• EXECUTIVE TEAM

    Meet our dedicated team of executive directors, experts and advisors as well as speakers.

    Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE

    Head of Programmes & Founder​​​

    Eric Murangwa Eugene is a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, former Rwandan international footballer, a genocide education campaigner and sport for development and peace advocate. He founded two charitable organisations Football for Hope, Peace and Unity – known as FHPU Enterprise and Survivors Tribune. Both organisations use the power of sport and storytelling to build equality, tolerance and lasting peace in Rwanda and the UK.

     

    In 1994 Murangwa was a goalkeeper for the renowned Rayon Sports Football Club. He and his immediate family survived the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in part thanks to the courage and humanity shown by his teammates. As a result, he became convinced that sport and storytelling have the power to influence society in a way that little else does.

    JO Ingabire

    Co-Founding, Memory & Documentation Officer

    Jo Ingabire is a Film and TV professional based in London. A survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda which took place when she was only 5 years old, she has contributed to research and writings about growing up as part of a post genocide generation and the effect war and conflict has on children.
    She is currently curating and editing our upcoming series of short stories titled, '100 Stories' that details the profound impact of The Genocide against Tutsis on diverse personalities ranging from scholars, survivors, politicians and journalists.
    An avid reader, writer and general cultural enthusiast, she is deeply fascinated by the development of the post genocide Rwandan identity and how it's reflected in the arts.

  • ADVISORY BOARD TEAM

    We've got a top notch team!

    Dr Zoe Norridge

    Senior Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature​ at King's College London​

    Dr Zoe is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Ishami Foundation - a new entity that brings together both Survivors Tribune and Football for Hope, Peace and Unity into one organisation. As a researcher, Zoe focuses on cultural responses to the genocide in Rwanda. She is particularly interested in memorial sites and the ways in which the physical geography of the country influences literature and films from and about Rwanda. Zoe has been travelling to Rwanda since 2009 and has completed a range of projects engaging with post-conflict cultures, including an AHRC funded workshop in Kigali examining the role of public culture and transitional justice in translating the idea of "freedom from fear". She is currently engaged in initiatives to create training and networking opportunities for Rwandan photographers, in collaboration with local and international partners.

    Samantha Hunt

    Deputy Head at the UK’s Sandhurst School and Chair of SURF

    Sam Hunt has been a teacher for 26 years. Previously an Advanced Skills Teacher, she is now the Deputy Headteacher at Sandhurst School in Bracknell Forest. Her work in anti-racism and genocide education has led her to win the Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award for the South of England and the Anne Frank Award for Inspirational Educator of the Year. She has also been recognised as a “Pride of Bracknell” and as a Sue Ryder Woman of Achievement. Holocaust and genocide education is her passion. She volunteers for the Holocaust Educational Trust as a “Lessons from Auschwitz” educator and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and teacher training establishments on Holocaust and genocide education. Her work in this area has been covered in the press, most notably in a six-page article in the Sunday Telegraph magazine. Her school holds Beacon Status in Holocaust education and she spearheads this programme. In addition Sam chairs the NGO Survivors Fund, which supports survivors of the Rwandan genocide. She has worked extensively in Rwanda, leading initiatives to provide homes, income-generating activities and education for genocide orphans. She leads a ground breaking project which links schools and students in the UK with survivors in Rwanda. She regularly takes student groups to Poland and Rwanda where participating students have a life-changing experience building homes for homeless children, working in an orphanage and teaching in schools.

    Pierre-Celestin Rusengatabaro

    Rwandan Survivor

    Pierre-Celestin Rusengatabaro is a trustee and the Treasury of the Ishami Foundation - a new entity that brings together both Survivors Tribune and Football for Hope, Peace and Unity into one organisation.

    Miss Emma Bayley Melendez

    Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Youth Champion Board Member & Politics and International Relations Student at Bristol University

    Emma Melendez is a trustee and the Youth and Communities Officer of the Ishami Foundation - a new entity that brings together both Survivors Tribune and Football for Hope, Peace and Unity into one organisation.

