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Noureddine Amara is a historian and the author of a thesis which covered issues of Algerian nationality: Faire la France en Algérie: émigration algérienne, mèsusages du nom et conflits de nationalité dans le monde. De la chute d’Alger aux années 1930. He is a research Fellow at the Abdallah S. Kamel Center at Yale Law School, from August 2021-2022.
In January 2021, he wrote an article titled Sur le rapport Stora. Une mémoire hors contrat, commenting on the famous report which addressed remembrance issues relating to colonization and the Algerian war and ordered by President Macron to the historian Benjamin Stora.
To be published by Chihab (2022), a book dealing with the descendants of Amir ‘Abd al-Qâdir and their state affiliations in the Ottoman context.
Kehinde Andrews is Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University. His research focuses on resistance to racism and grassroots organisations. His book Black to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century (Zed Books) was published in 2018. He also wrote Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement Movement (Institute of Education Press) in 2013 and is editor of the Blackness in Britain book series with Zed Books. His latest book, The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World is published by Penguin Allen Lane in the UK and by Bold Type Books in the US. Kehinde has written opinion pieces for outlets including the Guardian, Independent, Washington Post and CNN. Kehinde is founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.
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Writer and journalist, Sihem Bensedrine is a figure in the fight for human rights in Tunisia; she has worked for more than three decades to denounce human rights violations. Under the despotic regime of Ben Ali, deposed in 2011, she was imprisoned, persecuted and subjected to smear campaigns and slander.
Her fight for human rights, women’s rights and freedom of expression did not end with the revolution. Indeed, since then, she has campaigned in civil society for institutional reforms in Tunisia and the respect of the rule of law.
From June 2014 to December 2018, Sihem Bensedrine was president of the “Truth and Dignity Instance” which implemented the law on transitional justice and published a comprehensive report on human rights violations including recommendations on institutional reforms.
Sihem Bensedrine has received more than a dozen awards for her courage and her long struggle for human rights. She is a Doctor Honoris causa from ULB and VUB.
Magali Bessone is Professor of political philosophy at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, member of the ISJPS (Institut des Sciences Juridique et Philosophique de la Sorbonne, UMR 8103) and associate researcher at Centre International de Recherche sur l’Esclavage et les Post-esclavages. Her research focuses on theories of justice, theories of democracy and critical theories of race and racism. She is the author of Faire justice de l’irréparable (Vrin, 2019), Sans distinction de race? (Vrin, 2013), the co-editor, with Gideon Calder and Federico Zuolo, of How Groups Matter? Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies (Routledge, 2014) and the co-editor, with Daniel Sabbagh, of Race, racisme, discriminations: une anthologie de textes fondamentaux (Hermann, 2015). She is also the author of the translation and edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk into French (La Découverte, 2007).
Angelo Camufingo is a Berlin-based German-Angolan anti-racism and education speaker, consultant, trainer, and social justice activist. He is completing his Master of Education in English and French at the University of Potsdam, where he represents students’ interests in the Education Policy & Teaching Office of the General Student Committee (AStA). Formerly, he worked in the AStA’s Anti-Racism Office. His research focuses on marginalized realities, specifically racialized ones, in educational environments; anti-colonial and critical/anti-discriminatory teaching; and auto-ethnographies on power structures, knowledge, emotions, and colonial continuities.
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Michel DeGraff is Professor of linguistics at MIT, co-founder of the MIT-Haiti Initiative and founding member of Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen. His research contributes to an egalitarian and uniformitarian approach to Creole languages. His writings also engage intellectual history and critical race theory, especially the links between power-knowledge hierarchies and (mis)representations/(mis-)uses of Creole languages and their speakers. His work is anchored in a broader agenda for human rights and social justice, with his native Haiti as one spectacular case of post-colonies where the national language spoken by all (Haitian Creole) is disenfranchised while the colonial language spoken by few (French) is enlisted for élite closure and geo-political control.
