Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is an independent group of experts from the field of archiving, human rights, transitional justice as well as data collection, management and processing. The advisory board consults the project team in specific questions concerning strategies, content or fundraising and helps to establish an international network of qualified specialists. Currently the Advisory Board consists of 


Advisory Board Members' Biographies

Antonio González Quintana, Deputy Director General of the Archives of the Community of Madrid, Spain
Antonio González Quintana has been serving as deputy director general of the Archives of the Community of Madrid, and since 2008, as the head of the Archives and Records Management Unit at the Consultative Council of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.
Prior to that he served as the director of the Spanish Centre of Information on Archives and as an archival adviser to the Spanish Court of Accounts, and earlier as head of the Military Archives Coordination Unit of the Spanish Ministry of Defence. Previously he was the director of the "Spanish Civil War Section" of the National Archives in Salamanca and associated professor on Archival Science at the University of Salamanca.
Antonio González Quintana is member of the Audiovisual Archives Committee and the Committee on Oral Sources of the International Council on Archives. He was previously director of the UNESCO-ICA Project "the Management of the State Security Archives of the Former Repressive Regimes" and president of the Spanish Association of Archivists as Civil Servants (Archiveros Españoles en la Función Pública). He has been a member of the NGO “Archivists without Borders” since its creation in 1998 and was member of the steering committee from 1999 to 2005.


Trudy Huskamp Peterson, Certified Archivist and Independent consultant, USA
Dr. Trudy Huskamp Peterson is an archival consultant and certified archivist. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. Trudy Huskamp Peterson spent twenty-four years working with the U.S. National Archives, including over two years as Acting Archivist of the United States. She was archivist of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and founding executive director of the Open Society Archives in Budapest, Hungary. In addition, she worked with the truth commissions in South Africa and Honduras, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Nuclear Claims Tribunal of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and for over three years with the police archives in Guatemala, training the staff in archival processes. She is the former chair of the Human Rights Working Group of the International Council on Archives and currently compiles its monthly newsletter; she also chaired the ICA working group that developed the international "Principles of Access to Archives." Among her many publications are Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions, a study of the records of twenty truth commissions, and Temporary Courts, Permanent Records, a study of the records of five temporary international criminal courts.


Yasmin Sooka, Executive Director Foundation for Human Rights, South Africa
Yasmin Louise Sooka practised as a human rights lawyer until 1995 and has been executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa since January 2001. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, serving first for three years as Deputy Chair to the Human Rights Violations Committee and then as the chair of the committee. During 2002 and 2004 she was appointed by the UN as an international commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone. She has consulted and assisted the governments of Ghana, Nepal, Afghanistan, Burundi, and Liberia in setting up truth commissions. Yasmin Sooka also serves on the Board of Trustee’s for Black Sash Trust, International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience, is Executive member for Niwano Peace Foundation as well as advisory member for Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law.


Patricia Tappatá Valdez, Director El Centro Internacional para la Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CIPDH) – UNESCO.

Patricia Tappatá Valdez has worked since 1974 for the defence of human rights in Peru, El Salvador and Argentina. She is the Director of El Centro Internacional para la Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CIPDH) – UNESCO. Previously, she has worked for the Foreign Ministry of Argentina and was the Director of Memoria Abierta, an alliance of five Argentine human rights organizations working together to preserve, organize, and exhibit the documented history of state terrorism in Argentina. Ms. Valdez has been the Director of the Truth Commission for El Salvador and the Human Rights Department of the National Conference of Bishops in Peru, the Political Representation Program at the Fundación Poder Ciudadano in Argentina. She co-founded the national Human Rights Coordinator in Peru and was a member of its first executive committee. Further, she is one of the founding members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and currently serves on its board, as well as in the board of the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) in Argentina. Patricia Valdez is a member of the Management Council of Memorial Park and Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism, served at the board of trustees of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) and published several articles and book contributions about human rights. She is also a member of the faculty of the LLM in International Human Rights at the Faculty of Law at the University of Buenos Aires and has also served as guest lecturer at several universities.