Paula Araújo Alves
- Program Assistant, Warren Educational Policies Program
Born in Brazil, Paula Alves joined the Auschwitz Institute in January of 2021 to provide administrative and technical support for the Warren Educational Policies Program. Prior to joining AIPG, she worked as a Project Manager for one the most relevant programs aimed at decreasing the public school dropout rate in Salvador (Bahia) while promoting family and community engagement in the educational process. Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais and a master’s degree in International Studies in Education from the University of Birmingham, where she was awarded a Santander Scholarship. With a strong personal interest in gender issues, Paula’s research applied a case study analysis to explore how a mentoring approach involving local young females as mentors could provoke a virtuous cycle benefiting girls’ education in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has also experience with development interventions funded by international organizations and private social responsibility initiatives.
- Director of U.S. Programs
Dina Bailey joined the Auschwitz Institute in April 2022. While she officially joined our staff in 2022, she has worked with AIPG, as a consultant, on various collaborations since 2015. Ms. Bailey is responsible for the overall leadership of AIPG’s programmatic efforts in the U.S. In addition to her work at AIPG, she serves as the CEO of Mountain Top Vision. Ms. Bailey holds an M.A. in Anthropology of Development & Social Transformation from the University of Sussex, a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.S. Middle/Secondary Education from Butler University. Ms. Bailey’s publications focus on the principles of diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion, and antiracism in support of generating systemic, transformational change within museums, cultural organizations, and local communities.
- Program Associate, Mediterranean Basin Programs
Paula Beudean joined the Auschwitz Institute in September 2022. Based in Cluj-Napoca, she supports the Bucharest Office in developing and fundraising for AIPG’s programs in Europe. Paula holds an M.A. in International Development and an MPA in NGO Management at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. She benefited from a Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development fellowship at the University of Delaware and is a graduate of the Executive Education Programme in Corporate Social Responsibility at McGill University in Montreal. In 2006, Paula started her NGO journey as a fundraiser and project manager in social services, working with poverty-affected communities in Romania. Since 2012, she has been working for the Danis Foundation, her tasks comprising grant writing, research, training courses on entrepreneurship, fundraising, storytelling, design thinking, creativity, and digital skills for young entrepreneurs and other NGO workers from more than 15 European countries. In parallel, she collaborated with Norsensus Mediaforum, a Norwegian NGO, in grant writing, research, and delivering training courses for Nordic organizations working on inclusion and diversity. Since 2008, Paula has been a permanent guest lecturer at the Babeș-Bolyai University’s Public Administration Department, teaching fundraising, marketing, management for NGOs, and public innovation classes.
- Director of Standards and Best Practices
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Samantha Capicotto joined the Auschwitz Institute in 2010 as the Program Director for the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, the organization’s flagship educational program for government officials on genocide prevention prevention policy development and implementation. In 2014, Ms. Capicotto took on the additional role of the Director of Policy and Planning, where she assisted the Executive Office in overseeing the administration and overall programmatic direction of AIPG. In early 2020, she was promoted to the role of Director for Standards and Best Practices where she is charged with ensuring the quality and efficacy of all programmatic outputs of the organization and assisting her colleagues in improving the processes by which they implement their programs. Ms. Capicotto graduated from St. John’s University School of Law magna cum laude and is admitted to practice law in New York State. She graduated valedictorian from her undergraduate studies at the University of Buffalo, with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Philosophy.
Maria Eugenia Carbone
- Director of the Latin American Program;
Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Eugenia Carbone joined the Auschwitz Institute in 2013. A lawyer, Ms. Carbone specialized in International Public Law at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and also completed a Master’s in Human Rights at the Universidad de La Plata. She was the Coordinator of International Affairs at the Human Rights Secretariat of the Ministry of Justice in Argentina. Previously, she worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/White Helmet Commission, collaborating on the design and implementation of international humanitarian assistance projects. She is an instructor for the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for the Prevention of Genocide as well as various other national and regional-level seminars organized by the Auschwitz Institute. Ms. Carbone also teaches as a Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Nacional de La Matanza. Additionally, since joining AIPG, she has served as the Technical Secretary of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.
- Administrative Officer of the Latin American Program
Nehuen joined the Auschwitz Institute in September of 2022 as Administrative Officer of its Latin American Program. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires, majoring in International Relations, and he is currently pursuing an MA in Government. He is a research assistant at the Gino Germani Research Institute and the School of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. Nehuen has experience as an administrative assistant in a political communication consultancy, writing political analysis columns in various media, and working as a volunteer in an Argentine NGO that helps prevent corruption in public finances.
