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.
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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 Projectdirector 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 WebsiteMaha Fleskens-Meghnieh 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.


 Onno Sinke, Ph.D serves as a Scientific Advisor. He obtained a Master’s degree in Contemporary History from the University of Amsterdam. His journalistic publications cover topics regarding conflict and academic freedom.  He has worked as a researcher at the Technical University of Delft from 2010 until 2012. Sinke is the author of a book on the history of the Technical University of Delft during World War Two. Currently, he is a freelance researcher and a freelance journalist.

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

Sandra Sofia Englund is a project volunteer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Administration from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain and a Master of Science degree in Political Science with focus on International Relations from the University of Leiden.

Joe Kirchhof, Webmaster has previously worked for the Columbia University’s Institute for Human Rights. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota. In addition to this, he has obtained his Master’s degree in American Studies from Columbia 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.