Listening and Leading:
The art and science of peace, resilience and transformational justice

Dates: July 25th- 28th, 2024

Event Locations:  Marriott Kigali (Reception, July 25);  The Kigali Genocide Memorial (all day, July 26); Marriott Kigali (all day, July 27 and July 28)

 

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Listening and Leading: the art and science of peace, resilience and transformational justice

Join a group of internationally-known scholars, peace practitioners, educators, policymakers, and community builders committed to reconciliation, forgiveness, peace and transformational justice as a path to a resilient and just tomorrow. Deepen your knowledge of the art and science of peace, resilience and transformational justice as we gather in Rwanda, which marks 30 years in 2024 since the Genocide against the Tutsi and the country’s emergence from devastation to be a global leader on peace and reconciliation.

Event Cohosts

University of Rwanda

Ministry of Unity and Civic Engagement

Tufts University

This international conference welcomes

Scholars, eyewitnesses, educators, policymakers, philanthropists and practitioners in the field of peace-building globally.

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN

Presentations on the lessons learned in the aftermath of genocide and mass atrocities ‚Ä®

Insights into peace education, evaluating its effectiveness ‚Ä®

Models of prevention at the community, country and global level

Testimonies from those facing genocide and mass atrocities

An understanding of the growing risks of genocide from climate change, upheaval and migration, and political forces

Inspiration to return home prepared to address the challenges of our times

We will launch the Isoko Peace Institute at this international conference. Join us!

You are invited to shape the vision and programming for the new Isoko Peace Institute, a “sister campus” to the world-famous Kigali Genocide Memorial. The Isoko Peace Institute will open in Bugesera, Rwanda, near the new international airport, set to open in 2025.

Delegates to the conference will be part of shaping this new, visionary institute, ready to serve the people and communities in Rwanda, Africa, and the world. Join us on this journey to build peace and promote justice in a world eager for hope and inspiration.

A Few of our

confirmed speakers

Jean-Damascene Bizimana

Rwanda Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement

Jacqueline Asiimwe

Founder & CEO, CivSource Africa

Hope Azeda

Festival Curator, Ubumuntu Festival

Serge Brammertz

United Nations Under Secretary General ; Chief Prosecutor , International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

Emma Jordan Simpson

President, Auburn Seminary

Katherine Klein

Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Dowling

Research Professor- Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development; Deputy Director- Institute of Applied Research in Youth Development Tufts University.

Everett Worthington

Commonwealth Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University

Karen Sommer Shalett

Director, Global Advocacy and Communications Templeton World Charity Foundation

Jonathan M. Tirrell

Director, Generous Listening and Dialogue Center, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

Erin Kelly

Professor, Tufts University

Sandra Shenge

Program Director, Aegis Trust

Tali Nates

Executive Director, Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

John Gasana Gasasira

Academic Staff - University of Rwanda

Freddy Mutanguha

CEO, Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial

Nicole Fleetwood

James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

GIAVANA JONES

Program Officer for Templeton Religion Trust’s Social Consequences of Religion (SCORE)

Octave Rukundo

Senior Partnership Facilitator, Compassion International - Rwanda

Placide Mwiseneza

Senior Partnership Facilitator Compassion International - Rwanda

Bjorn Krondorfer

Regents' Professor and Director of the Martin-Springer Institute, Northern Arizona University

Marina Cantacuzino, MBE

Founder, The Forgiveness Project

William Chrisopher Stewart

Chief Grants Officer at the Templeton Religion Trust

Tracy Mack Parker

Principal, Citizen Philanthropy

Amina Krvavac

Executive Director, War Childhood Museum

Cecile Kampeta

Project Director, Compassion International - Rwanda

Esperance Wibabara

Project Director, Compassion International - Rwanda

Bonita Bennett

Independent Professional, affiliated with the District 6 Museum, Cape Town

Stephen Hecht

Cofounder & CEO, Peacemaker at Million Peacemakers

Harry L. Williams

President & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Ruth W. Messinger

