As an archaeologist, Ticia Verveer M.A. (Leiden University) has over 18 years of excavation experience in the Middle East, the Sahel, and North Africa. She studies religiously framed (armed) conflict in wider social, economic and political contexts, especially within the formation of religious, cultural and ethnic identities. She is Maternal Health Ambassador for Global Fund for Women,one of the world's leading foundations for gender equality. On a more personal level, being a Jewish woman, she is devoted to preserving the memory of the Shoah. Ticia is a descendant of Abraham Salomon Cohen Verveer, the grandfather of Holland's most important Jewish Romantic painter, Salomon Leonardus Verveer (1813-1876).