    Adam Usden

    Holocaust Second Generation Survivor & Writer

    Adam is a playwright working in London. He has ghostwritten the memoirs of several Holocaust survivors and provides editorial support for FHPU and ST

    Jonathan Salt

    Holocaust and Genocide Educator

    Jonathan Salt is a trustee and the Secretary of the Ishami Foundation - a new entity that brings together both Survivors Tribune and Football for Hope, Peace and Unity into one organisation.

    Ruth Barnett

    Holocaust Survivor and Author

    In 1939, aged four, Ruth and her seven-year-old brother arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport. Ruth's father, who was Jewish, escaped to Shanghai and her mother, who was not Jewish, remained in Germany in hiding until 1945. Ruth’s mother had taken part in the Rosenstraße protest in Berlin in which around 200 non-Jewish German women who were married to Jewish men demonstrated outside a building where many of their husbands had been interned by the Gestapo. This was the only example of a prominent public protest against the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. In 1949 Ruth was repatriated to Germany against her will on a court order. She could not cope in Germany as this was the second massive loss of home and everything familiar she had experienced and it took place in a country she believed was terrifying. She was back in Britain within a year and visited her parents for school holidays. Ruth was a secondary school teacher for 19 years and a psychotherapist for 28 years. She regularly shares her testimony in schools and colleges.

    Dr Laura Apol

    Dr Laura Apol is a poet and scholar at Michigan State University in East Lansing

    Laura Apol is an associate professor of literacy with a focus on children’s/young adult literature and creative writing (poetry). Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and she is the author of several collections of her own poems including Requiem, Rwanda, her newest full-length collection, drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and translated into Kinyarwanda under the title Emwe N’imvura Irabyibuka (Even the Rain Remembers).

    Laura and Eric first came to meet in November 2015 during Laura's UK book launch tour where she participated in events at the University of Nottingham and King's College London as well as taking part in ST's seminar: Preserving The Genocide Memories Through Literature at the Rwanda House in London.

     

    Since 2015, Laura has been assisting Eric and the rest of the team with writing and editing support concerning ST and Ishami Foundation.

    Jean Paul Samputu

    Founding Member & ST Ambassador​​​

    Jean Paul Samputu is a survivor, a singer, songwriter, and peace activist from Rwanda. He has established himself as one of the most prominent African artists on the world stage.

    Having survived the Genocide of 1994 in Rwanda, Samputu went on to win the prestigious Kora Award (the “African Grammy”) for Best African Traditional Artist in 2003, as well as numerous international awards, including the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville.

    Samputu travels the world as a cultural ambassador for Rwanda, bringing traditional African singing, dancing, and drumming, and most importantly, a message of peace, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, and love.

    Through Survivors Tribune and his own charity Samputu Forgiveness Campaign he also continues his efforts to educate young people against genocide through panel discussions and forums at colleges and universities where his message seeks to bring understanding, healing and forgiveness to the world through the strongest instrument of peace and forgiveness. Samputu's music testifies to the tragedy as well as to his hopes for the future.

    In his capacity as a founding member of ST he also act as an Ambassador for our organisation.

    Sean Ndiho Obedih

    Partnerships & Strategic Advisor

    Obedih was born in Rwanda and has lived in the UK since 2000. He is a founding member of ST and holds a BSc Business Enterprise from the University of Buckingham. During the horrors of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 he was a 14 year old young man and lost 95% of his friends and members of extended family, an experience that has had a tremendous impact on his life to date, eventually he ended up growing up in Kenya where he did his O’levels.

     

    He is involved in various Africa focused enterprises in London and has founded and contributed to the establishment of a number of organisations. He is a very proud Dad of his 6 year old son, Douglas.

     

    He provides strategic structural support and advice to ST and is very passionate about development of Africa. His goal is to help ST become the best global organization that helps survivors of various conflicts to become the voice of the voiceless.

    Tom Lavin

    Marketing Advisor for FHPU & Survivors Tribune​​

    Tom Lavin is the Marketing Officer for FHPU and provides similar support of services to Survivors Tribune on advisory capacity and has been working with Eric Murangwa Eugene the founder of both ST and FHPU since late 2015.

