Building peace in the minds of men and women

International Scientific Committee

The International Scientific Committee was established by UNESCO in 1994.

The role of this advisory body is to advise UNESCO on the implementation of the project, in particular with regard to the development of educational material and programmes, research into various aspects of the slave trade and slavery and the formation of new partnerships to promote its objectives.

It has 20 members appointed by the Director-General. They represent not only various disciplines (such as history, anthropology, archaeology, sociology and law) but also various regions of the world (Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Arab States and Asia).

Members of the Committee

President : Ms Vijaya Teelock

Other members

Ms Ana Lucia Araujo (Brazil)

Mr Charles Akibode (Cabo Verde)

Mr Abubakar Babajo Sani (Nigeria)

Ms Rina Cáceres (Costa Rica)

Mr Doudou Diène (Senegal)




Mr Milton Guran (Brazil)

Ms Michele A. Johnson (Canada)

Mr Abdi M. Kusow (Somalia)

Mr Chapurukha Kusimba (Kenya)

Ms Jane Landers (United States of America)




Mr Gerardo Maloney (Panama)

Ms Aurelia Martin Casares (Spain)

Mr Hilary McDonald Beckles (Barbados)

Mr Joel Quirk (Australia)        

Mr Samuel Régulus (Haïti)




Ms Sonjah Stanley Niaah (Jamaica)

M. Alex van Stipriaan Luïscius (Netherlands)

M. Ignacio Telesca (Paraguay)

M. Salah Trabelsi (Tunisia)



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