- Abigail Disney
- Israel Charny
- Ed Vulliamy
- Randi Markusen
- David Pettigrew
- Ervin Staub
- Gregory Stanton
- Paul Lowe
- Janine di Giovanni
- Rafiki Ubaldo
- David J. Simon
- William Peter Woodward
- Ellen Kennedy
- Arie Nadler
- Adam Jones
- Mirko Pincelli
- Stephen D. Smith
Mrs. Abigail Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and scholar, well-known for her documentary films that focus on social themes. Disney established her own production company, Fork Films, in 2007 and her films include Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Playground, and Family Affair. She is also the Executive Producer of the groundbreaking PBS mini-series Women, War & Peace, the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict.
Additionally, Disney is the Co-founder and Co-president of the Daphne Foundation, and board member of the Roy Disney Family Foundation, the White House Project, the Global Fund for Women, the Fund for the City of New York, and Peace is Loud. Disney’s Daphne Foundation which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work in philanthropy, women’s engagement and leadership, and conflict resolution has been recognized through the Epic Award from the White House Project, the Changing the Landscape for Women Award from the Center for the Advancement of Women, and the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. In addition, Abigail holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia.
Dr. Israel Charny is an Israeli psychologist, historian and world renowned genocide expert. Charney is the Executive Director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director of the online journal Genocide Prevention Now, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Genocide, and author of an extensive list of publications, including the books Fascism and Democracy in the Human Mind (2006) and Fighting Suicide Bombing (2007). He is a Co-founder and former President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Ed Vulliamy was educated at the independent University College School in London and Hertford College, Oxford, before becoming a journalist. He was a New York correspondent for The Observer from 1997 to 2003 and a Rome correspondent for The Guardian.
Vulliamy has covered the Romanian revolution, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Oklahoma City bombing, and has reported extensively on the mid-1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was responsible for breaking the story on the Bosnian Serb-run concentration camps at Omarska and Trnopolje in northwest Bosnia set up to detain Bosnian Muslims and Croats.
Vulliamy has won many awards for his journalism, including: Granada Television’s ‘Foreign Correspondent of the Year Award’ (1993 and 1997); the British Press Award for ‘International Reporter of the Year’ (1996); the James Cameron Memorial Award for journalistic excellence (1994); and Amnesty International Newspaper Reporter of the Year (1992).
Vulliamy filmed a personal television essay for the BBC entitled Bosnia’s Last Testament (1993) and has recorded a half-hour radio essay on Bosnia for the BBC series “Points of Departure” (1996). In 1995, he wrote an award-winning retrospective series of 12 investigative articles entitled “Bosnia: The Secret War”. In 1996, he became the first journalist to testify in an international war crimes trial. He testified in three trials at The Hague and for the prosecution of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Randi Markusen is a secondary English teacher and reading specialist who has taught in numerous US states, Botswana, and Denmark. In addition to teaching, she serves on the board of directors of World Without Genocide, the Post Genocide Education Fund and is the Founder and Director of Rwanda Reads.
David Pettigrew is a Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) where he has taught since 1987. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Yale University Genocide Studies Program. He also serves as an International Expert Team Council Member of the Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada. On October 7, 2012, Professor Pettigrew served as a credentialed International Observer for the municipal elections in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Professor Pettigrew has presented lectures about the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina in recent years, including at the Philosophy Department and Peace Studies Program, Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore); the Philosophy Department, University of North Texas; the Cultural Studies PhD Program, Trent University, Canada; the Yale University Genocide Studies Program Seminar; and at the Summer University Srebrenica, Potočari Memorial Center, Bosnia. For more information about Professor Pettigrew click here.
Dr. Ervin Staub is a professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Director of the Ph.D. concentration on the psychology of peace and the prevention of violence. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford and has taught at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Hawaii and the London School of Economic and Political Science. He studied the roots of altruism, and the origins of genocide and mass killing as well as violent conflict, terrorism, their prevention, psychological recovery and reconciliation. His books include the two volume Positive social behavior and morality; The roots of evil: the origins of genocide and other group violence; The psychology of good and evil: Why children, adults and groups help and harm others; Overcoming evil: genocide, violent conflict and terrorism and a number of edited books. He is the former president of the International Society for Political Psychology and of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. His projects in field settings include a training program for the state of California after the Rodney King incident to reduce the use of unnecessary force by police, in the Netherlands to improve Dutch-Muslim relations, and in New Orleans to promote reconciliation after hurricane Katrina. Staub has also conducted trainings, seminars and educational radio projects in Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo to promote psychological recovery and reconciliation, workshops for raising caring and non-violent children, and a program for Training Active Bystanders in schools to reduce harmful behavior by students.