Matei Demetrescu, PhD
- Program Officer, Mediterranean Basin Programs
Dr. Matei Demetrescu joined the Auschwitz Institute in 2020. Prior to this, he worked for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as a Program Officer and Acting Director of the DAAD Information Centre in Bucharest. After completing his B.A. in Political Science in Bucharest, Matei earned a master’s degree in Political Theory at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). He obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Bucharest in 2013 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Romanian Academy from 2014 to 2015. Based in Bucharest, he supports the Director of AIPG’s Mediterranean Basin Programs in organizing the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, as well as in developing and implementing other programming.
- Program Officer, Redefining Policing to Affirm and Instill Human Rights (REPAIR)
Jenna Fagan joined the Auschwitz Institute in February of 2022 as the Program Officer for the REPAIR program. She received an M.A. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 2018. While there, she had the opportunity to present her work internationally in Brisbane, Australia, and traveled to Germany and Poland for field research. In 2021, she received an M.A. in History from Lehigh University where her research focused on the assessment of perpetrators by scholars in genocide periodicals. Her work also discussed perpetrators’ capacity and levels of culpability relating to genocide and mass atrocities. Jenna has also done comparative work on the trials and sentencing of perpetrators, the history of human rights as an ideal concept, and worked with survivors of genocide to create oral history archives.
- Development Officer, Institutional Giving
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Eliza Fairbrother joined the Auschwitz Institute in October of 2019 as the Development Associate, responsible for supporting the organization’s fundraising efforts. Prior to this, Eliza worked for the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), overseeing the organization’s fundraising and grant management operations for its major programs: the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. In her role at WFM-IGP, she also secured funding for, and managed, projects on Women, Peace and Security in Colombia and Mali. Eliza graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in Ohio in 2016 with a B.A. in International Studies and spent six months working as an intern for EducationUSA in Tunis, Tunisia before moving to New York in January of 2017.
Tibi Galis, PhD
- Executive Director
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Dr. Tibi Galis has been the Executive Director of the Auschwitz Institute 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.
Gabriela Ghindea, PhD
- Director of Mediterranean Basin Programs
Program Director, Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, Global Edition
Dr. Gabriela Ghindea joined the Auschwitz Institute in January of 2019. She earned one B.A. in History and another in Political Science from Babeș-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, an M.A. in European Studies from the Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Babeș-Bolyai University, with focus on the Cold War and the German Ostpolitik. Interested in memory cultures and civic education, Dr. Ghindea conducted research and pedagogical projects in Romania, Austria, and Germany. In parallel with her academic research, she worked for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2009–2015 and as a referent and project manager within the Teaching Liaison Department of the Goethe-Institut from 2015–2019, further developing her expertise in the fields of historical-political education and educational marketing during this period. Currently based in Bucharest, Dr. Ghindea coordinates all aspects of AIPG’s Mediterranean Basin Programs, including developing and expanding relationships with State and civil society actors at the regional and national levels, developing and guiding programs through the conceptual, partner identification, implementation, and evaluation phases, teaching in AIPG programs, in addition to regularly liaising with the Auschwitz Institute’s offices around the world.
Fernanda Gomez Guevara
- Communications Officer
Fernanda Gomez joined the Auschwitz Institute in 2021 as Communications Officer. Her work focuses on expanding AIPG’s communications operations and increasing coordination with the organization’s programs and offices around the world. Prior to joining the Auschwitz Institute, Fernanda worked as part of a national-level Mexican trade mission to the United Kingdom and as an international correspondent in London and Hong Kong, covering events such as Brexit and the Hong Kong Protests with a strong focus on human rights, including freedom of speech and gender inequality. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from a joint program between Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Universitat de Barcelona, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
- Program Associate, Mediterranean Basin Programs
Sanjin Hamidičević joined the Auschwitz Institute in August 2022 as a Mediterranean Basin Programs Associate. Based in Sarajevo, he supports AIPG’s Bucharest Office in developing and implementing programs in Southeastern Europe. Mr. Hamidičević holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Sarajevo and is currently finalizing his M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at the same university. He is the Deputy Executive Director of the Association “Education Builds Bosnia and Herzegovina – Jovan Divjak” and has been active in the civil society in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2009, especially in the field of transitional justice, human rights, and the rule of law. Previously, he worked as a researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Security Studies – BiH and as a project assistant at the Foundation of Local Democracy.
- Development Officer, Individual Giving
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Liz Marvin joined the Auschwitz Institute in April 2021 as the Development Officer for Individual Giving. She brings experience as a fundraiser from two of New York City’s leading nonprofit theater companies and as an international development practitioner through roles at The World Bank in Washington, DC and the US Agency for International Development in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ms. Marvin graduated cum laude with a BS in Mass Communication from Illinois State University, and with an MA in Performing Arts Management from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.
