Keynote Speakers


Jozias Johannes van Aartsen is the Mayor of The Hague. In this capacity, he chairs the Municipal Council and the Municipal Executive. He is also responsible for the portfolio of public order and safety. He was appointed by the crown to this position in March 2008. Born in The Hague, Jozias Van Aartsen studied law at Vrije Universiteit and was the personal secretary of the VVD (Dutch Liberal Party) party faction leader in the Dutch Lower House of Parliament (Tweede Kamer) from 1971 to 1974. Thereafter, he became director of the Telders Foundation, the scholarly think tank of the VVD. In 1979 he joined the Ministry of the Interior as Chef de Bureau of the Secretary General. From 1983 to 1985, he was Deputy Secretary General there before serving as Secretary General at the Ministry of Interior from 1985 to 1994. He then became a member of parliament and served as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries (1994-1998) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2002). In 2002 he again became a member of parliament, where he served as faction chairman of the VVD party from 2003 to 2006. He stepped down after his party showed a disappointing return in the municipal elections. In 2006 Van Aartsen was asked by the European Commission to coordinate a European Union project to lay a gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Austria. He was installed for a second term as Mayor of The Hague in March 2014. 


Abdelkader Benali is a Moroccan-Dutch writer and journalist and has been described as one of the Netherlands' leading writers. His debut novel Wedding by the Sea received widespread critical and commercial success and was quickly followed by a second, The Long-Awaited, which was awarded the Libris Prize. In addition to novels and plays, Benali has published essays and reviews in respected newspapers and magazines including De Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland, De Groene Amsterdammer, Esquire, Algemeen Dagblad and the New York Times. 


Hans Binnendijk is a Senior Fellow at the SAIS center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Until July 2012, he was the Vice President for Research and Applied Learning and the Theodore Roosevelt chair in National Security Policy at the National defense University. He was also director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies and served as the founding director the center for Technology and National Security Policy from 2001 to 2009. Binnendijk has been an advisor on security policy in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government and continues to serve on the Studies committee of the council on Foreign Relations, as well as on the boards of several academic institutions, including the Fletcher School of Law and diplomacy. He is author or co-author of more than 100 articles, editorials and reports and has received the cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. He is the chair of the International Board of directors at Humanity in Action. Binnendijk is a 1968 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MALd and his PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and diplomacy, Tufts University. 


Simone Buitendijk is Vice-Rector Magnificus in charge of teaching, learning and diversity at Leiden University, where she is also a member of the leadership team. She holds a chair in Women’s and Family Health at Leiden University Medical Center. Simone Buitendijk studied Medicine in Utrecht, received an MA in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine and earned her PhD degree in Leiden.


Timothy Broas was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on January 6, 2014. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2014. Ambassador Broas presented his credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on March 19, 2014, and has officially taken up his duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Broas was a partner in the litigation department of the Washington, DC office of Winston & Strawn, LLP. He was named in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America. In 2010, President Obama appointed Mr. Broas to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center, created by Congress in 1968, is a nonpartisan institute for advanced study and a neutral forum for open, serious, and informed dialogue among preeminent thinkers and policymakers. Mr. Broas was named to the Board of Trustees of Partners in Health in 2012. He was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011 and was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America in 2010. In 2005, Mr. Broas was appointed to the Board of Visitors of Mount Vernon by Virginia Governor Mark Warner and was reappointed in 2009 by Governor Tim Kaine. Mr. Broas was born in Detroit, Michigan, was raised in New Jersey, and now resides in Maryland. Mr. Broas received an AB (magna cum laude) in Economics and History from Boston College in 1976 and a JD from the College of William and Mary in 1979.


Dr. David Connolly is the Head of the Conflict Prevention Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice. He specializes in the institutions and processes of local governance during and after violent conflict. His interest spans the various roles that communities play in social, political and economic recovery, conflict resolution and early warning. Since 2000, he has conducted research in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Yemen. Dr. Connolly is currently overseeing more than 10 policy-oriented research projects on key aspects of conflict prevention that include education, cities, water, climate change, international intervention, and international law. Through this work he has helped design policies and programs for the World Bank, the government of Afghanistan, UNDP, UNICEF, UNITAR, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, CARE International, Oxfam, Save the Children and Mercy Corps, among others. Dr. Connolly has published for academic audiences in journals such as Comparative Education and Civil Wars, and for policymakers in Parliamentary Brief and openSecurity.


Deputy Mayor Ingrid van Engelshoven is The Hague's Alderman for the Knowledge Economy, International Affairs, Youth and Education as well as the Haagse Hout and Loosduinen districts. Born in Delfzijl, she grew up in Belgium and studied political science at Radboud University Nijmegen (Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen) and law at Leiden University. It was during her college days that she became involved in politics, chairing the Nijmegen chapter of the social-liberal D66 party from 1987 to 1989. In 1989 Ingrid became a D66 staff member in the Lower House of Parliament (Tweede Kamer) and served as secretary to party leader Thom de Graaf until 1996. She has worked as a consultant in public administration, as head of two strategy sections at the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management from 2000 to 2004 and as the director of Stichting Verantwoord Alcoholgebruik (STIVA) from 2004 to 2009. Following her work as deputy chairman of the D66 from 2000 to 2003, Ingrid has been the chairman of the national party since 2007. Since 2009 she has been a partner at the consultancy Dröge & Van Drimmelen and has served as the acting director of the Centrum voor Merk en Communicatie (CMC) in Amsterdam.


President Fernández de Gurmendi (1954) has over 20 years practice of international and humanitarian law and in human rights. Coming to the Court from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she was the Director General for Human Rights, Judge Fernández de Gurmendi acted as a representative of Argentina in cases before the Inter American Commission of Human Rights and the Inter American Court of Justice. She also represented Argentina before universal and regional human rights bodies and advised on transitional justice issues related to the prevention of genocide and other international crimes. Judge Fernández de Gurmendi contributed to the creation and set-up of the Court. She was also instrumental in the negotiations of the complementary instruments of the Rome Statute as Chair of the Working Group on Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Working Group on Aggression. Her academic experience includes professorships of international criminal law at the universities of Buenos Aires and Palermo and as an Assistant Professor of international law at the University of Buenos Aires. Judge Fernández de Gurmendi has also published a number of national and international publications related to the International Criminal Court including, amongst others, the role of the Prosecutor, criminal procedure, and the definitions of victims. 


