Leading academics & practitioners contributing to make the prevention of mass atrocities a priority of the Visegrad Group policies.

V4 Task Force - Czech Senior Researcher. Until June 2015 Dr Valuch worked at the Office of the Government of Czech Republic as a head of nation-wide campaign focused on monitoring, awareness raising and mapping of hate motivated violence and crimes. He was a One World Social Innovation Program Manager at International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World in Czech Republic and co-organizes or facilitates variety of social innovation events in Czech Republic, Bosnia, Kazakhstan and Moldova. He provides consultations and trainings to numerous citizen and activist initiatives in CEE, Balkans, Caucasus, MENA, Central Asia and Southeast Asia regions in the field of social media, hate-speech, and social innovation. He is working closely with media development organization Transitions Online. Jaroslav is a co-founder and member of Board of Directors of the Standby Task Force – Online Volunteer Community for Live Mapping. In 2010 Jaroslav was a Fulbright Fellow on the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

V4 Task Force - Hungarian Senior Researcher. She graduated from the Faculty of International Journalism at the Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations with Latin-American special courses, and later studied with a fellowship at the special courses of the University of Amsterdam on Governance and Administration in an Open Society. She joined the foreign service in 1981. She is a former Hungarian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and served as Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje. In 2005, she successfully chaired the negotiations on the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept. She has also gained experience in bilateral diplomacy, serving at the Hungarian Embassy in Madrid and as director general at the MFA. Her area of expertise covers multilateral diplomacy, international security policy, and certain issues of bilateral relations. She speaks English, Spanish and Russian.

V4 Task Force - Polish Senior Researcher. Dr. Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala – Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw (since 2004), is the chairman of the scientific project Prevention of Massive Violations of Human Rights, financed by Poland’s National Scientific Centre. She is also a participant in the European Project “NOHA - Network on Humanitarian Assistance” and EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. She was the Vice-Director for Academic Research and International Cooperation at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw (2008-2012); Analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (2006-2008); author of books and articles on Poland’s foreign policy, human rights, mass atrocities, international humanitarian law.

V4 Task Force - Slovak Senior Researcher. Samuel Goda is the Head of International Security Program at Slovak Foreign Policy Association, which he joined in 2013. Besides his participation in numerous other projects, he manages program´s flagship project "International Crisis Management." He is also a representative at the "OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions." Moreover, he works as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics in Bratislava, where he teaches several courses and serves as Managing Editor of Journal of International Relations. He conducted several professional research and study in Germany, Austria, USA, Czech Republic and Moldova. His main research areas include OSCE related issues, conflict transformation, EU CFSP/CSDP, as well as a regional scope of Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. Dr. Goda holds a PhD in International Relations from Matej Bel University.

V4 Task Force - Research Coordinator. Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini is the Director for Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre. Dr. Le Fevre Cervini is a contracted professor of International Law and Diplomacy at LUISS University in Rome and fellow at the European Centre for International Affairs. In 2015, he was appointed member of the Study Group of the Italian Ministry of Interior on the Asylum System in Italy and, since 2008, he has been an external advisor to various European governments. Since 2013, he co-chairs the World Bank’s Community of Practice on Development and Mass Atrocities Prevention in the framework of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. In 2012-2013, he managed the European Task Force on Mass Atrocities Prevention and between 2014 and 2016 the African Task Force on Mass Atrocities Prevention.

V4 Task Force - Manager. Chair of the Budapest Centre, Dr Tatar has worked in senior management of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nearly three decades and was in charge of conflict prevention and emerging horizontal security issues in the Council Secretariat of the European Union for seven years. Dr. Tatar has been the key person in shaping the composition of the various Task Force's of the Budapest Centre and the responsible in charge of conducting the conversation with the EU institutions for the adoption of the recommendations contained in the report. Dr. Tatar acts as Project Manager of the Task Force and main representative of the Budapest Centre