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, Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Kane is a recent graduate from Duke University with a major in Public Policy, a minor in History, and a certificate in Human Rights. 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. Sarah focuses on day-to-day operations and leads the Communications Team.

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Sylvia Ronnau, Legal Director

Sylvia graduated cum laude with her B.A. in International Relations at Stanford University where she also obtained an M.A. in Sociology. She received her law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. For the past 16 years. she has worked as an attorney at myriad law firms in various areas of the law, including criminal, immigration, civil rights, among others.  With her legal training, she has helped numerous individuals obtain asylum in the United States and aided women subject to sex trafficking, domestic violence, and gender discrimination. Most recently, she has worked in the religious freedom space where she has created blueprints for various global advocacy programs, utilizing myriad international human rights legal tools at various national, regional, and international institutions. During law school, she acted as the Managing Editor of the Santa Clara Journal of International Law where she published her law review article, “The International Criminal Court’s Quest to Protect Rape Victims of Armed Conflict: Anonymity as the Solution” 2 Santa Clara J. Int’l L. 138 (2004). Also, in law school, she interned for the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court where she wrote advocacy pieces to persuade the United States to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. As a legal director of Genocide Watch, Sylvia will help lead a team of lawyers in various legal projects, including the creation of a global legal network that will bring forth actions in national, regional, and international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies on behalf of victims of religious and other forms of persecution.

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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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.

Allison Newey, Alliance Coordinator and Early Warning Analyst

 

Allison is a senior undergraduate student at Keene State College majoring in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Political Science with a minor in International Relations. She also studied at Freie Universität Berlin in Spring 2022 to further her research on the Holocaust and European history. While in Berlin, she worked as a volunteer helping Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian military invasion. Other coursework she has taken includes a Conflict Analysis micro-course (United States Institute of Peace) and an online course on Introduction aux Droits de l'Homme (Université de Genève). Alongside her work at Genocide Watch, Allison works as a Federal Service Intern for U.S. Embassy Kinshasa through the U.S. Department of State.

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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.

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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Grace Condon, Early Warning Analyst

Grace Condon is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo majoring in History with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research interests include global histories of human rights abuses and advocacy, social and political dissent, decolonization, historiography, and narrative history. As an intern for Genocide Watch, she will be monitoring Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Iran. Passionately committed to building a future in which genocide, extrajudicial violence, and widespread social inequality are unthinkable, Grace hopes to deepen her understanding of genocide prevention and acquire knowledge and skill in international human rights law and advocacy.

Thejashri Madhavsupriya, Legal Associate 

Thejashri is currently pursuing a double Master's degree in International Affairs with Sciences Po Paris, and the London School of Economics. She completed her first year at Sciences Po, focusing on International Security and Human Rights. She did her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations at Ashoka University, India. Her areas of interest are political violence, gender, and human security in South Asia. She completed her bachelor's thesis on Protest Policing in India. In India, she worked with the Trivedi Center of Political data, and the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies where she gained an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to studying political violence. She has taken courses on the International Criminal Court, International Humanitarian Law, and the Rule of Law between peace and development at Sciences Po, and is currently on the Legal Team at Genocide Watch. 

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Ethan Walton, Early Warning Analyst & Communications Coordinator

Ethan Walton is a current graduate student in NYU’s Program in International Relations and previously obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Lynchburg. In 2019, he travelled to the former Yugoslavia to study genocide and violence during the Second World War as well as the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Ethan would later write his undergraduate thesis on Generational Trauma and Nationalist Rhetoric as a Basis for Genocide, where he would explore how real or manufactured trauma can be manipulated by leaders and media outlets to inspire or justify genocide and large-scale atrocities. At Genocide Watch, he focuses on monitoring Ukraine and Russia, as well as Eastern European countries, while simultaneously serving on the communications team.

Edith Lee, Alliance & Advocacy Coordinator

Edith is a final year student pursuing an MA in International Relations and Psychology at the University of St Andrews. She has been educated in Hong Kong, England, Scotland, and most recently, in Sweden, for an exchange programme at the Swedish Defence University, specialising in Terrorism Studies, Intelligence Studies, and Irregular Warfare. She is especially interested in evaluating how misinformation and disinformation can impact the trajectory of ethnic violence. At Genocide Watch, Edith will be monitoring the ongoing developments of human rights abuses and genocides in Central and East Asia.

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Momin bin Mohsin, Legal Associate

Momin is currently pursuing his Juris Doctorate degree at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University. Before joining George Mason, he completed his LLB Hons from the University of Nottingham, where he focused his course load on topics of International Human Rights Law, European Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Public International Law. After obtaining his legal degree from the University of Nottingham, he returned to Pakistan and practiced in law firm settings for two years. In these roles, he advised governmental agencies on treaties, and in various arbitration proceedings. In the future, Momin aims to pursue a career in international law and hopes to give policy advice to governments/ international bodies and develop pragmatic solutions to help dispute settlement between States.

Giulia Dellaferrera, Legal Associate

Giulia Dellaferrera attended a double degree program in Italian and French Law at the Universities of Turin and Nice and she graduated summa cum laude in 2021. For her final dissertation, she explored the thesis of genocide by attrition, with particular attention to sexual violence and the denial of health care, food, and water as indirect methods of annihilation of a group. After that, she specialized in her main areas of interest with a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Paris-Panthéon-Assas University. She complimented her studies by joining two legal clinics. The first one was focused on strategic litigation before the UN mechanisms for the protection of human rights in cases of violations of academic freedom, in partnership with Scholars at Risk. The second one entailed writing a data sheet on the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in Myanmar for We are not Weapons of War. These experiences convinced her to pursue a career in the NGOs, while her recent participation in the International Competition of Humanitarian Law Jean-Pictet has confirmed her vocation to work in the field of humanitarian assistance.

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Manoka Y, Legal Associate

Manoka Y is a Ph.D. Student in Political Geography at Kent State University (KSU), Kent, Ohio. Her Ph.D. dissertation research focuses on Peace Paris Agreement in Vietnam and the genocide in Cambodia. She holds MA in Comparative Law from Nagoya University in Japan, with a thesis publication entitled “Theories of Legal Reasoning in Cambodia Institutional Contexts: In Defense of Purposive Interpretation”. She also got MA in private law focusing on Commercial Court in Cambodia, and a BA in Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia with the main research on Cambodia’s politics and legal practices in the context of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

 

Prior to coming to KSU, she had been working as a judge in the Cambodia Court of First Instance since 2014 and she worked on both Civil and Criminal cases. She is also a legal researcher and civil and criminal lecturer on the Legal Executive Committee at Sala Traju Association since 2014. She used to work at the Office of Co-Prosecutor at Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and as a legal translator at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). She joined the visiting research program at International Courts such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), International Criminal of Justice (ICJ), and International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and genocide museum, Nazi concentration camps in 2012.

Will Brown, Early Warning Analyst

Will Brown is a third-year student at American University in Washington DC, where he studies international relations at the School of International Service. His research interests include atrocity prevention, UN peacekeeping, and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.

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