Team VOIA

Sharif Mustajib
Editor-in-Chief
Sharif Mustajib completed a Master's and Bachelor's degree from the Department of International Relations, University of Chittagong. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Voice of International Affairs. As a researcher, writer and youth activist, he has profound engagement with the intellectual community, civil society, and researchers. He has participated in several international conferences, policy dialogue, and seminars.
Noé Michalon
Mentor
A graduate of journalism, international affairs, and African Studies (SciencesPo - Oxford), Noé Michalon has been working for the embassies of France in Uganda and Kenya. His research aims to focus on legislatures in Africa, the media in postcolonial states, and international and interregional relations.
Saroj K. Aryal
Mentor
Mr. Saroj k. Aryal is a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Warsaw. Earlier, he studied Master’s in International Relations at the same university. As a thesis for his M.A, he has tried to point out the reason that stops SAARC to function well and has presented his own model of Regionalism for South Asia. In addition to that, he is in the research phase to pursue Ph.D. in ‘Terrorism in South Asia’. Besides, he has been writing articles on different online portals and print media as well. He also servied as a vice president of the Citizens Foundation.
Tarikul Hasan Rifat
Mentor
Md. Tariqul Hasan Rifat, Currently working as a fellow at Action Aid Bangladesh. He completed an undergrad and post-grad degree in International Relations at Bangladesh University of Professionals. Experienced with a demonstrated history of working in the travel & tourism industry and also keeping updated with the current world and engaged with a few voluntary organizations like AIESEC in Bangladesh, United Nations Youth and Student Association Bangladesh, Bruce Lee Foundation, Applebox Films as an Assistant Director.
Shahriar Alam
Executive Director
Shahriar Alam is a young professional, specialized in project coordination. He has taken several initiatives to promote SDGs and human rights like; arranging awareness programs. He has also founded a youth-based organization “Chittagong University Career Club”. He is currently the Executive Director at Voice of International Affairs (VOIA)
Shuva Das
Executive Editor
Shuva Das holds a BSS (Hons) degree in International Relations from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. In addition to playing the editorial role, he coaches intern writers at VOIA. His write-up occasionally appears on several international platforms such as Oxpol, Atlas Institute for International Affairs, Oxford Political Review, and Strife
Samia Ehsan
Associate Editor
I'm Samia Ehsan. Currently studying in the Department of Anthropology, the University of Dhaka and I'm in my 3rd year. Also connected to Dhaka University Visual Anthropology Club as an associate member. I'm a diligent youth with a compassionate and encouraging approach. Eager to help youths reach full potential through positive and effective support and ideas. Therefore, working with the United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh. Interested to explore and research through writing.
Puthyraksmey Yama
Writer
Puthyraksmey Yama is a student of the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. His area of interest includes Geopolitics, History, Diplomacy, and Technology. He believes writing as an effective way of conveying information. Every series of events are happening all at once. It is, therefore, necessary to observe and analyze how they could affect our lives and shape the world we live in.
Zarifa Sabet
Writer
Zarifa Sabet is a graduate student in Master of International Relations at South Asian University, New Delhi. Currently she is working as Gender Officer in Action Aid Afghanistan. Her areas of Interest are research on gender related issues and as well as She is Interested to write on issues such as peace, conflict, peace building, identity politics and so on. As an International student she is interested in post-colonial theories.
Mark John
Writer
Mark John is a proud student of Bicol University in Legaspi City, Philippines. He is an environmental journalist working for several international news platforms and a former Editorial Intern of Opportunity Desk. He is also a future alumni of the City College of New York which he will commence studying in 2018. He aspires to become a great singer, dancer and a global teacher. His areas of interest and advocacies include international politics, climate change, diplomatic relations and global education.
Alma Siddiqua
Writer
Alma Siddiqua is a student of Pondicherry University and the non-residential young fellow of the development of South Asia Institute for Social Transformation-SAIST and SAYRID. Her area of research interests is security issues in global and domestic politics. She is a pioneer to contribute to the society as a change maker through writings and activities, to initiates new ideas that will help to develop human security.
Ridwanul Haque Sayem
Writer
Ridwanul Haque Sayem is a freelance writer, social activist and professional graphic designer. He is currently working with Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) as a YES member. He is also engaged with various non-profit organizations and programs like ‘Youth Ending Hunger Project Bangladesh’ & ‘Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK)’. He was a former Arabic language instructor of Chittagong Education Center. Academically, he is a student of the dept. of International Relations, University of Chittagong. His areas of Interest are geopolitics, contemporary middle-eastern conflicts & world’s pollical history.
