More information about the profile of an Academy fellow and about our current fellows

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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.  

Deus Kibamba, Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Europe

Deus served from 2010 as executive director of the Tanzania Citizens’ Information Bureau and later became the chairman of the Civil Society Constitutional Forum. He also has 20 years of experience in action-oriented research, advocacy and dissemination. His research at Chatham House compares and analyses recent constitutional changes in Hungary and Tanzania. Deus’s fellowship is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. 

Hayato Hosoya, Academy Fellow, International Security Department

Hayato is hosted by the International Security Department. Previously, Hayato was working as a diplomat in the North East Asia Division of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he conducted in-depth research about the security issues in Korean Peninsula and led one of the economic sanctions projects against North Korea. His research at Chatham House surveys the current state of Japan’s cyber security and how it could be developed, with comparison with the UK and also in the context of the current security situation in East Asia. 

Jessica Obeid, Academy Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department

Formerly the chief energy engineer at the United Nations Development Programme in Beirut, Jessica has ten years’ experience in the engineering field. Since 2008, she has worked on paving the way for renewable energy in Lebanon. Her research at Chatham House examines new energy models in the Middle East. Jessica’s fellowship is supported by the Asfari Foundation.

Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Academy Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security

Karim is a Syrian medical doctor and an epidemiologist. His research at Chatham House focuses on the public health impacts of conflict, as well as challenges around the protection of healthcare in conflict, both issues he has experienced first-hand in Syria. Karim’s fellowship is supported by the Asfari Foundation.

Agantaranansa Juanda, Academy Fellow, International Law Programme

Agan has experience providing technical assistance and capacity building to NGOs, governments and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). He was also country director in Indonesia for Elva Community Engagement where he focused on access to justice and human rights issues affecting marginalised communities. His research at Chatham House examines the role played by NHRIs in the promotion and protection of human rights in the business sector - including identification of best practices and standards for NHRIs as well as obstacles to their effectiveness. Agan’s fellowship is supported by Mr Richard Hayden..

Natasha W. Kimani, Academy Fellow, Africa Programme

Natasha has extensive experience in constitution implementation in Kenya, devolution and national and regional security in East Africa. She has developed and reviewed various national policies and legislation in Kenya. Her research at Chatham House examines gender responsiveness in county planning and budgeting in the context of devolution in Kenya. Natasha’s fellowship is supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Roman Osharov, Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

Roman has experience in public diplomacy and public affairs roles and worked as a journalist in Moscow for five years. His research at Chatham House focuses on the Russian approach to terrorism and counter-terrorism operations, as well as on the challenges and opportunities of international cooperation in counter-terrorism. Roman’s fellowship is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Stanislav Pritchin, Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

Stanislav was a research fellow at the Center for Caucasian and Central Asian Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of Russian Academy of Science. Stanislav received his PhD on The International Legal Status of the Caspian Sea and Strategic Interests of the Russian Federation in the Region in 1991-2011 from the Institute of Oriental Studies in 2012. His research at Chatham House focuses on the Russian approach to the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Stas’ fellowship is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Chronis Kapalidis, Academy Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellow, International Security Department

Chronis is a lieutenant in the Hellenic Navy and has over 13 years of professional experience as a navy warfare officer in NATO, EU and UN operations. His research interests include cybersecurity, defence studies, international and maritime security. Chronis’ fellowship is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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.

Cristina Gherasimov, Academy Robert Bosch Fellow (2017)

Cristina was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme. She has experience in consulting and research in democratization, Europeanization, and institutional developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the post-communist states as well as in workforce development and regional project implementation. Her research at Chatham House examined party financing and political elite renewal in Moldova and Ukraine. Cristina’s fellowship was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Lenio (Eleni) Capsaskis, Academy Stavros Niarchos Foundation Senior Fellow (2017)

Lenio was hosted by the Centre on Global Health Security. Her experience is primarily in managing health programmes and in public health advocacy and policy in developing countries and in Greece. Her research during the fellowship looked at the health of migrants and refugees and the development of an accessible, patient-centred health system in Greece. Lenio’s fellowship was sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Joyce Hakmeh, Academy Fellow (2016-17)

Joyce Hakmeh was 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 focused on the regional legal approaches to effectively fight cybercrime in the MENA region. Joyce’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation.

Renad Mansour, Academy Fellow (2016-17)

Renad Mansour was 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 used his fellowship to explore the situation of Iraq in transition and the dilemmas posed by state-building. Renad’s fellowship was supported by the Asfari Foundation. He is now a research fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme.

Kateryna Boguslavska, Academy Fellow (2016-17)

Kateryna Boguslavska was 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 examined why vested interests in Ukraine and Moldova continue to flourish. Kateryna’s fellowship was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Sonali Mittra, Academy Fellow (2017)

Sonali was jointly hosted by the Asia Programme and the Energy, Environment and Resources Department. She is the author of several reports on water security and sustainability in South Asia. Her research at Chatham House looked at Sino-Indian water cooperation and mapping the discourse surrounding transboundary water sharing in order to reimagine cross-border water management in South Asia. Sonali’s fellowship was supported by Richard Hayden.

Stefan Cibian, Academy Fellow (2016-17)

Stefan Cibian was hosted by the Africa Programme. During his fellowship, Stefan built on his expertise in relations between European organizations and Africa by exploring transition and reform in Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, investigating the lessons to be learned for future international development efforts. As part of his fellowship, Stefan spent three months at the South African Institute of International Affairs. His fellowship was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Anahit Shirinyan, Academy Fellow (2016-17)

Anahit Shirinyan was hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme. Her previous experience focused 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 was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Rana Marcel Khalaf, Academy Senior Fellow (2016)

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, Academy Senior Fellow (2016)

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, Academy Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellow (2015-16)

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, Academy Fellow (2015-16)

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, Academy Fellow (2015-16)

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, Academy Fellow (2015-16)

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.

Fatih Serbest, Academy Senior Fellow (2015-16)

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, Academy Fellow (2015)

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, Academy Fellow (2015)

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, Academy Fellow (2014-15)

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, Academy Senior Fellow (2015)

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, Academy Stavros Niarchos Foundation Senior Fellow (2015)

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, Academy Senior Fellow (2015)

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, Academy Senior Fellow (2015)

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, Academy Senior Fellow (2014-15)

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, Academy Fellow (2014)

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, Academy Senior Fellow (2014)

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.

Dr Fida Shafi, Academy Senior Fellow (2014)

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, Senior Visiting Academy Fellow (2014)

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.

Dr Anna Münster, Academy Fellow (2013)

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, Academy Fellow (2012)

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.                                                    

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