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Richard Appelgren is a Managing Director in the wealth management arm of Overbrook Management Corporation, a registered investment advisory firm and multi-family office, where he has worked for over a decade and oversees an array of financial and concierge services.  Mr. Appelgren also serves on the board of directors and as the grants manager and treasurer of the Michael C. Graham Foundation, on the Vestry and finance committee of Grace Church in Newark and on the board of directors for MultiStages, a multicultural and multidisciplinary theatre company.  In his early life, Mr. Appelgren originally pursued a career as an opera singer and performed with various regional opera houses including the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre and the Connecticut Grand Opera.  He also performed as a concert artist at various venues including the Hartford Symphony, the New Haven Symphony and the Marlboro Festival Chorus.  He holds an Artist Diploma from Yale University, a Master of Music with Distinction from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.   A native of Montana, Mr. Appelgren currently resides in South Orange, New Jersey.

 

Arancha García del Soto collaborates with the Victims' Participation and Reparations Section of the International Criminal Court, training lawyers, victims, and victims' groups in Kenya and The Hague. Prior to this she served as Human Rights Coordinator for the Spanish NGO, Mundubat, working to facilitate better coordination between food security and gender within the development sector, while focusing on the rights and well-being of rural communities, women, and indigenous groups displaced by war and/or commercial development in contexts such as Colombia, Saharan Africa, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  In 2012, Dr. García del Soto was a Global Peace Leader at Haverford College's Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.  She is also affiliated with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University.  In addition, she has served as Director of Refugee Initiatives at the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, is a doctor member of the Center for the Advanced Study of Social Sciences at the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, and was a member of the International Psychosocial Working Group involved in the development of International Standards for Psychosocial Work.  She has published and lectured in Europe, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Peru, Africa, and the USA on humanitarian action programs and psychosocial interventions for survivors of violence. She has implemented psychosocial projects in Colombia, the Balkans, West Africa, Iraq, and Sri Lanka.  Dr. García del Soto holds a B.A. in Social Psychology and a degree in Family Counseling from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, a Master's degree in Social Sciences from the Center for the Advanced Study of Social Sciences at the Juan March Foundation, and a PhD in Sociology from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca.

 

Amy S. Green, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theater Arts in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Master of Arts in Applied Theater at the City University of New York's School of Professional Studies. She is Associate Artistic Director of Nora's Playhouse and the author of The Revisionist Stage: American Directors Reinvent the Classics (Cambridge University Press, 1994). Dr. Green holds a doctorate in theater history and criticism from the City University of New York Graduate School and the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for Lifetime Contribution to the Arts for her work with the American College Theater Festival.   

 

Virginie Ladisch leads the International Center for Transitional Justice's (ICTJ) work on children and youth. In that capacity she has provided technical support around ways to engage children and youth in transitional justice processes in Canada, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Tunisia. From the time she joined ICTJ in 2006 until 2009, Virginieworked as part of the Reparations program, and headed the Cyprus and Turkey country programs. Prior to joining ICTJ, Virginie was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for independent research, during which she carried out extensive fieldwork on truth commissions and reconciliation in South Africa and Guatemala. The results of her research on the challenges of reconciliation have been published in the Journal of Public and International Affairs and the Cyprus Review. More recently, her reflections on engaging children and youth in transitional justice have been published in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Virginie holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.