inger Inger Schaap

National Director, Humanity in Action The Netherlands



Inger Schaap is National Director of Humanity in Action Netherlands. She studied history and Holocaust and genocide studies at the University of Amsterdam. After graduating she worked as educator at the Anne Frank House, did research at VU University and several project as freelance researcher and writer. Inger Schaap published a book on the Silbertanne Aktion and is currently researching civilian aid to the prisoners of the concentration camp Vught. She frequently interviews guests at the Historisch Cafe.



christel Christel Groot
 Program Director, Humanity in Action The Netherlands




Christel Groot has been the program director of Humanity in Action in The Netherlands since 2008. Christel studied cultural anthropology. Before Humanity in Action, she worked with asylum seekers for the Dutch Refugee Council and with migrant organizations on behalf of the Amsterdam Centre for Foreigners. She also organized multicultural festivals and worked in the field of ecotourism. She is particularly interested in diversity issues and and LGBT(QI…) rights and likes watching documentaries and art house movies. Christel is also a singer and makes melancholy music with a friend – who plays better guitar than she does – under the name Groot en Jong.


mavis Mavis Appiagyei
Program Intern




Born and raised in Amsterdam, Mavis is a down to earth LLM student in Public International Law, specializing in International Human Rights Law. She thinks that everyone has a right to an existence worthy of human dignity, but unfortunately does not see this realized so far. For this reason, after her LLM, Mavis plans to pursue a career in which she will be able to provide both legal and practical assistance to those who need it most. She is not trying to change the world, she is only trying to find a way in which she can contribute to it.


sasha Oleksandra Zmiyenko
Program Intern




Born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, she earned a Master’s degree in law in Poland at Jagiellonian University as a recipient of a Polish Government scholarship. Her academic interests include international public and private law and human rights. Oleksandra spent a year undertaking challenging and complex work in the Human Rights section of the Legal Clinic of the Jagiellonian University. Through Oleksandra’s research work at the University of Montpellier III in the Legal Affairs Department, which was supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and her professional experience with IBM Krakow, she has developed an interdisciplinary approach. Since 2015, Oleksandra has collaborated with Poland’s anti-racist organization “Never Again”.  As a Pat Cox-HIA Fellow Oleksandra worked at the Brussels-based NGO International Partnership for Human Rights, focusing on Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. Oleksandra is a native Russian speaker, has bilingual Ukrainian and Polish proficiency, and has professional working proficiency in English and French.


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