The MIT-Haiti Initiative (http://haiti.mit.edu, http://MIT-Ayiti.NET) tackles these political challenges heads-on as it tries to democratize access to quality education in Haiti.
Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, author and director known for her work in favor of racial, gender and religious equality. She is an editorial writer for The Washington Post, columnist in “24h Pujadas” on LCI and “Balance Ton Post” on C8. With Grace Ly, Rokhaya Diallo also created the podcast “Kiffe Ta Race” (Binge Audio) dedicated to racial issues and ranked among the best podcasts by Apple in 2018.
In 2007, she co-founded the association “Les Indivisibles” whose objective is to deconstruct ethno-racial prejudices, notably through humor.
She is the author of many books, including “Racisme mode d’emploi” (Larousse, 2011), “À nous la France” (Michel Lafon, 2012), “La France, tu l’aimes ou tu la fermes? “(Textual, 2019) and her latest comic book “M’explique pas la vie, mec” (illustrations Blachette, ed. Marabout).
Winner of several distinctions, she received in 2016, at the European Diversity Awards ceremony in London, a tribute to her work in the category Journalist of the Year.
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Malcom Ferdinand is an environmental engineer from University College London and doctor in political philosophy from Université Paris Diderot. He is now a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine). At the crossroad of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology, his research focuses on the Black Atlantic and particularly the Caribbean. He explores the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity. He recently published a book based on his PhD dissertation entitled A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking of Ecology from the Caribbean World.
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Pablo de Greiff
Pablo de Greiff is Senior Fellow and Director of the Transitional Justice Program at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice of the School of Law at NYU. Prior to joining NYU he was the Director of Research at the International Center for Transitional Justice from 2001 to 2014. In 2012, he was appointed as the first UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence; a position he held until May 2018.
Born in Columbia, de Greiff graduated from Yale University (B.A.) and from Northwestern University (Ph.D.). Before joining ICTJ, he was an associate professor at the Philosophy Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was also a Laurance S. Rockefeller fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University, and held a concurrent fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
de Greiff is the editor or coeditor of ten books (including the Oxford Handbook of Reparations) and has published extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law.
Abdellali Hajjat is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Université libre de Bruxelles since 2019. He has been Associate Professor of Political Science at the University Paris Nanterre (2010-2019) and EURIAS Junior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh). He recently published Islamophobia. How the French elites forged the “Muslim problem” (University of Georgia Press, 2021, with Marwan Mohammed), The Wretched of France: History of the 1983 March for Equality and Against Racism (Indiana University Press, 2021) and Les frontières de l’“identité nationale”: l’injonction à l’assimilation en France métropolitaine et coloniale (La Découverte, 2012). His research interests focus on various issues: citizenship and race in French law; urban uprisings and political mobilizations by postcolonial immigrants in France in working-class neighbourhoods, particularly in May 68 and afterwards; Islamophobia as a “total social fact”, construction of the “Muslim problem” and redefinition of French secularism; hate crimes and criminal justice system; postcolonial controversies in Belgium.
Dreisen Heath is a researcher and advocate in Human Rights Watch’s United States Program examining and advocating on racial justice issues in the US context. She leads Human Rights Watch’s domestic research and advocacy on reparations and reparative justice.
Ms. Dreisen’s most recent research endeavor documented what many community members in Tulsa, Oklahoma call the “continuing massacre,” conditions of pervasive inequality and structural violence stemming from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in US history.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she worked as the Special Assistant to the Director and Counsel of the Brennan Center’s Washington DC Office and was a researcher at the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware examining emerging community health and education policy, with a particular focus on food insecurity and food access in low-income communities at the local, state and federal level.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana MEP is the first woman of African descent to be elected to the European Parliament from Germany. She is the first vice-president of the Development committee and a substitute member of the committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.
