Speakers

Ben Allen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Ben Allen was elected in the November 2008 elections to the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board. He is currently an attorney at Bryan Cave LLP, but is about to start work as Los Angeles Managing Director for the Spark Program, an educational non-profit organization. Ben has worked in Washington, DC at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and as Press Secretary for Congressman Jose E. Serrano. While at law school, he served as a judicial clerk with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and later as the Student Member of the University of California’s Board of Regents. Ben is an elected delegate to the California Democratic State Convention, and serves on the executive board of the Santa Monica Democratic Club, the General Advisory Board for Santa Monica College, and on the board of the Social Justice Learning Institute. Ben is a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action, having participated in the fellowship's inaugural program in Amsterdam in 1999.

Mark Belinsky

Mark Belinsky is Founder and Co-Director in charge of technology at Digital Democracy, an organization that educates 21st century citizens. His family having fled from the Soviet Union as refugees, he now trains groups at the grassroots level around the world in using tools and media strategies to empower themselves. In Armenia, he founded and is a board member to a youth action center that uses art and technology to support emerging civil society. He produces media and technology strategies for organizations with his company New Words. Mark participated in "Pioneers," a special program of Humanity in Action and Felix Meritis in 2009.

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 advised 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.

Neil Stenbæk Bloem (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Neil Stenbæk Bloem is a 27-year-old newly elected member of the City Council of Copenhagen, representing the Socialist People’s Party, and is a member of the Committee on Employment and Integration. Bloem was a Humanity in Action Fellow in 2007 and a Lantos/Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow in 2008. He attributes these experiences as laying the foundation for his involvement in Danish politics.

Anne-Lorraine Bujon

An expert on American literature and civilization, Anne-Lorraine Bujon has spent the last ten years working with different reviews, think tanks and educational initiatives on publications and seminar projects with a French-American focus. She is presently editorial director at IHEJ (Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice/Institute for Advanced Studies on Justice) in Paris, where she is developing a research program and online review for globalization and legal cultures. From 2005 to 2009, Bujon was the Director of Humanity in Action France and subsequently the Director of the Humanity in Action Center in Europe.

Dajana Džindo (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Dajana Džindo is a Master's degree student of Business Communication at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. She participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Berlin in 2008 and afterwards became Vice-President of Senior Fellow Network in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is also, within the Youth Forum of Igman Initiative, dedicated to development of regional cooperation and normalization of relations in the Western Balkans.

Rasmus Grue Christensen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Rasmus Grue Christensen is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from 2001 and a Board member of Humanity in Action Denmark. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the Danish Red Cross Youth, an independent humanitarian organization with more than 3,000 volunteers, 25 staff members and 250 on-going projects in Denmark and abroad. In the past, he served as Head of Section in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Danish Representative Office in Ramallah.

Peter B. Edelman

Peter B. Edelman is a law professor and former associate dean at Georgetown University Law Center, where he specializes in poverty, welfare, juvenile justice and constitutional law. Edelman has long been a leader in the fight against poverty in America. During the Clinton administration, Edelman served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Konstanty Gebert

Konstanty Gebert is a prominent Polish essayist, author, Jewish activist and journalist for several publications, including Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest Polish daily newspaper, and Midrasz. He was a member of the historic Solidarity movement in Poland and a correspondent in the Balkans during the wars in Yugoslavia.

Judith Goldstein

Judith Goldstein founded Humanity in Action in 1998 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 September 2006.

Emma Herman (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Emma Herman is a 2006 Senior Fellow and works as the spokesperson of Fairfood International, a non-profit campaigning organization that lobbies the food and beverage industry for sustainable production. Before joining Fairfood, Emma worked in Brussels and The Hague, first as a policy advisor on trade and development and later as a press officer to Ministers Heemskerk (Foreign Trade) and Timmermans (European Affairs). As a Senior Fellow, Emma co-organized a training seminar on Campaigning for Minority Rights in Brussels and currently chairs Humanity in Action’s European Senior Fellows Network.

Thomas Huddleston (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Thomas Huddleston is a policy analyst in the Integration & Diversity programme at the Migration Policy Group, a think-and-do-tank based in Brussels. He coordinates MPG’s research for European cooperation on national integration policies as co-author of the European Commission’s Handbook on Integration: third edition and the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX). He also chairs the quarterly migration subgroup of the NGO Platform on EU Migration and Asylum. Tom participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Berlin in 2005.

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 a Board member for Humanity in Action France and a vicepresident of JEUNE, the association for young entrepreneurs in the EU.

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 Humanity in Action Denmark.

Femke Kaulingfreks

Femke Kaulingfreks is a young political philosopher working on her PhD research at the University for Humanistics in Utrecht. She is also active as a part of the nongovernmental organization DoeTank, a research collective which combines social and artistic interventions with socio-scientific research of urban areas. She has published in various magazines about citizenship, youth, activism, urban violence and non-institutional politics.

