Contributors

Agamemnon Koutsogiorgas, Greece

Agamemnon Koutsogiorgas, Greece

Agamemnon is a second year graduate student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, focusing on International Finance and Economic Policy. He also holds a BSc in International Economics from Georgetown University and an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He is from Athens, Greece and has a strong interest in European integration and economic policy within the Eurozone.

Ahmed Samra, Egypt

Ahmed Samra is the English Editor for a Cairo based think-tank, the Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS). He is also a student of political science and international relations with a particular interest in the Middle East.

Alaa El Shafei, Yemen

Alaa El-Shafei is currently based in Sana'a, Yemen, as on official with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He has previously worked for the Cairo Center for Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution and has published research articles in the Strategic Studies a series, a quarterly publication of the al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an MA candidate at the Columbia University School of Public Affairs' International Relations program. The views expressed in this article are entirely his own.

Alejandro Ormerod, Mexico

Alejandro Ormerod, Mexico

Alex is currently reading Latin American Studies at Oxford University. Previously, he worked as a Community Organiser with Citizens UK, while researching at Queen Mary, University of London, and cheese-making and mongering in Greenwich. Alex is also currently supporting 'Mexico-UK Dual Year' in conjunction with the Mexican Embassy through a series of conferences, seminars, and concerts at the British Library, as well as writing a chapter for a forthcoming book on Octavio Paz and his relationship with Britain. He is half-Mexican, half-British, and a chilango (someone from Mexico City) at heart.

Alessandro Piccioni, Italy

Alessandro Piccioni, Italy

Alessandro, 27 yr-old from Perugia (Italy), holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Perugia and a MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He is currently an MBA student and a Teaching/Research Assistant at MIT. Most recently, Alessandro worked at Goldman Sachs in the Miami office focusing on Alternative Investments in South America. Prior to that he worked for Bain & Company in the Private Equity Group and in the Financial Services practice. As an undergrad he was the Co-founder of a APY Inc., non-profit organization active in the sport event industry.

Alex De Pfyffer, Switzerland

Alex De Pfyffer, Switzerland

Alex is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to that, Alex worked for Barclays’ European Sales & Trading desk. He holds a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service

Ali Wyne, US

Ali Wyne is a member of the adjunct staff at the RAND Corporation and a contributing analyst at Wikistrat. A 2008 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2008 to 2009 and a research assistant to Graham Allison from 2009 to 2012. From January to August 2013 Ali served on the transition team of American Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. He is a coauthor of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013).

Andrew Boyle, US

Andrew Boyle, US

Andrew Boyle is a prosecuting attorney for the United Nations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, also known as the Khmer Rouge Trials. He has previously worked as an attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Brennan Center for Justice, and as a law clerk to a federal judge.

Andrew Novo, US

Dr. Andrew Novo is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He holds a D.Phil in Modern History and an M.Phil in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, the University of Oxford. An expert in the history and politics of the Mediterranean world, he is the author of two books including Queen of Cities, a novel about the fall of Constantinople, which has been translated into Greek and Turkish. Andrew has previously worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School and as a Sovereign Analyst for a Connecticut-based hedge fund. He has been published in the Cyprus Mail and the Asia Times and has lectured at the National Arts Club, Georgetown University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Anise Vance, UK

Anise Vance, an American national of Iranian descent, currently works for the Boston Indicators Project in research and communications. He holds an M.Phil. in Human Geography from Queen's University Belfast and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. Anise received his A.B. from Dartmouth College. He is a Mitchell and Beinecke Scholar, as well as a Mellon Mays Fellow. His work, which focuses on issues of empire, ethnicity, conflict, and post-conflict society, has appeared in numerous locations, most notably American Circus magazine.

Anita Rozowska, US

Anita Rozowska, US

Anita works on strategic communications around energy and extractives at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. She specializes in public information and awareness campaigns. She is a founder of ARGlobalOpportunities, an international consulting firm; a veteran of political campaigns and hopes to support more winning candidates in the future. She is a Polish national but has been living in Washington D.C. for almost a decade. She writes about politics, political campaigns, and national security.

Arnaud Favry, France

Arnaud graduated from the Paris Institute of Political sciences (Sciences Po Paris) where he holds a bachelor degree in political sciences and a master’s degree in public affairs (MPA). Moreover, he also holds a bachelor degree in Chinese language and civilization from the National Institute of Oriental Studies in Paris (INALCO). He worked in the cabinet of the French Minister of Health & Sports for two years and later on for the French Minister of Social Affairs for one year (2008-2011). He later became business development manager of Institut Mérieux in China (the mother group of five healthcare companies) and regional director of Mérieux développement for China, the private equity fund of the group, until joining HBS in September 2014.

Asaf Gilboa, Israel

Asaf Gilboa received a law degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School. Most recently, Asaf was the Founder and CEO of Themis UAV applications an Israeli startup company that developed advanced robotic solutions. Prior to that he served for 6 years in the Israeli defense forces as a mission leader and head of operations of an elite unmanned systems unit, in charge of operating advanced technological systems and adapting them to operational requirements. Asaf is involved and sits on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including the Israeli Chapter of Khan Academy and Safe Lane, a transportation safety non-profit.