A dedicated advocate for equality and human rights, Dr. Herzberger-Fofana was previously a local councillor in her home town of Erlangen.
During her time as a local councillor, Dr. Herzberger-Fofana established “Black History Weeks” in the frame of the UN Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) to promote “recognition, justice & development” people of Afro-descent. She also led her school’s participation in the “Schools against racism, Schools with courage” programme. Both of these programmes work towards establishing understanding and trust between different communities and promoting the inclusion of Afro-German history within the wider German Society.
Sarah Imani is a lawyer and legal advisor at the European Center of Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin. She mainly works on questions of colonial crimes and the restitution of ancestral remains to the communities in the former German colonies. Her areas of expertise are international law, international criminal law, human rights law and (international) legal theory. Before joining the ECCHR she worked for many years as a research fellow and (senior) lecturer at various universities in her areas of expertise. Besides her German law degrees and language diploma from Sorbonne/ Paris, she holds a LL.M. from NYU School of Law and a M.A. in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford/ UK. Her current research focus is decolonial legal thought/ third world approaches to international law and Islamic international law and legal theory.
Shada Islam is a respected and well-known Brussels-based commentator on the European Union who now works independently as an advisor/analyst/strategist and commentator on Europe, Africa, Asia, Geopolitics, Trade, and Inclusion. She runs her own Brussels-based global media, strategy and advisory company, New Horizons Project.
Shada was formerly Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an influential independent think tank based in Brussels.
Shada is currently Senior Advisor at the European Policy Centre as well as Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. She is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) and a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
In 2017, Shada was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico. She is a frequent contributor to the Guardian, Politico and the EU Observer.
In January 2021, the Guardian published her article Europe can only fix its relationship with Africa if it exorcises its colonial ghosts.
Rosebell Kagumire is a feminist writer, communication specialist and activist. She is the curator and editor of AfricanFeminism, an online writing platform that brings together feminist writers and activists across Africa. She recently co-edited a book: Challenging Patriarchy: The Role of Patriarchy in the Roll-Back of Democracy, which was released in 2020.
The World Economic Forum recognized Rosebell as one of the Young Global Leaders under 40. She holds a Master degree in Media, Peace & Conflict Studies from the UN University of Peace in Costa Rica and studied nonviolent conflict at the Fletcher School.
She has expertise in media, gender, peace and conflict issues. She’s mostly outspoken on social accountability, active citizenship, women’s rights, migrants and refugee rights, and social justice. Rosebell was honored with the Anna Guèye 2018 award for her contribution to digital democracy, justice and equality on the African continent by Africtivistes, a network of African activists for democracy. She has worked as Social Media Manager at the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Jennifer Kamau is a co-founder of International Women Space (IWS), an anti-racist feminist group consisting of refugee and migrant women as well as women without this experience. The group was formed during the occupation of Oranienplatz (a square in Berlin’s district of Kreuzberg) and the Gehart-Hauptmann School in Berlin-Kreuzberg. IWS fosters solidarity and cooperation among migrant women, publishes books and organizes campaigns, protests and conferences on the topics of seeking asylum and migrant women’s struggles. In 2017, IWS organized a two-day conference in Berlin “Als ich nach Deutschland Kam” (When I came to Germany). During the conference, different women shared their experiences in six panel discussions – these were women who came to West Germany as guest-workers; women who came to East Germany as contract workers; women who came as migrants and refugees to reunified Germany as well as women who are affected by racism.
Elisabeth Kaneza is the founder and Chairperson of the Kaneza Foundation for Dialogue and Empowerment, a non-governmental organisation based in Germany with the mission to promote human rights, equality and diversity. She has a long-standing engagement as community activist and human rights advocate. In this function she advises institutions and implements human rights trainings.
Ms. Kaneza has previously worked for the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe as consultant. She is also a former Senior Fellow of the Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and has worked with the Anti-racial Discrimination Section in Geneva. Ms. Kaneza is a Doctorate Candidate at the law faculty of the University of Potsdam where she conducts research on the rights of people of African descent in Germany.
