Speakers

Noufel Bouzeboudja

Noufel Bouzeboudja is an Amazigh (Kabyle) writer, performer, and journalist from Algeria. He has been an English teacher and director of several Shakespeare productions. Recently, he has supervised and appeared in productions of The Voice of Truth and Richard III in the English Department of the University Mouloud Mammeri in Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria. He writes in Arabic, English, Kabyle, and French. His critically acclaimed books include Du Haut de Nos Potences (“From Above Our Gallows”), which explores themes found within the recent revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East.

Bjørn Bredal 

Bjørn Bredal is an editorial writer and literary critic at Politiken. He has published books on Michel de Montaigne and Marcel Proust as well as a history of Politiken and several works on contemporary France. He studied music and literature at the University of Copenhagen and political science at Sciences Po. He was a Fellow of the Reuters Institute at Oxford University.  

Anthony Chase (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Anthony Chase serves as Program Coordinator at Humanity in Action in New York City. Previously, he worked with Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders) and AMIDEAST/Lebanon. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan, where he served as a research assistant in urban planning, political science and African studies departments. 

Chloé Choquier (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Chloé Choquier is a Program Coordinator at Humanity in Action, based in Paris, France. Before joining Humanity in Action, Chloé was a Project Manager at the French Ministry of Justice, working on international judicial training and cooperation. Previously, she was a Project Officer at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OScE) - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, in Warsaw, Poland. Chloé graduated from Pantheon Sorbonne University in International Relations and European Studies. 

Morten Christiansen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Morten Dalsgaard Christiansen Morten is completing his masters in political science at the University of Copenhagen and studied abroad at the University of Minnesota. He is currently taking a leave from his studies to work for the Danish Parliament’s representative to the European Union in Brussels. Morten is interested in the increasing role of national parliaments as a more important player in European Union governance. 

Tara Dickman (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow) 

Tara Dickman is the former director of Humanity in Action France, which she left in November 2012. A Senior Fellow herself, she joined Humanity in Action after receiving an MA 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. Prior to attending NYU, she had received a BA in information and communication, studied social and cultural policies at the Institute for European Studies of Paris 8 University before doing some comparative research on race and urban politics at Brown University.

In 2010, she was sent on a community organizing training in Chicago as part of a US Embassy sponsored trip for young leaders from diverse backgrounds. Upon her return, she applied the methodology coordinating the first cross-organization and nation-wide campaign against abusive stop and frisk practices in France. Along with Senior Fellow Nabil Berbour and two other partners, she set up a social enterprise in March 2013. Studio Praxis provides consulting services in strategy, communications and development for clients who have an impact on civil rights in France and across the world, and reinvests its benefits in an Actor's Studio-based model for civil rights oriented grassroots leaders, using community organizing as its core method. Tara was a 2012 Echoing Green Finalist, a 2013 Ariane de Rothschild Social Entrepreneurship and a Interreligious Dialogue Fellow.

Alexander Ege (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Alexander Ege is the Political Advisor to the Secretary General and Chairwoman of ActionAid Denmark (Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke). His work concerns development issues and climate change. Alexander has extensive experience in Danish, EU and UN level advocacy and has worked in civil society and as a diplomat for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Alexander has specialized in a rights based approach, recently with a particular focus on land rights in developing countries.

Yulia Gogol (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Yulia Gogol was born in Ukraine and worked for seven years in Poland. She writes for a migrant newspaper in Poland and is an activist of Euromaidan in Warsaw. She is a member of the Ukrainian minority in Poland and is engaged in political activism concerning the conflict in Ukraine. She studied history at Ukrainian Catholic University and diplomacy at Collegium Civitas.

Konstanty Gebert

Konstanty Gebert is an associate fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations and an international reporter and columnist at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s largest daily newspaper.  During the 1970s, he was a democratic opposition activist and organizer of the Jewish Flying University, while in the 1980s, under martial law, he was an underground journalist. He is the founder of the Polish Jewish intellectual publication Midrasz. Gebert serves as a board member for the Taube Centre for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland as well as the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He has taught in Poland, Israel and the United States. He has authored ten books, which examine topics such as the Polish democratic transformation, French policy toward Poland, the Yugoslav wars, the wars of Israel, Torah commentary and post-war Polish Jewry. 

Judith S. Goldstein 

Judith S. Goldstein founded Humanity in Action in 1997 and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Under Judith’s leadership, Humanity in Action has organized educational programs on international affairs, diversity and human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United States. She received her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar for her MA studies. Judith has written several books and articles about European and American history, art and landscape architecture. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and several boards and advisory groups.  