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 publication. 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 covered the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995 for Polish and international media. He is the co-founder of the Polish Council of Christians and Jews and the founder of Midrasz, a monthly Polish Jewish intellectual publication. Konstanty 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 and the Advisory Board of the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund in Amsterdam. He has taught across Poland, Israel and the US. 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. His essays have appeared in two dozen publications in Poland and abroad, and his articles have been featured in newspapers around the world.


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.


Renée Jones-Bos has served as the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since July 1, 2012. From 2008 to 2012, she was Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States. Prior to her appointment to Washington, she served as the Deputy Director-General and subsequently Director-General for Regional Policy and Consular Affairs from 2003 to 2008 and as Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights from 2000 to 2003. Renée Jones-Bos served from 1998 to 2000 as the Head of the Security Council Task Force of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previous duties within the Ministry included: Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy in Prague (Czech Republic); Head of Recruitment and Training; and postings in Washington (United States), Paramaribo (Suriname), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Moscow (USSR). Renée Jones-Bos has held several board positions during her career, including on the Board of Trustees of the Roosevelt Study Centre; the Board of Supervision of the VeerStichting; the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS); and the Board of Directors of the World Resource Institute (WRI). She has also been Director of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities and Adviser to the Roosevelt Study Center. She holds an MA in Russian Studies from the University of Sussex  and a degree in Russian and English Studies, Politics and Economics from the University of Antwerp.


Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves as the ALDE Coordinator of the International Trade committee as well as the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Marietje additionally works on the committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on strengthening Europe as a global player. She works on the EU’s neighbourhood policy, notably Turkey, Iran and North Africa and the broader Middle East. In the subcommittee on Human Rights, she speaks on human rights and coordinates the monthly human rights resolutions for ALDE. Her work has sought to include digital freedoms in EU foreign policy. Furthermore, she is a Vice-President of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegation with Iran. Marietje has pushed for completing Europe’s digital single market and copyright reform. She is strongly committed to an open internet in discussions about internet governance and digital (human) rights. In addition to her parliamentary work, Marietje Schaake is, among others, Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and a WEF Young Global Leader in the class of 2014. She serves as vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.


Stephen J. Rapp of Iowa is Ambassador-at-Large, heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by President Obama, confirmed by the Senate, and assumed his duties on September 8, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Rapp served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone beginning in January 2007, responsible for leading the prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons alleged to bear the greatest responsibility for the atrocities committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. During his tenure in Sierra Leone, his office won the first convictions in history for recruitment and use of child soldiers and for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes under international humanitarian law. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Rapp served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, personally heading the trial team that achieved convictions of the principals of RTLM radio and Kangura newspaper—the first in history for leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Mr. Rapp was United States Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001, where his office won historic convictions under the firearms provision of the Violence Against Women Act and the serious violent offender provision of the 1994 Crime Act. Prior to his tenure as U.S. Attorney, he worked as an attorney in private practice and served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and as an elected member of the Iowa Legislature. He received his BA degree from Harvard College in 1971. He attended Columbia and Drake Law Schools and received his JD degree from Drake in 1974.



Lenka Hora Adema is an organizational coach and mediator. She specializes in labor disputes, cooperation disputes within organizations as well as government disputes. Lenka also gives guidance during changes in organizations and acts as a team coach. Lenka regularly works as an expert trainer on foreign projects. She is a board member for Stichting Tuchtrechtspraak Mediators and an editorial staff member for Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, the Netherlands–a journal for conflict management. Previously, Lenka worked as a lawyer and academic staff member at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.


Zahra Albarazi is the Co-Founder of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to leading an integrated, interdisciplinary response to the injustice of statelessness and exclusion. She is currently a senior researcher with the institute. She received an LLM in International Law from Leeds University and is currently a PhD candidate at Tilburg University Law School. Her research focuses on statelessness with a special interest in the nexus with gender discrimination and with arbitrary deprivation of nationality, as well as in nationality and statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa.


Janet Anderson (@janethanderson) has been training journalists in how to cover international courts and tribunals for nearly twenty years. She operates her own business that provides non-profit organizations with strategic advice on justice and communication. Anderson currently works as strategist at Justice Hub https://justicehub.org/ and as an editor at International Justice Tribune https://www.justicetribune.com/. She previously worked as a producer and correspondent at BBC World Service. Anderson holds an MBA from the Open University and a BA (Hons) in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Durham University. 


Christina Antonakos-Wallace works in the intersection of documentary film, new media, and activism.  As the initiator and director of WITH WINGS AND ROOTS, she spearheads a team of over 20 ongoing collaborators working with media to foster conversations about migration, racism and belonging. Christina received her training in NYC at Parsons School of Design and the New School, supported by a scholarship from MTV. Her short films have won awards including the Media that Matters Change Maker Award 2011, the Euromedia Award for Culture & Diversity 2012, and the Aktiv für Demokratie und Toleranz award in 2014. Parallel to her personal work, she supports herself by directing and editing films for NGOs. WITH WINGS AND ROOTS grew out of her own questions of belonging and social change, raised in the Greek-American community. She participated in the 2006 HIA summer program in the US, followed immediately by an HIA internship with UNHCR in Berlin.


Hiske Arts is the Co-Founder, Creative Director and Educational Developer at Critical Mass, a non-profit that allows young people to examine and explore conflict, exclusion and prejudice in daily life and society. In a safe environment, Critical Mass develops interactive exhibits, multimedia installations and teaching methods with this aim, especially for young people but also for professionals and organizations working with young people (teachers, youth groups, et cetera). Critical Mass focuses on the positive effects, but also on the problems that may accompany diversity, such as stereotyping, exclusion and social identification. Hiske Arts earned a BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2001). 


