Victor Ochen (Uganda)
Victor Ochen is a Ugandan born and raised in Lira, (Abia – Internally Displaced Peoples) camp in northern Uganda.
He is the founder and director of African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), he became the first Ugandan and youngest African Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and has been named the United Nations Ambassador for Peace and Justice (representing SDG Goal 16), he is the recipient of African regional and Pan-Commonwealth Youth Worker’s awards, and also recipient of Mundo Negro Fraternity award by the Daniel Comboni Missionaries of Spain, and still among other recognition, Victor has just been appointed as a Global Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Gender, Forced Displacement and Protection.
Professor Julia Davidson, PhD (United Kingdom)
Julia Davidson, PhD (LSE) is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at Middlesex University and is Co-Director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS www.cats-rp.org.uk), she is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is one of the UKs foremost experts on policy, practice and offending in the area of child sexual victimisation with a specific focus on online child sexual exploitation. She plays an active role in key national committees such as the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (Chairs the Evidence Group) and provides expert advice to international organisations such as UNICEF , Europol, the US Sentencing Commission, the US Department of Justice and the UN ITU, she is a member of the Interpol Specialist Crimes against Children Group and is a member of the Europol EC3 Expert Academic Advisory Network, she has recently joined the UK Inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse as a Member of the Academic Advisory Board led by the Hon. Dame Lowell Goddard https://www.iicsa.org.uk/. She has directed a considerable amount of research spanning 30 years. She is currently directing an European Commission funded ISEC study spanning 4 EU countries exploring industry and policing practice in the prevention of online child abuse which includes national surveys of young people regarding their experience of online victimisation http://www.euchildsafetyonlineproject.com/.
She has worked extensively in the Middle East since 2010 and has aided the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a National Child protection Internet Safety framework. This work was based upon national research with children, young people and stakeholders; a second follow up research study is currently underway in Bahrain and will be published in 2016. She is also currently co-directing research funded by UNICEF under the WEprotect initiative exploring the effectiveness of legal and practice online child sexual exploitation frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa.
Professor Davidson has worked extensively with the media since 2003 working on live and recorded interviews for the BBC News, BBC World News, ITV, C4, BBC R4 News, BBC R4 Woman’s Hour. She has also worked on documentaries and has published widely in the child Internet safety area, she has written 5 books and many academic articles. She has a PhD in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was made Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London in May 2010; she is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Professor Mary Aiken (Ireland)
Mary Aiken is the Director of the Cyber Psychology Research Centre. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Cyber Analytics at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Resilience and Sustainability (AIRS) anchored at Swansea University UK and Hawaii Pacific University.
Mary is the Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, and is one of the Principle Investigators on the EC3 AAN “Youth Pathways into Cyber Crime” project – a cutting edge research initiative investigating cyber juvenile delinquency. She is a Fellow at the IBM Network Science Research Center (NSRC), lecturer in Criminology and Research Fellow at the School of Law Middlesex University. She is a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals.
Mary is also leading a multi-centre international research project focusing on youth behavioural escalation and risk taking online, in conjunction with INTERPOL and a number of international police forces. She is involved in numerous Forensic Cyber Psychology research areas including; organised cyber-crime, virtual behavioural profiling, human trafficking & technology, cyberstalking, cyber resilience, cyber ethics, child welfare & rights in cyberspace, personal cyber security & safety, and human factors in cyber security. Mary is recognized as an expert at national and European level in policy debates at the intersection of technology and human behaviour.
The new CBS primetime show CSI: Cyber is inspired by the work of Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken.
Professor Tim McCormack (Australia)
Tim McCormack is a Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School, an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania Law School and the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He is currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar and the Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and has been appointed Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in January 2016. He was the Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law (1996–2010) and Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (2001–2010) at Melbourne Law School.
Tim acted as amicus curiae on international law issues for the Judges of Trial Chamber III for the trial of Slobodan Milošević before the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (2002–2006), provided expert law of war advice in the defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission in Guantánamo Bay and acted as an international observer (with Lord David Trimble) for Phase II of the Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel’s Processes for Investigating Alleged Violations of the Law of Armed Conflict.