Magnus Harrison (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Magnus Meyer Harrison has worked as National Director of Humanity in Action Denmark since September 2012. He worked with Humanity in Action previously as a Program Manager. He was a Fellow in the New York program in 2008 and has been in San Francisco and Washington as a Lantos Fellow (2009) with Humanity in Action. Born in Rudkøbing Langeland, Magnus was trained as a cook and, when he has time, he works on his MA thesis. 

Sahra-Josephine Hjorth (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow) 

Sahra-Josephine Hjorth is CEO at HjorthGROUP and a Ph.D. Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University and the Danish Museum of Immigration. Her thesis concerns labor immigration and social inclusion. Sahra holds a master in culture, communication and globalization on the topic of international relations and the global order. Sahra is also a writer at RÆSON, a Danish international political magazine.  

Johan Juul Jensen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Johan Juul Jensen holds a Bachelor’s degree in EU and international development studies from Roskilde University. His main focus has been environmental and developmental issues in international affairs. Johan has worked on the research project Greeco for the European Commission, which aimed at outlining the regional development in the green transition in Europe. Johan is also employed at the Danish Institute for International Studies, where he assists the researchers within the field of poverty and natural resource governance. He is the Vice-chair of the Senior Fellow Association in Denmark, where he recently re-started the International Senior Fellow Network. As his Action Project, he co-founded Think Rights, a human rights platform for students. Johan will be starting a Master’s of public policy at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin in the fall. 

Anders Jerichow 

Anders Jerichow works as an editor and columnist at the newspaper Politiken, where he has been employed in various positions. He started his journalism career in 1985 at Weekendavisen and, in 1993, he began working at Politiken as foreign affairs editor, a position he also held at Weekendavisen. From 1998 to 2001, he was employed as Editor-in-Chief at the daily newspaper Aktuelt before returning to Politiken in 2002 after a short period as Editor-in-Chief at the newspaper Information. Anders  Jerichow is a keen public commentator and has written and edited several books on international affairs, especially on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is Chair of the Board of Humanity in Action Denmark as well as Danish PEN.

Mathilde Kimer

Mathilde Kimer has worked as a news journalist and editor at DR (the Danish Broadcasting Corporation) since 2005. Stationed in Moscow, she currently covers Russia and former Soviet states. In addition, she has covered conflicts in the North Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa from DR’s foreign desk. 

Maid Konjhodzic (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Maid Konjhodzic is completing his MA in criminal law at the University of Sarajevo. He has participated in several legal clinics focused on EU and national legislation on the asylum and aliens. His work now focuses on international criminal law, human rights and issues of transitional justice. In 2011, Maid worked as a researcher and verdicts analyst on the very first digest code of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently, Maid is a legal trainer at the Model International Criminal Court School and the Head of Legal Training for the Model International Criminal Court Western Balkans (MICC WeB). 

Martine Alonso Marquis (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Martine Alonso Marquis is the coordinator of the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship in the European Parliament. Previously, she served as Head of Cabinet for MEP Ivo Vajgl, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Slovenia. Born in Montreal, Canada, of Spanish origin, Martine studied social sciences at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, and obtained an M.A. in conflict studies, an M.Sc. in international relations and a Ph.D. in political science from Sciences Po in Paris, where she also teaches international relations. Apart from her teaching and career advising activities, she has a big passion for the Balkans and enjoys scenario writing, acting, directing and producing her own web-series. 

Sigfried Matlok

Sigfried Matlok served as chief editor of Der Nordschleswiger, a German newspaper in Denmark from 1973 to 2013. He now writes for the newspaper as a political correspondent. 

Ida Nicolaisen

Ida Nicolaisen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen University. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Carlsberg Foundation Nomad Research Project and former Vice-Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Nicolaisen is an acclaimed expert in cultural anthropology, socio-economic transformation and the challenges facing developing countries. She has done extensive research among indigenous peoples in West Africa and South-East Asia. She has published more than 20 scientific books and is a member of numerous boards and human rights networks, including the international board of Humanity in Action.  Nicolaisen is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and the Palestinian Academy of Science and Technology (honorary). She is Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.

Jesper Packert Pedersen (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Jesper Packert Pedersen is a Partner at Rasmussen Public Affairs Copenhagen and a Ronald D. Asmus Policy Entrepreneur Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously, he served as the Democratic Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia in the U.S. Congress and as a Senior Advisor for the European Union Ambassador to the United States, João Vale de Almeida. Born in Næstved, Denmark, Jesper worked as an Analyst at the Danish Government Accountability Office and as Program Director for Humanity in Action Denmark. Jesper is a graduate of Roskilde University. He is a Truman National Security Fellow and a member of the Atlantic Council. 