Tonia Asimakopoulou is an intern in European Parliament, having received a degree in Political Science and History from Panteion University in Athens. She has worked for numerous NGOs including Amnesty International Greece, the Hellenic League for Human Rights and Generation 2.0, where she contributed to the Equal Citizens campaign, helping to produce a citizenship bill drawn by the Minister of the Interior. She has also volunteered at the Robert Schuman Foundation in Warsaw, where she was also awarded a Polish Language Scholarship. Her interests include oral history research, local community development, and teaching Greek language to immigrants. This fall, Tonia will begin an MA in Public Administration at Central European University in Budapest, studying on a South Balkans scholarship. 


Laurel Baig is Senior Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTY.  She has also worked in Chambers at the ICTR and SCSL. She is a Co-Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice. Previously, she was in private practice in Toronto, Canada and served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. She holds law degrees from University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.   


Martijn Beckers is the Co-Founder and Director of Johnny Wonder, a company that contributes to the renewal and improvement of communication between civil society and business by developing concepts and campaigns as well as providing training and advice. Johnny Wonder focusses on how to have effective impact in the modern public arena and how this affects mission, message and acts of organizations. Current clients include NS Railways, the Consumers' Association and Amnesty International. Martijn is responsible for the day-to-day operations and realizing and executing of projects for clients. He also gives regular training both locally and abroad. In his work with the Max van der Stoel Foundation and Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, Martijn has trained and coached political and civil society organizations from Belarus to Surinam, Kosovo to Jordan. Previously, Martijn worked for the Dutch Labour Party, where he was engaged with a variety of election campaigns. Martijn has also worked as the marketing and communication manager of the South Axis project in Amsterdam and as a public affairs manager and management consultant for the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce. 


Stefanie van den Berg is a journalist who currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Justice Tribune. She has over 14 years of experience working for international and Dutch media all over the world, specializing in international criminal law and international courts in The Hague and abroad. She has previously worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in The Hague and Belgrade and also served as their West Africa Regional Editor in Dakar, Senegal. She has reported on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) extensively including the Slobodan Milosevic trial as well as the early years of the International Criminal Court and the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. She also worked as a Balkans correspondent for Leeuwarder Courant , the oldest daily newspaper in the Netherlands, and as freelance contributor to Balkan Investigative Reporters Network (BIRN). Stephanie holds an MA in History and Journalism from the University of Groningen. 


Dennis van Berkel is a lawyer and climate change advocate with the Urgenda Foundation, an organization geared toward sustainability and innovation in the Netherlands. In his own words, his goal is essentially to “make the law work for the climate.” Urgenda works with companies, governments, civil society organizations and individuals for a fast transition toward a sustainable society with a circular economy. He previously worked as a lawyer for the Dutch Competition Authority and for the law firm Stibbe. Dennis van Berkel completed his law studies at Leiden University and subsequently earned an LLM in European Law from the London School of Economics, and an interdisciplinary LLM in the Law, Science and Economics from New York University School of Law. 


Laura Boerhout is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies of the University of Amsterdam. Her main area of research interests are (intergenerational) transmission of memories, transcultural memory, oral history, memory activism, with a particular focus on South-Eastern Europe. Besides her academic work, she organizes conferences on her research topics, teaches in non-formal education for the Anne Frank House and sets up educational workshops, such as the Memory Walk in Sarajevo in cooperation with Youth Initiative for Human Rights BiH. She obtained her MA degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 2012 and has worked for the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is a presenter at the current photo-exhibition at the Humanity House The Hague and Kriterion Amsterdam that displays memories of Bosnian-Dutch youth. Laura is an active member of Memory Lab. Trans European Exchange Platform on History and Remembrance. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2012).


Joey Boink is a movie-maker who runs the production company Framewerk. For the Netherlands Public Broadcasting, he made documentaries about child labor in India, education in Guatemala and the Millennium Development Goals in Latin America. He also directed the documentary "Burden of Peace," which tells the impressive story of Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to lead the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala. He co-founded Poldox, a documentary course for social science studies at the University of Amsterdam. He received a BSc in Political Science and an MSc (cum laude) in International Development Studies from University of Amsterdam.  


Cynthia R. Bunton has over 20 years of senior executive experience with a focus on international diplomacy, global and regional program management and business strategy development. Her responsibilities as a Foreign Service Officer included advising on US interests and managing programs in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and at the United Nations. She also has a strong background in political analysis, human rights, women’s issues, intellectual property rights and international commerce. Ms. Bunton has worked with the US Congress and at the multi-agency level to facilitate international programs. As an official observer in the monitoring of the Post-Camp David Middle East peacekeeping force, engaged in diplomatic initiatives with the Israeli and Egyptian military. Her multi-national experiences include political assignment at the United Nations and coordination of the Secretary of State’s participation at the UN General Assembly and Security Council. She spent four years as Deputy Political Counselor at The Hague with extensive dealings with the EU and International Court of Justice. As Asia Director of the International Republican Institute, Ms. Bunton was responsible for strategic direction and oversight on programs designed to strengthen regulatory and political systems, promote economic opportunity and broaden participation of civil society in 11 countries including China. She has participated in international election observation missions in Asia and Europe, has served as Peer Reviewer for the U.S. Institute of Peace, served on the Boards of Chatham University and the Washington Network Group and is an avid music lover and voice over artist. Cynthia is the Director of the Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship in Washington, DC. 


Prof. Dr. Antoine Buyse is professor of human rights and director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University. He is also a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, member of the editorial board of the Dutch Human Rights Review, and he hosts a weblog about the European Convention on Human Rights. He is co-coordinator of the University's Focus Research Area 'Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights' and is connected to the Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution and the University's strategic theme 'Institutions.’ He received an MA in History and International Law and a PhD in International Law from Leiden University. Antoine Buyse is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2001). 


A graduate of Yale and Cambridge, Ron Chernow is the author of many award-winning, best-selling biographies. He has won the two most prestigious literary prizes in the United States: the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Washington: A Life and the National Book Award for Non-Fiction for The House of Morgan. His biographies of John D. Rockefeller and Alexander Hamilton were both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a former president of PEN American Center, the main book writers organization in the U.S., and is the recipient of six honorary doctorates for his work.


