The IARS International Institute is user-led and user-focused charity with a mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. Over the last 10 years, the Institute has been providing world-class and cutting-edge educational, research, policy and networking services of local, national and international significance. We are focused on empowering the most marginalised communities through direct service delivery, while enabling organisations to achieve, measure and improve their social impact. Led by its founder and Director, Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides and staffed with a dedicated team of experts, interns and volunteers, the IARS International Institute is known for its robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems. We are acknowledged internationally for our expertise in justice, equality and youth, and have delivered projects in areas such as restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusion, citizenship, public services and user-led research/ evaluation.
More information about the Institute can be found here www.iars.org.uk
IARS Director, Theo Gavrielides PhD, LLM, LLB (Hons)
Dr. Theo Gavrielides is the Founder and Director of The IARS International Institute and the Founder and co-Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology (Centre for Restorative Justice) of Simon Fraser University as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University. Professor Gavrielides is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, as well as of the Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice. Professor Gavrielides is a Trustee of the Anne Frank Trust, an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) and a Member of the Scrutiny and Involvement Panel of the Crown Prosecution Service (London). Previously, Professor Gavrielides was the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank focusing on race equality. He also worked at the Ministry of Justice as the Human Rights Advisor of the Strategy Directorate. There, he led on the Human Rights Insight Project, which aimed to identify strategies that will further implement the principles underlying the Human Rights Act 1998 and improve public services. He also advised on the Ministry's Education, Information and Advice strategy. Dr. Gavrielides served as a Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science (Greece) and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University (UK). During 2002-2004, he worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) alongside Professorial Research Fellow Francesca Klug OBE. He is also a legal counsel specialising in criminal law, human rights and EU law. He taught criminal law and common law reasoning and institutions at the University of London, and has acted as a human rights and criminal justice advisor for various Chambers and policy bodies including the Independent Advisory Group of the London Criminal Justice Partnership
Andriana Ntziadima - Communications and Youth Projects Manager
Andriana Ntziadima is the IARS International Institute Communications and Youth Projects Manager. She has extensive experience of working with and engaging young people both as a grassroots campaigner and as well as in the role of policy and research coordinator. She is currently managing the 99% Campaign; a youth led initiative that aims to dispel negative stereotypes of young people, to promote social inclusion and positive thinking. Over the last 4 years Andriana has worked on various European research and policy programmes with specific focus on justice and human rights, youth citizenship and inclusion eg the Erasmus+ KA2 “Enabling Youth Voice across Europe”, the “Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims & Empowering Professionals” and the “Restorative Justice and in cases of Domestic Violence”. Her research interests include restorative justice, offenders’ rehabilitation, impact evaluation, citizenship, participation and youth policy.
Having worked for 8 years as a teacher in both public and private educational institutions, she developed a keen interest in children’s and young peoples’ rights and became an advocate of their rights. Before she joined IARS she worked for over a year for Oxfam’s International Campaign Health and Education for All, advocating and raising awareness of young peoples’ rights and access to education and health services in developing countries. Additionally Adriana holds a BA in Greek Language and Linguistics and a BA in Communications and Mass Media from the Hellenic Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She also has a Masters Degree in Research Methods in Social Sciences awarded by the University of Essex, UK.
Hatixhe Demushi -IARS Finance & Grants Manager
Hatixhe has a Degree in Finance and Accounting and is also studying with the Associated Chartered Certified Accounts. She was a full member of Association Accounting Technician for the period of 2005 to 2011 and she has more than 19 years of experience in the financial sector with 13 years working in Public Finances.
Working with The IARS International Institutes about 4 years Hatixhe has a specific role as a Finance Manager and Finance Coordinator for Budgets and Financial Reports, working with international partners and European Commission, managing grants and monitoring financial activities in implementing of EU Finance policy and follows their regulations and procedures for the projects such as “Restorative Justice in Europe”, Erasmus+ Programme, “Youth in Action” , ” Care to Work”, and “Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence“.
Hatixhe has worked with different charities for the past 12 years. Over this period she took on a variety of roles; she currently works part-time with SunRay Ultra as a Finance Manager and at IKWRO as a Finance Officer, acted as a Finance Officer for the organisations ROTA and SSE from 2010 - 2012 and spent time as a Development Worker with Shpresa Programme where she currently acts as Trustee/Treasurer, Hatixhe has maintained this role since 2008. Her work with Shpresa Programme started since 2003.
In 2006 Hatixhe was the Leader of the Accounting Project Crossover Accounts, Financed by The Scarman Trust. In 2007 Hatixhe was given an award for being a Community Champion by The Scarman Trust.
Hatixhe was nominated for her long-term commitment in working in the public sector where she offered her financial expertise and was seen as a role model. As a result, she was awarded Bronze for the 'Long service award' at the first 'Volunteer of the Year' awards ceremony in 2013 by Redbridge Council.