     

    Tom and Eric first came to meet through a mutual friend at a charity event focused on sporting achievements in Rwanda. The story behind FHPU, combined with a passion for football and a belief in the benefits it can bring to society, were some of the factors that persuaded Tom to offer his services on a voluntary basis.

     

    Since then, Tom has been assisting Eric and the rest of the team with the marketing activities concerning the charity. When not working with FHPU/ST, Tom is a Senior Global Marketing Manager at an international law firm in London.

    Tina Velleman

    Research & Policy Development Advisor

    Tina Velleman provides Research & Policy Development

    support of services to Ishami Foundation on advisory capacity and has been part of Survivors Tribune since mid-2017.

     

    Tina and Eric first came to meet through Tina's husband who also works with Eric under similar advisory capacity at Football for Hope Peace and Unity.

     

    Since then, Tina has been assisting Eric and the rest of the team with the research and policy development support concerning ST and Ishami Foundation. When not working with ST/Ishami Foundation, Tina is ​an Internal Account Manager at CyberArk in London.

  • ST SPEAKERS TEAM

    Survivors Tribune has assembled dynamic speakers who each have unique incredible life stories to share. Our Speakers speaks at schools, universities and other public and private places about their experience both as survivors and advocates for peace, forgiveness and togetherness as well as challenging Genocide denial.

    Eric Murangwa Eugene

    Survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​​​

    Eric Murangwa Eugene is a Rwandan survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and former Rwandan International football player who founded two charitable organisations Survivors Tribune (ST) and Football for Hope, Peace and Unity (FHPU). FHPU is a charity which uses sport, with a specific focus on football, to assist the transformation of the Rwandan community, targeting social change in the UK and Rwanda.

     

    Murangwa is the Head of Programmes both at FHPU and Survivors Tribune and he speaks at schools, universities and other public and private places about his experience both as a survivor, a genocide education campaigner and sport for development and peace advocate. He has shared his testimony with many thousands of young people promoting peace, hope, reconciliation and unity.

    Jean Paul Samputu

    Survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​​​​

    Jean Paul Samputu is a survivor, a singer, songwriter, and peace activist from Rwanda. He has established himself as one of the most prominent African artists on the world stage.

     

    Samputu travels the world as a cultural ambassador for Rwanda, bringing traditional African singing, dancing, and drumming, and most importantly, a message of peace, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, and love.

     

    Through Survivors Tribune and his own charity Samputu Forgiveness Campaign he also continues his efforts to educate young people against genocide through panel discussions and forums at colleges and universities where his message seeks to bring understanding, healing and forgiveness to the world through the strongest instrument of peace and forgiveness. Samputu's music testifies to the tragedy as well as to his hopes for the future.

    Junior Sabena Mutabazi

    Rwandan and Expert on Rwandan Political & Social Affairs​

     

    A trained public policy professional with a particular focus on the delivery of contemporary public services, Junior has worked in the field of public policy with a particular focus on policy formulation, implementation, and advocacy.

     

    In other roles, Junior writes a weekly column for Rwanda’s leading newspaper, The New Times; is Communications Director for FHPU; is Youth Coordinator at Survivors Tribune; and is Youth Representative at Rwanda Community Association in London. All these platforms facilitate Junior’s work in empowering young people to be active responsible citizens. In the past, Junior has shared a platform with President Paul Kagame; invited to represent Rwanda at Buckingham Palace; spoken at various youth conventions; and organized campaigns to raise awareness on critical issues such as Genocide, Peace Building, and HIV & Aids.

    Collectively, all these experiences have equipped Junior with a great deal of knowledge in many areas. He speaks at schools, universities and other public and private places about his experience, Community Outreach, Leadership, Public Policy, Youth Engagement, Public Speaking, and Political Engagement.

    JO Ingabire

    Survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​​​

    Jo Ingabire is a Film and TV professional based in London. A survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda which took place when she was only 5 years old, she has contributed to research and writings about growing up as part of a post genocide generation and the effect war and conflict has on children.


    An avid reader, writer and general cultural enthusiast, she is deeply fascinated by the development of the post genocide Rwandan identity and how it's reflected in the arts.