Dimitris Christopoulos is an Associate Professor of State and Legal Theory at the Department of Political Science and History of the Panteion University of Athens, where he has taught since 2000. Since 2013, he is Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights, previously having chaired the board of the Hellenic League for Human Rights from 2003 until 2011. His courses include Introduction at the European Legal and State Theory, Minorities in Europe, Citizenship and Migration and Art, Freedom and Censorship. He has taught as a visiting professor and has provided lectures in different universities in Europe and the United States. He has published in Greek, English, French, Portuguese, Hebrew, Albanian and Serbo-Croatian in scientific reviews or journals in the field of legal and political theory, focusing on issues related to human rights, minorities, migrants and citizenship. Christopoulos is frequently interviewed by international or Greek media and writes regularly in the Greek press and certain web portals. As of February 2015, Christopoulos has been appointed as a senior advisor on migration at the Greek Ministry of Interior.


Tara is the former director of Humanity in Action France, which she left in November 2012. A Senior Fellow herself (France 2007), 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 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. Tara has set up an "action studio" with--among others--Senior Fellow Nabil Berbour (France 2009). She is currently consulting communications, fundraising,  community organizing strategies on civil rights and equal opportunity issues in France and abroad. Tara Dickman was a 2012 Echoing Green Finalist, and a 2013 Ariane de Rothschild Social Entrepreneurship and Interreligious Dialogue Fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Barney A. Karbank Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Leadership Award.


Quirine Eijkman is a Senior-Researcher/Lecturer at the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism the Faculty Campus The Hague of Leiden University. She also serves as a surveillance and human rights expert for the Dutch section of Amnesty International. Her research focuses on the side effects of security governance for human rights, transitional justice and the sociology of law. She teaches Master’s level courses on Security and the Rule of Law and International Crisis and Security Management. She holds a PhD in Human Rights, Security and Sociology of Law from Utrecht University. 


Jason File is an artist, university lecturer in fine art, and war crimes prosecutor who lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands. He holds degrees in fine art from the Chelsea College of Arts, London, and the Royal Academy of Art, Netherlands, where he currently teaches. He also holds degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and law from Yale, Oxford and Yale Law School. He has exhibited in solo and group shows both in Europe and the United States. You can see more of File’s work at www.jasonfile.com.


Tamar van Gelderen is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2008) and Senior Associate at the Verre Bergen Foundation. This foundation, based in Rotterdam, focuses on venture and strategic philanthropy to bring long-term positive impact for socially complex problems. She earned a BA in Philosophy and Religion at University College Utrecht and an MA in Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, for which she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. During and besides her studies, she founded several educational initiatives, such as a photography project focused on intercultural dialogue for youth and TEDxTeachersCollege. In 2010, she received a Humanity in Action award in recognition of her action project. She has worked on several Human Rights projects that mainly focus on education programming and the rights and protection of children in (post) conflict affected regions. In addition, she has a strong interest in the sociology of education and how access can be provided to guide and support young talent. She currently serves as a Treasurer on the board of the Rotterdam Talent Scholarship program. This program offers grants to highly motivated and talented first generation low-income students to pursue a degree at Erasmus University College, a competitive Liberal Arts & Sciences program. She enjoys spending her time on movies, photography, modern architecture, meditation, dogs and New York City.


Rien van Gendt spent his career in academia (University of Amsterdam), international organizations (OECD, Paris), government (Scientific Council for Government Policy; Province of Limburg), the corporate world (Wilma Real Estate Development) and foundations (Van Leer). At present, he serves on the boards of several organizations like Van Leer Group Foundation (Netherlands), Bernard van Leer Foundation (Netherlands), Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (Israel), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (USA), Partners in Health (USA), the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund (Netherlands), Foundation 1818 (Netherlands), European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), and the International Council on Security and Development (UK). He chairs the Board of the Dutch Association of Foundations. In 2005 Rien van Gendt received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award in the United States and in 2013 the European Philanthropy Compass Prize.


Rabah Ghezali is Managing Director of Government Affairs and Public Advocacy at NYSE Euronext, a global operator of financial markets and provider of trading solutions. He is also adjunct Professor of Economics at Sciences-Po Paris. Rabah has had a successful diplomatic and legal career having worked as a counselor for major corporations and States. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Analysis and Proposals for Middle East and North Africa where his research focused on the economics, politics and security of the MENA region and is a founding member of the Transatlantic Network 2020. He was awarded the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship, the Future Leaders Fellowship by the Atlantic Council and the Council for the United States, as well as and Italy’s Young Leader Fellowship. He has further been recognized as one of the “40 Under 40,” a ranking of Europe’s most influential young leaders. He is a frequent commentator on economics, international and French affairs for the Huffington Post, CNN Global Public Square and other relevant media outlet and regularly speaks at international conferences. Rabah received his MPhil in International Relations and Economics from the University of Cambridge,, his LLM in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford and an LLB, an LLM and an MA in Economics and Business Administration from Ecole Normale Supérieure. Rabah is a member of the Board of Directors for Humanity in Action and is the Chairman of Humanity in Action France.


Nenad Golčevski is the Head of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Outreach Office in The Hague and also serves as the acting spokesperson for the ICTY Registry and Chambers. Born and raised in Subotica, Serbia, Nenad Golčevski  studied Psychology at the University of Belgrade before joining the Belgrade Open School as the Head of the Centre for Research of Information Technologies. There, Golčevski developed the first online educational programs in the country and conducted research on internet users in Serbia and the Balkans, ultimately co-authoring four books on the subject. In 2005, he joined the Belgrade-based NGO Humanitarian Law Centre (HLC), where he carried out a project to copy and preserve the audio-visual and documentary archive of the ICTY. From 2010 to 2013, he worked working as the Fundraising and Development Manager at the HLC. In 2007, Golčevski  received an MRes (cum laude) in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on framing war-crimes trials in Serbian media. The results of this research were later published in the academic journal War, Media and Conflict. 