Global Ambassador, American Jewish World Service

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Inspirational Speaker and Writer

Johanna Teague

Swedish Ambassador to Rwanda

Jane E Klinger

Special Advisor and Senior Research Conservator, United States Holocaust and Memorial Museum

Emmanuel Namurinda

Program Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at Compassion International Rwanda Office

Erik Somers

Senior Researcher, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies

Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen

Chair of the Board, Auburn Theological Seminary

Sandra Barefoot

Creative Co-Lead, The Forgiveness Project

Hang Nisay

Director, Tuol Sleng Genocide Musuem, Cambodia.

Sponsors

The convening takes place during the annual Ubumuntu Arts Festival, and each evening, festival attendees will have the opportunity to see a special private performance. First held in 2015, this spectacular event occurs during the last week of the 100 days commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It takes place at the outdoor amphitheater of the Kigali Genocide Memorial and brings artists from around the world to perform, teach and inspire.

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JEAN-DAMASCENE BIZIMANA

Born in 1963 in Cyanika sector, in Nyamagabe District, Bizimana holds a PhD in Law, with a specialization in international law, from the University of Toulouse in France which he obtained in February 2004. His master’s degree in law was obtained from Montpellier I University in France. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and human sciences obtained in 1991. Until his appointment, the former academic and senator, served as the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), an agency established in 2007 to prevent and fight against Genocide, its ideology and overcoming its consequences. From 2004 to 2006, he taught international law at the then National University of Rwanda and at Kigali Independent University (ULK). From 2007 to 2010, he taught International Law in University of Rwanda, Genocide Studies, Center for conflict Management. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as a member of the Rwandan National Commission which examined the role of the French government in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Among others, Bizimana was vice president of the National Commission that probed the downing of former President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane in April 1994.

Thereafter, from 2009 to 2010, he worked as a private expert and international consultant. He is an expert t in transitional justice, human rights and international justice.

Bizimana is an academic researcher who has published many articles on national, regional and international geopolitics, history and consequences of the 1994 genocide, as well as genocide ideology and denial. He has published three books in French and Kinyarwanda: Inzira ya Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi (2014); La contribution du Tribunal p√©nal International √† l’√©volution de la justice p√©nal Internationale (2004); and L’Eglise et le g√©nocide au Rwanda (2001).

JACQUELINE ASIIMWE

Jacqueline is a lawyer, travelist, feminist and a social development thought leader. She is the Founder and CEO of CivSource Africa, a philanthropy support organization, which works to influence philanthropic practice in Africa. She is working to shape narratives about giving, generosity and philanthropy in Africa. She, and by extension, CivSource, does this through story telling, research on African philanthropy, capacity support to community foundations and advocacy to address the power and resource imbalance in the global philanthropy sector. Jacqueline serves on the boards of various social justice organizations. When she is not at work, Jacqueline is a nature junkie and loves any place with water or trees. She is also a prolific reader and loves to dance!

Hope Azeda

Hope Azeda is one of the leading figures in contemporary Rwandan theatre. She is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, a leading theatre company in Rwanda.

Dr. Serge Brammertz

IRMCT Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz has led the investigation and prosecution of
grave international crimes for more than two decades. From 2008 until its closure in 2017, he was ICTY Chief Prosecutor. Previously, he led
the international investigation into the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri and served as the first ICC Deputy Prosecutor. Prior to his international appointments, Brammertz was a national magistrate and then head of the Belgian Federal Prosecution. He holds a law degree from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, a criminology degree from the University of Liège and a PhD in international law from the Albert Ludwig University.

EMMA JORDAN SIMPSON

Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson is a grounded visionary with 26 years experience as a nonprofit leader (community development, gender equity, youth justice, child welfare, peace & justice, philanthropy); strong mentor with deep interest in the development of rising leaders.

