martin has held a number of leadership positions at Columbia University, including president of the Columbia College Alumni Association from 1994-1996, and currently member of the Board of Visitors. He was a recipient of the Columbia University Alumni Medal in 1993 and the Columbia College John Jay Award in 2000. Martin is an emeritus member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He completed ten years of service on the Board of the Boston Foundation in June 2003. He has served as national chair of the American Jewish Committee's Interreligious Affairs Commission and as a member of the AJC National Executive Committee, and is presently a member of its Board of Governors. Martin completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University in 1961 and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1964.  He is a member of the Massachusetts and New York State Bars.  He clerked for Hon. Bailey Aldrich on the US Court of Appeals for the first Circuit in 1965.

Amra Kazic

Amra Kazić was born in Mostar, where she completed high school and graduated on the Faculty of Law. With her family, her husband and two daughters, she spent the war period in Mostar.
Amra is a humanist and advocate for human rights. Over the course of her career she has met and assisted countless disempowered citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Amra considers herself a builder of bridges between people, promoter of human values, tolerance and coexistence among people of the different nationalities and religions. After the war, she was intensely involved in the return of refugees, employed as the legal expert by the EU Administration in Mostar, UNHCR, and Spanish MPDL.

Amra was the president of the first NGO for protection of the human rights in Mostar, called “ZGP Mostar.” The impact of this organization has been praised. Amra previously worked as the Head of Mostar office of the independent Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of FBiH. Currently, she works as the Advisor in the Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Mostar Regional Office. With regard to various problems in Mostar, she has established partnerships and cooperation with the Council of Europe, European Commission, Danish Refugee Council, OSCE, OHR, Red Cross, and Institute for local and regional democracy from Sweden, Norwegian People’s Aid, ICG, Minority Rights Group, USAID, Austrian Government, Embassies of USA, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

Amra has been a lecturer and presenter at a number of conferences in the around the globe, such as a seminar in Sweden "Bosnia in the Heart" (1998), a presentation for cadets of the Royal Military Academy from Holland (2008 and 2009), the Council of the Europe in Split "Role and importance of NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (1997), and others. She is the recipient of the many awards, including, "Person of the Decade," determined by NGOs and organizations that pertain to refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina (2008); she was also named one of the six most successful women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as determined by the Embassy of the United States (2003). 

Ivana Korajlic

Ivana Korajlic holds a degree in communications and an MSc in corporate communications. Before joining Transparency International Bosnia and Herzegovina (TI BiH), she was a lecturer at Banja Luka College for public relations. Ivana started working for TI BiH in 2008, and has since been involved in numerous projects and research studies aimed at fighting corruption as well as projects advocating for anti-corruption reforms. She is both a project manager and spokesperson for TI BiH.

Inga Kotlo (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Inga Kotlo lives in Mostar, where she's finishing her studies of Bosnian and English language literature at Džemal Bijedić University.

Since 2005, when she started volunteering at the Human Rights Center in Mostar, Inga became increasingly interested in topics related to human rights and intercultural dialogue.  She has participated in a number of related projects and programs such as GARIWO Sarajevo School of Civic Bravery (2006), European Rails of Peace (2008), Humanity in Action Fellowship in Copenhagen (2009), Humanity in Action "Introducing America" Program in Washington, DC (2010), Humanity in Action Sarajevo Seminar, Challenges of the Post-conflict Society (2010) and LDA School of Local Democracy (2010).

In 2009, Inga served as Promotion Manager of the organizing team of Mostar International Model United Nations (MOSTIMUN). MOSTIMUN was a groundbreaking event, as it was the first university-level Model United Nations ever organized in in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and because it was organized by a few young and aspiring colleagues from both Universities in Mostar (University "Džemal Bijedić" in Mostar and University of Mostar). As such, it emerged as a powerful unifying element in a city divided by war. Inga's contributions in establishing MOSTIMUN remained significant in 2010 and 2011, when she held the position of a Delegate Manager.

