An International Board of Trustees, of leading experts in the field of genocide prevention, diplomacy and worldwide-recognized scholars, has been appointed to monitor and sustain the activities of the Foundation.
Dr. Gyorgy Tatar is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Until 2011 he was the coordinator of the Politico-Military Group of the Council of the European Union. In the years 2004-2010 he was in charge of the Task Force for Horizontal Security Issues/Conflict Prevention in the Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit of EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union. In this capacity his main task was to promote building up the EU capabilities in the field of conflict prevention and emerging horizontal foreign security challenges. Since 2007 he devoted specific attention to the cause of genocide prevention and the establishment of an institution in Europe aimed at prevention of genocide. After the establishment of the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities registered in Budapest, he was invited to assume the role of the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. Before joining the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU in 2004 he was Deputy Head of the General Directorate of the European Political Cooperation and responsible for the coordination of CFSP activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a carrier diplomat, spent 27 years in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Hungary. He started his diplomatic carrier in the Hungarian Embassy in Baghdad as economic attaché. Among the duties he has been fulfilling at the Ministry in 1991 he was appointed to the Commissioner of the Minister for the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Water Dam System and Expo’96 Budapest, in 1994 he was nominated to Deputy Chief of Mission in the Hungarian Embassy in Vienna in the rank of Minister and between 1999-2003 he was the Chief of Cabinet of the State Secretary for EU Integration in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He is a graduate of the Moscow State University for International Relations and postgraduate at the Budapest University of Economics. He earned Doctor of international economic relations degree at the Budapest University of Economics.
Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and Director for Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, the operative body of the Foundation.
Between 2008 and 2011 he has been Special Advisor of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the task of coordinating the creation and development of the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. This followed his work as Coordinator of the European Programme for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities at the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation: which, at the invitation of Javier Solana, was established to set up a coordinated strategy allowing the EU to be an effective global actor in the prevention of genocide – thereby fulfilling the principles of the Responsibility to Prevent.
He has been an Associate Researcher at the Center for International Conflict Resolution – Columbia University between 2006 and 2010 and Coordinator of research and development at the UNIMED – the Mediterranean Universities Union.
Mr. Le Fevre is a lecturer in International Law and International Organizations at LUISS University in Rome. Since 2002, he has been intensively working in the field of international cooperation and development and has covered numerous positions in Italian and European institutions and organisations.
He is the co-author of “The Promotion, Protection and the actualization of the rights of the child – Normative instruments, policies and strategies at international and European level”, “United in diversity, Europe changes and the Euro-generation speaks out!”, and of “Genocide: Europe between the past, the present and the future”.
Andrea Bartoli is Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University since 2013. He has been ICAR’s Drucie French Cumbie Chair and the Director of the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University between 2007 and 2013. He works primarily on Peacemaking and Genocide Prevention. The Founding Director of Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR), a senior research scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), a teaching fellow at Georgetown University, and the University of Siena, Dr. Bartoli has taught in the US since 1994. He chaired the Columbia University Seminar on Conflict Resolution. He is a member of the Dynamical Systems and Conflict Team and a Board member of Search for Common Ground. He has been involved in many conflict resolution activities as a member of the Community of St. Egidio, and has published books and articles on violence, migrations and conflict resolution. He was co-editor of Somalia, Rwanda and Beyond: The Role of International Media in Wars and International Crisis. Dr. Bartoli served as Associate Director, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University from 1992-99. He was a lecturer at the University of Rome – Tor Vergata, 1987-92, and director of the Center for the Study of Social Programs, 1986-92. An anthropologist from Rome, Dr. Bartoli completed his Italian Ph.D. at the University of Milan and his Laurea at the University of Rome.
Daniel Feierstein is the Director of the Centre for Genocide Studies at the National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina, since 2006. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires; Argentina, where he founded and heads the Chair of Genocide.
Currently, he is the 2nd Vice President of the International Association for Genocide Scholars (IAGS, 2009-11) and was a consultant to the United Nations, helping to prepare Argentina’s National Plan to Combat Discrimination (2004-06) and National Human Rights Plan (2007-08).
His recent books include Genocidio como práctica social. Entre el nazismo y la experiencia argentina (Genocide as a Social Practice. Between Nazism and the experience of Argentina, FCE, Buenos Aires, 2007); Terrorismo de Estado y Genocidio en América Latina (State Terrorism and Genocide in Latin America, Prometeo, Buenos Aires, 2009); and State Violence and Genocide in Latin America (Routledge, NY, 2010). The latter is in collaboration with Marcia Esparza and Henry Huttenbach. In 2007, he has founded the first journal on genocide studies in Spanish (Revista de Estudios sobre Genocidio). He has also published several articles in diverse journals like Journal of Genocide Research, Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention, Yad Vashem Studies, Shofar, among others.
He received the Truman-Reagan Freedom Award from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC in 2000.
He was also named one of Time magazine’s “60 Asian heroes” in 2006 and one of the “Time 100″ most influential people in the world in 2007 for his stand against impunity in Cambodia and elsewhere.