Dr. Gregory H. Stanton is Research Professor of Genocide Studies and Prevention at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Stanton is the Founder and President of Genocide Watch, Founder and Director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and Founder and Chair of the International Alliance to End Genocide, the world’s first anti-genocide coalition. From 1992 to 1999 Dr. Stanton served in the US State Department, where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Since leaving the State Department, Dr. Stanton has been involved in the U.N. – Cambodian government negotiations that created the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, for which he drafted internal rules of procedure and evidence. Dr. Stanton has served on the Faculty of the Salzburg Global Seminar fellowship meeting on Preventing Genocide and Mass Violence: What can be learned from history?, 2009. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Paul Lowe is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts in London and an award-winning photographer living and working between Sarajevo and London. His work is represented by Panos Pictures, and has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer and The Independent. He has covered breaking news from around the world including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the destruction of Grozny. Since 2004, Lowe has been the course director of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communications.
His book Bosnians, which documents 10 years of the war and post-war situation in Bosnia, was published in April 2005. Additionally, Lowe is developing an online educational program for developing world photographers, in conjunction with the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam. To read more about Lowe’s professional experience, please click here.
Janine di Giovanni is an author and award-winning foreign correspondent. Janine is a writer for The Times of London and Vanity Fair, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Spectator, National Geographic and many others. She also writes columns and Op-Ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune. She frequently lectures on human rights abuse around the world.
Janine has reported on nearly every violent conflict since the late 1980s, and has made a trademark of writing about the human face of war. She has won four major awards: two Amnesty International Prizes for her coverage of human rights abuses in Kosovo and Sierra Leone; the National Magazine Award (2000) in the USA for her article in Vanity Fair, “Madness Visible”; and Foreign Correspondent of the Year by Britain’s Granada Television for her reporting from Chechnya.
She is one of the journalists featured in “Bearing Witness”, a documentary about women war reporters by two-time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple. In 1993, Janine was the subject of another documentary about women war reporters entitled “No Man’s Land” which followed her work in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war. For more information about Janine click here.
Rafiki Ubaldo is an independent researcher and free-lance journalist living in Sweden. He holds an MA in political science from Stockholm University. From 1997-1999 he taught language courses in the Catholic Junior Seminary of Butare in the south of Rwanda. From 2000-2003, he worked as a reporter for Orinfor, the of Office Rwandais d’Information, where he primarily covered events and stories related to the Rwandan genocide. His journalistic coverage includes the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) appeal trial of Jean Kambanda, the Prime Minister of the interim government that executed the genocide in Rwanda. His current research projects focus on the memory of the Rwandan genocide, rescue during the Rwandan genocide, and the Gacaca (a semi-traditional system of justice designed for genocide trials in Rwanda). Together with Dr. Samuel Totten of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ubaldo is Co-founder of the Post-Genocide Education Fund, an initiative that aims to assist genocide survivors in attaining university-level educations in their home countries.
Dr. David J. Simon is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, as well as the Associate Director of Yale’s Genocide Studies Program and the Director of that program’s Rwandan Genocide Project. He also serves on the Yale Council for African Studies, including as the interim Director of Graduate Study for 2012-13. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide since 2010.
Dr. Simon’s work addresses international efforts to prevent mass atrocities, as well as the political challenges of post-conflict situations, particularly in Africa. He graduated from Princeton University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy. He earned his doctorate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. Prior to coming to Yale, he held a post-graduate fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
William Peter Woodward is a former Senior Vice President of Kerr-McGee Corporation and former President of Kerr-McGee’s worldwide Chemical Operations. Before his retirement in 2004, Mr. Woodward held positions in Operations, Sales & Marketing, Product Management, and Management. During a 33 year career at Kerr-McGee Corporation, Mr. Woodward oversaw chemical operations in the United States, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada. At various times, Mr. Woodward managed the Research & Development and Safety & Environmental Affairs group for Kerr-McGee as well as the Human Resources group. During this time he served on the Board of Directors for the Company’s Tiwest Joint Venture in Perth, Australia, the company’s Cristal Joint venture in Yanbu, Saudia Arabia and the Avestor project with joint venture partner Hydro Quebec in Montreal. Mr. Woodward is additionally a former President of The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. He and his wife Victoria reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Dr. Ellen Kennedy is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Kennedy writes on a variety of subjects in political economy and the history of modern European political and legal theory. She has been a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Friedreich Ebert Foundation as well as the British Academy and the Nuffield Fondation. Before joining the faculty at Penn, she taught at the Universities of London, York, Manchester, and at the University of Freiburg. Kennedy holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and an M.A. from Indiana University.