In 2011, aside from holding the role of the Project Coordinator for European Rails of Peace (2011), she started her engagement as a student-expert for the Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently, after having finished her three-semester internship at the University Library, Inga is dedicated to the work in HRC Mostar, focusing on the Anti-discrimination Program and the Free Legal Aid provided for socially vulnerable groups of population.

Nihad Kresevljakovic

Nihad Kreševljaković currently works as director of Sarajevo War Theatre. He has served as the executive producer of the International Theatre Festival MESS Sarajevo, where he still works as artistic director of the Memory Module program. He graduated from the University of Sarajevo, where he studied history. He is also a documentary filmmaker. He first became involved in film during the siege of Sarajevo. During and after the war, he worked on various documentary projects and films including Do You Remember Sarajevo, Searching for Land of Freedom and From Auschwitz to Sarajevo. He has also written the scripts for the film Greta, We Light the Night, as well as texts for books such as Muslims of New York, Survival Map, The Life: The Citizens of Sarajevo. He is one of the founders of the NGO VideoArchive—Hamdija Kreševljaković—Library. He is a former member of the Board of Art House Cinema and Foundation "Kriterion." He is also the honorary cultural attache ad interim of the Embassy of the Republic of San Marino in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Mads Aarøe Mathiesen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Mads Aarøe Mathiesen is a fast and focused entrepreneur. He has been involved in more than a dozen of start-ups with operations across Europe. He has lived and worked in Denmark, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and the United Steates, and previously served as a strategy consultant with Booz & Co and Corporate Value Associates. Mads holds a 1st class MPA from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris.  He is a Senior Fellow, Denmark 2004 and a Congressional Lantos-HIA Fellow 2005.

Elidor Mëhilli (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Elidor Mëhilli is a Visiting Fellow at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (ZZF) in Potsdam, Germany, and was formerly a Fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. He received a Ph.D. in modern European and Eurasian history at Princeton University in 2011, having conducted research in over fifteen archives in Berlin, London, Moscow, Rome, Tirana and Washington D.C. He has published articles on Cold War-era politics, most recently in the Journal of Cold War Studies. A Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, Elidor participated in the Dutch program in 2003 and helped run the 2005 program in Denmark and the 2008 program in The Netherlands. He will be a Mellon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012-2013 and, following that, an Assistant Professor of European History at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Megan Metzger (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Megan Metzger is currently an intern with the Genocide Film Library Project through the Cinema for Peace Foundation in Sarajevo. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Megan recently completed a Masters in Political Science through the TransAtlantic Masters Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in cooperation with Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her thesis research focused on Bosnian politics, specifically on the impact of violence on political behavior. This fall, she will begin her PhD in Political Science at New York University. Megan is a Senior Fellow who completed her Humanity in Action Fellowship in Warsaw in 2007.

Julia Mikic 

Julia Mikić first discovered debating in 2001, and likes to think of it as a turning point in her life. She spent five years as chief adjudicator and head trainer with the Croatian national parliamentary debate league, has taken part in dozens of international competitions and given almost as many workshops, both at home and abroad, in an effort to promote debate as a means of youth empowerment. She studied English and Comparative literature at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Zagreb. She has been involved in youth work through various civil society organisations for the past eleven years. She is co-founder of HERMES (Hrvatska edukacijska i razvojna mreža za evoluciju sporazumijevanja / Croatian education and development network for the evolution of communication), an NGO devoted to fostering social change through education for democracy and teaching applied debate and effective communication methods as key skills for individuals and organizations and as advocacy tools for socially disadvantaged groups.

Amir Mujanovic

Amir Mujanovic is an Executive Director of Landmine Survivors Initiatives, an NGO that supervises and manages a team up to 20 people working in victim assistance and disability rights issues. Before joining Landmine Survivors Initiatives 6 years ago, Amir had worked with the UNHCR in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 12 years with displaced persons and return related issues.

Rainer Münz

Rainer Münz is Head of Basic Research (Erste Group), Academic Dean of Erste School of Banking and Finance (Erste Group) and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). He is an expert on population change, international migration and demographic aging, their economic impact and their implications for retail banking and social security systems. He studied at Vienna University, where he earned his PhD in 1978. In 1979, he joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Until 1992, Rainer was director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Science. Between 1992 and 2003 he was head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg (1986), University of California at Berkeley (1986, 1989, 1997-98), Frankfurt (1988), Klagenfurt (1996, 1998), Vienna (2001-02) and Zurich (1992). He also was Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Mathematics of Finance, Technical University Vienna (2001-2002). Currently he teaches at the University of St. Gallen.

