Staff
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Vanessa Cardenas, Senior Operations Advisor

Vanessa has a B.A. in Global Affairs and a B.A. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University and a Masters in International Law & Diplomacy from the American University of Paris. She has also studied at the University of Oxford, taking tutorials on Feminist Political Theory and law clinics in International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. Since 2019, Vanessa has served as Board Member & Treasurer at the ACLU of Northern Virginia. She has maintained membership in the Carnegie New Leaders Program (CNL) since 2018. Previously, Vanessa was a Research Fellow at the Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention, focusing on genocidal rape & survivor testimony in Rwanda. As a researcher, her areas of interest include international criminal law, rape and sexual violence, and victim testimonies & narratives. As Senior Operations Advisor at Genocide Watch, Vanessa oversees day-to-day operations and website improvements.

Lola Flomen, Senior Research Advisor

Lola Flomen graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Relations and Affairs (concentration in Global Public Health) and a minor in Public Health. She is a Princeton in Africa Fellow (2019-2020) and is currently working at Population Services International in Côte d'Ivoire as a Regional Evidence and Reproductive Health Fellow. Lola has extensive volunteer experience working in developing countries such as the Jones Safe House for Youth in South Africa, the Chiang Rai Special Education School in Thailand, and Oleleshwa’s Girls Secondary School in Kenya. She has also interned at the United Nations, Save the Children, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Kenya. Lola is passionate about creating culturally sensitive and evidence-based health interventions to reduce the burden of infectious disease amongst girls and women of reproductive age. As Senior Research Advisor, she oversees research at Genocide Watch. Lola aspires to become an epidemiologist and alleviate global preventable communicable diseases.

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Eric Ross, Co-Director of Research

Eric Ross is a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studies modern US foreign relations, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the global history of mass violence. At Genocide Watch, Eric focuses on the impacts of terrorism and counterterrorism on civilian populations in the Sahel and West Africa alongside several other countries/regions including Afghanistan, Somalia, and Mozambique. Previously, Eric assisted in research and advocacy efforts at the Program on Extremism (George Washington University), the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide (US Holocaust Memorial Museum), and the Interfaith Encounter Association in Jerusalem.

Nat Hill, Co-Director of Research

Nat Hill is a graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in International Affairs and an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has worked abroad in Ghana as an intern at an experimental poultry farm and in Armenia, where he conducted a research project on ethnic and religious minorities in Armenian politics. Nat has also interned at the National Institute for African Studies in London, contributing regular blog articles to their website. He has a keen interest in the South Caucasus region and wrote his graduate thesis on history's role in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict. Nat hopes to earn his Ph.D. soon and hopes to eventually master the Azerbaijani and Georgian languages.

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Tom Shacklock, Senior Research and Advocacy Manager​                            

Tom Shacklock is a graduate from the University of Bristol, UK, where he completed his MSc in International Relations and focused on peacebuilding, minority rights, and genocide with a concentration on sub-Saharan Africa. He previously graduated with a BA in French Studies from the University of Birmingham, for which he also spent a year abroad in Lyon, France. Tom used his time at university to explore his interest in international affairs through student journalism. He joined French student online site Le Journal International before becoming Current Affairs Editor with the Linguist Magazine in Birmingham and Deputy Head of News with Bristol University's radio station. Since graduating, Tom has worked in London as a freelance private tutor in French, English, and History, keeping in touch with his favorite subjects, and volunteered as a researcher for diplomacy consultancy Grassroots Diplomat. At Genocide Watch, he focuses on producing reports and Timestreams for countries in Central and Eastern Africa, additionally running a side-project on cases of persecution of LGBTQI+ people where there is genocidal intent. He eventually plans to undertake a Ph.D. in conflict and genocide studies. 

Sarah Kane, Timestream Manager

Sarah Kane is a recent graduate in Public Policy with a minor in History and a certificate in Human Rights from Duke University. As an undergraduate, Sarah focused specifically on migration, although she is passionate about the promotion and protection of human rights on an international scale. Sarah has previously worked with two NGOs that service refugees: Kiron in Berlin, Germany, which provides access to higher education for refugees, and InfoPark in Belgrade, Serbia, which provides resources and programming for recent arrivals and young boys and girls in the nearby reception center. At Genocide Watch, she monitors countries in the MENA and Southeast Asian regions. As Timestream Manager, she focuses on creating and editing Timestreams. Sarah also produces Genocide Watch's biweekly newsletters as part of her role in communications. 

