Delegations for Dialogue is supported by a small, international and multilingual team of staff with in-depth country-based knowledge and expertise.
Founder and NE Asia Director
Alan conceived the idea for Delegations for Dialogue during his final year at the University of Hong Kong when he began organising exchange programmes. He has since founded a coffee shop in Taipei, and is currently working as a Freelance Analyst. He obtained his BA from the University of Hong Kong and spent his exchange semester at Korea University in Seoul. He is currently working towards an MSc at SOAS, University of London. He speaks English and Chinese.
Founder and SE Asia Director
Aédán was involved in a number of educational projects in Mainland China and Taiwan before co-founding Delegations for Dialogue in 2015. He currently works as a Political Economy Analyst, based in Singapore where he also features in local news sources commentating on international current affairs. He obtained his MSc from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and holds a BA in Geography from Kings College London. He speaks English and Chinese.
Founder and Middle East Director
Louis obtained his BA degree in Liberal Arts from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, before joining the Delegations for Dialogue co-founding team in 2015. He has led Delegations For Dialogue programmes in the DPRK, Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan. Louis has worked as an industry reporter in France and is currently completing an MSc in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.
Middle East Director
Ali is a graduate student and entrepreneur originally from the south of Lebanon; he has worked in the Republic of Congo and holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Lebanese American University in Byblos. Ali is currently pursuing his MA degree at the University of Amsterdam and leads Delegations for Dialogue's programmes throughout the Middle East. Ali is based between Byblos and Amsterdam. He speaks Arabic, English and French.
Middle East Co-ordinator
Alex obtained his MA degree in History from Hamburg University in Germany. He joined the Delegations for Dialogue team after attending the Summer Symposium 2016. He has a strong interest in the societies and politics of the Middle East and is currently writing his PhD thesis on the German perception of the Muslim world from the 70s to the 90s. He has previously helped coordinate Delegations For Dialogue's programme in Iraqi Kurdistan. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Lennart holds a BA degree in International Relations and International Organizations from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. He joined Delegations for Dialogue team after participating in the Winter Symposium “The Two Koreas” in 2016. He has a particular interest in issues of conflict & peace, terrorism and economic perspectives in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Lennart is fluent in English, German and French.
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris' Europe-Asia campus, Mihika previously worked as an Associate Consultant for Meta-Culture, a critical thinking and conflict resolution studio, managing the organisations training services and community dialogue initiatives. She has also worked as a field intern for GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding platform where she traveled independently to partner organisations in rural and urban South India to explore grassroots level initiatives in India. She speaks English, French and Hindi.
Iraqi Kurdistan Co-ordinator
Avan obtained a BA degree at the University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr and is currently studying a MA in Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She has worked for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and represented Kurdistan as a One Young World Ambassador. She is also one of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers at the Erbil Hub. She is currently based in Amsterdam but frequently travels to the Kurdistan Region. She's fluent in Kurdish, Dutch and English.
Laura graduated from Brunel University, London, with a MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology. Laura is the co-organiser of a project for youth in Germany concerned with hate speech on the internet. Prior to joining DFD she lived and volunteered in South Korea with NGOs and foundations concerned with the issue of the divided peninsula. She holds a BSc in psychology from Goethe University Frankfurt and is currently pursuing a position in international relations and cooperation. She speaks English, German and Japanese.
Sunny graduated from the University of Bristol with MSc in Public Policy. She was previously a social worker in Beijing and has since worked as a Social Inclusion specialist at Apple. She has spent six years volunteering as Project Manager at ”My Moon”, a non-profit project organising six innovative education projects across China poverty areas. She is passionate about public policy, child education, social innovation and corporate social responsibility. She speaks Chinese and English.