Mahret Ifeoma Kupka
Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka is an art scholar, freelance writer and, since 2013, curator of fashion, body and the performative at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
In her exhibitions, lectures, publications, and interdisciplinary projects, she addresses the issues of racism, remembrance culture, representation, and the decolonization of art and cultural practices in Europe and on the African continent.
She is a member of the advisory board of the Initiative of Black people in Germany (ISD) and spokesperson of the Neue Deutsche Museumsmacher/innen (a network of BIPoC museum practitioners in Germany).
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Dr. Brian Kwoba is an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Memphis. His research centers on the political thought and social movements among people of African descent in the United States and across the globe.
While completing his doctoral degree at Oxford, he co-founded the Oxford Pan-Afrikan Forum and Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford movement. Dr. Kwoba has been an activist on issues ranging from LGBT equality and anti-imperialism, to immigrant workers’ rights and the movement for Black lives. He is currently working a book for UNC Press about the unsung pioneer of Black radicalism, Hubert Henry Harrison.
Séverine de Laveleye
Séverine de Laveleye has been an ecologist member of the federal parliament since May 2019.
Prior to that, she worked for almost 20 years in the field of international solidarity, in the NGO sector. In Parliament, she sits in the Climate-Environment and Health Commission and in the Commission on the Colonial Past. She also monitors parliamentary work related to development cooperation.
Christophe Marchand is a founding partner at JusCogens Law, a Brussels-based boutique law firm dedicated to protecting and enhancing human rights in criminal, immigration and international disputes, where he heads a team of six human rights attorneys.
Christophe Marchand qualified as an attorney in 1996. He been leading the defence team that gained the condemnation of Belgium in a steppingstone case related to the use of evidence obtained under torture (El Haski v Belgium, ECtHR, 25.09.2012). He was also successful in the following cases, related to extradition, police violence or violence to woman: Ouabour v Belgium, ECtHR (2015), Bouyid v Belgium, ECtHR (2015), BV v Belgium, ECtHR (2017), de Moffarts v Belgium, ECtHR (2017), Prisacaru v Belgium, ECtHR (2018).
He is also a former member of the board of the Belgian Ligue des Droits Humains.
Martin Mavenjina is a Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer working with the Kenya Human Rights Commission. He serves as the Program Advisor for the Transitional Justice and has got vast experience working on security governance, transitional justice, indigenous people’s rights and civic space issues at National and International level. Martin has a special focus on the African Human Rights system and international Humanitarian law. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the International Commission of Jurists, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Kenya and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the United Kingdom. He also serves as the Chairperson for Democracy without borders, Kenya.
Kavita Modi is a lawyer at human rights law firm, Leigh Day, in London. She has worked on a wide range of equality and human rights cases and specialises in international human rights claims against the British government and multinational corporations. She worked on the Mau Mau claims, where Leigh Day successfully represented 5,228 Kenyan victims of colonial torture who alleged that they were subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of the British colonial administration during the Kenya Emergency in the 1950’s. Kavita also worked on the Iraqi civilian claims, where Leigh Day settled over 300 claims on behalf of Iraqi civilians against the British Ministry of Defence for unlawful detention and mistreatment by British forces in Iraq between 2003 and 2009. A trial of test cases was successful following a ground-breaking judgment delivered in December 2017 (Alseran v Ministry of Defence).
Mutoy Mubiala is, since January 2020, Associate Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). Prior to that, he worked for 25 years at the United Nations, as Research Associate in international environmental law at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), then as a staff member with the rank of Professional at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) until 2019. In 2015, he was deployed as a UN expert in the Central African Republic and contributed to the development of a national strategy for the transitional justice process in that country. He holds a doctorate and a graduate degree in international relations (specialization in international law) from the University of Geneva, a diploma from the Geneva International Peace Research Institute and a law degree (option: public law) from the University of Kinshasa. Mr. Mubiala is a member of the reading committee of l’Annuaire de justice transitionnelle and of the editorial committee of l’Annuaire africain de droit international. He was also a member of the International Humanitarian Law Commission of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo (2003-2006).
