Rohullah Yakobi is an Associate Fellow. Born in Afghanistan, he fled from Taliban persecution, aged 12, and lived in Iran and Pakistan before coming to Britain in November 2004. He is passionate about democracy and human rights in his native country and the wider region. Drawing on his often traumatic experiences, Rohullah has written extensively on democracy, human rights and terrorism. He has been a strong proponent of active and responsible citizenship, and hence involved in different political and community organisations. He has read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Open University. Rohullah is fluent in English, Persian, Pashtu and Hazaragi.
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Kimberly L. Miner is an Associate Fellow and a hospitalist on a COVID-19 team in Massachusetts. She has prescribed medicine for both primary care and hospitalized patients. Her research interests include population health, infectious disease, and preventive care. Previously, Miner worked in pediatrics in the Boston area. Her experiences include primary care, step-down ICUs, long term acute care facilities, and she volunteered in sports medicine for the US Olympic Judo Team. She has dedicated years of her life to the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and special needs. Miner is a graduate of the University of Virginia with several years of experience in lab and academic research.
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Luke Austin is a Junior Fellow who has recently completed his MA with distinction in Governance and Global Affairs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He wrote his master’s dissertation on the levels of consistency and contradiction between actual policy-making and political discourse in the framework of EU-Russia relations. Luke also holds a BA in Japanese and Russian from the University of Leeds. He has previously interned for the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow.
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Oliver Hegglin is a Junior Fellow and a geopolitical threat analyst in the private sector and has a master’s degree in international affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a dual bachelor’s degree in international studies and anthropology from Washington College. Between and during degrees he completed internships with diplomatic representations and the United Nations, and worked for a developmental NGO. Oliver is a Specialist Officer with Swiss Armed Forces International Command where he supports the training for peace support operations and has served abroad in Mali and Kosovo. He is a board member of the NGO Imholz Foundation. His research interests include peacekeeping, the Arctic and Swiss and global security issues.
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