About the Organizers
Dr. von Joeden-Forgey (top right) is an Endowed Chair and Associate Professor in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Keene State College, where she is building a new MA program in Genocide Prevention and Human Security. She has worked and published on atrocity prevention throughout her career, innovating the Iraq Project with her colleague Irene Massimino. She received her BA from Columbia University and her MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied modern German and modern African history. She is the former director of the MA program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton Univeristy, where she founded and directed the world’s first online credit-bearing Genocide Prevention Certificate Program. She is also the former First Vice President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS).
Irene Victoria Massimino (top left) is a human rights lawyer, international legal scholar, and professor, who served as Rapporteur of the Criminal Cassation Court of the Province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, and works actively in the fields of internal and international conflicts, serious violations of human rights and international criminal law in relation to the experiences of Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Bangladesh and Iraq, focusing mainly on external intervention and the crime of genocide. She received her JD from the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the National University of La Plata, in Argentina; her LLM from Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University, in the United States, and her MA in Human Rights from the School of Advanced Studies at University of London, in the United Kingdom. She is also the former Co-Secretary Treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS).
Hosman Ismial (bottom) is a PhD Candidate, Department of Law, University of Reading, investigating the ISIS genocide against the Ezidi Community. He is a Sessional Teacher at the University of Reading. Works as a Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa in the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law’s Digest of State Practice. He also works as a freelance legal representative for asylum seekers in the UK.