Dr. Tatar is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and the Director of the Budapest Centre. He also leads the Prevention Policy Planning Programme of the Centre and manages several of the projects implemented by the Budapest Centre.
Director of Research and Cooperation
The Director for Research and Cooperation is in charge of the research development of the Centre and manages the cooperation with International Organizations, States, NGOs, and CSOs working with the Centre. He holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Roma Tre (Italy) and currently teaches International Law and Diplomacy at LUISS University in Rome. Dr. Le Fevre Cervini is also the co-chair of the Community of Practice on Development and Mass Atrocities Prevention at the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, sponsored by the Centre.
Adam Budai holds a Bachelor's Degree in Security and Defense Policy from the Hungarian National Defense University and two Master’s Degrees in International Relations from the Corvinus University of Budapest and the Central European University. He is primarily interested in the military aspects of mass atrocities prevention, with a particular focus on the concept of the Responsibility to Protect. At the Budapest Centre, he covers the position of Project Assistant.
Junior Research Associate
Thomas Peak is an advanced PhD candidate in Political Science (International Relations) at the Central European University. He is writing a dissertation which focuses upon the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention and responsibility to protect from a historical-normative perspective. The working title is 'Humanitarian Intervention & Human Dignity'. His research interests concern developments of responsibility to protect within international relations, the dynamics of intrastate conflict with a particular emphasis on mass atrocity, and human security issues more broadly. At the Budapest Centre, he covers the position of Junior Research Associate.
Francesca Cocomero holds a Master’s degree in International Relations – European Studies from LUISS Guido Carli University. She interned with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, where she monitored RtoP-related events from specific areas of the world, namely from the Middle East and North Africa. She also collaborated with the GPPAC network in relation to the activities of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. At the Budapest Centre, she covers a position of a Junior Researcher.
Rajaa Gacem is a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A in Communications studies. She studies at ILERI in Paris. Her main interests are the dynamics of conflicts, Politics of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, and International Security, particularly the Dialogue process in conflict resolution. Her aim is to expand the space for the nonviolent resolution of armed conflict in understanding the process of efficient warning-response support system in order to facilitate dialogue and consensus between different actors. At the Budapest Centre, she covers the position of Project Assistant.
Isabella Lasch, from Germany, is a M.Sc. in Psychology, a MA in French and History/Political Education (teachers certificate).Her main interests are Political Psychology, Social Psychology, Minority Rights, Human Rights and Political Education. Her aim is to understand the impact of social exclusion, social identities, historical/political developments, dialogue and political education on conflicts and genocide prevention. At the Budapest Centre she covers the position of Research Assistant.
She is currently serving as Research Assistant of the Budapest Centre projects dealing with migration and mass atrocities prevention. Among her previous activities she worked at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “ICstat- International Cooperation Center for Statistics”, UNIMED – Mediterranean University Union and the. International Law Chair at the faculty of Political Sciences of “Roma Tre University” in Rome. She is a post-graduated student in Development Economics and International Cooperation.
Jim Fussel is a researcher advisor for the Budapest Centre. He conducts research in the field of prevention of mass atrocities, with particular attention to the early stages of prevention. Based in Washington DC he also acts as the Liaison Officer of the Budapest Centre in North America.
Policy Adviser on Programmes for Dialogue
Dr. Barwick focuses on the role of dialogue in the prevention of violent conflict and mass atrocities. For ten years, he coordinated programmes and advocacy for peace and security in several African countries, where he accompanied initiatives for ethno-religious dialogue in conflict situations. Based in Brussels, he now works for an international human rights organisation which promotes education and policies to combat racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination of all sorts. He is also a trainer in cultural and religious diversity for schools, community groups and businesses.
Head of the Risk Assessment Team
Dr. Robel, a retired Ambassador, is currently the Head of the Risk Assessment Team
Senior Policy Advisor for greater Central Asia
Mr. Venczel is currently advising the Budapest Centre’s Prevention Policy Planning Programme with a special focus on the analysis of greater Central Asia.