Katherine Klein

Katherine Klein is an organizational psychologist and the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research falls into two streams ‚Äď one focused on the effects of leader succession on organizational change, effectiveness, and employee engagement and turnover; and a second stream focused on the goals, strategies, impact, and performance of impact investing funds.

Elizabeth Dowling

Dr. Elizabeth Dowling received her doctorate at IARYD in 2004. After graduation, she became the Director of Research for ImagineNations Group where she designed and led research and evaluation on youth employment and business development for ImagineNations and its global, multi-sectoral partners. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of IARYD, managing all domestic and international research-practice partnerships, serving as the liaison between research partners, funders, and NGOs/iNGOS. Additionally, she has over a decade of experience as a classroom teacher in elementary schools and in curriculum instruction and design with domestic and international NGOs

EVERETT WORTHINGTON

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Faculty Affiliate appointment at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University (Human Flourishing Program), and he is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published widely on the science of self- and other-forgiveness among other topics, and he has developed the REACH Forgiveness model (see www.EvWorthington-forgiveness.com for free resources), supported in over 30 published randomized controlled trials, and other practical interventions to help people reach their potential.

Karen Sommer Shalett

Karen Sommer Shalett works to strategically amplify the Templeton World Charity Foundation’s thought leadership, advocacy initiatives and grantee impact. She has created high-impact communications packages that help shift policy and funding, for over two decades. Prior to her role with TWCF, Ms. Shalett oversaw a communications and advocacy team leveraging  multimedia to support the work of Population Services International and its network of more than 50 country partners. As a journalist and editor, she covered culture and design internationally for nearly 15 years before transitioning to Editor-at-Large for the Aspen Institute.

JONATHAN M. TIRRELL

I am a developmental scientist and Research Associate Professor at Tufts University in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.
With the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD), we study positive youth development (PYD), seeking to understand what goes “right” in the lives of youth, by engaging in researcher-practitioner partnerships with youth-serving organizations around the world (currently Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and El Salvador). My research is broadly focused on character development–I am interested in how people become good people. With a focus on person-context relations across development, I also explore how good people shape, and are shaped by, good communities and cultures.
In recent years, my work has specifically focused on the potential role of forgiveness as a character strength and civic virtue. This interest has steered me toward working with individuals and organizations interested in peacebuilding and restorative justice, particularly in Rwanda.
Lessons learned from this work are timely and important for civil society and human flourishing, perhaps especially in the U.S. now, given our increasingly polarized social and political climates. Forgiveness, restorative justice, and peacebuilding seem to be linked by common threads of empathy, curiosity, generosity, listening, and dialogue, as well as critical thinking, personal responsibility, community action, and civic engagement.

Erin Kelly

Erin I. Kelly is the Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Her research areas are in philosophy of law and in moral and political philosophy, with a focus on criminal law and criminal justice. Her current work explores the theory and practice of restorative justice. She also brings experience with prison education. In 2022, Kelly won a Pulitzer Prize in biography for a memoir she co-authored with artist Winfred Rembert, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South (Bloomsbury Press, 2021). Kelly is also the author of The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility (Harvard University Press, 2018). https://erinikelly.com

Sandra SHENGE

Ms Shenge holds a master degree in International Development and Project analysis. Her expertise is mainly directed to developing and implementing action-oriented decision making systems at operational and strategic levels. She always provides reliable and quality information being to public, private or civil society spheres.

Tali Nates

Tali Nates is the founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC), a historian who lectures internationally on Holocaust and genocide education, memory, reconciliation, and human rights. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, her father and uncle were saved by Oskar Schindler. Tali has been involved in the creation and production of dozens of documentary films, curated exhibitions, published articles and contributed chapters to books. She won many awards in South Africa and globally, the latest of which were the Goethe Medal (2022, Germany) and the International Religious Freedom Award (2023, USA).

