Julius is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge, a Researcher at Vocal Europe and a former Visiting Scholar at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He has received the Cambridge European Trust Scholarship and a Scholarship from the German Scholarship Foundation for his PhD research. Julius published articles for the academic journal Populism, the German MenschenRechtsMagazin as well as Middle East Institute, the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the The French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs. Julius is also a Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales.
Vanessa is currently Senior Lecturer and Chair in Chinese Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. She is also the co-director of East Centre for East Asian Studies at the ULB. She was previously a Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the Victoria Wellington University of Wellington, New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Lyon 3, France, and completed two postdoctoral research projects in Taiwan and Japan.
Hong Yu Liu
Hong Yu is a PhD student at University of Cambridge. He received his Master of Social Science in Media, Culture and Creative Cities from the University of Hong Kong with distinction. He has a long standing interest in the democracy and development in Asia.
Julneth Martinez Atencio
Julneth is a Master student in Survey Methodology and Public opinion at the University of Lausanne, University of Lucerne, and University of Neuchatel. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the INACAP University of Santiago de Chile. As a recent expat from Venezuela and Chile in Europe she has a longstanding interest in South American politics.
Tuba is a volunteer on the Project of “The Chinese Impact” at Utrecht University, Netherlands.
She had lived in China since 2004 and has a Master's degree and PhD in Chinese History with a Chinese Government Grant. She has published articles on Northern Tribes History in Medieval China and Turk Runic and Chinese Inscriptions.
Shamima Ahmed is a PhD candidate at the University of Portsmouth. Her current research is focused on the Rohingya ethnic community of Myanmar, which has taken refuge in Bangladesh. She holds a BA (Hons.) and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. In addition to obtaining a second Masters in International Development Management from the University of Bradford, she also obtained MBA and CMI degrees from BPP University.
Hacer Z. Gonul
Hacer is a PhD Candidate at the Université libre de Bruxelles and a Researcher at the Research Center for East Asian Studies. She has over ten years of research experience in China, including at Shanghai's Tongji University and Peking University. She was one of the editors of the book: Hui Muslims in China, published by Leuven University Press. She recieved a scholarship from the Belgian FRESH (F.R.S- FNRS) Doctoral Program.
Ken is a religion scholar whose work focuses on Islam in the Americas, Puerto Rican Muslims, Latinx Muslims, intersections of religion & culture, Christian-Muslim relations and global Christianity. He has published work on Judaism in Latin America and the Caribbean and religion and popular culture. He graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2019. Ken is also an award-winning religion, travel, and culture newswriter. His bylines include work with Newsweek, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Religion News Service, and The Guardian.
Busra Nisa Sarac
Busra is a PhD candidate at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her research explores the multifaceted representation of women (Yezidi and Sunni Iraqi women) under ISIS-held territories. She has published reviews on Boko Haram, ISIS and gender.
Lennart is an ETH Zürich graduated mechanical engineer, currently working for Losinger Marazzi in the Energy Efficiency department. He is an Alumni of the Swiss Study Foundation and passionate about politics and travel.
Sombol is an MPhil student in Architecture and Urban Studies in the University of Cambridge. She did her bachelor in Architecture and master in Urban Design in Shahid Beheshti University (with High Distinction), Tehran, Iran. She worked for three years as an architect and urban designer in different architecture and urban planning companies in Iran. One of the key projects she was involved in was urban regeneration of Moradab hill, an informal settlement in Karaj, Iran. She has received Omid-Cambridge Trust Scholarship for her master studies. Her research interest includes urban design, sustainability, and place-making in informal settlements.