Rainer has worked as a consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and the World Bank. He served as an advisor to the Greek (2003), Dutch (2004) and Slovene (2008) EU presidencies. In 2000-01 he was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Süssmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Union (so-called “EU Group of the Wise”).

Rainer is member of several boards and advisory boards; among them: Brussels Institute for European and Global Economic Affairs (Bruegel, Brussels), Centre for Migration, Integration and Citizenship at Oxford University (COMPAS, Oxford, UK), European Policy Centre (Brussels), European Forum Alpbach, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM, Vienna), International Metropolis Project (Ottawa-Amsterdam), International Organization for Migration (IOM, Geneva), SOT Accountants (Vienna-Graz-Munich), VBV Pension Insurance (Vienna), STUWO AG (Vienna), Vienna City Museum (Vienna), World Demographic and Aging Forum (WDA, St. Gallen).

Lara Natale

A British citizen born to Italian parents, Lara studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and subsequently spent several years teaching abroad in France, Romania, India and Japan.  Upon her return, she worked first in strategy consulting before commencing a think-tank career in Social Policy analysis, specialising in education and crime and co-authoring a book on "Parent-School Partnerships." Lara is currently awaiting publication of a sole-authorship on "Honour-based Violence in the UK."  Currently based in Brussels, she is finishing up her MA in Migration Studies, while also coordinating the Pat Cox-HIA Fellowship Programme, carrying out Public Policy Advisory work on pan-European Migration and setting up a UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Honour issues.  She is especially interested in issues surrounding Labour Migration, Integration and Citizenship, and in working to more effectively engage stakeholders-such as the private sector-in order to propel the debate forward.

Hasan Nuhanovic

Hasan Nuhanović is a Bosniak survivor of the Srebrenica genocide who campaigns for truth and justice on behalf of other survivors and relatives of the victims. Hasan is the former U.N. interpreter for Dutch peacekeepers who were stationed in Srebrenica in 1995 at the end of the Bosnian war. Following the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995, Hasan’s own family sought refuge at the UN protection force base at Potočari. Then the Dutch UN soldiers handed the family over to the Bosnian Serb Army and its allies from Serbia proper. Hasan’s entire immediate family - mother, father and brother - were murdered by the Bosnian Serb Army and its allies. After battling the Dutch state in civil court for nine years, he won on appeal against the Dutch Government in July 2011,  when the court ruled that the Dutch are to blame for handing over his family members to forces of Ratko Mladic, who is currently being tried in The Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Since the end of the Bosnian war, Hasan has campaigned to establish and publicize the truth about the genocide. He has provided evidence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. He played an important part in establishing the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial at Potočari where the remains of many of the identified victims have been interred. Hasan works closely with organizations of other survivors and the relatives of victims, including the Mothers of Srebrenica in Sarajevo and the Women of Srebrenica in Tuzla.

Hasan has written a chronology of the events at Srebrenica, “Under the UN Flag,” in which he examines the responsibility and guilt of members of the international community who were direct participants on the ground, indirectly influenced, or were capable of but failed to fulfill their commitment to protect the Muslim population of the besieged "safe area" under UN Security Council Resolution 819. Bosnian investigative journalist Dragan Stanimirović has nicknamed Hasan the “Elie Wiesel of Bosnia," a reference to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and Holocaust survivor.

Hana Pasic (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Hana Pašić is currently enrolled in the third year of her bachelor studies program at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo, studying at the department of Political Sciences. She currently holds the position of the Commissioner for International Cooperation on behalf of the National Scout Organization of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Scouting has greatly impacted Hana’s life, giving her an opportunity to broaden her perspectives by meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and developing a very high level of tolerance and the ability to understand differences. A combination of political sciences and international scouting has led Hana to search for further education in the field of human rights, especially related to the issues of ethnicity, race and religious minority rights in different societies. Hana participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam in 2011.

