Each month, AIPR highlights leaders who have emerged from programs like our Raphael Lemkin Seminar with an especially strong commitment to preventing genocide and other mass atrocities. These role models strive to create and shape policies, both at home and abroad, that focus on effective and sustainable prevention.
Vahidin Omanovic & Mevludin Rahmanovic
Vahidin Omanovic and Mevludin Rahmanovic are the co-Founders and co-Directors of the Center for Peacebuilding (CIM), located in Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Omanovic, a trained professional in non-violent communication strategies and conflict resolution, has a Master’s Degree in International Relations with a concentration in Conflict Transformation from the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Mr. Rahmanovic, a certified Trainer of Trainers in dialogue and nonviolent …
Fadhili Jackson Manyaki
Mr. Fadhili Jackson Manyaki is a Peacebuilding Specialist at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, which is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has been working in the field since 2012, having spent time as a consultant with several organizations including SPLM North (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North), the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (FPICGLR), and TANGO Consult. Mr. Manyaki has a Bachelor’s …
Duje Ančić is the Head of the Division for Peace Missions and Operations in the Sector for NATO and International Security within the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ Directorate General for Global Affairs. As a diplomat, Mr. Ančić featured as a participant in the 2012 edition of the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention as well as the Raphael Lemkin Seminar Alumni Meeting held in Arusha, …
Alice Nderitu is a pioneer in the field of peacebuilding and violence prevention. She has served as Commissioner with the Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission and as a Founding Member and co-Chair of the Uwiano Platform for Peace, which was pivotal in preventing violence surrounding the 2013 Elections in Kenya. Currently working as a Senior Advisor and as Lead Mediator in Nigeria for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), she …
José Luis Guerra
José Luis Guerra Mayorga is the General Director of Protection at the Ecuadorian Office of the Ombudsman. He is an active member in programs organized by the Auschwitz Institute, having participated in the 2014 Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention and the 2016 Lemkin Seminar Alumni Meeting, among others. Mr. Guerra also acts as the Ecuadorian Focal Point in the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity …
Ambassador Blanka Jamnišek currently serves as the Slovenian National Focal Point for the Responsibility to Protect and as the Deputy Head of the Slovenian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). From 2011-2015, she served as the Slovenian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and other international organizations in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Roba D. Sharamo
Dr. Roba D. Sharamo currently serves as Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission of the Republic of Kenya and a Member of the country’s National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination.
Rut Diamint is a professor of Political Science at Torcuato Di Tella University and researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An expert on civil-military relations, she has served as Chief of Cabinet and Advisor to the Argentine Ministry of Defense (2004–2005), has held research positions at Florida International University (2008) and Columbia University (2001).
Naima Benwakrim is the Director of Human Rights and Monitoring at the National Council on Human Rights of Morocco and is a member of the Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption. She has previously worked in the Equity and Reconciliation Commission (Morocco’s Truth Commission), monitoring activities related to: public hearings, the Commission’s final report, and its objective of mainstreaming a gender-centric approach.
María Alejandra Costa Prieto
María Alejandra Costa Prieto is the Director of the Human Rights Department in Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and currently serves as her country’s Focal Point in the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Ms. Costa is also an alumna of the 2015 Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, held in Poland.
Debbie Stothard is an active promoter of human rights in Burma and the ASEAN region. During her 32-year career, she has worked as a journalist, community education consultant, governmental advisor, and trainer in Malaysia, Australia, and Thailand. In 1996, she founded the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma) and was elected Secretary-General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in 2013.
Yvette K. W. Bourcicot
Yvette K. W. Bourcicot is a Senior Advisor for Atrocity Prevention and Response for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) in the United States government. She is a medically retired Air Force JAG and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center as well as an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University.
Dismas Nkunda is a longtime leader in Ugandan civil society and the Founder and Executive Director of Atrocities Watch Africa. Mr. Nkunda holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanitarian Assistance from Tufts University and has previously worked as a Program Officer for Africa Humanitarian Action in Uganda in addition to his career as a journalist covering conflicts in Africa’s Great Lakes Region.
Fabian Oddone is a diplomat currently acting as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Argentine Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. Mr. Oddone served as an instructor at the Global edition of AIPR’s Lemkin Seminar in November of 2011 and December of 2013 as well as at the Latin American edition of the seminar in October 2014.
Lady Justice Jamila Mohammed
Lady Justice Jamila Mohammed is a Judge of Appeal within Kenya’s national Court of Appeal and is the Chairperson of Kenya’s National Committee on the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination, having previously served as Vice-Chairperson.
Jaime Alejandro Godoy Tellez
Jaime Alejandro Godoy Tellez is the head of the United Nations System Department in the Human Rights Division of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an alumnus of the 2015 edition of the Latin American Raphael Lemkin Seminar.
Lina Zedriga Waru Abuku
Lina Zedriga Waru Abuku, Secretary of Uganda’s National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination, attended the 2014 Raphael Lemkin Seminar, Global Edition.
Dr. Seree Nonthasoot
Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, the Representative of Thailand to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), attended the 2013 Raphael Lemkin Seminar, Global Edition.
Maite Schmitz is the Deputy Head of the United Nations Division at the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations. She participated in our 2009 Global Lemkin Seminar in Poland.
Yudith Rolón is General Director in the Directorate of Truth, Justice and Reparation of the Office of the Ombudsman, Paraguay, and Focal Point in the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. She attended the Latin American edition of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention in June 2013 (Poland) and June 2014 (Argentina).
Noel Kilomba is a current member of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitutional Court—the highest constitutional authority in the DRC. Prior to his appointment to court, he was Coordinator of DRC National Committee…
Lucas Kusima is a member of the Tanzanian National Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination.
Mariana Salazar Albornoz
Mariana Salazar Albornoz is the Director for International Humanitarian Law in the Legal Advisory of Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has worked in the Ministry for the past 10 years, in the fields of human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.
Miraji Magai attended our December 2013 Lemkin Seminar and serves as Secretary of Tanzania’s National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, and all Forms of Discrimination. He is also a Program Officer of the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation.
Grata Endah Werdaningtyas
Grata Endah Werdaningtyas is Deputy Director for the Rights of Vulnerable Groups at the Directorate of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
David Schwake, the German Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan, attended our first Raphael Lemkin Seminar in May 2008. At the time, Ambassador Schwake worked in the Diplomatic Training Department of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Teimuraz Antelava, Director for Public International Law at Georgia’s Ministry of Justice, attended AIPR’s November 2011 Lemkin Seminar, Global edition. His deep-rooted commitment towards the prevention of genocide mass atrocities shines brightly through his work.
Analucia Jacome Quelal
Analucia Jacome Quelal, Delegate for the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, attended the November 2012 Global edition and June 2013 Latin American edition of the Lemkin Seminar, plus our May 2013 alumni meeting in Tanzania. She has worked for Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since March 2008 and assumed her current position in February 2013.
Mr. Masni Eriza, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, attended AIPR’s November 2012 Lemkin Seminar. Mr. Eriza joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia…
Ms. Felistas Mushi is the Chairperson of Tanzania’s National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and all Forms of Discrimination.
Ms. Cecilia Meirovich currently works as Secretary of Embassy within the Human Rights Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina. A career diplomat, she graduated from the Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nacion and holds a MA in International Affairs from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. Like Luate Charles Wani, whom we profiled last month, she attended our November 2011 Lemkin Seminar.
Luate Charles Wani
Luate Charles Wani, Human Rights Officer for the South Sudanese Human Rights Commission, attended the November 2011 edition of the Global Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention and has since become a global leader in the field.