Ugur Tok is a pro-democracy activist and academic publishing business person. His foremost aim is to restore western standards plural democracy in Turkey which he thinks only possible through a functioning, efficient and independent judiciary. He studied MA at Newcastle University and PhD at Trinity College Dublin. Before coming to Brussels in 2016, he worked at Queens University where he served as Muslim Chaplin to Lord Mayor of Belfast as well. He served as a member of the Belfast City Council Good Relations Partnership in Northern Ireland. He gave interviews to FOXNEWS, BBC and other press on Turkey matters. He writes opinion pieces at Indexsensorship, EuropeanInterest and for several media outlets.
Leighann Spencer is a criminologist, writer, and activist. Her interests include vigilantism, identity, conflict, and state accountability in Africa and Turkey. She has written extensively on these topics for the likes of Vocal Europe, African Arguments, and The Conversation. She previously worked on anti-vigilantism initiatives and police accountability with a NGO in Cape Town, South Africa, before undertaking a solo study on vigilantism there. She obtained degrees in criminology and psychology at Deakin University and is now a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University, where she is researching the role of territory and identity in Nigerian vigilantism and state complicity.
Hilal Akdeniz is a junior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Her main topics are gender, flight and migration. She is currently researching biographical narratives of refugees on identity and affiliation. She works as a freelance journalist and a speaker at the intercultural council in Darmstadt.
Hannah Machlin is a human rights advocate with thematic expertise on freedom of expression. A bilingual Russian and English speaker, Hannah has extensive editorial and management experience gained in Europe, Russia and the U.S. She was previously a project manager at Index on Censorship, where she focused on press freedom in Europe and the former Soviet Union. She holds a double Master's degree the from University College London and the Higher School of Economics in Russia.
Fernando got a B.A in Law and a B.A in Political Science from Pablo de Olavide University, Spain. He has a Masters on International Conflicts and Security with secondary specialisation on International Migration at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. His focus is on the role of crime and law enforcement operations in the context of conflict scenarios. He also has an academic interest in the effects of Rule of Law and border management on migrants and minorities. Before joining PPJ, Fernando has had experience working on European and Latin American affairs. He interned at UNODC Panama part of a regional anti-human trafficking project, with a special focus on capacity building initiatives for national law enforcement agencies and civil society. He also a for the Spanish delegation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where he would become familiarized with matters of Rule of Law and protection of fundamental rights in the European Space.
Prof Johnston McMaster served as lecturer and co-ordinator of the Education for Reconciliation programme, Irish School of Ecumenics, Belfast. Johnston has been involved in the development of a community education programme for Northern Ireland and the Border Counties.He has also been engaged as consultant with statutory and voluntary sectors in Northern Ireland and chairs a number of initiatives as well as working collaboratively with community relations networks. His areas of interest and on-going research include reconciliation and peacebuilding, socio-political hermeneutics. He makes programmes for BBC4,
Barbaros is a public figure in Turkey and known in Brussels milieu. He is a fashion designer, an LGBT rights advocate and an anti-war activist. He studied Business Management at Marmara University and mastered in design and chromatics at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, before becoming an apprentice to prominent fashion designer Yıldırım Mayruk. He made TV programmes, authored several books and lectured about the history of fashion at Marmara University and Ankara Baskent University.