Anna-Sofia Yurtaslan, Denmark

Anna-Sofia Olesen Yurtaslan, a half-Dane half-Turk, is currently a public housing social worker with Gentofte Municipality in Denmark. Her work involves neighborhood development, community building and fundraising. She holds a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy and a B.A. in Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia. She is especially interested in South Asia, where she spent the majority of her childhood (Pakistan, Nepal & India)-- she has previously worked at the NGO-Federation of Nepalese Indigenous Nationalities (NGO-FONIN) on the topic of social inclusion of indigenous peoples in post-civil war Nepal. Anna-Sofia is passionate about displacement crises (refugees and IDPs), human rights, social justice and inequality, social inclusion, post-conflict justice mechanisms, European integration, nationalism and multiculturalism.

Attiya Waris, Kenya

Attiya Waris, Kenya

Dr Waris is an Advocate, Arbitrator and Senior Lecturer, Law School, University of Nairobi in Kenya . She is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Rwanda as well as the University of Pretoria. She holds a PhD from Lancaster University, UK and holds two Masters of Laws one in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and another in Business and Commercial Law from the University of London as well as an Undergraduate Honours Law degree from the University of Nairobi. She is the current Managing Editor of the University of Nairobi Law Journal and a co-editor of the Journal of Australian Taxation and is a Board member of Lawyers 4 Better Business as well as being a past Vice-Chair of the Tax Justice Network.

Ben Notterman, US

Ben Notterman, US

Ben Notterman holds a JD from NYU School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cornell University. He has examined the economic effects of incarceration as a clinic student with NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, in support of the Center’s program to reduce mass incarceration. He currently works for the global law firm Jones Day in New York, where his bar admission is pending. His professional interests include criminal justice, labor law, and intellectual property.

Brandon Banner, US

Brandon Banner, US

Brandon Banner is a Washington, DC-based economic policy practitioner with experience in policy advocacy, international trade and development, foreign direct investment, multi-stakeholder engagement, corporate citizenship, and agribusiness. He currently works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council. Prior to joining the U.S. Chamber, Brandon worked on agricultural trade facilitation programs in emerging and developing markets at the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service. He is the Washington, D.C. Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and a member of the Board of Directors for the California State Society. He spent his early career in the California agribusiness sector and earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in agribusiness management and economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Brittany Cesarini, US

Brittany Cesarini, US

Brittany Cesarini is a passionate advocate for social justice. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, she studied public policy, gender studies, and African studies and spent her summers in East Africa, gaining fluency in the Swahili language. Upon graduating from Princeton in June 2012, she launched a health education initiative called Shikamana in Tanzania with the help of funding from the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize. Currently she lives in New York City, where she recently completed a public service fellowship through Princeton Project 55. Given her dedication to improving public health in marginalized communities, Brittany is pursuing a Master’s degree in Family & Population Health at Columbia University.

Caitlin Hartman, US

Caitlin Guzman Hartman works in economic development and civic engagement. She worked on both the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns and served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There, she focused on promoting food security and sustainable development, working on the Feed the Future initiative and serving an advisor on the US Delegation to the UN Commission for Sustainable Development. Caitlin later joined TechnoServe as the Innovations Program Manager and served on both East Africa and Latin America-based teams. Caitlin graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College and is currently studying for her Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Carlos Bethencourt, Spain

Carlos Bethencourt, Spain

Carlos, 27 yr-old from Madrid (Spain), holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MEng in Power Systems Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He also holds a MFin from the Center for Financial Studies. He is currently a MBA student at MIT Sloan where he also works as a Teaching Assistant and Researcher in the Applied Economics Department. Prior to joining the MBA program Carlos worked for McKinsey and Company as a Senior Business Analyst focusing primarily in the intersection between Energy and Corporate Finance. During his time at McKinsey, he also worked as Board Adviser for Oracle during its 2013 Corporate Restructuring

Chike Aguh, US

Chike Aguh works at the Advisory Board Company in Washington DC as an Associate Principal focused on using technology to drive excellence and equity in education at all levels. He has worked in education as a government official, teacher, consultant and startup advisor under Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York, Teach For America, Thailand as a Fulbright Scholar, the US Department of Education, McKinsey & Company and the Acumen Fund. He is a board member at InReach, an education non-profit in Prince George’s County, MD; alumni board member at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; President of the Harvard Black Alumni Society of Washington D.C. ; and board member at Code in the Schools, a Maryland non-profit teaching computer coding to underprivileged students. Chike received a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University where he served as student body president, Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he received the top award in his program, M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he served as a Presidential Public Service Fellow, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he served a Howard Mitchell Fellow.

Cindy Blažević

Cindy Blažević is a Toronto-based visual artist who uses photography to document shifting social and political landscapes. Her images, archival collections and installations explore themes of identity, authority and universality of experience. She has exhibited and/or published both in Canada and Europe. The Canada Council for the Arts, the British Arts Council, the European Cultural Fund and the Open Society Institute have all supported her projects. Most recently, Ms. Blažević was the inaugural Artist in Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Claudia Koerbler, Austria

Claudia Koerbler, Austria

Ms. Claudia Koerbler is an Austrian national who has lived and worked in the US, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy and served as an Interpreter for an Austrian based agency. She has served the Embassy of Austria and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. in different capacities with focus on communication, art, diplomacy and liaison of international development organization. She has also led visits of the Ambassador, State Secretary and Minister of Finance during State Department, World Bank and IMF Meetings. Ms. Koerbler currently holds a position at The World Bank Group within the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and BioCarbon Funds. She holds her BA with distinction in Interpretation and Transcultural Communication (English, Spanish, German) from the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria, Erasmus-Cultural Exchange Semester in Legal Interpretation from the Universitat Castellón de la Plana in Spain. She also completed a Certificate Program in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and is currently completing MA in Governance from the Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany.

