conflict zones, primarily working on the conflict in South Sudan. She has a particular interest in the links between speech and language, and identity-based violence.

Munzia supports the Directors on research, fundraising and administration. She holds a BA in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Manchester and is currently studying her masters in Security Studies from University College London. Munzia is interested in how to encourage greater social integration between divided communities as well as how to prevent mass atrocities across the world.

Founding Patrons

Andy Fearn

Ben Willis - Research Associate

Before founding Protection Approaches, Andy worked with genocide prevention NGO Aegis Trust  where  he  redesigned the organisation’s youth department in the UK and in Rwanda. In the UK, Andy developed new programmes that engage school-age children and university students with issues of prejudice, mass atrocities, and genocide, and trained students in issue-based campaigning. In Rwanda he designed and launched national youth programmes funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the UK Department for International Development. The programmes focus on peace-building and upstream mass atrocity prevention through youth leadership training, sports and arts.

Andy Fearn

John provides support to our atrocity prevention work.  Alongside working as part of the policy and research team at Protection Approaches, John works at Action Against Hunger and the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council. He holds a BA in history from St Mary's University, Twickenham and an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study, University of London. His main research interests are in the field of genocide and ecocide studies, indigenous peoples' rights and settler-colonialism with a specific focus on West Papua.

John McDonnell - Research Assistant

Members of our informal advisory group are experts in prediction, prevention, protection and justice approaches to identity-based violence and identity-based mass violence. They have agreed to lend us their expertise and offer us advice on our projects. This helps us to ensure all our work is informed and meaningful. Please note that our advisors are not responsible or accountable for any of the work, views, or decisions of Protection Approaches.

Our Advisors:

Protection Approaches, she worked as a Policy Consultant and Political Advisor in mass atrocity prevention. Kate received her PhD from the University of East Anglia on devolved structures of identity-based violence and has an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford. She teaches  on human rights, gender, sexual violence, and international justice.

Kate is responsible for our Political Engagement Strategy, which includes developing working groups and networks of decision makers in the UK and abroad. She leads our Research and Policy programme, undertaking and coordinating research, providing technical advice to policy stakeholders, and creating opportunities for knowledge exchange.

Kate   is  an  experienced  policy  analyst  and  researcher.  Before   founding 

Kate Ferguson
Andy Fearn

Andy runs our Learning and Outreach programme. Working with schools, young people, marginalised communities, decision shapers in media and culture, and the wider UK public, the programme seeks to increase understanding of the processes that lead to prejudice and IBV, and to strengthen individual sense of responsibility. Andy also manages the monitoring and evaluation of Protection Approaches work.

Ellen supports to the core programmes of Protection Approaches. Alongside her work at Protection Approaches Ellen is completing her MA in Legal and Political Theory at UCL, where she is writing her thesis on the use of language by political leaders as tool to deflect criticism of injustices they are perpetrating. She studied Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and has since worked  in  advocacy  and   campaigns   focusing   on  civilian  protection  in

Munzia Wahid - Intern (paid, of course)

Dr Simon Adams:

Executive Director - Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect

Ms Alexandra Buskie:

Professor Cathie Carmichael:

Head of School of History –UEA | Editor of Journal of Genocide research

Professor Greg Stanton:

Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention - George Mason University | President - Genocide Watch
Carl Wilkens:

Founder - World Outside my Shoes  

The Team

Andy Fearn - Director of Learning and Outreach

Help to end

identity-based violence

We will always be indebted to these people for the belief they have show in us, for their generosity and for the contribution they have made to making Protection Approaches a reality.

- John & Ann Montgomery

- The Harrison Family

- Dino Dimopoulos-Bew

- Richard and Sara Cross

Ellen Judson - Projects Officer

Ben provides research and analysis as part of our policy and research team. He has previously worked within the Individuals at Risk Campaign Team at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, as an associate editor for the E-International Relations website, and as a research support assistant for SERIO.

Ben is studing for his PhD on North Korea and R2P at the European Centre for Responsibility to Protect at the University of Leeds. Ben received his MA and BSc (Hons) degrees in International Relations from the University of Plymouth, specialising in critical security studies. His main research interests lie in the field of mass atrocity crimes, with a particular focus on the Responsibility to Protect, NGO advocacy, and UN politics.

Andy Fearn

Who We Are

Advisory Group

Dr Kate Ferguson - Director of Research and Policy