More information about the profile of an Academy fellow and about our current fellows
Fellows come to the Academy seeking personal and professional development with an aim to drive forward their ability to have impact.
They are open-minded, collaborative and solution-oriented individuals who come from a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds.
They want to explore innovative solutions to the complex, interconnected challenges facing the world today and value the ability of an Academy fellowship to inform and test their thinking.
Joyce Hakmeh is hosted by the International Security Department. Joyce has extensive experience leading legal and development projects in the MENA region as well as advising on cooperation and communication for private, government and international actors involved in development projects. Her research at Chatham House focuses on the regional legal approaches to effectively fight cybercrime in the MENA region. Joyce’s fellowship is supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Renad Mansour is hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Programme. Since 2008, Renad has held research and teaching positions focusing on issues of comparative politics and international relations in the Middle East and will use his fellowship to explore the situation of Iraq in transition and the dilemmas posed by state-building. Renad’s fellowship is supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Kateryna Boguslavska is hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme. Kateryna has ten years’ experience working in political analysis and consultancy, focussing on Ukraine and the wider Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries’ political and security risks. Her research at Chatham House examines why vested interests in Ukraine and Moldova continue to flourish. Kateryna’s fellowship is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Anahit Shirinyan is hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme. Her previous experience focussed on advising Armenian political parties and fostering cooperation among young politicians in the South Caucasus. Anahit’s research explores the challenges and opportunities in Armenian foreign policy. Her fellowship is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Past fellows at Chatham House have gone on to work in diverse fields, ranging from policy-making, international organizations, business, academia, and civil society.
Affiliations current at time of concluding fellowship.
Rana Khalaf was hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Programme. She is the co-founder of two grassroots civil society movements and she used her fellowship to build on her experience researching governance and state-building within Syria, including investigating how understanding governance during conflict is key to peace-building in conflict-torn states. Rana’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Guifang (Julia) Xue was hosted by the International Law Programme. Julia has extensive experience in researching the policies and issues surrounding the law of the sea and her research focuses on China’s approach towards international law as reflected from the South China Sea dispute. Julia’s fellowship was supported by Richard Hayden.
Christina Velentza was hosted by the Europe Programme and International Law Programme. Having previously worked in collaboration with UNHCR, civil society and government organizations, she is researching cooperation on migration between Greece and Turkey in order to promote closer collaboration. Christina’s fellowship was supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Tomisha Bino was hosted by the International Security Department. Her previous research has been based at the Research Group for Biological Arms Control and Disarmament in Hamburg. She uses her experience to address the lack of current proposals towards achieving a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Tomisha’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Ghadi Sary was hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Programme. He has been working for the BBC since 2008 and has won a number of awards for his international news coverage. His research focuses on how the war in Syria has led to a de facto establishment of Kurdish self-administration in northeastern Syria. Ghadi’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Yulia Andrusiv was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme. Before completing a Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy at the London Business School she was director for legal and corporate affairs for Lafarge (Ukraine). Her experience informs her research into the role of Western business in transforming societies in Ukraine and Russia. Yulia’s fellowship was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Dr Fatih Serbest was hosted by the Centre on Global Health Security. He used his extensive experience in international and arbitration law to research what regulators should do to minimize the threat of antimicrobial resistance in the Middle East and Turkey. Fatih’s fellowship was supported by Akbank.
Zaur Shiriyev was in the Russia and Eurasia Programme. He specialized in the foreign and security policies of the South Caucasus states and Turkey. His research project focused on the elite perceptions and the future trajectory of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy. Zaur’s fellowship was supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Nikolay Kozhanov was the Academy Robert Bosch Foundation fellow. He is an expert on Russian foreign policy in the Middle East and more specifically Iran. His research project was on the impact of the Ukraine crisis on Russia’s policies in the Middle East. Nikolay was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme. Nikolay’s fellowship was supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Dr Yuanfang Li, Academy Fellow (2015)
Yuangfang Li was with the International Economics Department. She specialized in China’s macroeconomy, global imbalances and the RMB exchange rate and internationalization. Her research project focused on China’s RMB internationalization strategy and the country’s role in the G20. Her fellowship was supported by the Dame DeAnne Julius.
