Elizabeth Ferris

Elizabeth Ferris

I still think that the US should take a lot more refugees. It's shameful that our quota is just 10,000 people. We’ve still only resettled up to 3,000 people in the States. In spite of all the efforts that we’ve been making in the humanitarian space, when the US doesn’t step up, other countries do not feel the need to do so either. With the Paris attacks and other terrorist incidents, there’s a tendency to say, 'Refugees are responsible'. But refugees are trying to get away from violence. The voyages are difficult and dangerous, and people are dying in droves.

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Sylvie Aboa

Sylvie Aboa

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | POLICY CENTRE FOR AFRICAN PEOPLES

What do you do as Executive Director of the Policy Centre for African People (PCAP)?

I ensure that our organisation promotes a better understanding of African topics, and advocates for enlightened policies towards Africa. I do that by organising debates and events on African topics; I also undertake, supervise and publish relevant research, and lobby policy and decision-makers here in the UK, Africa, and elsewhere.

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Jillian J. Foster

Jillian J. Foster

CEO | GLOBAL INSIGHT INTERNATIONAL

What do you do as CEO of Global Insight International?

I manage a team of consultants. We are a team of highly skilled and very passionate advisors with expertise in different thematic areas (peace and security, global health, climate change, education, and so forth) who all intersect at the use of a gender-sensitive lens and passion for gender equality.

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Catarina Tully

Catarina Tully

FOREIGN AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY STRATEGIST

What do you do?

I run two consultancies in the foreign policy space: FromOverHere and The School of International Futures, which I co-lead with Alun Rhydderch.

FromOverHere supports governments on national strategy and strategic coherence – through research, advisory, consulting and training. We focus on open government, because a lot of issues, even in domestic policy, are emergent and influenced by international trends. 

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Veryan Khan

Veryan Khan

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AND ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER | BEACHAM PUBLISHING

What do you do as Associate Publisher and Editorial Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC)?

I wear a lot of hats - from organizing what new topics will next to be analyzed to assessments of new activity. I manage a number of people day to day; I do a lot writing and correspondence; as well as TRAC maintenance. I also spend a lot of time on social media monitoring jihadist activities directly.

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Tally Helfont

Tally Helfont

DIRECTOR PROGRAM ON THE MIDDLE EAST | FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

What do you do as Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)'s Program on the Middle East?

My work as Director of FPRI's Program on the Middle East focuses on four major areas: development, programming, scholarship, and mentorship. In terms of development, I craft and drive the Program’s fundraising strategy, and contribute to the grant writing, donor solicitation, and donor cultivation processes. In regard to programming, I am responsible for planning, managing, and implementing conferences and events from their intellectual conception to their administrative execution, as well as coordinating with internal staff and external partners to ensure their success. In terms of scholarship, I solicit, edit, and fact-check articles by affiliated scholars, and ensure their timely publication. In terms of mentorship, I work regularly with college-age interns to hone their policy-style writing and acquaint them with the think tank world.

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Leah Denman

Leah Denman

PROJECT MANAGER | BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

You are a project manager for the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement. What do you do there?

Over 33.3 million people are internally displaced from their homes due to conflict, in addition to millions from natural disasters and climate change-related impacts. Unlike refugees who cross an international border and benefit from an established system of international protection and assistance, internally displaced persons (IDPs) have no predictable structures of support. As the project manager, I manage the communications, outreach and administrative functions of the Project on Internal Displacement. The research and analysis we do isn’t produced in a vacuum so a large part of my role is planning public events, coordinating trainings on IDPs for government officials, editing reports, managing our Twitter account and handling media requests to connect our work with policymakers, the public and IDPs themselves.

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Raquel Vazquez Llorente

Raquel Vazquez Llorente

RESEARCH ADVISOR | EUROPEAN INTERAGENCY SECURITY FORUM

What do you do as Research Advisor at the European Interagency Security Forum?

I coordinate projects and conduct research to help humanitarian organisations gain safer access to communities affected by conflict and emergencies. The positions covers everything from conducting field research to presenting at international conferences and trying to influence public policy, but also less glamorous roles such as managing our library and populating the database.

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Ashlee Godwin

Ashlee Godwin

DEPUTY EDITOR OF THE RUSI JOURNAL | BROADCAST HISTORIAN AND DEFENCE ANALYST

What do you do as deputy editor for the RUSI journal?

The RUSI Journal is the flagship periodical of the British defence and security think tank RUSI (the Royal United Services Institute). As Deputy Editor, I work closely with the Editor to commission articles and shape features across the full spectrum of security issues – the armed forces, national security, transnational security (such as organised crime, cyber and counter-terrorism), and geopolitical matters.

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