Mame-Fatou Niang is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Identités Françaises (Brill, 2019). She is also a photographer and the co-author of a photo series on Black French Islam. In 2015, she co-directed “Mariannes Noires: Mosaïques Afropéennes” with Kaytie Nielsen. The film follows seven Afro-French women as they investigate the pieces of their mosaic identities, and unravel what it means to be Black and French, Black in France. She has collaborated with Slate, Jacobin, and several news outlets in France. Prof. Niang is currently working on a second manuscript tentatively titled Mosaica Nigra: Blackness in 21st-century France. She is the recipient of “The “Black (In)Visibilities Project” Advancing Black Arts Grant (2019-2020) Awarded by The Heinz Endowments/The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Juliette Nijimbere was born in Burundi, where she studied and worked, before moving to Belgium. With a degree in Business Management and a certificate in Associative Management, she led a career of some twenty years at KBC Bank and Insurance.
The combination of a professional career and the supervision of young people (especially of African origin) led her to the creation of the Non-Profit, Ibirezi vy’uburundi, a cultural organisation that deals with the supervision of migrants and their socio-professional integration. Sensitive to social inequalities, she fights in several organisations against unemployment, precariousness and discrimination.
Her commitment to the development of her country of origin is materialised through the Kira-Ukize agro-pastoral project, which also extends to other sectors.
As a woman committed to human rights, she is involved in the search for peace and security in Burundi, and in the Collective responsible for monitoring the work of the Commission on Belgium’s colonial past (CaCoBuRwa).
Melissa Nobles is the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nobles’ research and teaching have focused on the comparative study of racial and ethnic politics, and issues of retrospective justice. Her current research centers on constructing a database of racial killings in the American South, 1930–1954. She is the author of two books, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (Stanford University Press, 2000), The Politics of Official Apologies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and co-editor with Jun-Hyeok Kwak of Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (Routledge Press, 2013).
Nobles is a graduate of Brown University where she majored in History. She received her MA and PhD in Political Science from Yale University. Nobles has held fellowships at Boston University’s Institute for Race and Social Division and Harvard University’s Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study. She has served on the editorial boards of Polity, American Political Science Review, and Perspectives on Politics journals.
Afro-feminist activist, Fania is a member of several organizations, the Afro-feminist collective Mwasi where she is in charge of the ideology commision but also the Coordination Action Autonome Noire (C.A.A.N) of which she is a co-founder. Since 2015, she has been the publishing director of the political journal on intersectionality AssiégéEs, which she co-founded. In 2015, she co-organized with activist Sihame Assbague, the Decolonial Summer Camp.
In 2019, her manifesto was released Afro-communautaire: Appartenir à nous-mêmes by Editions Syllepse.
Since fall 2020, she has been the editorial manager for Kizû Studio, the podcast studio created by Mwasi and C.A.A.N.
She is currently a PhD candidate in sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York, her research fields are Africana Studies, Critical Race Theories, Black and Materialist Feminisms, and Capitalism Studies.
Elisa Novic currently works as Transitional Justice Expert at Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF), in Brussels, where she supports projects in Tunisia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and Uganda.
She has held several other positions in the field of international and transitional justice, for instance as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg (Germany).
She holds a PhD in international law from the European University Institute. Her thesis on the concept of cultural genocide in international law was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
Fiona Nziza is the Head of the Global Citizenship Education and Decoloniality Program at Louvain Coopération, where she has been working for 7 years in raising awareness and training students at UCLouvain on issues of interculturality. She is particularly interested in the decolonial approach at university and in the world of cooperation (“Comment décoloniser les savoirs”, TEDx, 2019; “Globalisation of knowledge, the challenge of a balanced academic cooperation“, ARES, 2020). Ms. Nziza also co-founded, in 2015, an association of young people from Burundi’s Diaspora in Belgium, Jeunesse Ubuntu, and is interested in Afro-diaspora issues (“Laïcité, Communautarisme et Identités politiques afro-diasporiques en Europe“, Ateliers de la pensée, 2017).
