Permanent Office

The Permanent Office was established on 11 March 2008 in Berlin, Germany, and is headed by Dr. Kathrin Meyer. The Permanent Office (PO) was created in order to ensure continuity between IHRA Presidencies and to support the activities of the IHRA experts and Member Countries.

Primary responsibilities of the Permanent Office include providing assistance to the Presidency, Working Groups, delegations, and other IHRA bodies, facilitating internal and external communication, and administrating the Grant Programme.  

For journalists:

For media enquiries, please contact Ketchum at or +44 (0) 20 3755 6534.

Update regarding IHRA Permanent Office and COVID - 19 (16 March 2020)

In light of current directives by the German Ministry of Health, the IHRA Permanent Office team is now working remotely. We are available via email as normal, however, the office and phone at the Permanent Office are currently unattended.

Tel.: +49 30 26396660
Fax: +49 30 263966649



  • Dr. Kathrin Meyer

    Secretary General

    I have been the Secretary General (formerly Executive Secretary) of the IHRA since 2008 and am responsible for supporting the vision and strategy of the organization’s 34 member countries. With an MA in Educational Science and a PhD in History from the Technical University Berlin, I am passionate about empowering governments and civil society to reflect on their history to inform policy.

    Ask me about: Strategy, historically informed policy-making, political cooperation, organizational vision

  • Lennart Aldick

    Deputy Secretary General

    I support the Secretary General in political and organizational matters and take care of the organization’s budgets. I am also responsible for supporting the country which is chairing our organization in planning our plenary meetings, which take place twice a year, and act as the contact person for our liaison and observer countries, as well as for our partner organizations.  With a Masters degree in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and having studied in Konstanz, Hong Kong and New York, I really appreciate the international nature of the IHRA and love working to foster international cooperation.

    Ask me about: Budget and membership contributions, Observer and Liaison Countries, Permanent International Partner organizations, the IHRA’s plenary sessions

  • Rosvita Krajinovic

    Program Officer

    I coordinate the programmatic aspects of the IHRA’s work, at the interface of the expert and political level. I provide support to IHRA’s Working Group and Committee Chairs and I am responsible for the organization’s grant portfolio. With a Masters in Political Sciences from the Freie University of Berlin, I love positively contributing to this unique alliance between experts and governments and supporting their efforts to advance cooperation in the field of Holocaust remembrance, research and education.

    Ask me about: IHRA’s working groups, committees, funding for non-governmental institutions

  • Julana Bredtmann

    Program Officer

    I provide support for IHRA's projects and am responsible for monitoring and evaluation. I am PhD candidate at the Free University in Berlin, researching on the aftermath of the Holocaust. Having studied history and political science, I enjoy making knowledge about the past usable for the present, and I especially like the international character of IHRA’s work.

    Ask me about: IHRA Projects, monitoring and evaluation

  • Barbara Uchdorf

    Communication Officer

    I am responsible for helping the IHRA communicate with its wide circle of stakeholders, making sure its activites and successes are related clearly and efficiently. I hold degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Florida and received my Master's degree in Global History from the Free University of Berlin, where I focused on the Holocaust and its aftermath. Following my studies, I worked for a digital marketing agency, helping clients think strategically about how to reach their target audiences. I am excited to be part of the IHRA team, and to use my background to help encourage Holocaust research, education, and remembrance.

    Ask me about: Website, social media, newsletter, annual report, visual identity, press releases, communication strategy

  • Kati Auld

    Social Media and Digital Content Manager

    I am responsible for the IHRA's social media strategy, and support the Communication Officer in communicating the IHRA's activities in a digital space. With an Honours degree in Philosophy and a background in media and content marketing, I enjoy finding simple ways to communicate complex ideas. I love applying a focused, strategic approach to the IHRA's variety of achievements, and learning from the diverse field of stakeholders committed to Holocaust remembrance, education and research. 

    Ask me about: Social Media Strategy, Editorial Calendar, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

  • Verena Schulte

    Event and Liaison Manager

    The IHRA’s biannual plenary meetings fall into my area of responsibility, as well as the logistics for various smaller IHRA meetings throughout the year. Aside from that, assisting the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General in their work forms another part of my portfolio. An orchestra musician by trade, I hold a Master's degree in cultural management from the Europa University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and have studied in Detmold, London, Salzburg and Frankfurt. I love working for the IHRA – an international alliance which brings together experts and governments from around the world in a united spirit to collaborate together on the important issue of Holocaust education, remembrance and research. 

    Ask me about: IHRA Plenaries, meeting logistics

  • Martin Grand Ast

    Executive Assistant

    I assist the Secretary General and the outreach work of the Permanent Office, revising and creating content for the IHRA website and newsletter. I am a graduate of the University of Copenhagen and hold an MA in Global, International and Comparative History from Georgetown University. I am deeply interested in the relationship between the past and the present and therefore very excited to be working with IHRA at the intersection of international academics and policy-making.

    Ask me about: Inquiries for the Executive Secretary, newsletter

  • Natalie Harshman

    Project Manager

    I provide support for internal projects and oversee the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation mechanism within the IHRA. I received my Master's in Heritage Conservation and Site Management from the Brandenburg University of Technology and previously studied anthropology with a focus on archaeological sciences at the University of Washington. I enjoy combining my background with the multilateralism of the IHRA in order to support the innovative ways the IHRA aims to promote Holocaust remembrance, research, and education.

    Ask me about: IHRA projects and monitoring and evaluation