Kateryna Malakhova

Katya holds a PhD in philosophy from the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. She was previously a member of the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine. A specialist in 18th-century Jewish history, hasidism, and Haskalah, she is the lead historian at ESJF

Olena Kolb

Olena Kolb is a journalist, tour guide and researcher of Jewish history in Eastern Europe and the co-author of the manuals for tour guides with a special focus on the Jewish life on the frontier before World War II. She is a member and organizer of more than 100 expeditions to study Jewish cemeteries. She […]

Agnes Kende

Agnes is from Budapest, Hungary and joined the ESJF team as the new Legal Research Officer and she will contribute to address the diverse legal statuses of Jewish cemeteries. Agnes has been teaching European Jewish history, memory politics to University and IB students and finishing her doctoral degree at Central European University, that focuses on […]

Nata Yeromenko

Nata has joined the ESJF team to contribute to the communications as well as local community and stakeholders outreach. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations Nata was trained as a journalist at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv and wrote for various Ukrainian and European media covering culture and society. After her graduation, she […]

Sophie Pownall

Sophie Pownall handles internal and external communications, manages the ESJF’s social media accounts, and acts as a liaison to the press. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Contemporary European studies at the University of Bath. Her academic interests include feminism, democracy, social movements, memory politics and culture and EU foreign policy. She earned her […]

Klara Vlahčević Lisinski

Klara is originally from Croatia, and she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Multimedia in Zagreb and Paris. Her master’s, EU and International Relations, Klara did at CIFE – Centre International de Formation Européenne, in Nice, Berlin and Rome, and she is currently doing her second master’s on Conflict, Peace and Security. She was […]

Philip Carmel

Phil has been Chief Executive Officer of the ESJF since its foundation in 2015. Born in the UK, Phil has lived in Israel, France and Belgium and was International Relations Director of the Conference of European Rabbis based in Brussels, where he set up and was Executive Director of the Lo Tishkach Foundation, a database […]

Dame Helen Hyde

Studied at Witwaterstrand University South Africa, King’s College London, Yad Vashem, Israel and the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Education London. A career in teaching culminated in becoming Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls. She has been an External Advisor to School Governors, an Executive Mentor to a number of Headteachers, […]

Michael Mail

Michael Mail

Michael Mail studied law at Strathclyde University in Glasgow followed by Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Brandeis University in Boston. He has had a 35 year career in the charity sector with senior roles in several leading UK-based charities. Michael is a member of the Executive Committee of UK-ICOMOS (International Council […]

Katja Grosse-Sommer

Katja received a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2017, and has also enjoyed studying history in Seattle, Berlin, Heidelberg, Stockholm and Hamburg. She has been involved in projects including exhibits, publications, workshops and seminars dealing with the Holocaust and remembrance of World War II in- and outside of academia. Katja is part […]