Dr. Erna Rijsdijk is the initiator and project leader of Facing Srebrenica. Rijsdijk is a lecturer of military ethics and senior researcher at the Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defence Academy. She studied politics, international relations and critical security studies and completed her PhD Thesis Lost in Srebrenica: Responsibility and Subjectivity in the Reconstructions of a Failed Peacekeeping Mission at Vrije University, Amsterdam, in 2012. From 2000 -2008 she was the chair of the Netherlands-Srebrenica Foundation, a Dutch NGO supporting Bosnian early returnees to Srebrenica with various small scale volunteer projects.
Erna is one of the participating researchers of the exhibition From what will we reassemble ourselves (2020), conceived by Anna Dasović and curated by Natasha Marie Llorens at Framer Framed, Amsterdam.