Hadassah Louis
Writer
Hadassah Louis is a creative writer and amateur photographer with a honors degree in multimedia Journalism. She is an independent Data Analyst and Researcher working to advance the interest of girls safety, womens health and socioeconomic development as Founder and Project Manager of her volunteer based organization called SAFIGI ‘Safety First for Girls’. Hadassah is a certified Open Knowledge Advocate with ROI-Africa. As a social entrepreneur and independent Researcher, she cares deeply about a free, fair and open internet, and is a youth Fellow with the Internet Society ISOC
Dagnew Dawit
Writer
Dawit Dagnew is currently working as Knowledge Management & communication advisor at Energising Development Ethiopia. He obtained his first degree in business administration and information Systems and master’s degree in marketing management from Addis Ababa University School of Commerce. He is working at GIZ in different positions since 2011. He closely works with the Ethiopian government and other partners. His scholarly works are in the area of ICT, information systems, research, communications, marketing and business development. He is interested and currently engaged in research works focusing on social media, inclusive green economy, climate change, sustainable consumption and renewable energy sectors.
Shooha Tabil
Writer
Shooha Tabil is a final year undergrad, pursuing chemical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). She is a Climate Leader at 'Climate Reality Project', Climate Journalist at 'Climate Tracker', and a climate educator. Harvard Delegate at Harvard Project For Asian And International Relations (HPAIR) with an experienced and demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry. Skilled in International Relations, Article Writing, and Sustainability. Also a supply chain analyst at International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) with a strong business development professional​.
Lesego Gaetwesepe
Writer
Lesego Gaetwesepe is a young lady who is intrinsically passionate about human rights and women empowerment. She is a law graduate and a volunteer at a youth-led organization where she has been involved in a few activations which included the age of consent project, as well as the group discussions on preventing HIV/AIDS among young people facilitated by NACA. She was a writing intern on the law blog; an NGO based in India, where she submitted articles on law-related issues. Furthermore, she is also a member of the Commonwealth Youth Network for Human rights and Democracy, a local coordinator at African Students For Liberty and she is currently undergoing training on human dignity with the World Youth Alliance. She was also part of the YALI Regional Leadership Southern Africa online training program cohort
Anik Barua
writer
Hello! I am Anik Barua, studying International Relations in the prominent University Of Chittagong. I believe that secure environment is the key to a better world and it is our duty to spread that message to all. I dream of doing something big for the endangered life species on earth through a social change. Undoubtedly, holding a pen is my first step to bring that change.
Rina Cakrani
Writer
Rina Cakrani is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic. She is currently studying Politics and Spanish at Whitman College in Washington. She is a passionate writer on international relations, social justice issues and languages
Maria Tonkova
Writer
Maria Tonkova is an ex-student of the Sciences Po – MGIMO Double Master Degree Program. During the first year of the master program at Paris School of International Affairs, her studies were focused on International Energy. Maria's scientific interests lie in the field of energy security, energy transition, the geopolitics of energy, Russia’s foreign policy. Previously she studied International Relations at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and got a bachelor degree in Regional Studies in 2015. Her studies were focused on the South-Eastern Europe and she learned Romanian as a foreign language. Therefore, Maria also has a background in Romania’s and Moldova’s foreign and domestic politics.
Md Nayeem Hossain
Writer
Md. Nayeem Hossain, Co-founder of `antorjatik.com' and a proud undergrad in International Relations, University of Chittagong. Passionate in Writing and Public Speaking, he is engaged with several Voluntary Organizations like `Active Citizens ',The hunger project Bangladesh. He was also an Executive member of Chittagong University Model United Nations Association. Skilled in South Asian Geo-politics, he has a huge interest in Religious history, Ethnicity and Culture.