Lauren Gould is a PhD candidate and Lecturer at the Research Institute for History and Art History (OGK) - International and Political History and Centre for Conflict Studies. Informed by a critical discursive approach, her PhD research analyzes how an assemblage of actors within the “conflict industry” upholds a “new war” frame of the violent conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda. She also examines how this new war frame has legitimized a number of judicial and military interventions, purportedly to “protect the rights of others” and how these interventions are playing out in practice in the day-to-day lives of those targeted. Finally, she analyzes who has an interest in upholding these particular narratives and institutional responses. Lauren has been conducting qualitative field research in Uganda since 2007.  Her research has culminated in a number of publications that focus on some of the different types of institutions and interventions that have been implemented to address the violence perpetrated, such as the International Criminal Court, the International Crimes Division of the Ugandan High Court and the current counter LRA military mission lead by the African Union and supported by AFRICOM. 


Jochem de Groot is Government Affairs Lead for Microsoft in the Benelux countries. He is responsible for Microsoft’s policy engagement in this region on a variety of policy themes, including privacy, cybersecurity, internet governance, and more. Jochem assumed his current position in May 2013. Prior to joining Microsoft, since 2009, Jochem was Senior Policy advisor on internet freedom at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he worked on the founding and development of the Freedom Online Coalition. In this role, he participated in a wide range of international multi stakeholder conferences on internet freedom and internet governance, including various Internet Governance Fora, WCIT 2012, as well as OSCE, EU, Council of Europe and UN summits on related topics. Before working on ICT and internet policy issues, Jochem was a political advisor for the Liberal International in London, and a personal assistant to then-VVD leader Jozias van Aartsen, the current mayor of the city of The Hague. Jochem holds Master’s degrees in Islam Studies and Sociology from the University of Utrecht, and a Bachelor’s degree from University College Utrecht and the University of California in San Diego. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2003) as well as a Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow (2004).


Ben Harburg is the Managing Director of Avra Commodities, a physical commodities trading and shipping firm with active operations in 11 countries across Asia and Africa. He was previously a Director at Marc Rich International Trading AG in South East Asia and worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Harburg has been affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, NATO, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership. Mr. Harburg graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University, where he was a Neubauer Scholar, twice captained the varsity rowing team, and was a two time Academic All-Conference. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Freie Universität Berlin, where he conducted research on the radicalization of Muslim youth in Europe and homegrown terrorism networks. He was appointed a Franklin Fellow by the Department of State (which he declined). Mr. Harburg currently sits on the boards of various private companies and was recently elected to the board of directors of Beyond Conflict and Humanity in Action. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Germany 2005).


Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic is the Senior Program Officer for Europe at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where she manages the democracy assistance program to Southeast Europe. Prior to joining NED in 2005, Ms. Cvetkovic Bajrovic supported several USAID-funded development projects around the world and worked for the United Nations Information Center in Washington, D.C. Her previous experiences include training U.S. soldiers deploying to the Balkans, as well as supporting the the NATO peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina immediately after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords. Ms. Cvetkovic Bajrovic serves as a leading resource for policy analysts, academics, and decision-makers in Washington on political developments in the Balkans. She has testified in the U.S. Congress, authored several articles, and made a number of appearances in the leading international media, including NPR, PBS, Voice of America, Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. Her book Mistakes Donors Make: Civil Society and Democracy Assistance in the Balkans was published in Serbia in 2011. Ms. Cvetkovic Bajrovic received an MPA from Bowie State University and an MA in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


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. He is the author of several books, mostly on human rights, civil society and the Middle East. Notably, he published a book on political cartoonists in a global minefield (2011), telling the story of cartoonists in South Africa, Jordan, Zimbabwe, India, Hong Kong, the US, France, Britain, Sweden and the cartoon controversy in his home country. Jerichow is currently the Chair of Humanity in Action Denmark.


Martin S. Kaplan is a retired partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, an international law firm at which he spent his entire legal career, based in Boston and New York, specializing in corporate and foundation practice. He has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Education, Chairman of the Interreligious Affairs Commission of the American Jewish Committee, member of the Boston Foundation Board of Directors, and on the board of several non-profit organizations and corporations. As managing trustee of charitable foundations, Martin has played a significant role in funding organizations focused on environmental issues, religion and ecology, youth and education, arts and culture and human rights. Martin holds degrees from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Martin is married to Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, an art curator, and they share five children and eleven grandchildren.


Jelle Klaas is an attorney who also serves as the project coordinator of Public Interest Litigation Project of the Netherlands Committee of Jurists for Human Rights. He identifies potential cases, investigates the possibilities of strategic litigation and creates the case files. As a lawyer, Jelle Klaas has gained considerable experience in the field of human rights litigation in the Netherlands. Since 2004, he has worked at Fischer Advocaten, a law firm specializing in social-economic human rights. Fischer Advocaten carries out legal proceedings in the area of ‘bed, bath and bread rights’ for the undocumented and other marginalized groups. In October 2013, the firm secured ‘immediate measures’ from the European Committee of Social Rights and won an ‘immediate measure’ in the case of the Protestant church against the Netherlands. Later, the case itself was also won. Additionally, Klaas has litigated some high-profile anti-discrimination cases for Fischer Advocaten, including a case concerning the exclusion of Iranians from study programs and institutions, as well as cases concerning undocumented students excluded from internships and the question of headscarves in schools. 


Rachel Landry is the Director of Special Projects and Development at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, a national security and civil liberties research institute. Her current work with the Center includes contributing to a study of U.S. ISIS foreign fighter indictments, organizing a global forum on restorative justice and countering violent extremism, and crafting workshops on population movements and international instability. Rachel is also active in WITH WINGS AND ROOTS, a transmedia educational project that centers on migration, citizenship, and belonging. She is a contributing author and editor of the project’s U.S. migration timeline and a core-member of its Community Engagement Team. Rachel was previously the Special Assistant to the Vice President of the National Program and Outreach at the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA in international relations and French language and literature from the George Washington University. This fall, Rachel will pursue an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford as a GW Shapiro scholar, where her research will address the European Union’s governance of mixed migration at its southern border. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from the 2013 Berlin program. 


