Building peace in the minds of men and women

International Scientific Committee

The International Scientific Committee of the project consists of 20 members appointed by the Director General of UNESCO.

The Committee members, who represent different regions, areas of expertise and gender, hold a mandate of four years.

The main function of the Committee is to advise UNESCO on the implementation of the programme, more particularly as regard to:

  • The development of capacity building material
  • The research of various aspects of the slave trade and slavery
  • The establishment of partnerships to promote the project’s objectives

See also: Statutes

Members of the Committee

New members

  • Myriam Cottias (France, Martinique), Professor, Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS)
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Senegal), Professor, Columbia University
  • Nancy Krieger, (United States of America), Professor, Harvard University
  • Afua Cooper (Canada), Professor, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science and Arts
  • Hafiz Ali Abdulla (Qatar), Museum Director
  • Chris Cyrille (France/Guadeloupe), Poet, art critic and independent curator
  • Andreiza Anaya (Colombia), Journalist and expert in ethnic communication

Former members of the Committee whose mandate is ongoing

  • Vijay Teelock (Mauritius), Historian and author
  • Jane Landers (United States of America), Historian
  • Rina Cáceres (Costa Rica), Director of the Diaspora Studies Programme
  • Doudou Diène (Senegal), Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi
  • Ana Lucia Araujo (Brazil), Professor, Howard University
  • Sonjah Stanley N. Niaah (Jamaica), Lecturer, University of the West Indies
  • Chapurukha M. Kusimba (Kenya), Archaeologist
  • Abubakar Babajo Sani (Nigeria), Professor, Umaru Musa Yar'adua University
  • Gerardo Maloney (Panama), Sociologist and writer
  • Abdi M. Kusow (Somalia), Professor, Iowa State University
  • Aurelia Martin Casares (Spain), Professor, University of Granada



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