Sonia Languille

Dr. Sonia Languille is a Team Manager with the Education Program at Open Society Foundations, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world. She works on issues related to the strengthening of public education systems. Between 2017 and 2020, she co-led OSF’s Higher Education Support Program and managed portfolios to support refugees’ access to higher education and knowledge production in the global South. She is also a research fellow at the Centre for Education and International Development at University College London. Her research interests center on the relationship between the state and the market in education, and more generally, on the political economy of education finance in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Open Society, Sonia worked for various aid agencies in the fields of state reform, public finance and education policy. Sonia holds two masters in development economics and international affairs from the Sorbonne and a PhD in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).

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Dia Kayyali

Dia Kayyali is Associate Director for Advocacy at Mnemonic, the umbrella organization for Syrian Archive, Yemeni Archive, and Sudanese Archive. In their role, Dia focuses on the real-life impact of policy decisions made by lawmakers and technology companies about content moderation and related topics. Previously, Dia served as Program Manager for tech + advocacy at WITNESS. They got their start in digital rights as an Activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Dia serves as co-chair for the Advisory Network to the Christchurch Call. On Twitter @DiaKayyali.

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Anmol Irfan

Anmol is a Muslim Pakistani feminist and journalist who aims to explore issues around intersectionality, gender and minority cultures in her work. When she isn’t writing she’s usually eating and wishing to travel the world—pre pandemic, of course. She tweets @anmolirfan22

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Katie Dancey-Downs

Katie is a British freelance journalist, specializing in human rights and the environment, and assistant editor at award-winning quarterly magazine, Index on Censorship. She was co-editor of a special Lush Times magazine championing social and environmental regeneration, and co-founded the Lush Times online platform. She has travelled the world to report on issues such as vegan activism in Toronto, regenerative farming in India, and the destruction of Sacred Natural Sites in Kenya. She also reported on the UK’s controversial undercover policing scandal.

She has a Journalism Master’s degree from Bournemouth University, and has been a finalist for the New Media Writing Prize and the Fresher’s Writing Prize. Katie lives on the south coast of England.

Follow her on Twitter at @katie_dancey.

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Jasmin Mujanović 

Jasmin Mujanović is a political scientist and the author of ‘Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans’. Follow him on Twitter @JasminMuj.

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Alexandra St John Murphy

Alexandra St John Murphy is a Minsk-based political analyst on Eastern Europe. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations and her writing has been published by The Jamestown Foundation in the U.S. and the Royal United Services Institute in the U.K. Follow her on Twitter @SashaStJMurphy

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Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon

Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania. In her research she focuses on Black experience, race, ethnicity, and nationality policy in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet space. Her writing has been published by Foreign Policy, the Kennan Institute’s Russia File, The Moscow Times, and Contingent Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @ksvarnon.


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Tessa Fox

Tessa Fox is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker who focuses on war & conflict, humanitarian affairs, and human rights in the Middle East. Originally from Australia, Tessa is currently based in Istanbul, where she reports on Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Her work has been published by Foreign Policy, The Guardian, BBC and Al Jazeera. Follow her on Twitter @Tessa_Fox.

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