Marie Lamensch is the project coordinator at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. Born in Belgium, Marie has lived in Germany, France, Canada and the UK. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in History (specialization in Genocide studies) at Montreal’s Concordia University, Marie volunteered in Ghana and Rwanda for several months where she also conducted research on reconciliation. She has Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London department of War Studies. She specialized in complex political emergencies, post-conflict reconciliation and women's role during conflicts.
Marie started collaborating with MIGS in 2007, monitoring domestic media for hate speech. After her years abroad, she was hired in 2012 as Assistant to the Director and later became project coordinator. She co-manages MIGS' numerous activities and projects, and is also in charge of the institute's communications. Marie has also given training courses to Canadian diplomats and students, and has done a few consultancies for NGOs. Finally, she regularly gives talks at national and international conferences and gives interviews to Francophone and Anglophone media.
Generally speaking, Marie’s research and policy interests are foreign affairs, international security, mass atrocity prevention, violent extremism, and new technologies for human rights. More specifically, she conducts research on women, violent extremism, and the role of women in non-state armed groups.
Marie also writes for the Opencanada.org and is the Foreign Affairs Editor at The Mantle. She is also the president of the Canadian International Council's Montreal Branch.