Magdalena Delgado works for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security studies (RUSI) as a researcher of political issues in the Gulf and wider Middle East region. She also works as a contributor to Morocco World News. Prior to joining RUSI and Morocco World News, Magdalena worked for the BBC World Service Trust on an international development project producing research reports on social, political and media landscapes in the Republics of Yemen and Colombia. Her previous work experience also includes a New York-based associate internship at Global Policy Forum where she contributed with research monitoring the work of the United Nations.
Magdalena has traveled widely within Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Her research interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict; human rights; international development; international security; political Islam; Western-Arab relations. Magdalena holds an MA degree in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London (Email: [email protected]).
Lisa Ebba Laskaridis, a national of Sweden and Greece, is the Executive Coordinator and United Nations Representative of Olof Palme Peace Foundation, a New York-based, UN- affiliated non-profit organisation that focuses on women’s rights in developing nations. She has previosuly worked with the UN Department of Public Information at UN Headquarters in New York.
Lisa obtained her Honors Degree in Political Science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. In lieu of her degree she conducted a comprehensive field study on infrastructure development and the importance of civil participation in international decision-making. Her honors thesis examined the multilateral intricate relations between the European Union and the United Nations, analyzing and comparing the institutions through the theoretical framework of political realism.
She is fluent in Greek, Swedish and English.
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Jess L. Norton is an American living in Fez, Morocco. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Philosophy and Religion. He has had articles and poems published in various publications and is currently working as a professor of History in Fez. Mr. Norton is writing a book of poems, and a novel in addition to working on various other research projects. Among his interests are: Middle Eastern Culture, Islam and spiritualism in Morocco. He currently writes as a correspondent in Fez for Morocco World News.
Mohammed Qasserras – Contributor
Mohammed Qasserras is s a teacher of English in Rabat. He received his B.A in English Studies and Culture. He has published a number of articles and short stories in different publications. In 2009 he was selected as the best Moroccan writer ( short story category) by British Council in England with an incorporation with the university of London in Paris which allowed him to participated in Médi-Café Trans- Maghreb Creative Writing Project which brought writers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Britain in a unique form that enriched all partners. In 2010 Mohammed was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at City University of New York teaching Arabic Studies and Culture. While being in the US, Mohamed had the chance to study American Foreign Policy, Anthropology and Modern Arab History. His research areas of interest include Culture, Journalism, Literature, Politics, History and Business.
Mahmoud SEEDIK, a Moroccan citizen. He obtained a BA in English Literature, as well a teaching diploma from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez. He is a political activist, a blogger and a member of a number of local and national civic associations. Currently he is pursuing his Master s degree in Cultural Studies. His main areas of interest are : educational policy and psychology, Language and identity, nationalism, citizenship and Moroccanism and Moroccan politics. He has his own blog: www.flow-of-soul.blogspot.com (Email: [email protected]).