Unfiltered Voices is comprised of a team of regional analysts and researchers with a wide range of skills and experience. They specialise within a particular field and produce quality work on topics they know best, and do so with passion. To find out more about the individual analysts, read below.
Analyst – Sub-Saharan Africa
Natalie Domaas is a Swiss-American policy officer working in Brussels, Belgium. Natalie’s area of expertise is in security and development challenges facing countries emerging from civil conflict, with a specific geographical focus in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has previously conducted research on how the intersecting identities of women migrants impacts their experiences in destination countries, the impacts of civil conflict on protected areas and local communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as many other projects concerning the connection between gender, conflict, and development. Natalie holds a B.A. in International Relations from St. Joseph’s University and an M.A. in Conflict, Security, and Development from King’s College London.
Natalie is a native speaker of English, French, Swiss-German and has fluency in German.
Ömer Erkut Bulut
Analyst – Europe/MENA
Omer is a PhD candidate and lecturer at King’s College London. He teaches in the War Studies and Law Departments. He has a specialisation in international law, armed conflicts, conflict resolution, human rights law and international investment law. He holds a bachelor degree from Galatasaray University, Faculty of Law and an LLM degree from Queen Mary University of London in the field of international law.
Aside from his native Turkish, Omer is fluent in both English and French.
Analyst – Europe
Fulya Kocukoğlu currently works as an Associate at the Global Relations Forum (GRF) in Istanbul. After receiving her BA in Political Science from Galatasaray University, she pursued an MA in International Relations at the University of Sussex and later completed a second master’s degree in LLM Human Rights Law with a secondary specialisation in International Development at the University of Kent-Brussels School of International Studies. Throughout her studies, she worked for the non-profit and public sector as a researcher and pursued several internships. Her research area focuses on the human rights issues in the fields of migration, international security and development, as well as the European Union external relations.
Besides her native Turkish, she is fluent in English and French and has intermediate knowledge of German.
Analyst – North America
Konrad Foote is a Media Strategist with clients in North America and Europe, specialising in multi-channel digital campaign management, social media, and audience targeting & analysis. Graduating from Durham University with a BA Honours in Politics, his dissertation focused on the use of new social media tactics within political communication by President Obama as a means to use his bully pulpit to persuade and increase issue saliency.With an academic background in American politics, and commercial experience in marketing, Konrad’s research interests include US current affairs, digital media, and the interplay between the two.
Konrad is native English speaker with understanding of Polish.
Analyst – MENA
Annabelle is an Analyst for the MENA region at Unfiltered Voices, writing monthly articles on the region. She specialises in the Levant and Gulf region, and her areas of expertise include transnational terrorism, sectarianism and South-South relations between the Middle East and Brazil. Annabelle currently works as a Corporate Investigator at the Mintz Group focussing on the Latin America and Middle East regions. She is part of the communications team at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College London and a BA in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London.
Besides her native French and Portuguese, Annabelle is fluent in English and Spanish and has intermediate knowledge of Arabic.
Eray Arda Akartuna
Arda is currently a PhD researcher at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at UCL. His focus is on the money laundering and terrorist financing risks of new technologies. His research is funded by the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL and has involved collaborating with the UK Home Office Analysis and Insight (HOAI) and the National Crime Agency (NCA). He is also a teaching assistant at UCL. He holds an MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism from UCL. Besides volunteering, he has also advised and authored reports involving these matters for two political parties in Turkey. He has also been a research assistant at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, working on the Enhancing Africa’s response to Transnational Organised Crime (ENACT) project, as well as contributing to data collection and research on organised crime in Latin America and the West Balkans.
Arda is bilingual in both English and Turkish and is intermediate in German.
Jennifer works as an Associate Researcher at The Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. She holds a BA in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London and an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London. She is interested in political sociology and the role that communication plays in international politics, particularly in relation to conflict. For her MA thesis, Jennifer used frame theory to analyse how the United Nations failed to address and prevent the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar through the use of a humanitarian crisis frame.
Jennifer is a native Swedish speaker and is also fluent in English and Norwegian with intermediate knowledge of Danish.
