Marguerite Barankitse

Marguerite Barankitse, survivor of the Rwandan genocide, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in France. She has played a major leadership role as founder of the House of Shalom and as co-founder of several care centres around Burundi for children traumatised, maimed and orphaned in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. She has received several awards and distinctions for her work for her work aimed at transforming the lives of Hutu and Tutsi children affected by war. Among these are the highly prestigious humanitarian prize, the Opus Prize, the UNESCO Prize, and the World's Children's Prize, also known as the “Nobel Prize” for humanitarian work aimed at improving the lives of children and their chances of a better future.

Jessica Benjamin

Jessica Benjamin is a psychoanalyst. She is currently on the faculty of New York University's Postdoctoral Psychology Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She has made significant contributions to the concept of intersubjectivity in psychoanalysis and published several books on this and related topics, including The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and the Problem of Domination; Like Subjects, Love Objects: Essays on Recognition and Sexual Difference, and Shadow of the Other: Intersubjectivity and Gender in Psychoanalysis. More recently she has directed a project on inter-group dialogue in the Middle East for Palestinian and Israeli mental health professionals and written about collective trauma and witnessing.

Jean Decety

Jean Decety is Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He is a leading scholar on the social neuroscience of empathy, morality and prosocial behavior, as well as other topics related to neurobiological underpinnings of social cognition. His work has led to new understandings of empathy, affective processes and moral decision-making in typically developing individuals as well as psychopaths. His research uses neuroimaging techniques (functional MRI and high-density EEG) and genetic to examine how biological and social factors interact in contributing to empathy and the motivation to care for the well-being of others.

Dr. Decety is the President of the Society for Social Neuroscience. He recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (2011) and Empathy from Bench to Bedside (2012).

Aikaterini Fotopoulou

Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou, PhD is a Senior Lecturer of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry. She is also a Research Associate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. Dr Fotopoulou’s team has been conducting research in the cognitive and social neuroscience of body representation in healthy volunteers, stroke patients and patients with conversion disorders. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Hope for Depression research Foundation, Dr Fotopoulou and her colleagues investigate in behavioural, EEG and fMRI studies the psychological and neural mechanisms by which social processing and related neuropeptides such as oxytocin can influence the perception of bodily feelings in healthy individuals and patients with depression. She is the co-editor of the volume From the Couch to the Lab: Trends in Psychodynamic Neuroscience (2012).

Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is former Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria (2001-2007) and an Honorary Doctor of Education from the University of Edinburgh as well as Cleveland State University.

His recent academic books are Knowledge in the Blood (2009, Stanford University Press), while he has also co-authored Diversity High: Class, Color, Character and Culture in a South African High School (2008, University Press of America). In these and related works he examines how education leaders balance the dual imperatives of reparation and reconciliation in their leadership practice. Knowledge in the Blood received an outstanding book recognition award from the American Educational Research Association. His co-authored book Curriculum: Organizing Knowledge for the Classroom is in its second edition, Oxford University Press.

Kimberlyn Leary

Kimberlyn Leary is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Chief Psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance and. In 2009 received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, attending on a Public Services Fellowship. Professor Leary’s major areas of teaching, clinical activity and research, are directed at enhancing effective clinical practice in psychotherapy and in negotiation and mediation. Her 1997 paper on race and self-disclosure won the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Karl Menninger Prize. Currently, she is working with David Laws of the University of Amsterdam on a participant research project developing interviewing frames to promote dialogues about inter-cultural conflict and on a study with Michael Wheeler on emotion and negotiation.

Leary sits on the editorial boards of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Harvard Mental Health Letter and the Harvard Negotiation Journal.

Martha Nussbaum

Keynote Speaker

Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism. She received her BA from NYU and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities.

Sex and Social Justice won the book award of the North American Society for Social Philosophy in 2000. Hiding From Humanity won the Association of American University Publishers Professional and Scholarly Book Award for Law in 2004.

She has received honorary degrees from forty colleges and universities in the U. S., Canada, Asia, and Europe, including the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).

Donna Orange

(Participating on Audio Conference)

Donna Orange is one of the leading psychoanalysts in America and has been associated with the intersubjective school of psychoanalysis, but she is better understood to be a proponent for the philosophical basis for perspectival realism. She is training and supervising analyst and faculty at ISIPSe (Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Se e Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Roma); Faculty and Supervising Analyst, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York. She is author of Emotional Understanding: Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychology;and of Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2009), and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011).

Mark Solms

Mark Solms is Head of Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. He is best known for his discovery of the brain mechanisms of dreaming, and his pioneering use of psychoanalytic methods and theories in contemporary neuroscience. He was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1988 he worked at the Royal London Hospital (Dept Neurosurgery) while he trained as an analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Solms is currently president of the South African Psychoanalytic Association. Honours include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1996), and the Sigourney Prize for contributions to psychoanalysis (2012).

He has published five books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis (2000) and The Brain and the Inner World (2002), which was a bestseller and translated into eight languages.