Simone Kukenheim (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Simone Kukenheim is a Member of the Executive Board of the city of Amsterdam South, responsible for Youth, Education, Economic Affairs and Public Art policy. She is also a former political assistant in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands and a former member of the city counsel of Amsterdam South. Kukenheim participated in the Humanity in Action program in 2003 in Amsterdam and was a Lantos/Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow in 2004.

Michael Kunichika (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Michael Kunichika is Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. His research interests include Russian modernism, Russian cinema and visual culture, literary theory, rhetoric, and Russian archaeology. He participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam in 1999.

Karl Lemberg (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Karl Lemberg has been with Humanity in Action since 2002, when he joined the first year of summer programs in Germany, and has stayed involved ever since as Chairman of the German Senior Fellow Network. Karl spent a considerable amount of time on Capitol Hill as a Lantos/Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow and works as a freelance policy consultant for the City of Berlin on matters of immigration, integration and diversity.

Chip Lockwood (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Chip Lockwood is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Harvard University. His work focuses on the history of modern Western religious thought and on contemporary concerns related to religion, secularism, and human rights. Chip is currently writing a dissertation on how appeals to human nature function in Immanuel Kant's account of ethics and religion. A Fellow in the Humanity in Action Berlin program in 2004 and an intern in the Humanity in Action Paris program in 2007, Chip also spent several months working at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in 2005.

Frieda Menco

Frieda Menco is a survivor of Auschwitz and has been active in human rights all her life. Frieda has worked as a radio-journalist and was the Chairwoman of the Union of Dutch Hebrew Congregations. Menco is also a member of the Advisory Board of Humanity in Action The Netherlands.

Jakob Bo Neilsen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Jakob Bo Nielsen is a Senior Fellow from the Danish program in 2008 and was a participant in the Lantos Fellowship in 2009 in the U.S. House Commitee on Foreign Affairs. He is currently the Chair of the Danish Senior Fellow Association. Nielsen works full time in the Danish think tank Mondag Morning, and is writing his thesis in Sociology and Communications.

Loran Nordgren

Loran Nordgren is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (US). His research considers the basic psychological processes that guide judgment and choice, particularly problematic decision-making-decisions that act against the interests of oneself and society.

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.

Herbert Pundik

Herbert Pundik is a Danish-born journalist and author. 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 Humanity in Action Denmark.

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro is an Amsterdam-based citizen journalist and media consultant. A pioneer in decentralized journalism, Mark lectures globally on citizen journalism, new media, and social movements and is published in The Guardian newspaper and CitizenReporter.org Mark speaks regularly at institutions of higher learning and international gatherings of trouble makers.

Mariko Silver (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Mariko Silver is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Policy/Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to joining DHS, Silver served as Policy Advisor in the office of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and as the Director of Strategic Projects for the Office of the President at Arizona State University, where she was responsible for new initiatives in economic development, science, technology and innovation policy. Ms. Silver has also served in the Office of the Executive Vice-Provost of Columbia University, where she co-developed a multi-institution research response to 9/11. Silver participated in the Humanity in Action program in 1997.

Mona Shair

Mona Shair is the Director of the Pat Cox/Humanity in Action Fellowship in the European Paraliament and the founder and Managing Director of Key2advance, an accredited career coaching service. Mona has been involved for almost a decade in a variety of projects regarding transatlantic and Euro-Arab relations, rights and development.

Lamija Tanovic

Lamija Tanovic is a distinguished academic and politician from Bosnia-Herzegovina. A professor of nuclear, atomic and solid-state physics and Chair of the United World College, Mostar, Tanovic also served as the Bosnian ambassador to Denmark from 1994 to 2001 and was formerly the leader of the Liberal-Democratic Party BiH. Tanovic is the founding Chair of the Humanity in Action Steering Committee in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans has been a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party since 1998 and served as Minister of European Affairs between 2007 and 2010. Before his political career, Timmermans worked at the Dutch Embassy in Moscow, for the European Committee and at the OVSE as advisor for the High Commisioner for Minorities.

Ed van Thijn

Ed van Thijn is the former Mayor of Amsterdam. Interned in the Westerbork concentration camp during World War II, van Thijn went on to a distinguished career as a public servant. He has been a member of the Dutch Senate for the Labor Party (PvdA) and served as the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the 1980s and 1990s. He is also the Chair of Humanity in Action The Netherlands.

Philip Ugelow (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Philip Ugelow is the Center Director of Humanity in Action. Before Humanity in Action, Philip worked at the Corporate Executive Board, a research consultancy in Washington, DC. He is also a veteran of Public Citizen and Al Gore’s presidential campaign. Philip participated in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam in 2001.

Nienke Venema (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Nienke Venema was a fellow on the 2008 Humanity in Action Fellowship in New York. She studied political science at Cambridge University and is currently completing her Master’s thesis on populism in Denmark and the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. Nienke has a passion for politics and political campaigns in particular: she was a volunteer for Kerry ‘04 and Obama ‘08 and just finished working for PvdA in the recent Dutch elections.