Ayisha Osori is a lawyer, development consultant and communication strategist with 18 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She is an advocate for women’s rights in Nigeria and is a non-executive director on the board of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund. She has worked with the World Bank, UNICEF, and the National Democratic Institute on a wide range of projects focusing on women’s economic and political empowerment, gender equality and good governance.
Prior to being appointed as Executive Director, Osori served on OSIWA’s (Open Society Initiative for West Africa) board for four years, three of those years as chair.
Ms. Osori, an Eisenhower Fellow, graduated from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School, and was called to the Nigerian and New York State Bar in 1998 and 2000 respectively. In addition, she holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.
Liepollo Lebohang Pheko
Ms. Liepollo Lebohang Pheko is an activist scholar, academic, public intellectual, senior strategist & development practitioner. Her research Interests are in Afrikan political economy, Coloniality, States & nationhood, international trade & global financial governance, feminisation of poverty, regional integration and impacts of globalisation on labour migration.
Pheko is the Senior Research Fellow at Trade Collective and has taught International Trade and developed a course on Afrikan Feminism. She has also taught at universities in Mexico, Sweden, Kenya and the US and has been an election monitor.
Her work is grounded in a race, class and feminist analysis and she is committed to grounding academic research in community struggles & contexts. Board member of several academic and development organisations including International Network on Migration and Development and Well Being Economy Research Network, African Trade Practitioners, Network of Women Economists, South African Women in Dialogue, Gender and Trade Coalition. She has contributed to several books on international trade, international development, politics and feminist studies. Over the past year, she has been part of framing African feminist approaches to Covid-19 recovery with formations like Association for Women In Development, Gender & Trade Coalition, South African Women in Dialogue, Women in Migration Network, Institute for Economic Justice and South Feminist Futures.
Peggy Piesche is a Literary and Cultural Studies scholar whose work focuses on Black European Studies. Born and raised in the GDR, Piesche studied in East and West Germany and Russia. She taught at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands and held visiting positions for German, Women’s and Africana Studies at Vassar College and Hamilton College/NY, USA. Her current research project ‘Concepts of Future in African/ Diasporic MediaScapes’, embedded in the Academy for Advanced African Studies at Bayreuth University, is exploring how Diaspora is re/negotiated through notions of race and digitalized collective identities. She has published about racialized gazes, colonial history and collective memories, and received research grants from the Volkswagen Foundation and Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation for a new interdisciplinary research project “Black Europe: History of a Forgotten Continent”, a ground breaking new academic structure that was implementing Black European Studies in Transnational Perspective into a German and European academic curriculum.
Ciraj Rassool is Senior Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where he also teaches Museum and Heritage Studies and Curatorship. Among his latest publications are Unsettled History: Making South African Public Pasts (Ann Arbor, 2017), written with Leslie Witz and Gary Minkley; and Missing and Missed: Subject, Politics, Memorialisation (published as Kronos: southern african histories, 44, 2018), co-edited with Nicky Rousseau and Riedwaan Moosage. He served on the boards of the District Six Museum and Iziko Museums of South Africa as well as on the Human Remains Advisory Committee of the Minister of Arts and Culture. He has previously chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM), and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the study of the Physical Anthropology Collection ‘Felix von Luschan’ at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany.
