IHJR Team

Timothy W. Ryback is Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, and former Deputy Director-General of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris. He previously served as Vice President and Resident Director of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Ryback has published extensively on the complexities of unresolved historical legacies for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others, and is author of several books dealing with the National Socialist era. Dr. Ryback has a doctorate from Harvard University.

Marie-Louise Jansen directs the IHJR’s Contested Histories in Public Spaces Project that is organised in cooperation with All Souls College at the University of Oxford. She previously worked at the Salzburg Global Seminar where she held diverse positions including director of the Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention program, director of alumni affairs and administrative director and director of development of the IHJR, which was founded at the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Catalina Gaete is a senior research associate at the IHJR and adviser to the Program Director. She previously served as research coordinator for the IHJR Contested Histories Project at the EUROCLIO offices in The Hague. Trained as a journalist in both Chile and The Netherlands, her responsibilities with the IHJR include conducting case study research and program development. Catalina has experience as an investigative journalist, particularly focusing on the Chilean army, which prompted the publication of one book (2014) and several articles in Chilean media outlets.

Gabriella Lazzoni is Senior Advisor for the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and is active in both the private and public sectors.  A lawyer by training Ms. Lazzoni, served in the office of the Commissioner for European Regional Policy and Institutional Reform at the European Commission in Brussels and was responsible for new diplomacy initiatives at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris.

Muyang Shi coordinates the digital component of the IHJR. He is currently an MPhil student of Archaeology at Oxford and earned a BA in Archaeology from UCL in 2017. Muyang has participated in numerous excavation, landscape survey and digitisation projects around the world. His current research interest resides in landscape archaeology and the transformative power of digital technology.

Grace Sahota is a Research Coordinator for the IHJR Contested Histories Project. She is involved with research and mapping development, intern supervision, project management and preparing programme materials. Grace holds an MSc in Sociology with a specialisation in Migration & Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in International Relations and International Organisation from the University of Groningen. She is especially interested in national historical narratives, marginalisation and representation in school history education.

Lorraine Besnier is a Project Manager for the IHJR Contested Histories Project at the EuroClio office in The Hague. Her responsibilities include researching and writing case studies, developing the digital mapping, furthering the fundraising opportunities and coordinating the research effort. She holds a Master’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Arts and Heritage. She is especially interested in memory and how different groups’ understanding of events may have social and political consequences.

Katria Tomko works as a researcher, research supervisor, and database developer at IHJR. Her interests lie at the intersection of identity and security in the post-Soviet space. She is especially passionate about the prevention of conflict over issues related to historical memory. Katria has worked on issues related to security, accountability, and sustainable development at Hivos and the OSCE – High Commissioner on National Minorities. She holds an MSc in International Relations (University of Amsterdam, NL) and a BA in Government & Law and Russian & East European Studies (Lafayette College, USA). Her work and studies are complemented by a decade of volunteering with development and human rights initiatives in Ukraine and its diasporas.

IHJR Researchers: The IHJR is grateful for the engagement of university students from Harvard University, University of Oxford and Erasmus University Rotterdam, who generously assist in project research.