Nivedita Prasad

Born in Madras, India, Nivedita Prasad studied Social Pedagogy at the Freie Universität in Berlin. She received her Ph.D. at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. In 2012, she was awarded the first “Anne Klein” Prize for her ongoing dedication for human rights of migrant women. Since 1993, she has been teaching at various universities in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, and also giving trainings for police officers and judges, prosecutors and lawyers. In 2010, she became the director of the Master study program “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession” at the Alice Solomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Since 2013, she has been a professor at the Alice Solomon University of Applied Sciences, where she focuses on methods of social work and gender specific social work and is engaged in activities in the asylum seekers housing in Berlin-Hellersdorf which has been targeted by racist attacks since it was opened in summer 2013.

Teresa Pullano 

Teresa Pullano works at the crossroad of political science and sociology, with a special interest in contemporary social theory. She is Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre of Political Theory  at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and teaching fellow at Sciences Po. She was Fulbright-Schuman Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. in political science from Sciences Po. She is the author of the monograph La citoyenneté européenne, un espace quasi-étatique, published by the Presses de Sciences Po in 2014. Her main interests lie in contemporary transformations of the European space, in the evolution of citizenship rights across Europe and in the relationship that Europe has with its “outside” and with its “others.”

Ambassador Janusz Reiter 

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

Leon Schettler (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Leon Schettler is a Program Coordinator at Humanity in Action Germany. He completed his BA in liberal arts at the University College Maastricht and his MA in peace and conflict studies in Uppsala (Sweden) where he wrote his thesis on “The Causes for Radicalization among Muslims in Western Europe.” Since last summer, Leon has been working on conflict prevention and transformation for the Robert Bosch Foundation and only recently started his new job as a researcher at a joint research project looking at “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” where he will also pursue his Ph.D. 

Antje Scheidler

Antje Scheidler is the Director of Humanity in Action Germany and European Coordinator. She has been with Humanity in Action since 2002, when she became Program Director of the (then) newly established German Program. Antje was born in East Germany and has lived for 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.

Søren Sønderstrup (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Søren Sønderstrup is a consultant for a number of NGOs, public actors and international bodies, including the United Nations, World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Programme. He provides advice and assistance to his clients for advocacy, social engagement and political and strategic change in the areas of development aid, health, education, human rights, conflict resolution and support for democracy. He also teaches international affairs at Krogerup Højskole, a Danish folk high school. Søren has also worked as an election observer, media analyst and mediation specialist for the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and a number of international consultancy agencies. Søren holds masters from in social science and history from Roskilde University and a masters in communication for development from Malmö University. 

Morten Svendstorp (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow) 

Morten Svendstorp is a political advisor on international affairs to the Danish Social Democrats and has previously worked with an NGO in Gaza, the United Nations and the Danish newspaper Politiken. Morten holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor degree in international development studies from Roskilde University.

Philip Ugelow (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Philip Ugelow is the Deputy Executive Director of Humanity in Action. Before joining the Humanity in Action staff, 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 volunteers with the Netherlands America Foundation, the NYU/Stern Social Venture Competition and has affiliations with the Truman National Security Fellowship and Atlantik-Bruecke. Philip received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his master's degree from the University of Amsterdam, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on the International Criminal Court. Philip was a Fellow in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam in 2001.

Janine White (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)

Janine White is a human rights professional specializing in peacebuilding and gender issues. She previously coordinated education and gender-related programs at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. She has also worked with refugee populations in the United States. and has conducted research and managed projects related to internal displacement and women's rights in the Caucasus and conflict resolution in the Western Balkans. Janine is also a yoga teacher, most recently working with immigrant communities in New York City. She completed her master's in international affairs at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and her bachelor's in history and German from Rutgers University. 

Ambassador Francois Zimeray

A lawyer, politician and diplomat, François Zimeray currently serves as the French Ambassador to Denmark. Previously, he served as the French Ambassador for Human Rights and as a Member of the European Parliament for the Party of European Socialists from 1999 to 2004, sitting on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence Policy. He served as President of Greater Rouen from 2002 to 2008. Ambassador Zimeray founded the Circle Leon Blum and pledged to promote dialogue between European leaders, civil actors and Middle Eastern politicians. In the past, Ambassador Zimeray has also played a role as part of delegations handling relations between Israel and Palestine. He is a recipient of Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la legion d’Honneur and Officier de l’Ordre Royal du Cambodia.