Daniela Secches, Brazil

Daniela Secches, Brazil

Daniela Vieira Secches. International Relations PhD student at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Brazil. Master in Political Sciences from Masaryk University, Czech Republic. Bachelor in International Relations from Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Brazil, and bachelor in Law from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. Member of the Research Group on Middle Powers (GPPM), Brazil. Coordinator and professor at Centro Universitário UniBH International Relations graduation program, Brazil

Daniel Epstein, US

Daniel Epstein, US

Daniel Epstein is a sophomore at Harvard College, where he studies mass violence and reconciliation through the Social Studies program. He is the Writing Chair of the Harvard International Review, a position through which he has explored interests in human rights and economic development, and has experienced first-hand the opportunities and challenges that face publications in today's media climate. Until he figures out what he wants to do with his life, he hopes to learn as much as he can about the world and see as much of it as possible.

Dimitri Dadiomov, US

Dimitri Dadiomov, US

Dimitri Dadiomov is currently studying at Harvard Business School. Dimitri graduated from Stanford University and has worked and studied in the buzzing entrepreneurial centers of San Francisco, Seattle, Tel Aviv, Berlin, and now Boston, working on both the startup and the venture capital sides of the table. Dimitri loves to spend time drinking coffee, sitting around airports, and writing about himself in the third person.

Douglas Miller, US

Douglas Miller applies his background in environmental and behavioral economics at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to pioneer the global transformation to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Douglas holds a MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College London and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He received the highest academic awards and honors from both universities for his interdisciplinary, empirical research on environmental and climate action strategies. Before joining RMI, Douglas served in roles at Chatham House, Wharton Risk Center, Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Oxford University, Carbon Smart, and the Mayor of Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability.

Ed Halliday, UK

Ed Halliday, UK

Ed Halliday is Director of Strategy at a growing social enterprise called CoSchool (http://coschool.co/), which aims to transform education in Latin America by developing critical character and leadership skills in school students. He previously worked in education strategy as a consultant at Accenture Development Partnerships, and as a programme manager at The Prince's Trust. He holds an BA from the University of Oxford.

Elena Weissmann, US

Elena Weissmann, US

Elena Weissmann is an advocate at the Bronx Defenders, where her work focuses on providing holistic legal and social justice services for the South Bronx's low-income communities. She previously held a fellowship at the Office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, conducted independent research on cooperative dialogue in Jerusalem, and served as an analyst for the Global Emergency Group. She holds a dual BA/MPP from the University of Virginia, and has a special interest in cities' policies and lived experiences.

Elliot Leung, Hong Kong

Elliot Leung is a startup founder based in Hong Kong. Previously he was researcher at the Fung Global Institute.

Erin Summe, South Africa

Erin Summe, South Africa

Erin is currently a student at London Business School. She studied Economics at Georgetown University before spending three years on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. In 2010 she moved to Cape Town and spent two years working with Grassroot Soccer, an NGO that leverages sport to fight against HIV across sub-Sahara Africa. She is fluent in French, an avid yogi, and a firm believer in paying it forward.

Farah M. Valencia

Farah M. Valencia currently works on projects in West Africa and Latin America within the Energy and Extractives Global Practice at the World Bank. She holds a BA in International Development with a focus on Africa from Boston University and a MA in Environment, Sustainable Development and Risks from Sciences Po Paris. Farah speaks five languages fluently and has worked with international development organizations in Europe, the US, Africa, and South America.

Freddie Williams, UK

Freddie is from London. He works as an M&A manager for a global media communications group, specialising in the financial and market due diligence of investment opportunities. He operates in both established and emerging markets, working out of Mexico, India, New York and Copenhagen within the past year. He left Oxford University in 2010 with a BA in Russian before training as an accountant at PwC. His special interest is Sports.

Robert de L'Escaille, US

Robert de l’Escaille, a Belgian national, currently works for the Agriculture Unit of the World Bank Group. He holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College London and a B.Sc. in International Food and Agri-Business from the Royal Agricultural College.

Amb Grigol Mgaloblishvili, Georgia

Amb Grigol Mgaloblishvili, Georgia

Amb Grigol Mgaloblishvili is a career diplomat who has served in the Georgian Foreign Service for 18 years. Before joining the College of International Security Affairs at NDU as Visiting Distinguished Faculty Member he served as the Permanent Representative of Georgia to NATO. During his tenure as a Georgian Ambassador to NATO he was actively involved in a decision making process of Georgia's defense and security policy; particularly, on issues of Georgia's integration into NATO and its active involvement in ISAF operations. Throughout his career he served as the Prime Minister, Georgian Ambassador to Turkey and as a non-resident Georgian Ambassador to Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina. He also held different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, such as the Director of European Department and Deputy Director of the US Department.

Hannah Bathula, New Zealand

Hannah Bathula, New Zealand

Hannah is an Indian-born New Zealand national and a graduate consultant at Ernst & Young in Sydney. Hannah holds a Juris Doctor from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Population Health from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Hannah has previously interned at The World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency in Washington D.C. and at PwC’s Health Advisory Practice in Sydney.

