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 Co-ordinator
Alan conceived the idea for Delegations for Dialogue during his final year at the University of Hong Kong where he established several university exchange programmes. He is currently working as an International Affairs Policy Adviser, based in London. He obtained his MSc in Development Studies from SOAS University of London, BA from the University of Hong Kong and spent his exchange semester at Korea University in Seoul. He speaks English and Chinese.
Founder and SE Asia Co-ordinator
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 Indonesia, where he also provides commentary on current affairs for international media. He obtained his MSc from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and holds a BA in Geography from Kings College London.
Valentin joined DFD in September 2018 after attending the programme to Iraqi Kurdistan and has since co-led programmes to Transnistria and North Korea. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a MSc in Development Studies from SOAS University of London where he co-founded the DFD SOAS student society. Recently, he has been working on sustainable transport at the GIZ in Beijing. Valentin speaks English, German and Chinese
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.
South Asia Co-ordinator
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris' Europe-Asia campus and SOAS University of London, 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.
Eastern Europe Co-ordinator
Mihaela holds a BA in Linguistics from King’s College London. She joined the Delegations for Dialogue team after participating in the Sports & Diplomacy 2018 Program to DPRK. Her interests lie in the field of diplomacy, international relations and Law, covering the following geopolitical regions: Eastern Europe/Post-Soviet World, East-Asia and Central and East Africa. She speaks Russian, English, Portuguese, Romania and Spanish.
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.