If you met Tibi Galis on the street, you wouldn’t guess what he does for a living. With a quick laugh, a wide smile, and a uniquely blended European accent that gives everything he says a tinge of optimism, Tibi currently serves as Director of the The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), an organization dedicated to providing worldwide policymakers with the tools to prevent genocide in its earliest stages.
Each year, the AIPR brings experts, diplomats, military personnel, and academics from over 60 countries to their meetings and seminars, giving high-powered officials the chance to communicate openly and confidentially about issues that often go unnoticed. The hope is to challenge a statement Albert Einstein made in 1934, that “the brotherhood of the well-intentioned exists even though it is impossible to organize it anywhere.”
Tibi sat down with the Huffington Post recently to talk about his own unique upbringing, how his organization operates, and why it took so long for the world to address such a devastating problem.