Mireille-Tsheusi Robert has been a decolonial, deracial and feminist trainer and author since 1999. After a career as an educator with vulnerable adolescents, she became president of the Bamko association, a women’s committee for the racial equality and equity. Holder of a master’s degree in educational sciences (Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve), she has co-authored 6 books including « Racisme antiNoirs, entre méconnaissance et mépris » (2016) and “Being Imposed Upon” (2020). Her favorite themes are the impact of racism upon children, discrimination of racialized associations, decolonial work on remembrance and reparation, representativeness and media representation of minorities, especially women, and the training of social actors in contact with vulnerable groups. Madam Robert is at the origin of decolonial and innovative projects in Belgium.
Nabeelah Shabbir is a British-Pakistani journalist based in Amsterdam. She is currently Senior Research Associate at the International Centre for Journalists. Nabeelah has co-written a series of reports on transatlantic digital media, media innovation & audience engagement in the Global South, for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.
In 2015 she shared a British Journalism Award with The Guardian’s ‘Keep it in the Ground’ team.
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Verene A. Shepherd
Verene A. Shepherd, graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Cambridge, is Professor Emerita of Social History at The UWI. She is Director of the Centre for Reparation Research at the UWI, a published author of 7 books, a radio host and scholar activist, especially in the areas of women’s rights, human rights and reparatory justice. As a UN expert she has played a role in drafting the program for the Decade for people of African descent and in the adoption of CERD General Recommendation 36 – “Preventing and Combatting Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement Officials”. She has received several awards for her work in History, Human Rights and Gender. Her work around collective memorials for historical tragedies is well-known.
Maboula Soumahoro holds a PhD in cultures and civilizations of the English-speaking world. She is now a specialist in African-American studies and the Black/African diaspora. She is a lecturer at the University of Tours (France), and has also studied and taught at numerous other schools and prisons in France and the United States: Bennington College, Columbia University (New York and Paris) and Barnard College, Bard Prison Initiative, Stanford University (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris and Reims), the prisons of Bois-d’Arcy, Villepinte (juvenile district) and Fresnes.
From 2013 to 2016, Maboula Soumahoro was a member of the Comité National pour l’Histoire et la Mémoire de l’Esclavage (CNMHE). Since 2013, Maboula Soumahoro has chaired the association Black History Month (BHM), dedicated to the celebration of the history and cultures of the black world.
She is the author of Le Triangle et l’Hexagone, réflexions sur une identité noire, a book published by La Découverte on February 6, 2020.
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Esther Stanford-Xosei is a Jurisconsult, Pan-Afrikanist community advocate specialising in the critical legal praxis of ‘law as resistance’ and Ourstorian of the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR). As a ‘new abolitionist’, Esther serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE) and Coordinator-General of the Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide Campaign (SMWeCGEC). Esther is also Co-Founder and Co-Facilitator of the International Network of Scholars & Activists for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR). As a result of her community engaged reparations scholar-activism, Esther is currently completing PhD action-research at the University of Chichester on the history of the UK contingent of the ISMAR.
Chantal van Cutsem
Active within Avocats Sans Frontières for nearly 20 years, of which she is now the Executive Director, Chantal van Cutsem has worked on issues of access to justice, transitional justice and more broadly on human rights in several countries in the Great Lakes region of Africa (including Burundi, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda), North Africa (Tunisia and Morocco) and Asia. Before working as a lawyer in the field of international cooperation for various organizations, she was a member of the Brussels Bar, specializing in international criminal law and specialized in foreigners’ law, particularly in the accompaniment of unaccompanied foreign minors. Chantal holds a law degree from the KULeuven in Belgium.
Birgit Van Hout
Birgit Van Hout is the regional representative for Europe at the OHCHR in Brussels since 2017. As a part of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, she works on promoting the Decade for people of African Descent (2014-2025). Previously, she worked to advance human rights, the rule of law and democracy in Guatemala, Timor Leste, Bosnia, central Asia, Palestine, Venezuela and Togo with various departments of the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She holds an LL.M., a M.A. in International Politics, and a postgraduate degree in International Human Rights Law.
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