Kathryne Bomberger, Director-General
Kathryne Bomberger has over 16 years’ working experience within international organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on issues related to human rights, politics and conflict prevention. Prior to working on international human rights issues, she worked for the United States Senate and as a journalist. She has an undergraduate degree in history and a graduate degree in international relations, with a focus on Middle East Studies, from the Elliot School of International Relations at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Since 1998, she led the development of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which is today the world’s leading human rights and rule of law organization dedicated to assisting governments address missing persons cases from war, violations of human rights and disasters. She was appointed Director-General of ICMP in 2004. The ICMP was created at the initiative of President Bill Clinton at a G-7 Summit in Lyon, France in 1996 and maintains global programs to assist governments. In 2007, she was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the President of France as “the proof of attention and recognition of the French Government for the work of Kathryne Bomberger in her mission and the exceptional achievements of ICMP.”
Adam Boys, Chief Operating Officer
Adam Boys has been Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance since September 2000. He has worked in the former Yugoslavia since 1994 when he was sent to Central Bosnia by the British charity Feed the Children. In 1995, Mr. Boys was posted to Montenegro and then to Serbia by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, first as a border monitor and then as Chief Financial Officer for the mission of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia (ICFY). In 1996, he was appointed as Chief Administration Officer and later Director of the Financial Management Division of the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo, where he worked until August 2000. Prior to working in the former Yugoslavia, Mr. Boys was a manager in the Glasgow office of Price Waterhouse and in the London office of KPMG Peat Marwick. He has an M.A. from Edinburgh University and is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Andreas Kleiser, Director for Policy and Cooperation
Before joining ICMP in September 2003 as Senior Advisor and subsequently Deputy Chief of Staff, Andreas Kleiser served as an executive officer in the Secretariat General of the Council of Europe. He previously worked as a consultant with international and other organizations, including the OSCE, the World Bank, the EU, UNESCO, OHR, the Soros Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Mr. Kleiser obtained his law degrees from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and from the University of San Diego School of Law in California. He was appointed Director for Policy and Cooperation in 2006.
Dr. Tom Parsons, Director of Forensic Sciences
Dr. Thomas Parsons joined ICMP as Director of Forensic Sciences in 2006. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the ICMP since 2000, and in 2005 was appointed Chairman of the ICMP Steering Committee on Forensic Sciences. Before joining ICMP, Dr. Parsons was Chief Scientist at the U.S. Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), where he had worked since 1994, and where one of his primary roles was to direct the AFDIL Research Section. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Genetics and the Department of Forensic Sciences at the George Washington University. His primary specialization is in forensic DNA applications and basic molecular genetics. Since September 2001, Dr. Parsons has served on a (U.S.) National Institute of Justice expert advisory panel for the World Trade Center DNA identification efforts, and is currently a member of the expert panel advising on DNA identification for the Hurricane Katrina disaster. His undergraduate degree was in Physics from the University of Chicago, and he received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in 1989. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and during a research faculty appointment at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Parsons focused on molecular evolution and population genetics.
Adnan Rizvic, Deputy Director, Forensic Sciences
Adnan Rizvic joined ICMP in January 2000 and was instrumental in the establishment of ICMP’s Identification Coordination Division in Tuzla and was in charge for development of Forensic Database Management System. In January 2004, he became Deputy Director of ICMP’s Forensic Sciences Department. Mr. Rizvic previously worked for Physicians for Human Rights as their Forensic Program Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has a degree in Engineering Science from Tuzla University, BiH.
Following the 9/11 disaster Mr Rizvic participated in sessions of KADAP Group (Kinship and Data Analyses Planning Panel) working on developing a consensus on the protocol needed to evaluate the genetic profiles that will be used to identify the victims of the World Trade Center using DNA technology. Mr. Rizvic has also worked on several major mass fatality incidents including the crash of Kenya Flight 507, the Thailand Tsunami Victim Identification, Typhoon Frank-Philippines and most recently he is involved in ICMP’s forensic activities in Iraq.
Ian Hanson, Deputy Director of Forensic Science, Archaeology and Anthroplogy Division
Ian Hanson was Senior Lecturer in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth University, where he has lectured since 2001 managing and developing internationally recognised MSc courses in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology, researching and publishing on forensic science, management and human rights response issues. He was on the University Research Ethics and Standards Board, a member of the Quality and Standards Team, and a member of the Strategy and Recruitment Team. He holds a BA degree in Archaeology from Southampton University UK, MSc in Forestry and Business Management from Aberdeen University UK, and is completing his PhD by publication in Standards and Methods in Excavation and Forensic Archaeology.
Since 1996 has supervised and directed excavations and field teams across Middle East and Balkans. From 1997 he has undertaken human rights and forensic investigations for the UNICTY, UNDPKO, FCO and other agencies in the Balkans, Iraq, Cyprus and Africa. From 2004 he has designed, directed and managed capacity building and training courses for forensic science scene investigation and response for major incident and human rights cases, running annual courses. An expert witness and report writer since 1997, he has advised organisations and NGOs on forensic science and field/ mortuary welfare and management matters. That year he also joined the Kenyon International Disaster Response team. He became an expert advisor for the National Police Improvement Agency UK (NPIA) in 2007, and since 2009 has been a member of the Expert Panel of the national steering board for Forensic Archaeology, setting guidance and standards in that discipline of forensic science for the UK Government. From 2010 he has also been advising the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH) in the USA. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.