Heba Al-Nasser was with the Middle East and North Africa Programme. Heba specializes in evaluating community development programmes internationally and locally in Jordan - with a particular focus on policy impact evaluation. She researched the role of civil society in the MENA region, specifically in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Heba is a Fulbright and a Chevening Scholar. Heba’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Angelos Chryssogelos was Academy senior fellow with the Europe Programme. He specializes in European politics and EU foreign policy. His research project explored the effects of the economic crisis on the foreign policy of the EU and its member states. His fellowship was supported by Richard Hayden.
Evangelos Liaras was Academy senior fellow with the Centre on Global Health Security. He specializes in comparative politics, European politics, ethnicity and minorities and electoral politics. His research project explored the effects of the economic crisis on the Greek healthcare system.
Kholoud Mansour was Academy senior fellow with the International Security Department. Her research focused on foreign aid and its impact on Syrian civil society. Kholoud’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Sami Abdel-Shafi was Academy Asfari senior fellow in the Middle East and North Africa Programme. Sami specializes in Palestinian affairs, with a particular focus on Gaza. His research project was on UK and EU policy towards Palestine and Israel. Sami’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Dr E. Haldun Solmazturk specializes in political culture, political-psychology, psycho-sociology and democratization beyond ‘Third Wave’. His research project explored the impact of insecurity on young people in Turkey and the transformation of political culture. Haldun was hosted by the International Security Department, and his fellowship was supported by Akbank.
Julia Leung, Academy Fellow (2014)
Julia Leung’s research focused on the policy response to the global financial crisis in Asia. Prior to undertaking her fellowship Ms Leung was the undersecretary for financial services and the Treasury in Hong Kong. Ms Leung was the inaugural Academy Julius fellow and was hosted by the International Economics Department.
Ilya Zaslavskiy specializes in evaluating political and economic environments for the strategic entry of oil companies into developing countries − with a particular focus on the Caspian region and Russia. His research also covered the spread of corrupt practices from Russia and the other former Soviet states into the United States and the UK. Ilya was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme.
Abdullah Ali, Academy Fellow (2013-14)
Abdullah Ali's research explored the role of non-Alawite minorities in the Syrian conflict, particularly the formation of non-Alawite self-defence militias. Abdullah was hosted by the Middle East and North Africa Programme. Abdullah’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Guoyu Wang's research project explored space security, policy and strategy in the context of China’s possible cooperation with the EU with regards to space norms and order. Guoyu was hosted by the International Security Department. Guoyu’s fellowship was supported by Richard Hayden.
Fida Shafi's research focused on women’s political participation in the MENA region where popular uprisings have taken place in the past two years, in particular Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Palestine. Fida was hosted by the International Security Department. Fida’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.
Akio Miyajima is special adviser to the governor on international affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Prior to this he was minister plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Japan in London, Japanese ambassador in charge of UN affairs and deputy director general of the Foreign Policy Bureau (2011-13), and minister at Japan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (2007-10) and the Embassy of Japan in Seoul (2003-07). Akio was hosted by the Asia Programme. Akio’s fellowship was supported by Richard Hayden.
Nouar Shamout, Academy Fellow (2013)
Nouar Shamout's research focused on how to improve the investment and management of the trans-boundary water of the Euphrates and Tigris between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, with the aim of setting the basis for successful cooperation between the three countries. Nouar was hosted by the Energy, Environment and Resources Department.
During her six-month fellowship, Anna Münster’s research explored the changing nature of Islam in Russia and Crimea, questions of radicalisation and the impact of repressive government policies on local and transnational stability. Anna was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme.
George Mchedlishvili, Academy Fellow (2013)
George Mchedlishvili’s research focused on recent trends in perceptions of the West and its engagement in the region by the South Caucasus leaderships and its wider publics. George was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme.
Orysia Lutsevych’s research examined civil society in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in the context of the revolutions experienced by the countries in 2003-09 and the influence of Western NGOs, social media, and corruption in these states. Orysia was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme and her fellowship was supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung. She is now the manager of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House, part of the Russia and Eurasia Programme.