Staff

Tibi Galis, PhD

Dr. Tibi Galis has been the Executive Director of AIPR since 2006. Born and raised in Romania, he earned his B.A. in Law and Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca. He received an M.A. in International Politics and Political Development from the University of Manchester, and earned a Ph.D. from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, with a focus on transitional justice. Previously, Dr. Galis worked as an Associate Researcher for the UK Parliament, helping develop the UK position on the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and as rapporteur for the Swedish government at the 2004 Stockholm International Forum on the Prevention of Genocide.

Samantha Capicotto

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Ms. Capicotto has been with the Auschwitz Institute since 2010 as the Program Director of the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. This is the flagship educational program of the organization, bringing 25 government officials together at the former Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau each year to undergo an intensive course on genocide prevention policy development and implementation. She has also taken on the role of the Director of Policy and Planning in 2014, assisting the Executive Director in the overall programmatic development of the organization. More recently, Ms. Capicotto has spearheaded the publication of AIPR’s annual Booklet on National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes, which reports on and monitors the work of intergovernmental bodies dedicated to the prevention of such crimes around the world. Finally, Ms. Capicotto oversees the U.S. Programs portfolio for the organization, which includes its budding training program for state and local law enforcement officers around the country on the role they play in the protection of human and civil rights and the prevention of mass atrocities.

Ms. Capicotto graduated from St. John’s University School of Law magna cum laude. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. She graduated valedictorian from her undergraduate studies at the University at Buffalo, with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Philosophy.

James Waller, PhD

Dr. James Waller joined the Auschwitz Institute staff in July 2012 as Academic Programs Director. From 2008 to 2012, he held the position of AIPR Affiliated Scholar, as well as Curriculum Coordinator for the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. He continues to serve as an instructor at the Lemkin Seminar series, as he has dating back to 2008. In March 2010 Waller was named Cohen Professor for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He has been awarded summer fellowships by, and been a teaching fellow with, the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University (1996 and 2007-2012) and at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC (1999, 2003, 2005). His book on perpetrators of genocide, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2002), was released by Oxford in a revised and updated second edition in 2007. Waller recently published Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide in the summer of 2016.

Jack Mayerhofer

Jack Mayerhofer earned a B.S. in French and Applied Linguistics from Penn State University and an M.S. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University. Prior to coming to AIPR in January 2014, Jack worked with Peace Is Loud in New York and the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University in Newark. As Chief of Staff, he coordinates all activities of the Executive Office at the Auschwitz Institute. Finally, he both develops new programs and provides programmatic support to each of AIPR’s regional offices and programs.

Brittany O’Neill

Brittany O’Neill joined AIPR in 2017 to lead fundraising at both the organization and individual program levels. With a background in non-profit management and fundraising, she earned her M.F.A. in Theater Management from Columbia University in 2005. As Director of Development and Board Relations, she works closely with the Executive Director to grow the resources of AIPR through board engagement, donor cultivation, and integrated program opportunities.

Maria Eugenia Carbone

  • Director of the Latin American Program; Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
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Eugenia Carbone joined AIPR in 2013. She is a lawyer, specializing in Public International Law from the University of Buenos Aires and obtained an M.A. in Human Rights from the University of La Plata. She was the Coordinator of International Affairs of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice, Argentina. Previously, she served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ White Helmets Commission collaborating in the design and implementation of international humanitarian assistance projects. She is a university professor in International Relations at the National University of La Matanza.

Clara Ramírez-Barat, PhD

Dr. Clara Ramírez-Barat is the Director of AIPR’s Educational Policies Program. Before joining AIPR, she was a Senior Research Associate at The International Centre for Transitional Justice, an organization with which she worked for more than fours years after having served for two years as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow. At ICTJ, Clara’s research focused on different aspects of transitional justice with a special interest on outreach, media and the cultural sphere. More recently, Clara worked on the intersection between transitional justice and education, both by developing a child-friendly version of the Kenyan Truth Commission’s final report and as part of a broader two-year research project on Transitional Justice, Education, and Peacebuilding. Born in Madrid, Spain, Clara obtained her Ph.D. in 2007 at University Carlos III of Madrid with a thesis on transitional justice and also holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University (2002). She is currently based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Andrea Gualde

Andrea Gualde joined AIPR in 2013. Previously, she was National Director of Legal Affairs of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice, Argentina. She has chaired the Museums and Memorials Working Group of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and is currently Professor of International Jurisdictions, Torcuato Di Tella University. Gualde studied law at the University of Buenos Aires and was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School.

Stephanie Alvarez

  • Latin American Program Coordinator; Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
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Stephanie Alvarez joined AIPR in 2013. She earned a B.A. in Government and Latin American Studies from Franklin and Marshall College and is currently pursuing an M.A, in International Affairs with a focus on Conflict Resolution at the Externado University in Bogotá, Colombia. As Program Coordinator, she manages the organization of training seminars and planning meetings in connection with the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and other AIPR activities in Latin America.

Diana Mantilla

  • Latin American Program Liaison, New York Office; Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
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Diana Mantilla joined AIPR in 2015. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. As New York Liaison for the Latin American Program, she coordinates the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Latin America and works closely with the Program Coordinator and New York Office in matters related to the organization of training seminars and planning meetings in connection with the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. She also manages all social media for the Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network, New York event planning, and the representation of the Latin American Program at AIPR events in the tri-state area.