Oliver van Loo is a Senior Consultant and Partner at Dietz Dröge & Van Loo where he works with a variety of organizations, including the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, National Association of Research Schools, School of Human Rights and Free University. With these clients he primarily provides lobbying and public affairs support. Oliver is founder of Mission to Minsk, a foundation launched with the Ministry State Secretary Mark Rutte in 2006 the Libertas Emergency Fund, which offers study places in the Netherlands to students from dictatorial regimes (Belarus, Zimbabwe and Syria). Oliver is also is the secretary of Grrowd and the Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Martin Luther King Lecture. He serves on the board of the Week of Respect Foundation and is a member of the Roundtable of Worldconnectors. 


David Mandel-Anthony is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the U.S. Department of State, advising the Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues since March 2012. In that role, he advises on the formulation of U.S. foreign policy for the prevention and response to mass atrocities, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Issues and countries that David focuses on include the Western and Great Lakes regions of Africa; Guatemala and Central America; international criminal tribunals; transitional justice; post-conflict rule-of-law building; and sexual violence in conflict. David has worked for leading organizations in international criminal law, human rights, and transitional justice, including: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Humanity in Action, the Open Society Justice Initiative, Human Rights Watch - International Justice Program, the Public International Law and Policy Group, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. David has travelled and worked on human rights, post-conflict rebuilding, and rule of law, including in Nepal, Liberia, Uganda, Guatemala, the DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi. Before working at the State Department, David lived in Uganda advising that government on establishing a domestic war crimes tribunal. He is a National Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. David holds a BA in Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. David is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Netherlands 2005) and also worked for Humanity in Action to inaugurate the New York program in 2006 before serving as a Program Assistant for Humanity in Action Netherlands in 2007.


Hans Jaap Melissen is a seasoned war correspondent working for a wide range of Dutch media outlets. He primarily contributes to Dutch public radio and television. Over the past 20 years, Melissen has reported on wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, the Balkans, Africa and elsewhere around the world. He has published two books. His first book focused on the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. His second book, IS-tot alles in staat, explores the rise of the self-described Islamic State (IS). Melissen was awarded the 2012 Journalist of the Year for his reporting on the Arab uprisings. 


Malique Mohamud is a performer and storyteller turned cultural entrepreneur. The son of a Somali educator/poet and an army chief, Malique found his way in the Dutch art-scene and media landscape through his stand-up comedy, poetry and tv productions. His artistic work encompasses many themes including politics, migration and human interaction. Malique has refined his ability of storytelling by studying traditional Somali rhythmic poetry and golden era Hip-hop. He is currently working on his first feature length documentary. 


Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo is a human rights defender and democracy activist based in the small mining town of Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. After realizing that young people in his community were being used and manipulated by politicians to perpetuate political violence and gross human rights violations, he founded the Zimbabwe Organization for the Youth in Politics (ZOYP) in 2010. ZOYP is a community-based organization working with human rights defenders and youth who aspire to be in political leadership from across political divides. Mr. Moyo has also established the Community Human Rights Defenders Academy, where he has educated and trained eighty human rights defenders based in remote and grassroots areas to help them carry out their human rights work. After a 15 year war, Zimbabwe became officially independent in 1980. Robert Mugabe, an anti-colonial hero, became head of government and then President since 1987. Progressively, he imposed a dictatorial regime responsible for numerous human rights violations. As both civil society and political activist, Nkosilathi is in a particularly hazardous position. After publishing a best-selling book Robert Mugabe: From Freedom Fighter to the People’s Enemy in Zimbabwe, Nkosilathi has received death threats, has been placed under state surveillance, and has received death threats and was beaten several times by unknown assailants. These experiences forced him to flee his residence and go into hiding. During his stay in The Netherlands, Nkosie would like to acquire more human rights skills, network with the human rights community in Europe and share his story. His time in The Netherlands also provides him the opportunity refresh in a safe environment and re-evaluate his strategy before returning to Zimbabwe to continue his work. Nkosie is currently finishing a second book, Memoirs of a Human Rights Defender, which he would like to promote during his stay in The Netherlands. 


Placide Ntole is a protection officer for SOS Information Juridique Multisectorielle (SOS IJM), a non-profit in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo that works to promote human rights and human dignity through regional, national and international legal channels. In particular, his work consists of supporting other human rights defenders who are threatened or even assaulted due to their work and train them to improve their security. Placide also carries out advocacy work in order to obtain legal progress and policy change for improving the protection of human rights defenders and their organizations. Placide is also involved in a project with SOS IJM that seeks to improve the protection of orphans and children born from sexual violence in South Kivu, where decades of conflict and widespread sexual violence against girls and women have left deep marks on society. The resource-rich East of the Democratic Republic of Congo remains torn by conflict between Congolese security forces and various non-state armed groups, both responsible for serious abuses against civilians. Across the country, government authorities have sought to silence dissent. Human rights defenders, who document exactions and support victims of violations committed by a certain group, are often perceived as taking sides. As a human rights defender, Placide is directly exposed to danger. Recently, he received threats from rebel groups in response to his work protecting others. The traumatizing context of arrests, torture and abductions of human rights defenders in which he has to work led Placide to apply for the Shelter City program. This program enables him to get some psychological rest and to find new energy for continuing his work, as well as to share his experience and that of other human rights defenders in Kivu. 


Jurriaan Omlo is an independent researcher and advisor. He writes about social cohesion, cultural diversity, social work, discrimination, empowerment and coping strategies. Jurriaan wrote a book about appropriate evaluation research in the social domain. In 2011 he finished his doctoral studies on the way in which ethnic minorities use arguments in discussing integration, politics and exclusion. Jurriaan Omlo speaks about social integration of young Muslims. He reviews which coping strategies migrants and their children use in reaction to discrimination. He also speaks about what is known about the effects of prevention programs and resilience trainings to prevent radicalisation and improve de-radicalisation. He previously received an MA in General Social Sciences from Utrecht University and an MA in Political Science with a focus on Management and Policy from the University of Amsterdam. 


