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Dr James Smith CBE, CEO of the Aegis Trust

Dr James Smith CBE

Founder & CEO


Co-Founder of the UK’s National Holocaust Centre and Museum (1995). As a medical doctor (Leeds 1993) James worked with the International Medical Corps in 1999 in Albania during the Kosovo crisis. He co-founded the Aegis Trust in 2000.   In 2004 he worked with survivors and Kigali City Council to establish the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda’s capital, at a site where 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi lie buried. It receives tens of thousands of visitors each year and is the base from which the Aegis Trust’s Peace Education Programme has been developed.  James visited Darfur in 2004 and was the first NGO head to call for its referral to the International Criminal Court. He is an author, editor and contributor to multiple films and publications on the Holocaust and genocide.