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Shari Gordnier, Early Warning Analyst

                          Data and Mapping Analyst

Shari Gordnier is a current grad student at George Washington University pursuing an MA in Security Policy Studies with a concentration on conflict resolution. She attended undergrad at Baldwin Wallace University, where she majored in National Security with minors in Statistics and Applied Math. Her research focus is primarily on Asia, specifically, the CCP’s treatment of ethnic minorities. Shari will continue to monitor China while at Genocide Watch in addition to Indonesia and Oceania. Prior to joining Genocide Watch Shari worked at Asian Services in Action Inc. conducting research on U.S. immigration policy. 

Barbara Labbate, Early Warning Analyst

 

Barbara Labbate is currently a student at the University of Edinburgh studying international relations and international law. She was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and was raised in Panama, where she worked in the Embassy of Kosovo. Throughout high school she was an active debater, winning multiple awards. She also partook in engineering summer courses at the University of California, Berkeley, and international relations and debate courses at Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge. In addition, she is also an avid artist and has an interest in astrophysics and astronomy. At Genocide Watch she specializes in research about the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage, discrimination, and genocide denial in the Caucasus and Latin America.  

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Fiona Neibart, Early Warning Analyst

 

Fiona Neibart is a rising senior at the Marymount School Of New York, located in Manhattan. As part of her Global History course in 2020, she spent two months researching the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar, specifically the circulation of social media that amplifies hate speech towards the Rohingya. In her 20-page historical research paper, she cited 28 sources, including academic books, government documents, scholarly databases, news articles, and individual interviews. After learning about Genocide Watch, Fiona joined as an intern in 2020, conducting research and writing reports on Southeast Asia, as well as co-creating Timestreams. At university, Fiona hopes to pursue a degree in Social Policy or Global Studies with a minor in Mathematics or Data Science. Her goal is to one day pursue the use of data and/or digital media to create a healthier, more equal, and diverse society to challenge, shape, and change the world.

Vian Teresa Saggo, Legal Associate

Vian received her law degree from City, University of London, and is due to commence her LLM degree with a specialism in Public International Law at the start of 2021. Prior to the pursuit of her master’s degree, Vian worked at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court as the legal intern for President and Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji. As an undergraduate student, Vian wrote her dissertation on international criminal law, focusing on the goals of international criminal justice. Throughout her research, Vian assessed the role of the International Criminal Court in ending impunity, particularly examining the ICC’s deterrent effects for both state and non-state actors. Vian is particularly interested in international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law and aspires to practice as a Barrister in the UK, specializing in these legal fields.

As a legal associate at Genocide Watch, Vian’s work will be focused on organizing efforts to prove that the massacres of Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haram and the Fulani jihadists constitute genocide, monitoring high-risk situations, producing country reports, and assisting Dr. Stanton with writing articles on various legal issues pertinent to international criminal law and genocide prevention.

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Sarah West, Legal Associate

Sarah is finishing her master's in law at Dublin City University (Ireland) where she has focused on international and European law and is writing her dissertation on international humanitarian law and the protection of healthcare in armed conflict. During her undergrad, she studied law and international development, part of which included a year of study in Ljubljana (Slovenia) where she studied subjects relating to human rights law. Sarah has previously interned in New York with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) where she was captivated by the work of mass atrocity prevention and the promotion of states’ responsibility to protect populations from mass atrocity crimes. At Genocide Watch, she hopes to continue to learn about international law and its use as a tool for both preventing the worst of human suffering and finding justice for its survivors.  

Lauren Salim, Alliance Operations Manager

Lauren has a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and a MA in Human Rights from the University of London. Her research interests include monitoring Uganda, rights to participation, digital rights and access to information. During her undergraduate degree, she spent some time in Uganda where she was inspired by the people and their stories of resiliency. Lauren is also the Leader, Special Projects and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies where she helps to implement projects on a variety of topics at the intersection of human rights and technology.