- Deputy Executive Director
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As the Auschwitz Institute’s Deputy Executive Director, Jack Mayerhofer supervises all activities of the organization’s Executive Office taking place in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Southeast Asia. He also spearheads the Auschwitz Institute’s engagement with parliamentarians around the globe on the role that legislators can play in advancing atrocity prevention policy and produces research related to this initiative. Finally, Mr. Mayerhofer is responsible for the development of all of the Institute’s new programs and provides supervisory support to each of AIPG’s regional offices. Before joining the Auschwitz Institute in January of 2014, 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. He has 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.
Abbas Sekyanzi Muluubya
- Project Officer, Africa Programs
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Abbas Sekyanzi Muluubya joined the Auschwitz Institute’s Africa Programs team in August of 2019. He brings forth experience as both a researcher and development practitioner working on post-conflict rehabilitation and reconstruction, economic empowerment, and HIV/AIDS mitigation efforts in Uganda through the use of bilateral and multilateral donor assistance. Abbas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts USA. In 2014, he relocated back to Uganda after 12 years in North America and has a strong personal interest in strategic support for peace building, community partnerships, and development.
- Standards & Best Practices Officer
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Richard Murphy joined the Auschwitz Institute in 2021 as the Standards & Best Practices Officer. Prior to joining AIPG, Richard was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda from 2016 to 2018 where he taught English literacy and collaborated with local leaders and international aid organizations to implement community development initiatives. Upon completing his Peace Corps service, he worked in program development and policy advocacy for a conflict resolution think tank. Richard completed a Master of Philosophy degree in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2021 and holds a B.A. in Government and French from the College of William & Mary.
- Operations and Budget Manager
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As the Auschwitz Institute’s Manager of Budgets and Operations, Gary Penzell is responsible for managing the organization’s budget activities. He also manages Operations, Human Resources, and Payroll. Mr. Penzell has an MBA in Finance and has worked as a Financial Controller for Citibank as well as Controller for the Doe Fund in New York City. In both roles, he was responsible for budgets and financial reporting.
Clara Ramírez Barat, PhD
- Director of the Warren Educational Policies Program
Dr. Clara Ramírez Barat is the Director of the Warren Educational Policies Program at the Auschwitz Institute. Before joining AIPG, she was a Senior Research Associate at The International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an organization with which she worked for more than four years after having served for two years as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow. At ICTJ, Dr. Ramírez Barat’s research focused on different aspects of transitional justice with a special interest on outreach, media and the cultural sphere. More recently, she 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. She is the editor of Beyond Outreach: Transitional Justice, Culture and Society (New York: SSRC, 2014), and the co-editor of Transitional Justice and Education: Learning Peace (New York: SSRC, 2016) and Transitional Justice and Education: Engaging Young People in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (Göttingen: V&R, 2018), as well as author of numerous reports, articles and books chapters on different issues relating to transitional justice and human rights. Born in Madrid, Dr. Ramírez Barat obtained her Ph.D. in 2007 at the University Carlos III of Madrid and also holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University (2002). She is currently based in São Paulo, Brazil.
- Program Officer for Online Education
Duaa Randhawa received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College before acting as a Visiting Scholar in Refugee Studies and International and Diaspora Development at the University of Oxford. In 2020, she graduated from Cornell University with a master’s degree in Global Development. Her research involved the study of alternative political asylum regimes and their effects on refugee livelihoods. Additionally, she has worked at an array of non-profits, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York, Success Academy Charter Schools, and the Muslim Center of New York.
- Full Charge Bookkeeper
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Violet Roberts joined the Auschwitz Institute in November 2020 as a Full Charge Bookkeeper responsible for all aspects of AIPG’s bookkeeping activities and organization-wide financial reporting. With an educational focus in accounting, Violet has held positions with FEMA managing the $15 million/year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program in Region 2, with the Administration for Children and Families Head Start Program also in Region 2, and as a manager of The Doe Fund’s $30 million/year government grants portfolio. Violet has also worked as a volunteer professional Albanian translator from 2000-2002 assisting refugees and asylum seekers from war-torn Kosova.
- Executive Office Program Officer
Matt Rozansky joined the Auschwitz Institute in July 2022 as the Executive Office Program Officer. In this role, Matt will assist the Executive Office with programming and coordinating AIPG’s activities around the world. Matt recently received a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention from Binghamton University. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Binghamton University. He minored in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. He has co-authored a paper evaluating the nature of experiential philanthropy classes taught across the United States and has also conducted research about how changing the Canadian oath of citizenship can aid reconciliation between Canada and its indigenous populations. Matt has previously worked at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam County, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Bronx Borough President’s Office, and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.