Valery Perry

Valery Perry first worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina  in 1997 as an election supervisor – an experience that created a lasting impression. She has lived in Sarajevo since 1999, conducting research and working for organizations including the NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR), the European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI) and several NGOs. She worked at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo from 2004 to 2011, where she served both as Deputy Director of the Education Department and Deputy Director of the Human Dimension Department. She currently works as Chief of Party for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) in Sarajevo, implementing a project to increase civil society engagement in constitutional reform processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Valery received a B.A. from the University of Rochester, an M.A. from Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute and a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where she wrote her dissertation on democratization and peace-building strategies in post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina. Valery has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has spoken at conferences and policy events in the United States and throughout Europe. 

Alma Piric

Alma Piric, originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.  While working on her degree, Alma held different full-time positions in local schools.  One of the positions was that of Bilingual/Bicultural Liaison, in which she served three school districts and their Bosnian families, providing duties such as assuring accurate communication, providing native language assistance in content area classes, assisting students in adjustment to the American educational system, developing and teaching lessons to ESL students and related tasks.  Prior to attending Saint Michael’s college, Alma obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont, with a concentration in foreign languages, German, English and Russian.  She also studied abroad at Phillips Universität in Marburg, Germany, where she attended courses in language, history and philosophy.

Alma teaches courses at the Faculty of Pedagogy and the English Studies Department of the University of Zenica.  She serves as a mentor to six Medresa teachers as part of the U.S. Embassy’s English-Access Microscholarship Program (Access). From January 2012 until May 2012, Alma taught an English language class to a group of 14 high school students in a U.S. Embassy funded pilot project, “Tolerance Through English.”  She also served as an English language instructor at the University of East Sarajevo, where she taught Contemporary English Language for a semester. In 2009 and 2012, Alma participated in a Council of Europe project working with educators throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina on strengthening higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Along with several other colleagues, she helped develop the “Curriculum Development Good Practice Guide,” a broad checklist of issues and developments that academics in the post-Bologna world could use as a guide to improve the material they deliver to their students.  Alma also works as an online tutor for a U.S. based company, assisting American students with their essays and research papers.

Dorota Pudzianowska (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Dorota Pudzianowska is an assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Warsaw University. She specializes in public law with special interest in human rights, migration law, nationality law and anti-discrimination law. She also works as a lawyer at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw where she is responsible for strategic litigation of discrimination cases. She has been involved in litigation of numerous cases before domestic courts and ECHR  (Baczkowski v. Poland, Grzelak v. Poland, Tysiac v. Poland, and others). She is an alternate member of the Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. She is a 2005 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Berlin program). 

Aida Salcic (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Aida Salcic comes from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She holds a BA in English Studies from the University of Sarajevo and is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. Aida is particularly interested in minority, women's and children's rights and education and has worked as a volunteer for Bosnia and Herzegovina youth organizations and for the UNICEF Field Office in Sarajevo. She is a 2011 Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from the Berlin program. Currently, Aida is working as an intern at the Office of the EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Velma Saric

Velma Šarić is founder and Executive Director of the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC), and has extensive academic and professional experience in the fields of genocide studies, transitional justice, international law and war crimes, and is currently pursuing an MA in Sociology from the University of Sarajevo. For the past five years, she has worked as a trained journalist covering war crimes trials for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Additionally, Velma has worked on several documentaries and has acquired producing credit for films such as PBS's “I Came to Testify,” of the Women, War & Peace series. Velma also spearheaded the production of PCRC's first full-length documentary, Uspomene 677 [Memories 677].

Marietje Schaake (Humanity in Action 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, human rights, freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom and 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. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs.

Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegations with Iran and the Western Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Vice President of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited. Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGOs on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, and civil and human rights. Marietje participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam in 2003.