Mr. John Gasana

An academic staff at the University of Rwanda, John Gasana Gasasira recently submitted his PhD thesis to the University of Nairobi-Kenya. He has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the National University of Rwanda and a bachelor’s degree in Political and Administrative Sciences from the same University. He has worked on different research projects and published several papers in the area of peace and conflict studies.  He recently coauthored a paper on reentry and reintegration after incarceration for genocide that was published by the American Journal of Sociology. Other papers in the same area include the one that examined the   impact of Religious Beliefs, Practices, and Social Networks on Rwandan Rescue Efforts during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda that was published by the Genocide Studies and prevention Journal among others.

Freddy Mutanguha

Freddy Mutanguha is CEO of the Aegis Trust and Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Freddy led the development of Aegis’ peace education programme in Rwanda and is now leading Aegis’ work to take this model beyond the borders of Rwanda to areas at risk, including the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Kenya. Joining Aegis in 2004 during the construction of the Kigali Genocide Memorial as a team leader responsible for genocide documentation, he was appointed Country Director in 2006. Freddy is Chair of the board of Miracle Corner Rwanda, an organisation which aims to empower the community in Rwanda by helping young people to acquire the vocational skills they need to thrive socially and economically.

Nicole R. Fleetwood

Nicole R. Fleetwood is the inaugural James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication in the Steinhardt School at New York University. A MacArthur Fellow, she is a writer, curator, and art critic whose interests are contemporary Black diasporic art and visual culture, photography studies, art and public practice, performance studies, gender and feminist studies, Black cultural history, creative nonfiction, prison abolition and carceral studies, and poverty studies. She is the author Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020), winner of the National Book Critics Award in Criticism, the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize of the American Studies Association, the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, and both the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award in art history and the Frank Jewett Mather Award in art criticism. She is also the curator of the traveling exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration, which debuted at MoMA PS1 (September 17, 2020-April 5, 2021). The exhibition was listed as ‚Äúone of the most important art moments in 2020‚ÄĚ by The New York Times and among the best shows of the year by The New Yorker and Hyperallergic.

GIAVANA JONES, PH.D.

Dr. Giavana Jones is a Program Officer for Templeton Religion Trust’s Social Consequences of Religion (SCORE) initiative.

Giavana most recently held the position of Director of Programs at Lyford Cay Foundations, a private philanthropic organization based in The Bahamas. She served as Assistant Professor and Lecturer of Psychology at the University of The Bahamas, where she taught undergraduate courses and supervised senior research and practica opportunities.

Giavana obtained an M.A. and Ph.D in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Windsor, Canada. She also holds an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and a B.A. in Psychology. Her dissertation focused on hope and resilience in youth. She has published peer-reviewed articles on resilience and risky behavior in youth and is the author of the book, The Strong One: Redefining strength and finding freedom in your true identity.

Octave Rukundo

Mr. Octave Rukundo is a Scholar on Genocide Studies and Prevention with proficient expertise on teaching and trainings on healing and reconciliation, justice, and forgiveness. He is a Pastor in Pentecostal Church of Rwanda ‚Äď ADEPR. He serves as Senior Partnership Facilitator who oversees church partners at Compassion International ‚Äď Rwanda.

Placide Mwiseneza

Placide Mwiseneza, Ph.D., is a senior partnership facilitator at Compassion International ‚Äď Rwanda in child development. He is a student in Project Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi ‚Äď Kenya.

BJORN KRONDORFER

Bj√∂rn Krondorfer is Regents‚Äô Professor and the Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University. As Endowed Professor of Religious Studies, he teaches in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. He received guest professorship/affiliations at the Freie University Berlin, Germany, the University of the Free State, South Africa., and the Vrije University in Amsterdam. He chairs the national ‚ÄúConsortium of Higher Education Centers for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies,‚ÄĚ and in 2023 joined the Board of Directors for ‚ÄúGenocide Awareness Week‚ÄĚ in Arizona. Recent publications include Unsettling Empathy: Working with Groups in Conflict; The Holocaust and Masculinities; and Reconciliation in Global Context.