Hella Bennani, Tunisia

Hella Bennani, Tunisian- French national, currently works in the Operation Policy and Country. Services at the World Bank. Hella’s career combined both public and private sector experiences. Hella is a Sorbonne Alumnus. She holds a Master in International Economics from Paris 1. Pantheon-Sorbonne and received her B.A in Economics from Sorbonne University. Hella has an interest in the political economy with a focus on private sector development in Middle East and North Africa Region.

HIlary Hurd, UK

HIlary Hurd, UK

Hilary Hurd is a 2013 Marshall Scholar currently studying at King's College London.

Ian Ralby, UK

Dr. Ian Ralby is Founder and Executive Director of I.R. Consilium through which he and his team work with governments and organizations on solving complex security-related problems. He has worked extensively with governments in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the Balkans among others. He holds a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a JD from William & Mary Law School; and both an MPhil in International Relations and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Igor Medina de Souza, Brazil

Igor Medina de Souza, Brazil

Igor Abdalla Medina de Souza is a career diplomat since 2006. He is currently working at the Department of Europe at the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations. Igor is also Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Bachelor's Degrees in Law and Economics.

Inka Schomer, South Africa

Inka Schomer, South Africa

Inka Schomer is a Program Coordinator for the Africa Renewable Energy Access (AFREA) Gender and Energy Program. Previously she worked on climate and carbon finance projects and programs in the renewable energy sector globally. She holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and completed a postgraduate at the University of Cape Town with majors in Economics and Environmental Management. She was given a vegetable garden to oversee at 4 years old and blames her love of all things food and sustainability on her formative years spent at a Montessori kindergarten making pasta and growing spinach.

Jasmine Nettles, US

Jasmine Nettles, US

Jasmine Nettles. 21 years old and a native of Flint, MI. Sophomore at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Studying English Language & Literature & Journalism. She is also quality Control Manager of the Ferris State Torch Newspaper. She is actively involved on her college campus as a student leader and volunteer worker.

Javier Unda, Spain

Javier Unda a Madrid-based entrepreneur, CEO of Gonway a social network connecting students with companies. He holds a BA on Economics and Political Science by the University of Navarra where he also collaborated as a research assistant at the Navarra Centre for International Development. He has worked as a consultant for Banco Santander on projects related to investment banking in LATAM and the US. He is currently developing other side projects from gastronomy to film producing, and as a speaker on entrepreneurship.

Jemi Laclé, Aruba

Jemi Laclé, Aruba

Jemi Laclé, born on the Dutch Caribbean Island, Aruba has been working at the World Bank Group for the Dutch Executive Director’s office since September 2013. Ms. Laclé is also a member of the World Bank Group Youth2Youth Steering Committee as chair of Partnerships & Events. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Laclé worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She has also gained experience working at the India-Brazil Chamber of Commerce in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, Jemi graduated from Leiden University earning a Master of Science in Public Administration with a specialization in International Development Administration and Caribbean Studies. She studied International Relations, Political Science both at the University of Amsterdam and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Jemi has also completed a Bachelor in Business Administration in International Business and Management Studies at The Hague University of Applied Science.

Jeremy Griffith, US

Jeremy Griffith is co-founder and co-editor of UnfetteredEquality.com, an opinion platform dedicated to establishing meeting-points between progressive and libertarian politics. He is also an artist and game designer working in the independent games sphere.

Jessica Cohen, France

Jessica Cohen, France

Jessica is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Jessica comes from a Strategy consulting background and held several positions in Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Most recently, Jessica spent three years developing a Fin-tech start-up in New-York. She holds a Master in Management from Essec Graduate School of Business.

Justin Ibbett, UK

Justin Ibbett, UK

Justin currently studies public policy at the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He has a BA in History from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics. In between the two he worked in M&A as an investment banker.

Joanna Nix, US

Joanna Nix graduated from Brandeis University in 2014 with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Journalism and Classics. She is Assistant Editor at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she manages student research for the Institute’s Justice Brandeis Law Project. An aspiring journalist with a travel itch, she hopes to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer starting next year. To learn more about Angel Echavarria’s case, go to Brandeis.edu/investigate.

Joseph Lucenta, US

Joseph Luchenta is dual degree MBA – MPA/ID student at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. He previously served as Vice President of Strategy for the New Orleans Business Alliance and a Country Director in Namibia and Mozambique for People to People Health International.

Justin Varilek, Russia

Justin Varilek, Russia

Justin Varilek is an entrepreneur with special focus on the media industry and Russia. He developed his expertise working at the daily newspaper The Moscow Times, then founding the PR department at Skoltech in Moscow. He has also worked at Human Rights Center Memorial, assisting both the communications and legal departments.

Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Turkey

Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Turkey

Karabekir Akkoyunlu is assistant professor of Modern Turkey studies at the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz. He recently completed a PhD in comparative politics at the London School of Economics, where his research focused on political and institutional change in Turkey and Iran. At the LSE, he taught courses on Middle East politics and theories of democracy and democratisation. In 2011 - 2012, he was a research associate at the Southeast European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX). Prior to his academic career, he worked as a political analyst in London and as an English teacher in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He holds a B.A. in History from Brown University and M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Karim Salama, Egypt/Switzerland

Karim Salama Graduated from Regent's University in 2010 with a BA(Hons.) in Global Financial Management. In 2012 he helped establish the office of the Power Investment Group of the Marubeni Corporation in Dubai, and is currently serving in the role of Business Development Manager with a focus on strategy for the groups activities in Egypt. His interest are in politics, economics, and the business of sport.

