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Associate and Junior Fellows



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

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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Lily Chao is an Associate Fellow at Human Security Centre. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law and minor in Diplomacy at National Chengchi University in Taipei. She recently graduated from MSc International Politics at SOAS, University of London, with her dissertation focusing on the security-human rights dilemma and China’s counterterrorism policy. Her experience largely focuses on International Law, human rights crisis, and humanitarianism, where she is currently a research officer in an UN accredited organization. She once represented Taiwan in the 18th International Humanitarian Law Moot for Asian Pacific Region. Her research interests include China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees, conflict resolution, and human right-security confrontation.

Luke Austin 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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