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.
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.
Anastasia Buscicchio holds a Master’s degree in International Law from LUISS Guido Carli University, and wrote her final thesis on “International Crimes, Immunity of the Foreign State, and Protection of the Fundamental Rights According to Sentence 238-2014 by the Italian Constitutional Court.” Her research interests concern the recent developments and challenges within the International Law framework, with a focus on International Environmental Law, European Law, and International Protection of Human Rights. At the Budapest Centre, she covers the position of Project Assistant.
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, and wrote her final thesis on the causes and consequences of the international community’s diplomatic failure in halting ongoing violations of human rights. Her main interests are Public International Law and the Responsibility to Protect. At the Budapest Centre, she covers a position of a Research Assistant.
Sopho Kharazi is a B.A. in International Affairs and Humanistic Studies. She studies at John Cabot University in Rome. Her main interests are Public International Law, Politics of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing and Human Rights, particularly rights of women and children. Her aim is to understand in depth social, political and economic reasons of these crimes in order to contribute to elaborating the plan of genocide prevention. At the Budapest Centre, she covers a position of a Intern Research Assistant.
Deanna Turzi is a B.A. student in both Peace and Justice Studies and Political Science at Pace University in New York City. Her main interests focus on international law, the psychological effects of genocide and mass atrocities, and human rights, with particular emphasis on the importance of children’s rights and education. At the Budapest Centre, she contributes to the administration of workshops, panels, and seminars as well as to the dissemination efforts of the Centre. In addition, she participates in the background research for upcoming call for proposals.
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.
Non-resident Research Assistant
Katerina is a Non-Resident Research Assistant at the Budapest Centre. She is currently focusing her research on nexus between poverty, radicalization and mass atrocities. She holds a Joint honours BA degree in International relations and Russian Language from the University of Leeds, and a MSc in Security Studies degree from University College London.
Project Management Advisor
Dr Riccardo Onori is the Project Management Advisor of the Budapest Centre. Graduated in “Business and Management Engineering”, holds a Master in “Business and Administration Engineering” and a Ph.D. in “Business and Management Engineering”. At the Centre he oversees the management of research and innovation projects under the various European Commission programme frameworks
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.
Junior Research Assistant
Alberto Aspidi is an International Law Research Assistant at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. He holds a Master's Degree course in Political Science and International Relations. At the Budapest Centre, he assists the coordination of the programme on migration and mass atrocities prevention.
Project Management Assistant
Matteo Arlacchi is a M.A. student in International Cooperation and Development Studies from La Sapienza University. At the Budapest Centre, he supports the research team and the European project design activities.