Youssef Cherif is Deputy-Director of Columbia Global Centers | Tunis. Youssef is a member of Carnegie’s Civic Activism Network, and a Valdai Club expert. He was previously the Al-Maidan Libya Project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), and an expert affiliated to the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES). He consulted for the Arab Institute for Business Managers (IACE, on Tunisian foreign policy), the UN (implementing the SDG’s in Tunisia and writing the country report), The Carter Center in Tunisia (political affairs), etc. Youssef holds a Chevening Master of Arts in International Relations from the Dept. of War Studies of King’s College London, and a Fulbright Master of Arts in Classical Studies from Columbia University.

Dr. Adam Hanieh is a senior lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East. Prior to joining SOAS, Adam taught at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. From 1997-2003, he worked in the NGO and public sectors in Ramallah, Palestine, where he completed an MA in Regional Studies at Al Quds University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University, Canada (2009). His research interests include political economy of the Middle East; labour migration; class and state formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council; Palestine. He is an international advisory board member for the journal Studies in Political Economy.

Dr. Mohamed Limam is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Jendouba, Tunisia, and a Research Associate at the BORDERLANDS Project, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. His main areas of interests and expertise are EU migration policy toward the Maghreb countries and Tunisian politics. He is one of 246 country experts who contributed to the last edition of the Transformation Index, BTI 2016 and the country report on Tunisia of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Al-Manar University, Tunis.

Dr. Pawel Pustelnik holds a PhD from Cardiff University. He graduated from Social Science Research Methods Masters at Cardiff University as well as from Masters in Global Environmental Governance at Free University in Amsterdam. He also studied International Relations and Diplomacy (BA) at Wroclaw University, Wyszynski University in Warsaw and La Sapienza in Rome. Pawel will be the Lead Coach for the Research Labs and aims to develop bulletproof research proposals with the students.

Florian Zabel works in the areas of innovation management and project design for the German Development Agency (GIZ) in Berlin. Florian holds a Master’s in Political Science and International Development from Humboldt-University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. Additionally, he has been educated at the School of Design Thinking of the Hasso-Plattner-Institute and seeks utilize Design Thinking for policy reform and governance innovation. Previously, he has lived in Egypt and Jordan working for GIZ and UNDP on innovation and digitalization in different policy areas (esp. financial, economic and social policy). Florian will be Lead Coach for the Policy Labs focusing on tackling urgent policy challenges in the MENA region with a design thinking approach.