Analyst – Global
Nick Gutkin is a young Canadian professional living in Brussels, Belgium. Nick’s research interests include climate science, remote sensing, and nature-based solutions. He currently works for ESTI-impact, an innovative Dutch startup with the goal of rewarding farmers for sustainable farming practices through the use of carbon credits. Nick’s M.Sc. thesis work involved using satellite imagery and remote sensing to predict forest cover dynamics in Rwanda, in coordination with the Rwandan-Belgian partnership to quantify firewood stocks available for the general population of the country. Nick holds a B.MSc. in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences from the University of Western Ontario and a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from KU Leuven.
Nick is a native speaker of English and Russian and has proficiency in Spanish and French.
Analyst – Latin-America
Gretel Cuevas is a political scientist from Mexico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College in the United States. During her college journey she studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Pennsylvania where she completed her specialisations in Latin American studies, public policy, and comparative politics. She is currently a Watson Fellow studying the political implications of the COVID-19 crisis and a political advisor in Mexico.
Aside from her native Spanish, Gretel is fluent in English.
Analyst – Russia & FSU
Turan Gafarli is currently working as an Assistant Researcher for TRT World Research Centre. He holds a BA in History and Politics from QMUL and an MA in Transnational Studies from UCL with his thesis was entitled `Nation-State in the Age of Globalisation: Turkey’s Contemporary Path 1996-2016`. Turan’s research interests include Eurasia and Transcaucasia, the Turkic World, globalisation and the nation state debate. He also contributed to the book entitled ‘Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom – 100 Years of Partnership (2019)’.
Turan is a native speaker of Azeri and Turkish and is fluent in English and Russian.
José Luis Reséndiz
Analyst – Latin-America
José Luis’s research and advisory work address financial solutions in the ongoing sustainable energy transition. He focuses on the intersection of financial economics, political science, and innovation studies. José Luis is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Oxford and leads the Low Carbon Consulting Group; a company focused on project finance strategies for sustainable infrastructure in Latin America.
Prior to his doctoral studies, José Luis worked at Berkeley Research Group addressing political and social risks for renewable energy projects in Latin America. His professional experience also includes working in the Government of Mexico City, providing political risks analysis for environmental and climate policies. José Luis holds an MSc in Economics from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Political Science & Government from El Colegio de México.
José Luis is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.
Ian Teunissen van Manen
Analyst – North America
Ian Teunissen van Manen holds an MSc in International Politics from KU Leuven, Belgium where he wrote his thesis focused on populist rhetoric. He completed his BA in International Studies with a focus on American Politics and Peace-building & Conflict Management at DePaul University (Chicago, USA). He has previously worked at the European Parliament, political campaigns, and at various Non-Profit Organisations in the Chicago Area. His research interests are in US Politics, American Foreign Policy, and Trans-Atlantic Relations. He currently works as a European Projects Executive at EURACTIV.
Ian is fluent in English and Dutch, and is also proficient in Spanish.
Analyst – South Asia
Prateek Srivastava completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA in International Affairs. He is the Executive Director of CRRSS and serves as the Senior Advisor for the Inequalities Mandate. His research interests include politics, religion, ethnicity, violence and media in South Asia. He was the Scripps Howard Communication Fellow for the World Affairs Council in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and has received several research grants. Prateek has published widely on South Asian politics, including his first book: Identity, and Diaspora. The University of Cincinnati awarded him with the Undergraduate Research Achievement Award in April 2019. Prateek is currently studying for an Advanced MSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies and has graduated with an MSc in International Politics from KU Leuven in 2020.
Prateek is fluent in English and Hindi and has basic understanding of Mandarin and Arabic.
Mert Can Yazici
Analyst – Sub-Saharan Africa
Mert is a recent graduate from the Advanced Master of European Politics and Policies programme at KU Leuven, Belgium and completed his studies as a recipient of the European Commission’s Jean Monnet scholarship. His master’s thesis focused on human rights protection and promotion in the EU’s migration partnership with Niger. He also holds a BA in International Relations from Ege University, Turkey. Mert holds experience working for the non-profit and public sector as well as volunteering at various organisations working in the fields of environment, children, and women’s education. His research interests include foreign policy, international migration, human rights, and rising powers in Africa.
Besides his native Turkish, Mert is fluent in English and has intermediate knowledge of Spanish as well as limited proficiency in French.