Katie Parry, UK

Katie, a British national, is currently studying for the Masters in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has spent the last 3 years working on quantitative impact evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has a special interest in the governance and education sectors. She has worked as an ODI fellow for the Bank of Sierra Leone.

Khatchig Karamanoukian, Lebanon

Khatchig Karamanoukian is currently a management consultant, based in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in Lebanon and currently lives in the US. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPhil from Oxford University.

Kiran Aziz, Norway

Kiran Aziz, Norway

Kiran Aziz is working as Attorney at Law at Ernst & Young in Oslo. She graduated from University in Oslo along with Cornell Law School. She has broad experience from International legal aid projects through being leader of the Internal legal aid committee at The Norwegian Female Lawyers' Association. NKJF cooperates in international projects in order to focus on womens ´ social and legal issues in other parts of the world. NKJF has been involved in projects in countries like Colombia, Thailand, Egypt. Kiran is also a member of the Norwegian Bar Association´s International Legal Aid committee. The purpose is to establish a cooperation with other Bar associations in order to strength Human Rights and access to legal aid. Currently the legal aid projects are in Uganda and Guatemala. Further on Kiran is engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility as being one of the members of International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She is also a board member of Oslo Red Cross.

Lara Nelson, Jordan

Lara has spent the last two years as strategic communications advisor to the Syrian Opposition in Turkey working in the President’s Office of the Syrian Opposition Coalition in Istanbul and then from the Turkish-Syrian border in the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office. Previously, Lara was a Senior Political Advisor in the British Parliament, focusing on the Middle East. She has also worked in Palestine, in the West Bank and then in the Gaza Strip after Operation Cast Lead 2008-2009. Lara speaks Arabic and holds an Oxford University degree in Theology, specialising in Islam, and an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London, during 2013 she was a guest researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.

Lars Miethke, Germany

Lars Miethke, Germany

Lars Miethke works at a global management consulting firm supporting clients in the areas of strategic growth, value capture and M&A in the aerospace and defence industries. Before joining the consulting sector, Lars Miethke studied Business & Economics at the Humboldt University Berlin and received a graduate degree in European Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also worked and studied abroad in Berlin, Paris, London, and Beijing. Lars Miethke currently lives in Washington, DC and has a special interest in European & international affairs.

Lera Shvets, Russia

Lera Shvets, Russia

Lera holds a Bachelor degree in Asian studies, primary specialisation in North and South Korea, from Moscow State University and Masters in Political Economy from the University of Sydney. She has worked with both private and public sectors within different spheres - from managing online start-ups to organising international architectural competitions. Currently she is based in Copenhagen and work as a contributing writer for several Russian city newspapers and lifestyle magazines.

Lilja Jonsdottir, Iceland

Lilja Jonsdottir, Iceland

Lilja is a former journalist at the Icelandic Business Journal where she covered everything from energy to politics. She has a BS in Economics from the University of Iceland and is currently an MBA candidate at the Harvard Business School. She led the Student Council for the University of Iceland and has worked for political parties in Iceland.

Lisa Kharpoutlian, Lebanon

Lisa Kharpoutlian works as a Marketing and Communication Manager at a regional medical firm based in Beirut, Lebanon. As an Armenian born in the USA and brought up in Lebanon, she has always found an interest in the diversity of cultures and enjoys travelling the globe to discover new ones.

Luciana Meira, Brazil

Luciana has experience within the United Nations and the private sector and is currently working towards the creation of learning opportunities for policy makers from developing countries in the UN Industrial Development Organization. Luciana graduated in Law and International Relations, and holds a Master degree in Global Studies from the University of Vienna, but believes that the majority of her education has come from the brilliant people she has collaborated with along the way. Luciana is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge and has a special interest in the economic and political struggles of developing countries and women’s empowerment.

Lyla Latif, Kenya

Lyla Latif, Kenya

Lyla Latif is a corporate and litigation lawyer with Rachier & Amollo Advocates in Kenya. She holds an undergraduate law degree from the University of Nairobi and two master degrees; one in Public Finance and Financial Services Law from the same university and another in Development and Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. She specialises in health and taxation research, policy and law formulation, human rights and 'zakat' financing. She is currently working with the European Commission and the World Health Organisation on the right to health.

Mark Hanis, US

Mark Hanis is a serial social entrepreneur. He helped found the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University, the Organ Alliance (now ORGANIZE), and United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition). Mark also served as a White House Fellow, working in the Office of Vice President Biden as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for South America, Africa, and Human Rights.

Marta Szczerba, UK

Marta Szczerba, UK

Marta is currently pursuing MBA at Harvard Business School where she is a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated with a First Class Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St John’s College, Oxford where she was awarded John Hicks prize for top result in Macroeconomics. Marta started her career at The Boston Consulting Group before she became Managing Director of e-tailer Exante as part of The Hut Group, UK’s largest multi-site retailer. Marta led the post-merger integration of the site and grew its revenues more than 100% year-on-year from the base of £3M pa, before moving on to the Group’s mergers & acquisitions department. Over this period Marta also worked for her family’s publishing business, establishing relationships with clients such London Eye or Tate Publishing. In 2012 Marta co-founded London-based 550+ member young female professionals network Eyedea, which has since hosted over 30 events including dinners with entrepreneur Jo Malone and Carolyn McCall CEO of easyJet.