Antje Scheidler

Antje Scheidler has been with Humanity in Action since 2002, when she became Program Director of the (then) new German Program. Antje was born in East Germany in 1974, in the small town of Rodewisch. However, she has lived almost her entire life in Berlin, where she experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall as a teenager. Antje studied English and American Studies and Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin (and the University of Toronto) and became very interested in immigration related issues and matters of social cohesion. She worked as a researcher at Humboldt University at the Department of Demography from 2000-2007 and as editor-in-chief of the newsletter "Migration and Population" from 2000-2011. 

Noam Schimmel (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Noam Schimmel is pursuing a PhD at the LSE in political communication. He also independently researches and advocates for restorative justice and the human rights of genocide survivors. He publishes a range of articles addressing human rights issues in academic journals such as the Journal of Human Rights, International Journal of Children's Rights, the Journal of Peace Education, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, Development and Development in Practice.

Noam interned with the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. He has also worked professionally and as a volunteer in Rwanda, South Africa, India and Argentina, focusing on humanitarian relief aid, international development, child and youth welfare, and securing the rights of indigenous peoples. He earned his BA in English and Political Science at Yale and an MSc in Philosophy, Policy, and Social Value at the LSE. Noam participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam in 2001.

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) as well as a certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner registered with the German Association for NLP. These qualifications followed her Bachelor in Psychology and Management from McGill University in Canada and her 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, Mona has also developed a series of skill building workshops focused on communication and public speaking.

Anne Stalfort

Anne Stalfort is Director of Cooperations at Humanity in Action Germany. For the past ten years, she has been working as a professional fundraiser and consultant in the field of education for democratic citizenship and human rights. Anne has an academic background in literature, politics and philosophy, along with degree courses at the Fundraising Academy Frankfurt and the EU Fundraising School EMCRA Berlin. Her professional work focuses on partnerships with foundations and EU grant programs in the field of Lifelong Learning.

Magda Szarota  

Magda Szarota is a co-founder and a Board Member of The Disabled Women Association ONE.pl (the first and only NGO in Poland, which tackles double discrimination) and since 2004 has been involved in grass-root activism and awareness raising initiatives in regards to disability and multiple discrimination. She is a co-author of the country report concerning disabled women in Poland for 2007 for the European Disability Forum (EDF) and served as a Polish delegate to the EDF’s first conference on disabled women where she actively participated in drafting the declaration on women with disabilities. She has been a member of the Committee for Social Dialogue Regarding Disabled People at the Warsaw City Hall and she has served as an expert to UNDP’s project Young Disabled People. She is a co-creator of the first on-line interactive community based initiative for disabled women called “An Open House – Space for Interaction”. Most recently, in cooperation with Humanity in Action Poland, she co-created an interdisciplinary initiative, first of this type in Poland entitled "Looking for the Cure: People with Disabilities in Poland: from Patients to Citizens" which received a patronage of the Polish Ombudsman. One of the aims of this project was to translate the key messages of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities- into the language of the young generation. 

Lamija Tanović

Professor Lamija Tanovic, Ph.D, is a distinguished academic and politician from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She teaches nuclear, atomic and solid-state physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Sarajevo University. Professor Tanović studied physics and graduated at the same faculty in 1971, while her MA and PhD degrees were earned in Belgrade between 1972 and 1979. Her scientific career started at the renowned “Vinča” Institute for nuclear physics in Belgrade. In addition, Professor Tanović has worked at the University of Copenhagen and the Niels Bohr Institute, the Maryland National Institute for standards and technologies, the Free University in Brussels and other prestigious scientific institutions.

Professor Tanović is former Chair of the United World College Mostar and she has served as the Bosnian ambassador to Denmark from 1994 to 2001. During that period, she organized and established 53 primary and 12 grammar schools operating according to Bosnian curricula. Professor Tanović has been the leader of the Liberal-Democratic Party in Bosnia and Herzegovina and she is the founding Chair of both the Humanity in Action Steering Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Fondacija Humanost u Akciji BiH (Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Eli Tauber

Eli Tauber was born in Sarajevo in 1950, where he finished the First Gymnasium and then continued on to the Faculty of Political Sciences – Journalism. He obtained his masters degree at the same faculty on the subject of Jewish periodicals in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1990 – 2008.  In 1973, he won first prize in the amateur documentaries film category for his movie, If All the People of the World... at the amateur film festival of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