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Irene Soteriou, Early Warning Analyst

                       & Deputy Manager of Alliance Operations 

Irene Soteriou is a student at the University of Connecticut working to support survivors of armed conflict and develop interorganizational networks and the international infrastructure to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other severe violations of human rights, particularly within the Middle East. She serves as the founding director of the Student Coalition for Refugees, the founding President of the UConn Human Rights Symposium, and the Co-Founder of UConn's Middle Eastern Cultural Programs. Most recently, Irene was named a Newman Civic Fellow, a United Nations Millennium Fellow, and a BOLD Scholar. She was also awarded the President’s Commitment to Community Initiative Award, and was inducted into the University of Connecticut's Leadership Legacy Cohort of 2021. Irene’s research interests lie at the intersection of cognitive science and armed conflict, particularly with respect to the application of cognitive research as a means of informing policy with the capacity to effectively prevent and end armed conflict and subsequent displacement.

Krista Jones, Alliance Advocacy Coordinator

Krista Jones is a junior studying in the Honors College at Southern Connecticut State University with a focus in Political Science and English. On campus as the new Vice President for the Board of Academic Experience in the Student Government Association and the managing editor for the undergraduate research journal focusing on social justice, Krista strongly believes in the power of using one’s voice. After taking an honors seminar on the artistic responses to genocide that explored the international community’s failure to prevent the genocides of the twentieth century and the subsequent effect it had on the survivors of genocide, Krista became determined to learn more about the far-reaching effects of genocide and contribute to restitution, justice, and the prevention of further harm. Starting last semester, Krista began research on social media’s effect on personal judgment and metacognition, which she hopes to expand in the future to explore its effect on groupthink and the early stages of genocide. Following her graduation in 2023, she wishes to pursue further education in global affairs and international law to cultivate her voice for the service of others. Krista works on the Alliance and Advocacy teams at Genocide Watch, communicating with alliance organizations as a means to further the genocide prevention cause. She will be monitoring China, Togo, Romania, Australia, and Afghanistan. She hopes learn more about and grow in this field at Genocide Watch and contribute to the acquisition of justice and the restoration of the best of humanity.

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Margaux Dandrifosse, Alliance Coordinator

 

Margaux Dandrifosse is 22 years old and from Belgium, so her native language is French. After graduating from high school in 2016, she spent six months in Vancouver, Canada to learn English in an international school. In the second part of the year, she went to Bali for two months to volunteer as an English teacher in a primary school. In 2017, she started her 3-years Bachelor's Degree in European Studies at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. Margaux wrote her final thesis on the Guatemalan Truth Commission and its influence on human rights practices in the country. Working on this thesis has deepened her understanding of the Guatemalan Genocide and the politics surrounding genocide. Finally, after graduating with her Bachelor's in June 2020, Margaux started a Master's in International Security at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals in Barcelona, Spain. During the Master, she has focused on the study of genocide, ethnic conflicts, and state-sponsored mass killing during civil wars. She will finish the Master in September 2021 and continue for a second year in the same institute in a Research Master in International Studies. She is currently writing her final thesis on the relation between the location of natural resources and the likelihood of state massacres during civil wars in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the future, Margaux would like to conduct a Ph.D. on the study of genocide or mass-killing during civil wars.

Allison Newey, Alliance Coordinator and Early Warning Analyst

 

Allison is currently a junior undergraduate student at Keene State College majoring in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Political Science with a minor in International Relations. In her studies, she has focused on international politics, gender and genocide, comparative genocides, and identity-based social divisions. She has also taken a micro-course on Conflict Analysis through the United States Institute of Peace. She will be spending the spring semester at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany to further her research on the Holocaust and European politics. At Genocide Watch, Allison will be monitoring activity in Poland, France, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, and Hungary. In addition, she will be working and communicating with Alliance organizations about genocide prevention through the Alliance and Advocacy team.

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Kat Baron, Early Warning Analyst

 

Kat received her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Affairs and recently, her MSc in International Law and Human Rights from NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Her thesis surrounded the Yazidi genocide, the Islamic State’s use of sexual violence as a systemic tool of genocide, and how perpetrators may be brought to justice in international courts and tribunals. In 2020, under the supervision of her professor, Kat was part of a research team that conducted a report alongside the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, examining COVID-19’s impact on women peacebuilders in four case-study countries. Most recently, Kat interned in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the UN and reported directly to the Principal Gender Advisor to the S-G, contributing to reports and daily memos surrounding the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, women’s political participation and representation, COVID-19 and the care economy/maternal health, and emerging feminist foreign policies. As a researcher, her areas of interest include women’s meaningful participation in post-conflict negotiations and implementation of peace agreements, conflict-related sexual violence, and international law pertaining to genocide and war crimes.