Maximilian Clarke, UK

Maximilian Clarke, UK

After graduating from Leeds, Maximilian worked as a volunteer in Afghanistan before securing work as a business journalist in London. A year and a half later he returned to Kabul for another six months where he worked with a local human rights organisation. During his free time he pursued his passion for photography. Beginning with the riots on Kiev’s Maidan, Maximilian has spent months of the past year in and out of Ukraine pursuing his passion for photography whilst documenting the revolution and the increasingly brutal conflict in the Donbass.

Mallory Dwinal, US

Mallory Dwinal, US

Mallory Dwinal is the Lead Founder and proposed Executive Director of Oxford Day Academy (www.OxfordDayAcademy.org). She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics, Spanish, and International Studies (triple major); additionally, she holds a Ph.D. in Education from Oxford University, which she attended as a U.S. Rhodes Scholar. After completing her doctorate, Mallory joined the 2011 Washington, DC cohort of Teach for America, where she served as a middle and high school Spanish teacher as well as Electives Department Chairperson. She is now a second-year M.B.A. candidate at Harvard Business School, and will move permanently to the Bay Area when she graduates this spring.

Merissa Khurma, Jordan

Merissa is a strategic communications specialist in various development projects addressing the Syrian refugee crisis with a focus on youth, women and education through sports. From 2011-2013, Merissa served as Director of the Office of HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and managed Prince Ali's campaign for his candidacy to the position of Vice President in the world governing body of football (soccer), FIFA. From 2003-2010, Merissa served as a Jordanian diplomat in the United States heading the Jordan Information Bureau (JIB) in Washington, DC, the Embassy of Jordan’s press and public diplomacy arm. Merissa serves on the board of a Amman based NGO, Asian Football Development Project. Merissa also volunteers with International Circassian Cultural Academy and is an active member of Gift of Life Amman (GOLA), a charitable organization that finances surgeries for underprivileged children suffering from congenital heart disease.

Michael McBride, US

Michael McBride, US

Michael McBride is a former Ranger and Army Infantry Officer with multiple deployments in support of the Global War on Terror. He currently works as a consultant for the United States Government. He holds an M.A. in Security Studies from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a B.A in History from Brown University.

Minhae Choi, Republic of Korea

Minhae Choi, Republic of Korea

Minhae is an Analyst at the World Bank Group. Previously she worked with the United Nations, World Health Organization, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington D.C. where she focused on international and public sector management, cross-cultural collaboration and human capacity development. In 2011, she was a contributing editor for the Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA). She holds a dual degree in MPA and M.A. in Economics from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

Max Krahé, Germany

Max Krahé, Germany

Max is a doctoral student and Sterling Prize Fellow in the Political Science Department at Yale University. He specialises in the political philosophy of capitalism and the impact of technological development on social and political instability. Prior to coming to Yale Max worked in consulting, first at McKinsey’s Munich office before moving to a boutique energy and environmental economics consultancy in London. He holds an M.Sc. (Distinction) in Political Theory from the LSE, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (First Class Honours) from Oxford.

Mohamed El Laymouni, Egypt

Mohamed El Laymouni, Egypt

Mohamed is an Egyptian photographer/videographer who roams the streets of Egypt hungry for a new adventure, searching for interesting stories to show it to rest of the world. He is a computer science graduate from the German University of Cairo. You can find more of his work at his blog "Hearts of Egypt."

Morwari Zafar, US

Morwari Zafar, US

Morwari Zafar is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Oxford. She is an affiliate of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society and the Oxford Diasporas Programme, and a visiting scholar at George Washington University’s Institute for Global and International Studies. Her research examines the contributions the Afghan-American diaspora made in producing expert knowledge for the U.S. military’s counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan. She holds a MA in anthropology from George Washington University and a BA in English from the University of Puget Sound.

Marina Sharpe, UK

Marina Sharpe, UK

Marina Sharpe is a doctoral candidate and Trudeau Scholar in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Prior to this, she practiced law with Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP and was legal officer at the International Refugee Rights Initiative in Uganda. Marina has taught courses at the Universities of London, Oxford and Sherbrooke, and has guest lectured at Georgetown, the University of Tripoli and Yale. As an independent consultant, Marina has undertaken projects for organisations including Amnesty International, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and UNHCR. She is widely published in the fields of human rights and refugee law. Marina holds a BA in economics from McGill, an MSc in international development from the LSE and degrees in civil and common law from McGill.

Nicolas Lippolis, Brazil

Nicolas Lippolis is a Brazilian student in the MSc in Economics for Development at Oxford University, where he previously obtained a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He has worked on projects on African development and Brazil-Africa relations, as well as a stint working for the municipal government of Rio de Janeiro. His main interests are economic development in Africa and Latin America, in addition to the politics of the African diaspora.

Nikolas Kowall, Austria

Nikolaus works at the Macroeconomic policy institute in Düsseldorf, he is a Phd student in economics and lector at the Vienna university of economics and business. He is chairman of the social-democratic think tank Sektion 8.