Gert-Jan van Rijn is a program manager, conservator and educator at Museon, a museum for science and culture in The Hague. He is the curator of the exhibit The Atlantic Wall: Remnants of the Second World War. 


René Rouwette is a Senior Consultant and Associate Partner at Dietz, Dröge and Van Loo, a Netherlands-based government affairs, government relations and public policy firm. He works for organizations, institutions and businesses in the fields of international relations, development cooperation, education and research and national and international human rights. The focus of his work includes combatting racism in the Netherlands, sustainability and human rights and creating a subcommittee for human rights in the Dutch Parliament. René combines academic expertise with practical political, lobbying and fundraising experience. Before joining Dietz, Dröge and Van Loo in 2014, he worked as a public affairs counselor for a development cooperation organization Hivos, which brought a group of Syrian Women to the White House and the UN General Assembly High Level Segment. René was previously the Chairperson of the Dutch NGO coalition on Human Rights and Foreign Policy and a researcher and lecturer at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights and Utrecht University. This year, he will defend his PhD-thesis on the topic of EU Common Foreign and Security Policy and human rights. René regularly teaches international relations, EU studies and human rights to international policy-makers, civil society and students. He is an advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on foreign policy data preservation and previously was a member of the human rights reference group at the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department.


Dan Saxon is an Assistant Professor in International Justice, International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at Leiden University College. For nearly 25 years, Saxon has investigated and prosecuted serious international crimes and trained students and practitioners in the theory and practice of international criminal law and international humanitarian law. Saxon was a senior prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and led investigations and prosecutions of persons accused of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war. Saxon served as the legal adviser to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry for Syria during 2011 and 2012. During the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years, Saxon held appointments in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge (as the Leverhulme Visiting Professor and the Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow), where he taught seminars in international criminal law and international humanitarian law to undergraduates and graduate students. Saxon has trained judges, prosecutors and investigators from Colombia, Guatemala, the U.K and the Former Yugoslavia in these fields of law and has lectured at numerous institutions in Europe and North America. 


Charlotte Scheltus is a human rights advisor in the sustainability department of the ASN Bank. Previously, she worked as a lawyer for the law-firm Van der Kooij Advocaten and as a research assistant at the VU University Amsterdam. Charlotte received an LLB in Law and an LLM in Public International Law from University of Utrecht. She also has a specialization in Human Rights, which she obtained at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her area of legal and advising expertise spans the Human Rights and Business fields, with focus on the retailing, telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries.


Valika Smeulders is the owner of Pasado Presente (pasadopresente.nl), based in The Hague, which researches and presents the history and legacy of colonialism. Her research specializes in social diversity, heritage and the slavery past and she has written on heritage institutions and depictions of the history of slavery in the Netherlands and Curaçao, Suriname, Ghana and South Africa. She was a researcher for the Tropenmuseum’s 2013-2014 exhibition Black & White: On Dutch Society Since the Abolition of Slavery in 1863. Having just completed research on The Hague’s history of slavery, she is presenting that history in lectures and tours, working with community organizations, heritage institutions and universities. Valika Smeulders earned a PhD in Globalization and Cultural Heritage from the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam.  


Bart Stapert is a human rights and criminal defense lawyer specializing in extradition, complex white collar cases, death penalty litigation and consular affairs. He has assisted many people facing the death penalty in Indonesia and North America, including 70 cases in the United States. He has also represented Dutch citizens arrested or detained in foreign countries. In addition to working as a lawyer, Stapert serves as a deputy judge for the Court of Appeal of Den Bosch and he teaches with the Dutch Bar Association. He is chairman of the Movies that Matter Foundation and has also served as chairman of Amnesty International Netherlands, alongside several other human rights organizations. Bart Stapert completed his law studies at University of Groningen before moving to the United States to earn a JD from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Utrecht, where he has also lectured at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law.  


Sara Sudetic is an MA Candidate in Nationalism Studies at Central European University, where she has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the situation in Muslim relief camps in post-riot Gujarat. In the past year, she also served as the project leader for Voices of Kashmir, a grassroots effort to conduct digital storytelling workshops in high schools in the conflict-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir. She also became the prize-winning fellow of the BRIDGE Investigative Journalism program. Her work as a freelance writer has appeared in Le Monde, The Heptagon Post, and Tehelka. Sara Sudetic’s drive to understand the dialectic of identity and violence in diverse societies in the Balkans, the Middle East and South Asia originates from her upbringing. Born in Belgrade weeks before the beginning of the Yugoslav wars, her parents worked as a war correspondent for the New York Times and a front-line translator, respectively.


Prof. Dr. Abram de Swaan is emeritus University Professor of Social Science at the University of Amsterdam, where he has been professor of sociology since 1973. He obtained his doctorandus degree in political science with highest honours at the University of Amsterdam in 1966. After completing his studies, De Swaan was awarded the Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of New York to study political science at the graduate schools of Yale University (1996-'67) and the University of California, Berkeley (1967-'68). In 1973, de Swaan obtained his PhD (with highest honors) at the University of Amsterdam. He was Dean of the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research from 1987 to 1997 and has been its chairman since. De Swaan has published extensively, with volumes, essays and articles appearing both in the Netherlands and in translation abroad. He has also taught, lectured and conducted research at universities across the United States and Europe, including Columbia University, University of Amsterdam and Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai Hospital New York. De Swaan is a member of the governing board of CERI (Centre d’études des relations internationals; École de science politique, Paris) as well as a board member of several research centres at the University of Amsterdam. De Swaan recently published The Killing Compartments, which explores the concept of mass annihilation and offers a taxonomy of mass violence. De Swaan’s book focuses on the rank-and-file perpetrators, examining how murderous regimes recruit them and create what he calls the “killing compartments” that make possible the worst abominations without apparent moral misgivings, or without a sense of personal responsibility, and, above all, without pity. De Swaan has been decorated as a knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands. He has been voted 'most prominent’ and ‘most frequently cited’ sociologist in the Netherlands and has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences since 1996. During the Fall of 2015, De Swaan will be a Queen WIlhelmina Professor at Columbia University, NY.


Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp is an award-winning human rights advocate, lecturer, writer, environmental activist and champion of civil society worldwide who is active in a wide variety of progressive, humanitarian, and interfaith organizations and initiatives. Born in 1943 in Amsterdam, Rabbi Soetendorp was saved from the Nazis by a righteous couple and survived as a "hidden child." He went on to receive his ordination from Leo Baeck College of London in 1967 and was instrumental in the reestablishment of Jewish communities in the Netherlands. Rabbi Soetendorp was extremely active in the movement to free Soviet Jewry, serving as the Dutch chair of the Solidarity Committee for Jews in the Soviet Union and was a member of the World Council for Soviet Jewry. He is the rabbi emeritus of congregation Beth Jehuda in The Hague and former president of the European region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Rabbi Soetendorp is a founding member of Green Cross International and founder and chair of the Day of Respect Foundation, as well as the Hope for Children Fund which promotes universal education for children. He serves as an Earth Charter commissioner and a Millennium Development Ambassador. Rabbi Soetendorp is a founding member of the Islam and the West dialogue group, formerly C100, of the World Economic Forum. Among others, he has received the Peacebuilders Award from The Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution in 2005, the "Peace Through Dialogue" Interfaith Gold Medallion from the International Council of Christian and Jews in 2007, and most recently the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award from the Interfaith Center of New York, early in 2008. In 1994, he was honored by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands with the Royal Distinction as an Officer of the House of Orange.


Ljiljana Todorović-Sudetic is a professionally-qualified clinical counselor who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She received an MA in Clinical Counseling and a BA in psychology from Webster University in Leiden. She has a broad range of expertise, which includes organizing activities for children and women in refugee camps in wartime Yugoslavia; running integration workshops for immigrant women and children in New York and Montreal; providing psychological support to victims and witnesses at the UN Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as well as to refugees, abused women, victims of trauma, persons struggling with cultural adjustments, children with autism and attention deficit disorder, and persons facing career and other life changes. She also assists people in dealing with stress management and with vicarious, or secondary, trauma. She also played a role in establishing and developing the ICTY's Career Transition Office, supporting staff members through coaching and training, assisting them in all aspects of career transition and helping them to develop career and life management skills that would enhance their future employability. She currently works at the ICTY's Staff Welfare and Medical Office and has a private counseling practice.


Orhan Usein is the program manager at the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation in Budapest. In this position, he works toward smooth coordination of the Decade activities and events, continuous communication and cooperation with the participating governments and international stakeholders (including the EU Commission), providing conceptual, operational and technical support for the annually rotating Decade Presidency, representing the Decade Secretariat at international and national events and managing the Decade’s online presence. Before joining the Foundation, he interned with the Roma Education Fund, the European Roma Rights Center and the European Commission, focusing primarily on research for needs assessment purposes. In 2012, Orhan was a Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow at the United States House of Representatives, working in the office of Congressman Elliot L. Engels. While there, Orhan drafted several statements for the Congressman on the situation of Roma in Europe. Orhan is also a representative of the Advisory Council on Youth in the Council of Europe. Orhan has also volunteered and worked for several Macedonian NGOs, mostly dealing with youth activism and project management. He holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University. 


Yuri Veerman is an artist, designer and performer whose work deals with words, symbols or images that carry the burden of significance. If you remix a flag, are there still traces of home in each colour? If you grind a coin to dust, where did its value go? If you translate the Dutch anthem into Arabic, who does it address? By reconstructing these elements, Veerman’s works create space for a new narrative. Yuri Veerman teaches graphic design at the Utrecht School of the Arts and the Willem de Kooning Academy. He is one of the founders of the Platform for Visual Arts, an active Think Tank for the arts in the Netherlands.


Nienke Venema is the Director of Stichting Democratie en Media, a foundation that invests in projects, people and organizations with a real commitment to independent, critical media and a strong, inclusive and open democracy. Previously, she served as the national director of Humanity in Action in The Netherlands from 2011-2014. Nienke is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (United States 2008), participating also in the San Francisco Grassroot Fellowship Program as well as the Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship in 2009. Among other things, she is interested in politics and political campaigns in particular: Nienke volunteered for John Kerry (2004) and Barack Obama (2008) and worked as a campaign assistant to Dutch Social Democrat Job Cohen (2010). Nienke earned a BA and MA in Social and Political Science at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, where she focused on the rise of right-wing populism in Western Europe.


Wilfried de Wever is head of the Innovating Justice Hub at The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), an advisory and research institute for the justice sector. He also coordinates the Justice Investment Programme, which brings investors in touch with top justice innovators. The network ranges from private individuals, such as lawyers or judges who want to invest in justice initiatives, to professional venture capitalists and institutional investors. His main responsibilities include supervising www.innovatingjustice.com, the scouting for world class justice innovations, setting up local or specialized Innovating Justice Hubs and partnership programs, developing Innovating Justice events and guiding innovation scale-up processes. After more than eight years of advisory experience in international (justice) integration projects, he went on to found and preside over Effectius, a global NGO working on justice effectiveness. In addition, he worked with several startup ventures focusing their strategic aims and strengthening their international presence. To his success, he credits a strong educational background combining law, economics, language, entrepreneurship and business. 


Guus van Zwoll is the Director of the Shelter City, a national initiative of Justice and Peace Netherlands in collaboration with several Dutch cities, focusing specifically on the protection of Human Rights Defenders. His role at Justice and Peace Netherlands specializes in the security and training of Human Rights Defenders, both their physical safety as well as digital security. The Hague Shelter City Initiative offers human rights defenders the possibility for rest and respite by letting them escape from temporarily threatening situations, providing resources for three-month stays. Shelter City is a last resort when shelter in home regions is not possible and the safety of the human rights defender in question cannot be guaranteed. An important principle of the Shelter City Initiative is that human rights defenders continue their work, even if they are temporarily relocated. Thus, the initiative collaborates with political and civil society organizations to extend training and increase public awareness through public events and workshops. Guus van Zwoll studied Philosophy at Leiden University and the University of Michigan.