Marina Cantacuzino

Marina Cantacuzino is an author, broadcaster, podcaster and former journalist. In 2004 she founded The Forgiveness Project, a charity that works with real stories to help people break cycles of harm and promote concepts of compassion, empathy and forgiveness. She has co-created The Forgiveness Toolbox, produced and hosted The F Word Podcast and in 2024 her second BBC series Forgiveness: Stories from the Frontline was aired on Radio 4. Her latest of three books on the subject of forgiveness, Forgiveness: An Exploration was published in 2022.

Dr. WILLIAM CHRISOPHER STEWART

W Christopher (Chris) Stewart is the Chief Grants Officer at the Templeton Religion Trust in Nassau, The Bahamas, where he resides and from which the Trust operates.  At TRT, he is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Trust’s strategic priorities across the full spectrum of its grantmaking, which includes funding for projects at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the sciences, as well as free enterprise-based solutions to poverty, and character development programs., He joined TRT in 2013 after twenty years on the faculty of Houghton College.  He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, USA (BA , Philosophy, 1983) and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA  (PhD, Philosophy, 1992).

Tracy Mack Parker

For over 15 years, I’ve delighted in advising individuals, families, institutional foundations, businesses and communities on their philanthropy. I began my philanthropy career as a senior officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts, where I encouraged donor collaboratives and public-private partnerships. I then served with The Philanthropy Workshop from 2011-2017, ultimately as CEO, guiding a staff and network of 450 philanthropists from 22 countries.
Citizen Philanthropy is now my portal to co-creating and facilitating learning journeys for people committed to positive action for the good, including philanthropists in these impactful networks: The Philanthropy Workshop, Women Moving Millions and Global Fund for Women.
I earned a bachelor’s from Miami University; and a master’s in journalism and law degree from The Ohio State University. In 2021-22, I served as a visiting Scholar at Miami University’s Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation.

Amina Krvavac

Amina believes in museums as spaces for social action and drivers of change, and she is particularly
interested in unlocking the potential of museums in transitional justice processes.

Amina Krvavac is the Executive Director at the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, Bosnia and
Herzegovina. Amina was a member of a small inaugural team that led a two-year grassroots campaign culminating in the opening of the War Childhood Museum back in 2017. The War Childhood Museum
has since been widely recognized and praised for its capacity to contribute to a better understanding
of war-affected childhood as a complex social phenomenon. Amina studied International Relations at the International University of Sarajevo, and Children’s Rights at the University of Geneva. She is committed to creating exhibitions and workshops that support open and conscious dialogue, and to promoting the idea of museums as platforms for societal healing and reconciliation. Amina serves on the Board of Directors for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Europe, a network of museums, historic sites, and memory initiatives linking past struggles to current human rights movements. She is also a board member of the European Museum Forum, which promotes excellence and innovation in the European museum sector, where she chairs the Jury for its annual European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) program.

CECILE KAMPETA

My name is Cecile Kampeta, I am married with five children and a husband. I am a Rwandan woman living in Bugesera district, Eastern
Province. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration from the
Adventist University of Rwanda. I am the manager of a project supported by Compassion International/Rwanda working in a friendly evangelical church. I love children and being with them, talking to people who have
problems and giving them advice

Esperance Wibabara

As a dedicated Project Director for Compassion International ‚Äď Rwanda, Esperance Wibabara embodies compassion, leadership, and a commitment to community upliftment. With a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Education from the Adventist University of Central Africa, Esperance brings both expertise and empathy to her role.