Dr. Arie Nadler, Ph.D. (1976, Psychology, Purdue University, USA), served as the Head of the Psychology Department (1984-1988) and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University (1993-1998). He co-founded the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research and served as the first head of its academic committee (1992-2002), and established and served as the first Head of the Institute for Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation at Tel Aviv University (1999-2003).
Since 2000, Dr. Nadler holds the Argentina Chair for Research on Social Psychology of Conflict and Cooperation. Since May 2006, he has served as the Chairperson of the board of the Israeli Trustees Foundation, which supports research in the social sciences and education in Israeli universities and colleges. Dr. Nadler additionally served as the chairperson of Israeli Sepharadic Education Foundation (ISEF) and Yeladim which is a site devoted to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and needy Jewish children. He has consulting experience in his areas of expertise in non-profit and business organizations.
Dr. Adam Jones is a political scientist, writer, and photojournalist based at the University of British Colombia Okanagan in Kelowna, BC, Canada. He is best known for his work in comparative genocide studies and is author of a leading textbook in the field, “Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction”. He has also authored or edited numerous other works on genocide and crimes against humanity and serves as Senior Book Review Editor of the Journal of Genocide Research. From 2005 to 2007, he was Associate Research Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University.
Dr. Jones additionally serves as Executive Director of the web-based nongovernmental organization Gendercide Watch which he co-founded with Carla Bergman and Nart Villeneuve. The organization is aimed at “confront[ing] gender-selective atrocities against men and women worldwide.
Dr. Jones has given talks and academic presentations on genocide at conferences and seminars in North and South America, Europe, and East Asia and serves as a consultant for the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
Mirko directs and co-produces all the projects at Pinch media. Some of Pinch Media mentors and associates include Allan Niblo from Vertigo Films, BAFTA-winner Noel Clarke’s Unstoppable Entertainment and documentary legend Nick Broomfield.
Mirko and Enrico are currently working on ‘The habit of beauty’, their first script as a writer-director team. The film was selected for PFM 2012 and currently at casting and financing stage. They are also in development with another 3 scripts, including ‘The new poor’ a co-production with China. They are also in post with their third feature documentary shot in Croatia and due to be completed in autumn 2013. They are a developing a documentary about Syria with Velma Saric from PCRC Sarajevo and Tom Knight from Epic Film capital and a documentary about stripclubs with Noel Clarke.
He has directed and co-produced two feature documentaries in 2011 and 2012, who both went to festivals and were sold internationally; ‘Uspomene 677’ about contemporary Bosnia, premiered at Raindance Film Festival 2011 where it was nominated for ‘best micro-budget feature’.
‘My words and I’ about an Italian stuttering school, was released in Cinemas in Italy in Turin and Rome, will screen in London in 2013 and is currently with sales agents.
Mirko has also directed and/or photographed dozens of web-series, shorts, commercials, music videos and short documentaries, in the UK, across Europe and the US. Mirko has also extensive experience as a photographer (working with iconic photographer Donna Trope and photographing celebrities including Gordon Ramsey and Cheryl Cole) and as a photojournalist with assignments in the Balkans and post conflict areas.
Dr. Stephen D. Smith is a holocaust specialist and Founder, together with his brother James M. Smith, of the UK Holocaust Centre in 1995 and Aegis Trust in 2000. Smith graduated from the University of London in 1991 with a degree in Theology and received his Doctorate from the University of Birmingham where he focussed his postgraduate study on the ‘Trajectory of Memory’, examining how Holocaust survivor testimony developed over time.
Dr. Smith has consulted on the development of a number of Holocaust memorial and education centers overseas, including Lithuania’s ‘House of Memory’ and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre in South Africa. In 2004, Dr. Smith served as Project Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre which was created through a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. It contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide and an exhibition of other genocides around the world.
Dr. Smith is a member of the United States delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF), an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research both nationally and internationally. In 2009, Dr. Smith was appointed Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.