Catherine Cissé van den Muijsenbergh is Executive Director of the IHJR and expert in international criminal justice and human rights law.  Ms. Cissé van den Muijsenbergh has served in various legal capacities at the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, as well as the International Criminal Court and the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur.  She has also worked for the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and for the Commission of the European Union in Brussels. Email Catherine Cissé van den Muijsenbergh


Ties Schelfhout

Ties Olivier Schelfhout is the Head of Finance and Programs at the IHJR. He has a background in history, International Relations and International Law. He has previously worked on several conflict situations such as the post-election Ivory Coast and the Rwandan genocide, in both the public and private sector. Email Ties Olivier Schelfhout



Nico Plasier serves as a Senior Advisor since 2007. He has previously held positions at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was employed as a Project Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2010). In addition to this, he held the position of Strategic Policy Advisor Crisismanagement and Integrity at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2008 until 2011. He is currently the owner of the Independent Consultant Crisismanagement, Integrity & Security (PiCIS). Email Nico Plasier

Marie-Louise Ryback serves as a Senior Advisor of Development. She has studied history and German and has obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She has previously served as IHJR’s Administrative Director and Director of Development. She currently directs the Salzburg Global Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative, where she is responsible for strategic planning, program development and project implementation in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Email Marie-Louise Ryback

Maha Fleskens-Meghnieh serves as a Special Advisor for the Middle East. She is an independent entrepreneur with a solid background in publicity, communication and public relations. She set up a publicity company in Lebanon and is currently active in the Netherlands finding partnerships and funds for European and Middle Eastern profit and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Denise Bentrovato serves as a Special Advisor for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. She also works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Georg Eckert Institute in Germany, where she does research on transitional justice and education in Sub-Saharan Africa. She completed her PhD in International and Political History at the University of Utrecht, investigating the politics of history, identity and education in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has experience working for international and non-profit organizations in peace-building and reconciliation in Europe and Africa.


Stanley Iwema

Stanley Iwema is an Associate Programs Officer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology & Developmental Sociology from the University of Leiden. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations: International Studies at the University of Leiden.




Kaitlin van Baarle is the Communications Assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University College of Maastricht and a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a focus on African Studies from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

AnnaKlotz Anna Klotz is a Research Intern. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University. She is currently completing her Master’s program International Studies at Leiden University.















The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) works with educational and public policy institutions to organize and sponsor historical discourse in pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes. Founded in 2004, the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is an independent, nonprofit institution based in Leiden.