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 worked in Ghana and Rwanda for several months. She has Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London department of War Studies, and specialized in complex political emergencies, post-conflict reconciliation and women's role during conflicts.
Marie started volunteering at MIGS in 2007, monitoring domestic media for hate speech. After her years abroad, she was hired in 2012 as Assistant to the Director and was later promoted to Project Coordinator. She co-manages MIGS' numerous initiatives and is also in charge of the institute's communications and administration. Marie has given training courses to Canadian diplomats, journalists, and students, and has done several consultancies for NGOs and government agencies. Finally, she regularly gives conference and interviews to Francophone and Anglophone media.
Generally speaking, Marie’s research and policy interests are international security, mass atrocity prevention, violent extremism, new technologies for human rights. She conducts focuses on the role of women in non-state armed groups, as well online hate against women.
Marie also writes for the Opencanada.org and CIGI, and is the Foreign Affairs Editor at The Mantle. She is also the former president of the Canadian International Council's Montreal Branch.