Her work extends beyond mere administration; Esperance is a catalyst for positive change in the lives of youth. Through her tireless efforts, she provides crucial community support while igniting spiritual growth among the younger generation. Her mission is clear: to empower youth with the mindset and resources necessary to enhance their lives and uplift the entire community

Bonita Bennett

Bonita Bennett started her working career as a high school educator. She has been a social justice activist dating back to her student days in the 1980s, and since leaving the employ of the Western Cape Education Department in 1992, she has been involved in the non-profit space. She is a memory studies scholar and has been active in the memory and museum sector for over 20 years. She currently works as an independent practitioner, with her last fulltime position having been as Director of the District Six Museum in Cape Town where she remains engaged as a research associate and as a member of its board of trustees. Over the years she has been involved in Palestine solidarity work, with most recent work being as co-convenor of the weekly vigils held at St George’s Cathedral in support of a permanent ceasefire in Palestine and an end to the occupation.

Stephen Hecht

Stephen Hecht is the co-founder and Chief Executive Peacemaker at Million Peacemakers, a non-profit committed to conflict transformation. With over 35 years of diverse industry experience, he co-authored the best-seller ‚ÄúNonflict: The Art of Everyday Peacemaking‚ÄĚ and has trained over 235,000 people, impacting 7.8 million lives. Stephen holds leadership roles in YPO, including chair of the YPO Impact Networks Council. His current focus is on the Million Peacemakers Youth initiative and the Global Partnership for Peace and Humanity, collaborating with Aegis Trust, the Government of Rwanda, YPO Peace Action Network and YPO Next Gen

HARRY L. WILLIAMS

Harry L. Williams serves as President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF’s 47 member-schools are America’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), educating nearly 300,000 students. Under his leadership as President & CEO, TMCF has created innovative partnerships, increased organizational stability, and advanced bipartisan HBCU support. Dr. Williams earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Appalachian State University, a Doctorate from East Tennessee State University, named President Emeritus of Delaware State University, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Most importantly, he is a family man. His wife is Dr. Robin S. Williams, and they are the proud parents of two grown sons, Austin and Gavin. Austin and his wife Reagan both graduated from Howard University. Gavin is also a Howard graduate and is now a first-year law student at Southern University Law Center. Dr. Williams also has a granddaughter, Porter Rae, who is the daughter of Austin and Reagan

Ruth W. Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the Global Ambassador for American Jewish World Service, an international human rights organization which she ran from 1998-2016. Additionally, she is a social justice consultant who teaches and does organizing and advocacy work in several different faith-based and interfaith social justice organizations. She also works extensively on the plight of immigrants and asylum seekers in New York City. Ruth is a trained social worker, and previously had a twenty-year career in elected office in New York City. She graduated from Radcliffe College and the University of Oklahoma. She serves on a few boards including Aegis Trust and the Interfaith Center of NY, is married to a retired educator and has 3 children, 8 grand-children and 4 great grandchildren.

 

Dr. Immaculee Ilibagiza

Dr. Immacul√©e Ilibagiza¬†is a¬†Rwandan-American¬†Catholic¬†author and motivational speaker. Her first book,¬†‚ÄėLeft to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust,‚Äô is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the¬†Rwandan genocide. Her¬†second book,¬†‚ÄėLed by Faith: Rising from the ashes of the Rwandan Holocaust‚Äô, continues the story in¬†‚ÄėLeft to Tell‚Äô.¬†In ‚ÄėLed by Faith,‚Äô she tells her story of survival immediately following the genocide. Dr. Ilibagiza studied electrical and mechanical engineering at the¬†National University of Rwanda. In 1998, she immigrated to the United States where she continued her work for peace through the United Nations and received honorary doctorates from the¬†University of Notre Dame and¬†St. John’s University.

Johanna Teague

Johanna Teague is a Swedish diplomat, currently serving as the second Swedish Ambassador in Rwanda. In her role, she aims to foster Swedish investments in Rwanda, and maximize Sweden’s contribution and support to Rwanda in achieving the SDGs. Before her current appointment, Ms. Teague served as Deputy Director at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, holding various posts related to the management of development cooperation. She also served as the advisor to the Minister for International Development Cooperation in the run-up to the SDGs. Previously she has lived in Bolivia, working with UNFPA and at the Swedish Embassy Section. Ms Teague has a special interest in meditation, mentorship and leadership issues.