Laura Drysdale, Early Warning Analyst & Timestream Creator

 

Laura is a recent graduate with an MA in International Humanitarian Action from Uppsala University in Sweden. Prior to this, she studied History at the University of Leeds, UK, where she focused on colonial history and historical genocides, which developed her passion for promoting and protecting human rights. Her undergraduate thesis  investigated how propaganda was used by the Nazi state to cultivate an anti-Semitic consensus to facilitate its policy of genocide against European Jews. During her Master's, she focused on genocide prevention, assessing the value of international mechanisms such as the Responsibility to Protect for mass atrocity prevention and response. At Genocide Watch, Laura will co-create Timestreams and monitor activity in Southern Asia, producing country reports on situations of concern. She aims to develop her understanding of the role of early warning mechanisms in raising awareness of high-risk situations to prevent extreme cases of human suffering.

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Zahli Hansen, Early Warning Analyst & Timestream Creator

 

Zahli has a Bachelor of Arts in History, minoring in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Monash University, and is currently completing her Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Zahli has previous experience as a volunteer for the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, Australia, working alongside survivors of the Holocaust. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be monitoring countries in the Middle East and Africa and also creating Timestreams for historical and current conflicts. Zahli hopes to finish her studies and pursue her passion in the conflict prevention and resolution sector.

Francesca Sironi De Gregorio, Legal Associate

 

Francesca Sironi De Gregorio is a Ph.D. candidate in Public International Law at the University of Palermo, where she researches the use of digital evidence in international trials. She graduated summa cum laude with her Master’s of Law in 2019 at the Catholic University of Milan, where she specialized in public international law and international criminal law. For her Master’s dissertation on the possible avenues for the prosecution of crimes against cultural heritage in Syria and Northern Iraq, she spent two months visiting research at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

She interned in 2020 at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for Pre-Trial Chamber II, where she worked on Darfur, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, and Côte D’Ivoire.

Alongside her research activities, she currently works as a teaching assistant and lecturer in international criminal law and public international law at the Catholic University of Milan. As a researcher, her main areas of interest include international criminal and humanitarian law, feminist approaches to international law, cultural heritage, hate speech, and the impact of new technologies on human rights.

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Clara Apollonia Dunkel, Legal Associate

 

Clara is finishing her Bachelor of Laws at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, in the international & European law program. In her studies, she has been specializing in the fields of international criminal law and international humanitarian law. During an exchange semester at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, she studied religions and their approach to human suffering with a comparative perspective, as well as the field of international environmental law. In her Bachelor thesis, she is focussing on international criminal procedure, with particular research on the International Criminal Court’s approach to victims’ participation applications in the pre-trial stage and the equality of arms between the Prosecution and Defence teams.

Following her Bachelor of Laws, Clara aspires to gain a Master of Laws in the field of public international law and continue to work at NGOs. By working for Genocide Watch, she hopes to make a valuable contribution to the continuing efforts in genocide prevention. She will assist Dr. Stanton in his endeavor to bring justice to the Rohingya and give a voice to stories of victims of humanity’s worst crimes.

Cédrine May Wettengel

 

Before joining Genocide Watch, Cédrine has been researching the Armenian Genocide and Karabakh wars. At Genocide Watch, she is producing a Timestream on the Armenian Genocide, conducting research on European NGOs for the Alliance Against Genocide, and supporting fundraising and administrative tasks.

She is currently writing her MA dissertation entitled “Success Stories of the Armenian Diaspora Giving Hope to Children in Conflict - An Interpretative Inquiry into an International Experience of Exodus” in partial fulfillment of her Masters in International Relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Prior to joining Genocide Watch, Cédrine published her first academically accredited article in NAWI journal entitled “Cinematography – A Medium for International Studies: Applying Film to Advocacy & Social Change” while working at AdvocacyProductions in Geneva, a humanitarian film production company. In her role as research and promotion support for the award-winning BROKEN-the-film.com, she promoted and co-organized a 10-day screening and debating tour involving universities and human rights affiliated organizations in Armenia in the summer of 2021.

She is further affiliated with LAILY, an international Learning Alliance project aiming to disseminate International Law utilizing film as a pedagogical tool for secondary schools worldwide.

Cédrine holds a BBA from the Business School Lausanne. She aspires to pursue an international MBA in 2022 and is currently learning Western Armenian at the Programme of Armenian Studies. Before reentering academia and carrying out research, Cédrine’s career focused on the jewelry and watchmaking industry.

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