Tim is co-editor-in-chief (with Sir Christopher Greenwood) of the International Humanitarian Law Series (Brill Nijhoff) and Correspondents’ Reports Editor for the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (Springer). He is co-editor (with Dr Rain Liivoja) of the Routledge Handbook on the Law of Armed Conflict (Routledge – forthcoming 2016) and also co-editor (with Dr Georgina Fitzpatrick and Dr Narrelle Morris) of Australia’s War Crimes Trials 1945-51 (Brill Nijhoff – forthcoming 2016).
Katja Riemann (Germany)
Katja Riemann grew up in North Germany, studied dance in Hamburg, drama in Hanover and Munich and worked at theatres in Munich and Berlin. Since 1993 she has been working as a freelancer mainly in the film industry.
She has won national and international film awards, including three times the „Lola“, the most important German film award, and the „Coppa Volpi“ at the Venice Film Festival.
With two of her colleagues she wrote the music for the score of a movie called bandits; she has also released a solo album and founded a Jazz Band, with which she went on tour and recorded another album.
Since 1999 she has been a representative for UNICEF and has travelled to Moldavia, Senegal, Congo, Burundi and other countries to learn about projects and subjects such as Female genital mutilation (FGM), malnutrition, trafficking and rape as an instrument of war.
With Plan International she travelled to Nepal and Sri Lanka on subjects related to water, ecological tea plantations and slavery.
Bukeni Waruzi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Bukeni Waruzi is an advocate with extensive expertise in the field of children affected by armed conflict and sexual violence in conflict situations. Originally from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked for over ten years on child soldiers and children affected by armed conflict. He founded and served as the Executive Director of AJEDI-Ka/Child Soldiers Project, an organization working to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate child soldiers in the DRC. Bukeni led negotiations with rebels, militias and armed forces commanders to demobilize hundreds of child soldiers during early years of the war in Eastern DRC. He also created and implemented AJEDI-Ka’s use of cell phones as a means of documenting and reporting on child’s recruitment.
Bukeni Waruzi, worked as the WITNESS Senior Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East and the Lead of WITNESS Global Campaign on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence where he specifically supports women’s rights activists document sexual violence and to create effective strategies to fight for gender justice through video and other technologies. He has supported and trained hundreds of women’s rights activists on documentation of sexual violence with video around the world. Bukeni currently works for Porticus Africa and also serves on the advisory board for WITNESS.
Bukeni produced several videos on child soldiers in the DRC . His advocacy and videos were useful in the International Criminal Court’s first trial on child soldiers, where Congolese warlord is behind bars. Bukeni holds a BA in economics from the Evangelical University in Africa in Bukavu (DRC) and and Master’s degree in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution from Chaire Unesco in Bujumbura (Burundi).
Pamela Yates (USA)
Pamela Yates was born and raised in the Appalachian coal mining region of Pennsylvania. She is a founder and the current Creative Director of Skylight, which for 30+ years has been dedicated to creating documentary films, digital media projects and labs that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change.
Yates is the Academy Award winning Executive Producer of Witness to War, The Emmy Award winning Producer of Loss of Innocence, the Sundance Special Jury Award Director of When the Mountains Tremble, and the Overseas Press Club Award winner for State of Fear, which was broadcast in 156 countries and translated into 48 languages. Her film The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court was filmed across 4 continents and chronicles the first 6 tumultuous years of the International Criminal Court.
Her first documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, filmed in Guatemala in 1982, was used as key forensic evidence by the prosecution in the genocide trial which led to the conviction of former General Ríos Montt in Guatemala in 2013. The sequel, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011) tells the story of the building of the genocide case against Ríos Montt led by Guatemalan survivors, working alongside their attorneys, and international allies.
Her web series Dictator in the Dock (2013) is 24 episodes filmed during court proceedings in Guatemala, highlights of the dramatic case against Ríos Montt who was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity – the first time ever that the perpetrator of genocide against indigenous people was brought to trial.
Forthcoming in 2017 is her next film in the Guatemalan saga, 500 Years.
Yates is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America. She serves on the Board of Advisors of The Hague Justice Portal and the Peace Justice and Security Foundation, The Hague.