Jane E Klinger

Jane E Klinger holds a Masters in Conservation specializing in photographic materials and is persuing a doctorate as a Coremans Fellow at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation work focuses on the material culture of trauma.  She is an experieinced international speaker and professor. She is a Special Advisor and Senior Research Conservator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ms. Klinger serves as the Chair of the ICOM International Committee for Memorial and Human Rights Museums.

Emmanuel Namurinda

Emmanuel Namurinda is currently the Program Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at Compassion International Rwanda Office. His education background includes MA in International Development from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania – USA, a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management from Makerere University in Kampala ‚Äď Uganda and is currently enrolled in a master‚Äôs Program in Christian Studies at Wesley Biblical Seminary ‚Äď Mississippi – USA.

Erik Somers

Dr. Erik Somers is a (cultural) historian and senior researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. He received his PhD with the thesis ‘World War II in the Museum: Memory and Imagination’. Over the years, he has built up a broad field of expertise, including remembrance culture, the persecution of the Jews, and photo-historical research. In recent years, he has produced many book publications and has been involved in several (international) exhibition projects as a curator or advisor. He served as a board member of the International Committee of Memorial and Human Rights Museums (ICMEMOHRI) from 2016-2022. Today, he is a special advisor to ICMEMOHRI

Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen

Rev. Dr. Roderick McQueen serves as the Chair of the Board at Auburn Seminary, a progressive theological institution dedicated to social justice and leadership development. He brings expertise in fostering inclusive communities and advancing equity. He is known for his advocacy for marginalized groups and commitment to intersectional activism within religious contexts. Within the Presbyterian denomination Dr. McQueen worked on the successful campaign for LGBTQ inclusion in church life while serving on the boards of ‚ÄėPresbyterian Welcome‚Äô and ‚ÄėThat All May Freely Serve.‚ÄôDr. McQueen’s leadership at Auburn Seminary emphasizes empowering leaders to address systemic injustices through faith-rooted organizing and theological education, promoting transformative change in communities across diverse faith traditions.

Sandra Barefoot

Sandra Barefoot‚Äôs experience of working in group facilitation, action research, project management, mentoring, and creative programme development, specializing in multi-disciplinary arts practices, spans over three decades. Ms. Barefoot has been instrumental in developing, curating, facilitating, and adapting the Forgiveness Project’s prison programme ‚ÄėRestore‚Äô since 2009. As a research fellow of Cambridge University‚Äôs Department of Criminology, she published research exploring the place of shame and its impact on women‚Äôs lived experience, which led to her curating and leading a training programme- ‚ÄėDeveloping a Shame Informed Approach‚Äô. Following this, Ms. Barefoot collaborated with organisations globally to explore and develop a community of practice in facilitating brave spaces, where stories of shame and resilience support transformative shifts in personal and collective healing.

Hang Nisay

Hang Nisay is an archeology graduate student from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. In 2009, he began to work at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. From 2009 to 2019, he had involved a lot in the education and exhibition project where he led the team to organize activities for the students both in the museum compound and at local schools. He also acted as the head of the project and planning section where he involved with the establishing short-term and long-term activities for the museum as well as maintenance the infrastructure of the site. He has been working closely with international partners such as GIZ, JICA, KOICA, UNESCO in regards to capacity building, publications, research, etc.

He has had many roles in the museum before being promoted to be the Director of the Museum in February 2020. While director, he also began his master‚Äôs degree, completing it in 2022 at Royal University of Phnom Penh. His master‚Äôs thesis was ‚ÄúM-13: an early Khmer Rouge prison during Civil War 1970-1975‚ÄĚ.