Erzsebet Kardos Kaponyi is Dr. Habil professor of International at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Her teaching and research activity focuses in three distinct fields: European Community Law, Human Rights and International Business Law. Her main human rights topics concentrates in the causes and consequences of human rights violation, prevention of human rights violation and genocide prevention, protection of people belonging to national and ethnic minorities, combating racism, xenophobia with special focus on the Roma/Gypsy, and international human rights mechanisms. Since 1994 Mrs. Kardos-Kaponyi has been working under different capacities in several international organizations. Among these she has been the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Council of Europe (CDEG) between 1994 and 1996, Evaluator for Research potential of the European Commission between 2009 an 2010. Among her publications are: The multinational enterprises and the social corporate responsibility in VV.AA., Social Cohesion and sustainability in the European Union (Rome 2009); Upholding Human Rights in the Fight Against Terrorism in Society and Economy, vol. 29 (Budapest 2009); Non-discrimination review of Hungary under the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe (Strasbourg 2003); The protection of human rights, the main principles and instruments in Europe society and economy in central and eastern Europe (Budapest 1998).
Ambassador Mulamula is the Ambassador of Tanzania to the USA. Before taking her latest role sh has been Senior Advisor of the President of the Republic of Tanzania. Until December 2011 she has been the Executive secretary of Secretariat of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
Ambassador Mulamula joined the Foreign Service in 1981 as Third Secretary in the Legal and Multi Lateral Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her early experience in Foreign Service included participation in all meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York as a delegate from Tanzania held annually from September to December. She was then posted to the country’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York as theAmbassador’s Advisor in Political affairs and Decolonization issues. She worked there in different capacities from 1985-1992. For three years (1989-1992), she was also a member of the UN/OAU Expert Group on the Denuclearization of Africa leading to the Treaty of Pelindaba.
From 1992-1994, Ambassador Mulamula participated in the Rwandese peace talks in Arusha Tanzania as part of the Facilitators team; attended UNITAR training workshop on conflict resolution and management, Vienna, Austria, 1996; and was appointed Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary of the Tanzania Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996-1999. In that capacity she attended bilateral, regional and multilateral meetings, including successive UN General Assembly sessions, SADC and EAC Summits, Great Lakes Region peace initiatives and others. During the same period she was also a part-time lecturer on the “Art of Negotiations” at the Centre for Foreign Relations, Dar-el-Salaam.
She also served at the Tanzania High Commission to Canada as Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Chancery from 2002 to 2003 when she returned home after being appointed Ambassador and Director of Multilateral Cooperation; the post she held up to the year 2006. At the same time Ambassador Mulamula served as Tanzania’s National Coordinator at the International Conference on the Great Lakes. In recognition of her abilities, she was in December 2006 she was appointed by the Great Lakes Summit in Nairobi the first Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
In this post, she was charged with the responsibility of establishing and making the secretariat operational. She coordinated the activities of the ICGLR, which included ensuring implementation of the region’s Peace, Security and Development accord; which seeks to build durable peace and stability in the region.
Hasan Nuhanović is a Bosniak survivor of the Srebrenica genocide who campaigns “For truth and justice” on behalf of other survivors and relatives of the victims. Bosnian investigative journalist Dragan Stanimirovic nicknamed him the “Elie Wiesel of Bosnia”, in reference to another activist survivor of genocide.
As a U.N. translator/interpreter Hasan Nuhanović worked with the Dutchbat III contingent of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) which was assigned the task of protecting the United Nations “safe area” of Srebrenica in the latter part of the Bosnian war (1992–1995). When Srebrenica fell to Bosnian Serb Army forces under General Ratko Mladić in July 1995, Nuhanović’s family were among 5000-6000 refugees who found shelter on the UN base in Potočari. His father Ibro was one of three representatives of the 30,000 refugees inside and outside the base who took part with Dutch senior officers in supposed “negotiations” with Gen. Mladić. Following the “negotiations” with Mladić, the Dutch ordered the refugees sheltering inside the base to leave. As an interpreter Hasan Nuhanović was instructed by Dutch colleagues to tell his own family to leave the base. In spite of his pleas on their behalf his family were forced to leave and were sent to their deaths as victims of the Srebrenica genocide. Partial remains of his father Ibro, Nasiha and brother Muhamed have been recovered from concealed mass graves.
Since the end of the Bosnian war Hasan Nuhanović has campaigned to establish and publicise the truth about the genocide. He has given evidence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague. He played an important part in establishing the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial at Potočari where the remains of many of the identified victims have been interred. He works closely with other survivors and relatives’ organisations, including the Mothers of Srebrenica in Sarajevo and the Women of Srebrenica in Tuzla.
He has written a chronology of the events at Srebrenica, Under the UN Flag (Under the UN Flag; The International Community and the Srebrenica Genocide” by Hasan Nuhanović, pub. DES Sarajevo, 2007, p. 554). In this he examines the responsibility and guilt of members of the international community who were either direct participants on the ground or indirectly influenced or were capable of influencing those events but failed to fulfill their commitment to protect the Bosnian Muslim population of the besieged “safe area” under UN Security Council Resolution 819.
Associate Professor, EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences