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Bea Abrahams
Bea Abrahams is an independent contractor involved in facilitation, research and capacity development programmes on psychosocial support to survivors of human rights abuse and torture; forced migration; peace-building and community-centred truth-seeking and social justice initiatives. She has extensive experience in the management of large-scale, multiple-partner, multi-country programmes and has worked with international, national and local non-governmental organizations in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also served as the Country Director in Sierra Leone for the USA-based Centre for Victims of Torture. She is presently the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Implementing Partner on a two-year programme to facilitate community conversations in order to explore and address the underlying causes of violence and to promote social cohesion in South Africa. She has a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, and holds a post-graduate Certificate in Family Therapy from the Zimbabwe Institute for Systemic Therapies.

Louis Bickford
Louis Bickford is the director of both the Policymakers and Civil Society Unit, and the Memory, Museums and Monuments Program of the International Center for Transitional Justice. A political scientist, Dr. Bickford is also adjunct professor at the Wagner School of New York University and in the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) at the New School for Social Research, and former associate director of the Global Studies Program and a lecturer in International Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and published in Human Rights Quarterly and Latin American Research Review, and has contributed chapters to several books, including The Art Of Truth-telling About Authoritarian Rule.

Alex Boraine
In 1995, President Nelson Mandela appointed Alex Boraine as the deputy chair of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and published a book on his experiences, A Country Unmasked: Inside South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He later founded the International Center for Transitional Justice and served as president then chairperson and director of the Cape Town office. Before 1995, Dr. Boraine served as a member of the South African Parliament, president of the Methodist Church in the country, and then ran two non-profit groups that sought to end apartheid and address its aftermath in South Africa. In 2008, Alex Boraine published a book titled A Life in Transition, which – according to Open Society Institute commentary – is “an insider's account of important institutions and events in South African history”.

Juan Federer
Juan Federer is the Director of Programs at the Center for War and Peace Studies. He is an expert on the problems of fragile states and currently works on Africa and Côte d’Ivoire in particular. Dr. Federer is also the author of The UN in East Timor: Building Timor Leste, a Fragile State.

Adam Hochschild
In Congolese circles, Adam Hochschild is renowned for his 1998 book, King Leopold's Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. He has published numerous other books, as well as magazine and newspapers articles for The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine and others. Hochschild now teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja
Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja is Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focus is the political history of Africa since the struggle for independence. In addition to his work on contemporary governance problems in Africa, Dr. Nzongola-Ntalaja has published an award-winning book, The Congo From Leopold to Kabila: A People's History.

Piers Pigou
Piers Pigou is the director of the South African History Archive. Before this Mr. Pigou worked with the Black Sash, Peace Action, the Independent Board of Inquiry and Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. More recently he has worked on truth and reconciliation projects in East Timor and Zimbabwe, in addition to writing on issues of human rights, justice and accountability.

Debra Schultz
Debra Schultz was until recently the Acting Director of the Gender Justice Unit at the International Center for Transitional; she also worked on memory, memorial and museums programs. She was director of Programs for the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundations) Network Women's Program, which works to include women in the development of emerging democracies, primarily in Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. A feminist historian, she was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University looking at Jewish women in the civil rights movement while studying gender in the transitional societies of Central/Eastern Europe. Dr. Schultz has taught courses on multicultural U.S. women's history at the New School for Social Research and the history of Black-Jewish relations at Rutgers University.
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