    Antoinette Mushimiyimana

    Survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​

    Antoinette is a Missionary for Youth with a Mission movement. A survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda which took place when she was only 11 years old, she has contributed to the education and awareness campaign for Genocide and peace among the Rwandan youth through her work with different organisations including Aegis Trust.
     

    She is also an active advocate for reconciliation and justice which is part of her responsibilities with the youth Christian group YWAM where she also leads Discipleship training school as well as outreach teams to different nations.
     

    Her interests have always been to build bridges between communities with a focus on creating peaceful environment in every society and her other goal is to learn from other and celebrate uniqueness of those cultures something that she now does as part of her speaking role with Survivors Tribune.

    Ganza Gahizi Dieudonne

    Survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​​​

    Gahizi is a survivor, a researcher, a writer and the founder/director of Healing Plan Organisation, a charity which support victims/survivors of rape and the children born as a result of rape during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

     

    During the 100 days of Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Gahizi lost more than 50 family members including his father. His sisters and aunts were sexually assaulted during the genocide which inspired him to seek support for the victims of rape with the mission of contributing to the improvement of the living conditions by providing psychosocial, medical, education and economic support to facilitate their reintegration into the community and increase their ability to be self-reliant.

     

    Gahizi’s personal testimony of loss, survival, and how he forgave those responsible for the murder of his relatives particularly his father has been an inspiration for many people across the globe. His humanitarian achievements and drive for respect and forgiveness has led him to receive many awards and recognitions.

     

    Gahizi’s vision is to encourage the victims to find a place of forgiveness that allows them to move through the pain and hurt. As a member of the Survivors Tribune he speaks at schools, universities and other public and private places about his experience both as a survivor and an advocate for forgiveness and support for victims/survivors of rape.

    Naila M.K.

    Survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​​​

    Naila is a victim of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda which took place when she was only 12 years old. An active member of the Rwandan Community in the UK, Naila believes in the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, to bring about meaningful, positive change.

     

    Her main focus is to communicate to the world about the effects of genocide and the unspoken impact and ongoing trauma suffered by the survivors and other victims.

     

    She graduated from Coventry University with a BSc Honour in Psychology and Criminology and University of Salford with a Master degree in Social work. Naila currently works as a professional Children and Family social worker.

    She is a proud mother of two boys’ age of 11 and 5.

     

    As a member of the Survivors Tribune she speaks at schools, universities and other appointments to share her experience by means of educating and raising awareness.

    Rehab A. Jameel

    Victim of the Genocide in Darfur

    Over the past ten years Rehab has been involved with many UK charitable organisations to facilitate refugees and asylum seekers’ integration and to fight against FGM that is still being practiced in some communities in the UK. As an African woman who has experienced FGM at a very young age, Rehab has become a role model in advancing women and girls’ rights by successfully completing her university post graduate education in the UK (MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from University of Cambridge). This gave her the confidence and skills to help other women like her to reject FGM. Her campaign against FGM has inspired many refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who are still trapped in their cultures and traditions that are not compatible with human rights. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Migrant Woman of the Year and Community Champion Awards.

     

    As a member of the Survivors Tribune she speaks at schools, universities and other public and private places to share her experience through education and awareness raising.

    Pierre-Celestin Rusengatabaro

    Survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​​​

    Pierre-Celestin Rusengatabaro is a trustee and the Treasury of the Ishami Foundation - a new entity that brings together both Survivors Tribune and Football for Hope, Peace and Unity into one organisation.

    Sean Ndiho Obedih

    Rwandan and Witness of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda​

    Obedih was born in Rwanda and has lived in the UK since 2000. He is a founding member of ST and holds a BSc Business Enterprise from the University of Buckingham. During the horrors of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 he was a 14 year old young man and lost 95% of his friends and members of extended family, an experience that has had a tremendous impact on his life to date, eventually he ended up growing up in Kenya where he did his O’levels.

    His goal is to help ST become the best global organization that helps survivors of various conflicts to become the voice of the voiceless.

     

    As a member of the Survivors Tribune he speaks at schools, universities and other appointments to share his experience by means of educating and raising awareness.

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