Okendo Lewis-Gayle, Italy

Okendo Lewis-Gayle is founder and chairman of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance (HEA). In partnership with Fortune 500 companies, reputable investors and prestigious universities, HEA supports the entrepreneurial aspirations of highly educated young Africans through fellowships, scholarships, angel investment and venture capital. HEA partners include the Parliament of South Africa, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanford University and the Vatican.

Patrick Elyas, Egypt/USA

Patrick Elyas is a JD/MBA candidate in the Class of 2018 at the Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania Law School. Patrick, an Egyptian-American from Los Angeles, graduated from the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. His senior thesis, "No Longer Dhimmis: How European Intervention in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries Empowered Copts in Egypt" was published in the College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal. Patrick went on to spend two years working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in its Dubai office and one year in a secondment role as Chief of Staff of a U.S.-based education reform organization. Patrick has a deep interest in American and Egyptian politics and private sector development in the Middle East and Africa.

Petros Stamatopoulos, Greece

Petros holds a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also a CFA charterholder. Petros has held various positions in banking in the City of London, before joining the management consulting industry in Greece. He is currently performing his military service in Athens.

Salima Namusobya, Uganda

Salima Namusobya, Uganda

Salima Namusobya is the Executive Director of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER). She is a lawyer and human rights advocate who has specialized in international human rights law and forced migration. She earned her LLB from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, a Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre and a LLM degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Columbia in New York, participating in the Human Rights Advocates Program, and also completed courses on litigating social and economic rights from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute for Human Rights at the Abo Akademi in Turku, Finland. She is a co-author for the textbook on ‘Civil Procedure and Practice in Uganda’. Previously, she worked in various capacities with the Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law, Makerere University and also served as the Eastern Africa Coordinator for International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) - an online project of the Amsterdam Center for International Law and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, published by Oxford University Press. She is a member of the Uganda Law Society, the Federation of Female Lawyers in Uganda (FIDA) and the East African Law Society.

Satoshi Mukoyama, Japan

Satoshi Mukoyama, Japan

Satoshi Mukoyama, a Japanese national, is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, Satoshi was an infrastructure investment professional with Mitsubishi Corporation - a Japanese conglomerate - and its affiliated infrastructure fund managers. Satoshi worked on a variety of transactions globally, as well as helped the firm’s fundraising from Japanese institutional investors. Prior to his infrastructure assignment, he also worked in Mitsubishi’s real estate investment business. Outside of work, Satoshi enjoys traveling, and has been to more than 50 countries. Satoshi received his BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Tokyo, and also studied at the University of Toronto as an exchange student.

Sheyda Monshizadeh-Azar, UK/Iran

Sheyda Monshizadeh-Azar, UK/Iran

Sheyda Monshizadeh-Azar was born in Iran and grew up splitting her time between Tehran and North-West London. She holds a B.A. in Politics from the University of Warwick and received her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. Whilst in Washington D.C., she held positions at Vital Voices, Search for Common Ground and the National Iranian American Council. She is currently back in London where she works in the House of Commons for Diane Abbott, Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington.

Sebastian I. Burduja, Romania

Sebastian I. Burduja, Romania

Sebastian "Tianu" Burduja is the President of the CAESAR Foundation, a research, educational, and civic action institution devoted to Romania’s sustainable and inclusive development. He has worked for several international organizations and top-tier consulting firms, focusing on economic development and political reform. Sebastian holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Politics from Stanford University.

Sebastian Johnson, US

Sebastian Johnson is a policy fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, DC. He earned a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy at Georgetown University and The London School of Economics. Johnson joined Teach for America in 2010, and taught elementary school in Lawrence, MA. He is originally from Montgomery County, MD.

Shashank Shukla, India

The author is a Mason fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, is a writer, a social entrepreneur as well as a politico-social commentator focusing on contemporary issues in Indian society

Michelle Ratpan, Canada

Michelle Ratpan, a Canadian national, works as a Litigation Specialist for the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Michelle’s work includes investigations into fraud and corruption in several regions of the world including the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and South Asia Regions. Michelle has previously worked for the Department of Justice (Canada) as Counsel on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada. Michelle received her B.A. from McGill University, BCL/LLB from McGill's Faculty of Law and LLM in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law School.

Stephanie Marton, US

Stephanie Marton is a Harvard Business School student and former management consultant. She holds a strong interest in healthcare economics and healthcare policy. She graduated from Yale University, where she concentrated in cognitive science and economics.

Talal Malik, Saudi Arabia

Talal Malik, Saudi Arabia

Talal Malik is a global entrepreneur and trusted adviser to some of the world's top government and business leaders. Specialising in governance, strategy and influence, Talal has held senior executive roles with global top tier institutions such as McKinsey & Company, Reuters and the United Nations. Educated at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Talal is based primarily between Dubai, Jeddah and London.

Tanya Baytor, Canada

Tanya Baytor, Canada

Tanya Baytor, a Canadian national, is the Global Health Law LL.M. Director at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law School. At the O’Neill Institute, Tanya has worked on a number of global and domestic health law and policy projects. She has studied and is interested in various health law related fields, such as the intersection between global health and human rights, non-communicable diseases, health law and sport, and the implementation of the World Health Organization's revised International Health Regulations. Tanya has previously worked as an attorney with the Canadian law firm Torys LLP where she practiced health regulatory and intellectual property law. Tanya received her B.A. from McMaster University, LLB from Osgoode Hall Faculty of Law and LLM in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law School.