Ashad Sentongo, PhD

A citizen of Uganda, Dr. Ashad Sentongo joined AIPR in 2013. He earned a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, M.A in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University, and postgraduate Management Diploma from Damelin School of Management (South Africa). As a Drucie French Cumbie Fellow, his research work focused on power-sharing and ethnic conflict in Africa. He previously worked with the Genocide Prevention Program at GMU as Program Officer on Prevention of Genocide attached to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and helped to establish the Regional and National Committees in Member States. His publications focus on managing ethnic conflicts, conflict transformation, and traditional approaches to conflict resolution in Africa.

Laila Igitego

Laila Igitego joined AIPR in December 2016 as Programs Assistant to the Auschwitz Institute’s Africa Programs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma from Makerere University in management, procurement and administration. As Programs Assistant, she coordinates research, training, and other activities for AIPR’s Africa Programs. Laila’s experiences involve NGO work with communities in Uganda composed of those from Rwanda, DRC, and South Sudan who have fled war, genocide, and other mass atrocity conditions, helping to publicize their situation to the international community. Having worked with Police Services on research and publication as well as on other NGO community liaison projects, she has built a network of focal points working on similar issues in the region and is widely knowledgeable about social and political events that influence conflicts in the Great Lakes Region and in the Africa Union.

Claire Williams

Claire Williams joined the AIPR team in 2017 to provide logistical and research support to the Africa Program. Prior to joining AIPR, Claire worked as the Program Manager for the Compass Program at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights in New York and as a Project Officer in the Somaliland office for Forcier Consulting. Claire graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Colorado College and holds a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she focused on human rights and conflict resolution in Africa. She is proud native of Austin, TX.

Rob Scharf

Rob Scharf joined the Auschwitz Institute in June of 2015 as New York Programs Officer. In his current role of Director of Communications, he is responsible for overseeing the Auschwitz Institute’s web presence, publications, and communications products. He is also involved in the organization of events in the New York area and supports the work of the Executive Office. Having previously worked in Washington, New York, and Geneva in the fields of diplomacy, international affairs, and digital freedoms, Rob graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History from Northeastern University as well as with an M.A. in the History of Warfare from the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

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Gosia Waligora

Gosia Waligora assists AIPR in planning and executing our Lemkin Seminar in Poland. While Waligora officially joined our staff in 2014, she had worked with AIPR since 2009 as a consultant. She also works at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim. In 2002 she received a BA from the College of Administration in Bielsko-Biala, Poland with a focus Public Administration and has also received an MA in Public Administration from Krakow University in 2011.

Kerry Whigham, PhD

Dr. Kerry Whigham received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. He is the recipient of the Corrigan Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Franco Coli Dissertation Award, and NYU’s Global Research Initiative Fellowship in Berlin. He has published articles in The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Tourist Studies, Material Culture, Women and Performance, and Museum and Society, and has written a chapter for the edited volume Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. He served for two years as the managing editor of emisférica, a biannual, trilingual, peer-reviewed journal on performance and politics in the Americas, published by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, as well as a member of the faculty consortium for Stockton University’s graduate certificate program in genocide prevention.

Ashley Greene, PhD

Dr. Ashley Greene joined AIPR in 2017 as Academic Programs Officer, Africa. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Peace Studies and History from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she specialized in 20th century East Africa. She earned her B.A. in Peace Studies and History from Whitworth University in Washington. Greene has received fellowships and awards for her research on education and transitional justice in Uganda from the National Security Education Program and the University of Tel Aviv Dan David Prize. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Tatiana Gos

Ms. Tatiana Gos holds a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, a law degree specializing in Public International Law from the University of Buenos Aires, and is a Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional. Since 2013, she has worked as a consultant based in Panama City, Panama after having spent several years as a lawyer with the General Public Defender’s Office in Argentina and, later, as a Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (OAS). Her main areas of work include international litigation, criminal and human rights law, gross human rights violations, businesses’ human rights responsibilities and transitional justice.

Gabriel Pino

Originally from Madison, New Jersey, Gabriel Pino earned his B.A. in Modern Languages and Culture and his M.S. in International Policy Management from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Prior to joining AIPR in April 2017, Gabriel worked as an immigration paralegal in Atlanta for the non-profit The Latin American Association and for Stern Law, LLC. At AIPR, he works as the Assistant to the Executive Director.

Joanna Oko

Joanna Oko initially joined the Auschwitz Institute in September of 2015 as an intern assisting the Program Director of the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. She graduated from Keene State College with a B.A. in Humanitarian Studies focused on Genocide Studies, Sociology and Political Science. She now serves as the Assistant to the Director of Policy and Planning while completing her MS in Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University with a concentration in conflict transformation and mass atrocity prevention.

Hannah Waller

Hannah Waller joined the AIPR family in 2017 and is based in Washington, D.C. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from the George Washington University, along with a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs, and expects to complete her M.A. by May 2017. Prior to AIPR, she worked as a Program Associate and Analyst for Amnesty International and as a Research Assistant for the U.S. Institute of Peace.