Mariana Salazar Albornoz
- Academic Programs Associate, Latin America and International Law
Mariana Salazar Albornoz joined the Auschwitz Institute as Latin America Academic Programs Officer in 2019 and has been an instructor for the organization’s seminars since 2013. She has a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. She is a member of the Interamerican Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States and a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where she teaches mass atrocity prevention, international criminal law and public international law. Previously, Ms. Salazar worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, where, among other posts, she was Coordinator of Public International Law, and was Mexico’s Focal Point to the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and to the Global Network for Responsibility to Protect.
Ashad Sentongo, PhD
- Director of Africa Programs
A citizen of Uganda, Dr. Ashad Sentongo joined the Auschwitz Institute 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. Dr. Sentongo’s publications focus on managing ethnic conflicts, conflict transformation, and traditional approaches to conflict resolution in Africa.
- Project Officer, Latin American Program
Bruna Soares de Aguiar joined the Auschwitz Institute in May 2022 as Project Officer for the Latin American Program. Prior to this, Bruna was a visiting researcher at the University Institute for Research on Women and Gender Studies of the University of Granada, Spain. With vast experience in the field of research, she has worked as a research assistant in a cooperation project developed by the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; a pedagogical assistant in the program of assistance to refugees at the Archdiocesan Caritas of Rio de Janeiro, and as a consultant at the Diplomacy for Democracy Institute in Brazil. She conducts voluntary research for the Global South and International Relations Group (GRISUL) and the World Political Analysis Laboratory (Labmundo – Rio) on migration, international cooperation for development, and international gender policies. Bruna holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and an M.A in Sociology from the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Currently, Bruna is in the last year of her Ph.D. in Political Science at the same Institute.
- Project Coordinator, Warren Educational Policies Program
Born and raised in Brazil, Isadora joined the Auschwitz Institute in August 2021 as the Brazilian Project Coordinator at the Warren Educational Policies Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Sao Paulo and in International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, a master’s degree in Global Governance and International Policies at the same university, and a postgraduate’s degree in Human Rights at the University of Coimbra. Before entering AIPG, she worked as a researcher at a non-governmental organization in Sao Paulo that advocates for people with disabilities rights and as an educator in formal and nonformal initiatives – at a school in Sao Paulo and in a culture project financed by the Secretary of Culture of Sao Paulo.
- Director of Polish Affairs
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Gosia Waligora assists the Auschwitz Institute in planning and executing Raphael Lemkin Seminars in Poland. While Ms. Waligora officially joined our staff in 2014, she has worked with AIPG since 2009 as a consultant. In 2002, she received a B.A. from the College of Administration in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, with a focus on Public Administration and has also received an M.A. in Public Administration from Krakow University in 2011.
- Academic Programs Coordinator
Hannah Waller joined the Auschwitz Institute in 2017 and is based in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the George Washington University with a M.A. in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution and from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs. Hannah has experience working in the U.S. government and with international nonprofit organizations, including rapid deployments to respond in conflict- and crisis-affected areas for natural disasters and complex emergencies.
James Waller, PhD
- Director of Academic Programs
Dr. James Waller joined the Auschwitz Institute’s staff in July 2012 as Director of Academic Programs. From 2008 to 2012, he held the position of Affiliated Scholar, as well as Curriculum Coordinator for the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. 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). He is the author of six books, most notably his award-winning Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2007), Confronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2016), and A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2021). Waller has held numerous visiting professorships, most recently as an honorary visiting research professor at the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Justice and Security at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland (2017). In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the Engaged Scholarship Prize from the International Association of Genocide Scholars in recognition of his exemplary engagement in advancing genocide awareness and prevention.
Kerry Whigham, PhD
- Director of Research and Online Education
Dr. Kerry Whigham received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. He has published articles in Genocide Studies and Prevention, The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Tourist Studies, Material Culture, and Museum and Society, and has written chapters for several edited volumes, including Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Dr. Whigham is also the Communications Officer and a member of the executive board for the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS). His research focuses on the way post-atrocity societies remember and engage with the past, along with how that violent past impacts the present and future.
- Online Education Programs Associate
Stephanie Wright joined AIPG in 2019 to administer, design, and evaluate AIPG’s online courses. She also assists with the development and implementation of research projects. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in both Political Science and Russian Language and Culture from Binghamton University, State University of New York. In 2019, she graduated with a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Prior to coming to AIPG, Stephanie has worked with nonprofits and local government agencies to address population health disparities.