Tara Shirvani, US

Dr. Tara Shirvani, Iranian with Austrian nationality, currently works for the Energy and Transport Unit of the World Bank Group. She holds a MPhil degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil degree in Fuel Technology from the University of Oxford. Tara previously worked at the Climate Policy Unit of the World Bank, the United Nations office in Iran, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. In 2012, she was recognized as a “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum. Dr. Shirvani has several featured articles in The Economist, The Times of London and New Statesman magazine on a variety of topics ranging from Alternative Fuels to the Arab Spring. Her public speaking engagements include keynotes at Durham University, University of Oxford and Harvard Business School.

Thania Christodoulou, Greece

Thania Christodoulou, Greece

Thania studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol University in the UK. She also holds an Mphil degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. After finishing her studies in 2008 she moved back to Greece where she runs her family business, Noratex. They sell electrical industrial products, energy efficiency and renewable energy products. She has a strong interest in sustainability and business.

Touraj Eghtesad, Netherlands

Touraj Eghtesad, Netherlands

Touraj Eghtesad, a Dutch national, is a Junior Research Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His current academic focus is on graduate unemployment in Tunis and Barcelona for the Graduate School of Social Sciences. He has worked as a researcher on international law and Bolivian constitutional law for Instituto de Estudios Internacionales academic journal and is conversant in five languages.

Vassilis Kontos, Cyprus

Vassilis Kontos is currently VP of Investment Management with Cyprus Capital Partners, the first private equity fund in Cyprus. Vassilis started his career at ASTRA, his family’s car rental business where he led the development of a new company offering leasing services, before setting up his own consulting firm specializing in business development for international clients wishing to establish or grow their operations in Cyprus. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business where he completed the Business Honors Program with Distinction & Honors majoring in Finance & International Business. Vassilis is fluent in four languages and has received a diploma from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Rouen, France.

William Clowes, UK

William Clowes is a freelance journalist based in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously he was a sub-Saharan Africa analyst at The Risk Advisory Group, a political risk and commercial due diligence firm headquartered in London.

Wyatt Smith, US

Wyatt Smith, US

Wyatt Smith is an MBA candidate in the Harvard Business School Class of 2015, where he serves as president of Section J. Prior to graduate school, Wyatt served as a Teach for America corps member, teaching Social Studies at G.W. Carver High School in Birmingham, AL. He plans to join McKinsey & Company as an associate in San Francisco in August 2015.

Yassin Sabha, Italy

Yassin Sabha, Italy

Yassin Sabha is an Italian-Jordanian young economist at the World Bank Group, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Prior to that, Yassin worked on trade and investment at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. He holds an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a a Master of Science in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Yassin also writes about Trade and Competitiveness issues in Italy and the Middle East for the US-Italy Global Affairs Forum, as well as on his blog.

Zakia Akkouh, Norway

Zakia Akkouh, Norway

Zakia is currently combining her expertise in International Relations and Communications in her job as a Project Officer at the European Wergeland Centre, a centre set up to implement the Council Of Europe's policies on Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship in the member states. She has previously worked as a Communications Advisor for the Norwegian Directorate of Health and as a journalist for two of the main Norwegian newspapers; Aftenposten and Dagbladet. She holds an MA in International Studies and Diplmacy from SOAS, University of London; a BA in International Relations from the University of Oslo and a BA in Journalism from Oslo University College.

Zein Jardaneh, Jordan

Zein Jardaneh, Jordan

Zein Jardaneh received a BSc in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. She is a research analyst based in the UAE, with a strong interest in international affairs and socio-economic development.

Alexandra Schuster, US

Alex is currently a first-year graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School. She has worked at The Huffington Post where she helped launch their livestream, HuffPost Live. While there, she served as the liaison between the editorial teams of HuffPost and the livestream, focusing on growth, show integration, and content development. She has also worked in broadcast at ABC News Nightline and in government at The White House. She is a political junkie and a Boston native.

Christina Sgardeli, Greece

Christina Sgardeli, Greece

Christina Sgardeli studied at Imperial College, Oxford and MIT, worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and London, Viohalco in Athens and interned at the European Parliament in Brussels. She is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School. Christina is originally from Greece and her favorite topics are European integration, global political economy and financial reforms.

Fred Spring, UK

Fred Spring received a BA in Philosophy and Russian from Oxford University and spent 9 months living in St. Petersburg and Kiev. He is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School. Fred has worked as a management consultant in London and as a civil servant in the UK Government working on youth social action. He is currently co-president of the HBS Government and Public Policy Club. Fred has a special interest in UK politics as well as in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Tewfik Cassis, Egypt

Tewfik Cassis received a BSc in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Cairo American College. He is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School. Most recently, Tewfik served as Head of Business Development for Roominate, an educational toy company based in Palo Alto, aimed at closing the gender gap in STEM fields. Prior to that he worked for McKinsey’s Dubai office focusing on Telecommunications, Marketing and Sales projects. Tewfik was part of the founding team of Romulus Capital, a student-run VC fund. As an undergrad he was an Executive Editor for the MIT International Review. He has an interest in the global political economy with a particular focus on Middle Eastern politics and conflict resolution.

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