Committee Profiles

Bel Parnell-Berry – Chair/Programme Manager

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As chair and programme manager my main responsibilities include coordinating our events, activities and strategy building. I lead the ERIF team in meeting the organisation’s aims and objectives through engaging in our core ideas and beliefs. Alongside ERIF, I write and conduct social policy research. Also, I am a part of the Anti-Golliwog campaign on Facebook and Tumblr.  You can find out more about my work here.

Martijn Kerkmeijer – Treasurer/Financial Officer

As financial officer my main responsibilities are ensuring that ERIF has sufficient funds to be able to organise our events and activities and to make sure everything is in financial order (payments, administration, checks and balances, financial reports). I also help out with the practical organising of our events. I have studied International Relations and currently work at a Dutch national culture fund. I have been learning about and am involved in the fight against racism (especially in its more insidious forms) for some years now, and being a part of ERIF is a very important part of that fight.

Toon Kerkhoff – Logistics Advisor

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As logistics advisor my main responsibilities are venue scouting and ensuring that ERIF can practically host exhibitions, events and activities. Alongside ERIF, I work as an assistant professor of Public Administration at Leiden University, the Netherlands, where I teach and conduct research on corruption, ethics and administrative history. I am also part of the Anti-Golliwog campaign on Facebook and Tumblr. You can find out more about my work here.

Noémi Michel – Content & Audience Developer


Within ERIF, my responsibilities consist of working on the content and the outcomes of our events and publications. My goal is that ERIF constantly engages with and is nourished by a wide and plural audience   in order to pursue with power the fight against racism. Alongside ERIF, I am working as a PostDoc researcher and lecturer at the University of Geneva on issues related to the politics of citizenship and (anti)racism, and I coordinate the research group PostIt – thinking racial and postcolonial difference.

Merhawi Fessehazion – Audience Developer


As an audience developer my main responsibility is to communicate the mission and vision of ERIF to our audience and to establish a relationship with them.  Alongside my work at ERIF I am also conducting research concerning racism within the Dutch labor market. My personal interests lie especially with racism and how this intersects with other forms of oppression.

Leah Cowan – Content & Communications Coordinator


I create digital content and communications strategy for ERIF. I am an anti-detention and migrants rights activist, currently working at a charity which lobbies and campaigns on behalf of domestic and sexual violence and abuse survivor services. I am also Political Editor at gal-dem, an online magazine written by women of colour.