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Andrada Filip is a Junior Fellow at the Human Security Centre. She earned a BA (Hons) in International Politics from the University of Surrey and subsequently read for a postgraduate degree in political science at the University of Vienna. Her Bachelor’s thesis looked at the legacy of colonialism in Africa and her Master’s thesis analysed the viability of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ concept in terms of foreign policy. Andrada has benefited from a considerable amount of diversified work experience on the United Nations system and the phenomenon of migration, having previously worked as an intern for the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Organization for Migration. Furthermore, she is also a long-standing collaborator for the Academic Council on the UN System, Vienna Liaison, having focused particularly on femicide/gender-related killing of women and girls, the situation of women in Afghanistan and the abolition of the death penalty. Andrada currently works as project co-ordinator for WAVE, a European network of NGOs active in the field of violence against women. Her research interests include human rights, conflict resolution strategies, principles of good governance, violence against women, women’s role in peace and security, and international development.

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Contact: andrada.filip@hscentre.org

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Laura Cretney is a Junior Fellow at the Human Security Centre and works in the Policy Unit. Her areas of research interest include Middle East (particularly Gulf) security, corruption, counterinsurgency, Islamic extremism and human rights. She has previously worked in development and risk consultancy on MENA focused projects, and is the founder and editor of the political and current affairs blog, Pink Jinn. Laura holds an MSc in Middle East Politics and Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies, along with a BA in Politics, Arabic and Spanish from the University of Durham. She has lived in the UK, Spain and Oman, and is currently training as an auditor at KPMG on the Isle of Man.

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Contact: laura.cretney@hscentre.org

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Irena Baboi is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, researching the future of European Union involvement in the Western Balkans. She also obtained both of her previous degrees from the same university, having completed an MA in Politics and Central and East European Studies and an MSc in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Irena’s previous work experience includes internships with AKE Intelligence Group in London, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United Nations Information Centre in her hometown of Bucharest, Romania, fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, freelance writing and editing for Oxford University Press. She has also been a volunteer with the British Red Cross since 2013. Irena’s research interests include human rights, peacebuilding and statebuilding, conflict prevention, management and resolution, transitional justice, and post-conflict development.

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Contact: irena.baboi@hscentre.org

Fadzai Nkwenzi is a recent graduate of Coventry University, having successfully completed an MA in International Relations and prior to that a BA in Politics and History from Brunel University. Her Master’s thesis examined the utility of a human security framework in transnational human trafficking and asserted that current frameworks failed to protect and prevent human trafficking. Her research interests include transnational human trafficking, particularly a human security policy driven response to human trafficking; human rights, migration, international relations within Africa and Asia-Pacific and principles of good governance.

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Contact: fadzai.nkwenzi@hscentre.org

Constantin Eckner is a Junior Fellow at the Human Security Centre. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of St Andrews, researching the “asylum debates” in Europe since the 1980s. His other areas of research include Middle East and North Africa security, EU foreign policy and human rights. Constantin holds an M.Litt in Modern History from the University of St Andrews and an M.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Goettingen. He has worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent for broadcasters and news agencies. Constantin is fluent in German, English, French, and Czech, and has working knowledge in Arabic, Spanish and Russian.

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Contact: constantin.eckner@hscentre.org

Jonny Elswood is a Junior Fellow based in Glasgow. He attained First Class Honours in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, and then completed an MSc with Distinction in Global Security. He has conducted research into Mexican national security, global counter-narcotics, media suppression in Syria, and non-state groups in Sub-Saharan Africa. He completed a Military Security course in Lithuania, and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Journalism. Among other things, he is an advocate for drug law reform and greater dialogue surrounding mental health.

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Contact: Jonny.Elswood@hscentre.org

Lauren Stauffer is an Associate Fellow in the Security and Defence division. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Connecticut where she is studying foreign relations history, specifically in regards to U.S.-NATO relations, and human rights. Lauren received a B.A. in History (Hons) from Vassar College and wrote her senior thesis on the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo. During her undergraduate career, she also studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, Lauren has worked at the Roosevelt Institute’s Four Freedoms Center and served as a Vassar Ford Scholar. Lauren’s research interests include transatlantic relations, Western security, humanitarian intervention, multilateral institutions, human rights, and post-conflict reconciliation.

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Contact: lauren.stauffer@hscentre.org

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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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Contact: rohullah.yakobi@hscentre.org