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Nikolay Nikolov is originally from Bulgaria and currently lives in London. He has a BA in Political Studies from the University of Birmingham, a MSc in Political Sociology from the LSE and has worked as an associate producer for the New York Public Radio showThe Takeaway. Currently, he's doing a PhD in the Politics and Economics of Eastern Europe at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL. His articles have been published in a Bulgarian journal -Venets - and he is currently Books Review Editor for a journal called SLovo and contributing writer for a magazine calledinteract. He also co-writes for the blog www.banitza.net and tweets @Nikolay_Nikolov
Csaba Olah is currently studying for a MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest. He is of Hungarian Roma origin and has worked as a teacher for disadvantaged Roma children in Hungary.
Karl Littlejohn is originally from Malta but currently lives in Thessaloniki, Greece where he is reading for an MA in Black Sea Cultural Studies.
Maximilien von Berg holds a BA in International Relations, First Class, and an MPhil in Politics from Oxford University. He has worked in diplomacy for Belgium in the Middle East and as a business consultant in commodities trading and financial regulation in London. Aside from these experiences, Max was 2010 triathlon long distance world champion (18-24 AG) and a reserve for Oxford's blue boat in the 2013 lightweight boat race against Cambridge.
Joe Lo is a 23-year old postgraduate journalism student from London. He has previously studied politics at Sheffield University and volunteered at a range of charities and NGOs while trying and failing to get a full-time job. He tweets @joeloyo.
Lotta Tenhunen lives in Madrid where she participates in the post-15M struggles such as the movement for the right to housing. She has studied sociology, feminist studies, performative arts and journalism in Tampere, Finland. She tweets at @sydansalama
Adrià Rodríguez is from Barcelona. He participates with the Fundación de los Comunes network and is developing the Kairós Project, a video archive on the emerging social movements throughout the Mediterranean. He tweets at @adriaral
Ioanna Karamitrousi is originally from Thessaloniki and currently studies Political Science at the Democritus University of Thrace in northern Greece. She also participates in model EU activities all over the world.
Marzena Sadowska holds a Bachelor’s degrees in Culture Studies (2011) and Balkan Studies (2013), both acquired at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She was exchange student in Skopje, Macedonia, Erasmus student in Istanbul, Turkey and an intern at the Leonardo da Vinci programme in Berlin, Germany. She is a not studying for a Master’s yet, but plans to do so. She volunteered or interned with a number of Polish NGOs, and probably will do that again soon. Her interests include: everything related to Balkans (music, literature, food, politics, history), human rights (especially freedom of speech), photography and art, foreign languages and all the stories we could tell (which means a lot of books, and not so many movies and TV shows). She currently lives in Poland.
Maria Antica studied political science and international relations at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. She covered Central Europe and the Baltics at the Centre for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning and occasionally contributes to Foreign Policy Romania. She is presently an intern at the Centre for European Policy Analysis.
Vasil Silyanovski is a second year law student at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is part of “Ranobudnite studenti”, the students who occupied Sofia University.
Marcus How lives in Essex, UK and is of English and Austrian heritage. He studied philosophy at the University of Nottingham and completed an MA in International Political Economy at King's College, London. He currently works as a political risk analyst, with a focus on Western Europe.
Marko Boko is 23 and currently lives in Zagreb, Croatia, where he is working on his MA in Political Theory at the Faculty of Political Science. He is president of the Croatian Youth Network (National Youth Council of Croatia) and he is active in several other youth organisations which work on youth and social rights, both at national and European level. He has been active in various student/citizens initiatives and social movements and he is passionate about hardcore punk music. You can follow his personal tweets on @marko_boko.
Jacopo Barbati was born in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy, in 1988. He has a degree in Astrophysics and is currently completing a Master in Geophysics at the University of Bologna.