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Hisham Al-Alawi

Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi has served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom of Netherlands since February 2018, and as Iraq’s Permanent Representative to the OPCW since March 2018. As Ambassador in The Hague, he has worked to enhance cooperation between ICMP and the relevant Iraqi Ministries’ and Institutions. Dr. Al-Alawi served […]

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Thomas J. White

Thomas J. White is a Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a BA in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, including graduate studies in the Pharmacology Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. From 1978 to 2011, White held senior executive positions at several biotechnology […]

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Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman is the Executive Director of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT). A Canadian and Belgian citizen, he is a leading global expert on conflict resolution and human rights. Before founding IFIT, Freeman served as Chief of External Relations at the International Crisis Group. Prior to that, he helped launch and direct the International […]

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Nadim Houry

Nadim Houry is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience working in the Middle East and North Africa region. He is currently the executive director of the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI), a leading regional think tank with offices in Paris, Beirut and Tunis, working for social justice, democratic reforms, and accountable institutions. Prior to ARI, […]

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Noor Hamadeh

Noor Hamadeh is an international human rights lawyer, with a focus on human rights issues in the Middle East and business and human rights. She is currently an Advocacy Counsel at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). She is also a co-host of the Branch 251 podcast, which follows the first universal jurisdiction trial for […]

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Eric Stover

Eric Stover is Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health at UC Berkeley. With forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow, Stover launched the first forensic investigations of the disappeared in Central and South America.  In 1985, he participated in the forensic investigation of the remains of the infamous Nazi doctor […]

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Paula Gaviria Betancur

Paula Gaviria Betancur is the executive director of Compaz Foundation. She is a lawyer and journalism specialist, with postgraduate degrees in public opinion and political marketing. Gaviria is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement. She is the former Presidential Advisor for Human Rights in Colombia and former director of The […]

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Love Dalén

Love Dalén is a Professor of evolutionary genetics at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and one of the research leaders at the Center for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm. His research is focused on the use of ancient DNA to investigate the evolutionary history of different species. His track record includes pioneering the use of microsatellite-based population genetics on Ice Age […]

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LeAndra Nephin

LeAndra Nephin is an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa with lineal descent from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She is a Thunder Clan woman and belongs to the Sky People. Nephin was born and raised on the Omaha Indian Reservation and currently resides in the UK. She is a Trauma-Focused […]

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Alicia C. Decker

Alicia C. Decker is an associate professor and serves as head of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, with courtesy appointments in the African Studies Program and the Department of History. She also co-directs the African Feminist Initiative with Gabeba Baderoon and Maha Marouan. She is the author […]

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Charla Marshall

Charla Marshall is Chief of the Emerging Technologies Section at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System’s Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFMES-AFDIL). She is a molecular anthropologist by training and has a background in ancient DNA. Marshall’s group develops and validates new MPS/NGS methods to improve DNA-assisted identification of missing US service members. Current efforts […]

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Jodie Ward

Jodie Ward is the Program Lead of the National DNA Program for Unidentified and Missing Persons at the Australian Federal Police (AFP); she is also Director of the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER) and an Associate Professor in the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney. Her Joint Appointment supports […]

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Melanie Klinkner

Melanie Klinkner is Professor in International Law specializing on the right to the truth, missing persons and mass graves. She led a UK Research Council-funded project for the creation of mass grave protection guidelines, with ICMP as project partner, resulting in the publication of The Bournemouth Protocol on Mass Grave Protection and Investigation. At Bournemouth […]

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Lourdes Prieto

Lourdes Prieto is a DNA expert with the Spanish Interior Ministry’s Comisaría General Policía Científica and a research collaborator at the DNA laboratory of the University of Santiago de Compostela. Prieto is a Member of the Editorial Board of the academic journal, Forensic Science International: Genetics, and a forensic consultant with the ICRC. She has […]

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Sara Huston Katsanis

Sara Huston Katsanis is a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She directs the Genetics and Justice Laboratory at Lurie, which is a “dry” academic laboratory focused on policy and ethics research on DNA testing applications in humanitarian efforts, medicine, and law enforcement. She researches policy challenges for applying […]

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Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

Charlotte McDonald-Gibson is the author of Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis, an exploration of the migration crisis which was published to critical acclaim in 2016. Her second book, Far Out: Encounters with Extremists, will be published by Granta in 2022. A writer, consultant and policy expert, McDonald-Gibson has written for publications including the […]

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