As a journalist, Eli started his career with the publishing house "Oslobodjenje," where he worked for 15 years. After working as a journalist, he dedicated the next 20 years to advertising and marketing projects. He has written numerous successful screenplays for advertising-documentary movies. Over the last ten years, he has dedicated much of his time to research and gathering historical material about Jews from Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

In 2007, Eli Tauber published his first book, Illustrated Lexicon of Judaism, History, Religion and Customs. In the same year, he also developed two significant exhibitions, "Remembering the Holocaust" on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and another exhibition in the Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s permanent collection: "The Righteous among the Nation in Bosnia and Herzegovina." In 2008, he published his second book When the Neighbours Were Real Human Beings. Around the same time, he helped create an exhibition under the same name; the aim of the exhibition was to promote the coexistence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also edited number of books.

In 2010, Eli published his third book, Jewish Print and Periodicals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Jewish Voice. Eli Tauber is the director of the project, "Righteous among the Nations" within the Institute for Researching Crimes Against Humanity and International Law at the University of Sarajevo. Eli is author of many works on Judaic subjects, researcher of historical and cultural phenomena relating to Bosnian Jews. Eli Tauber is an adviser for culture and religion at the Association of Jewish Communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Eli is also a board member of Fondacija Humanost u Akciji BiH.

Judge Phillip L. Weiner

Phillip L. Weiner serves as an International Judge in the War Crimes Section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University in 1977 and was awarded a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1980.  From 1980 to 2000, he worked primarily as a prosecutor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (United States of America). 

From 2001 to 2007, he served in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Den Haag, Netherlands).  While there, he was a prosecutor on four trials serving in a leadership capacity in each case.  He returned to the United States as a Visiting Law Professor at Boston College Law School where he taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.  He served again as a prosecutor in Massachusetts until his appointment in 2008 to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Judge Patricia Ann Whalen

Judge Patricia Ann Whalen graduated with a B.A. from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She earned a J.D. from Vermont Law School and was subsequently awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship from Howard University. In 2005, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, now Misericordia University.

Judge Whalen has served on the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina since October 2007. She has served on both the First Instance Trial Court and the Appellate Court, completing two terms at the Court in 2012. As a member of the War Crimes Chamber, she adjudicated cases involving significant international crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Currently, Judge Whalen serves as Judicial Education Advisor to the Court. While at the Court, she chaired the Judicial Education Committee, directed Judicial College programs (2008-2012), developed and edited the Judicial Bench Book and developed comprehensive tools for drafting verdicts.

Previously, Judge Whalen had served in the Vermont Judiciary for 17 years, having been appointed by Governor Madeline Kunin in 1990.  Judge Whalen was President of the Vermont Trial Judges Association in both 1999 and 2000. She is a graduate of the Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education (Memphis University) and the National Judicial College (Reno, Nevada), and is also a Sir Richard May Fellow (International Judicial Academy). Judge Whalen is an official representative, with Expert Status, to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, for the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). Since 2002, she has been a delegate with committee responsibilities to the treaty negotiations for the Maintenance Convention.  

On behalf of the IAWJ, she is the Vermont Project Director for the Afghan Women Judges Judicial Education Project, an intensive immersion rule of law project focusing on criminal and civil law and judicial independence with female judges from Afghanistan. In 2007, she presented the keynote address for the First Afghan Women Judges Association conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. For the Vermont Court, she has been a member of the Supreme Court's Judicial Education Committee and the Vermont Judicial College Committee. She is founder of the Rural Women Leadership Institute of Vermont, an organization that works with women in countries in conflict or transition. She presents nationally and internationally on a variety of legal issues pertaining to her work at the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, her work in Afghanistan and with the IAWJ.

Leslie Woodward

Leslie Woodward is co-founder and project director of the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC). She holds an MA in International Studies with a focus in strategic peacebuilding and development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She has obtained advanced certification in designing peacebuilding programs from the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) and has worked in Kenya, Bangladesh and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Leslie also worked as a researcher for the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP) and a as a program coordinator for the Leadership Institute for New Sudan (LIONS).