2019-2020 Practitioners in Residence

Fall 2019: Braema Mathi (Mathiaparanam)Dr. Vigny Sixte NimurabaRachel Brown

Spring 2020: Andrew Boyle

Braema Mathi (Mathiaparanam)

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Braema Mathi
Braema Mathi (Mathiaparanam) is currently the Global Fellow on the Keene State College-Auschwitz Institute for Prevention and Reconciliation Programme on Genocide and Atrocity Crimes. She is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Penang Institute in Malaysia.

Braema has been directly involved in issues related to women, migrant workers, HIV, social protection and human rights. She has: led a women’s group, AWARE, where the key initiative was CEDAW; founded a migrant worker’s rights group called Transient Workers Count Too, where the work was organizational development and evidence-based research and advocacy; was the Vice-President of Action for Aids, focusing on access to health for women; and also founded and led MARUAH (Singapore Working Group for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism) whereby played key role on human rights as a civil society organization. She was also the Regional President (Southeast Asia and Pacific) of the International Council of Social Welfare where the work was on social protection.

Braema has worked as a teacher, a journalist, a researcher, programme coordinator on Gender Studies at a think-tank, a Research and Advocacy Director, Head of Corporate Communications in Healthcare, a Programme Director at a regional organization and now works as a consultant. Braema was a two-term Nominated Member of Parliament and has been on Ministerial Committees on specific issues to be part of the process of putting up recommendations to the Singapore Government.

Braema has received training on many of these issues including Responsibility to Protect, Business and Human Rights, Migrant Workers’ Rights, Human Rights, Role of Parliamentarians and human rights. She has published book chapters, articles and also written reports to and for organisations that include think-tanks in Southeast Asia and to the United Nations.

Braema Mathi was at the Institute from October 16 until October 20. She presented on Thursday, October 19. Consult with our Calendar page for more details.

Dr. Vigny Sixte Nimuraba

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Vigny Nimuraba
Dr. Vigny Sixte Nimuraba is Chair of the Burundian Independent National Commission on Human Rights (CNIDH). He earned his Ph.D from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and has been a consultant to the United Nations and the U.S. Congress. Dr. Nimuraba, born and raised in Burundi, has more than 10 years of experience working with different ethnic groups and community stakeholders and has established local contacts with the University of Ngozi, the National University of Burundi, and several civil society organizations as well as nongovernment organizations like Burundi Peacebuilding and Nonviolence Network, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has been a lecturer at the University of Burundi, Bujumbura International university and Universite Espoir d'Afrique. In the past he taught at George Mason University (Virginia) and the Aushwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (New York).

Dr. Nirumaba was on campus the week of October 21-25. He presented "Burundi: Preventing mass atrocities and genocide through mechanisms of social identity" on Thursday, October 24, 4:30 – 6:00 pm in Fine Arts Building, room 212. Follow our calendar to keep up-to-date with our events.


Rachel Brown

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Rachel Brown
Rachel Brown is the Executive Director of Project Over Zero and former CEO of Sisi ni Amani. She has extensively examined the effects of mobile phones and related technologies on political violence. Rachel moved to Kenya in 2010 to research the causes of the country’s frequently violent election process, revealing the extent to which cell phones were changing how violence was organized and how misinformation was spread. Local peacebuilders themselves were struggling to keep up, and needed their own tools to counteract the intensity and scope of these waves of violence that were being facilitated by technology. Sisi ni Amani was born as a result.

Rachel Brown was at the Institute from November 4 to 8. She gave her public presentation on Thursday, November 7. Please consult our Calendar page for more details.

Andrew Boyle

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Andrew Boyle
Andrew Boyle is an American attorney and currently Counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where among other matters he focuses on emergency powers. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he served as a United Nations prosecutor for seven years at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia--more commonly known as the Khmer Rouge Trials--where he prosecuted senior Khmer Rouge leaders for war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. He also previously served as an attorney in the trial chambers of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and was a law clerk to a US federal appellate judge. He has held fellowships with the Truman National Security Project, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and he is also co-chair of the American Society for International Law’s International Criminal Law Interest Group. He graduated from UCLA School of Law and its Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, where he was an articles editor for the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs.

Andrew Boyle was at Binghamton University for the week of February 10-14, 2020.