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Lucia Jamrichová
Writer
Lucia Jamrichová is an aspiring international civil servant and avid cosmopolitan. Passionate about international peace and security, human rights and equality, she has obtained a bachelor's degree in Law and International Relations from the University of Exeter and an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University. During her studies, she mostly focused on the law of international security and human rights law in the context of the United Nations, worked as a legal research assistant and was engaged with the work of the Amnesty International NGO. After finishing her studies, she got interested in EU affairs, translated EU legislation and undertook an administrative traineeship at the European Commission
Farhana Eirin
Writer
Farhana Eirin is an undergraduate student in Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) studying Electrical Electronics and communication Engineering. She is a pioneer writer in Science and Technology and regular contributor of 10 minute school blog. Her area of interest is science and technology, Astronomy and Electronics.
Kaone Tlagae
writer
Kaone Tlagae is a third year Business student at the African Leadership University. Prior to this, she studied Economics & Accounting at the University of Botswana. Her work experience include an internship with De Beers Botswana, Qiseqy Enterprises, Banza Magazine & Horizon Holidays. Currently, she is a Business Development intern at Sotravic Group, where her role is to support business expansion in Qatar, Botswana & Mozambique. She has also worked on class projects solving business problems with renowned Mauritian and international companies like L’Oreal, Cellulant and Cim Finance. Kaone is passionate about Entrepreneurship, Investment Banking, Politics & Law and Economics. She hopes to leverage her experience and expertise to drive change and create positive impact in people’s lives by mobilizing wealth for disadvantaged communities, creating opportunities for young people and bringing the woman folk into realizing that they are pragmatic idealists, that is, instigating power within women, that makes them believe in impossibilities and change the status quo.
Katarina Krajcirovicova
Writer
Although she is originally from Slovakia, Katarina Krajcirovicova completed her university education in Great Britain. Firstly, Katarina studied at the University of St Andrews where she developed a great interest in International Relations and Social Anthropology. Later, she obtained her Master´s degree at SOAS University of London. To combine her passion for mentioned subjects as well as focus I on specific problems, Katarina obtained her degree in Gender Studies and Law. For this reason, Katarina is a passionate writer and researcher interested in understudied subjects, concentrated on gender, race, popular culture and environment.
Farhan Sarwar
Associate
Myself Farhan Sarwar, an undergraduate student of Jahangirnagar University doing my major in International Relations. I am an ex alumnus of Ideal School and Notre Dame College and possess a strong desire to work for the unprivileged sector of society. I am really passionate to conduct research in the fields of strategic studies, public administration, and peace and conflict studies. To date, my greatest achievement is to get recognition from the honorable prime minister.
Ruslan Mehadi Galib Galib
Associate
Ruslan Mehadi Galib is currently pursuing his Master's degree at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. He is an optimistic and enthusiastic person, always search for a challenging and responsible position where he can contribute to the betterment of mankind.
Arfinul Karim
Associate
Assalamualikum, hi, I'm Arfin, 21 years old, from Chattogram and pursuing my BBA major in Accounting under National University.
Ahnaf Ashiqur Rahman
Associate
Ahnaf Ashiqur Rahman is an associate member of Voice of International Affairs. He is passionate about anchoring and recitation. He hosted a few of the LIVE sessions of VOIA. Ahnaf is actively engaged in the 'Model UN' platforms. He is also a youth leader working with several of the organizations, notable ones are: BUP Global Affairs Council, Blue Luxury Investments Bangladesh, Bangladesh Betar, British Council (Active Citizens Youth Leadership), UN Volunteering (Online), Turn to Positive, Tech Academy. Currently, Ahnaf is pursuing his Masters at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom'.
Nourin Nourin Tarique Khan
Associate
Nourin Tarique Khan is currently working as an Executive Assistant, Nasrul Hamid Foundation. She completed LLB and LLM graduate from Jahangirnagar University. Notable Co-curricular activities: Represented Jahangirnagar University in the 7th VS Mami Moot Court Competition held in Jaipur National University, Rajasthan, India. Participated in Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, 3rd Bangladesh Chapter and secured the 5th best oralist amongst 44 oralists
Mohsena Akter Drishty
Associate
Mohsena Akter Drishty is pursuing her LL.M. degree from the Department of Law, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. She is a Legal researcher, Writer, and Mooter. She writes on various contemporary thought-provoking issues on different national and international platforms. She has a keen interest in Criminal psychology, minority rights, Constitutional law, and Intellectual property laws. She firmly believes that words have the power to revolutionize and heal this wounded world.
Azmain Inkiyed Raihan
Associate
“If you want the rainbow, You gotta put up with the Rain” – words that drive me every day in my life! I am pursuing My BBA in Management at the University of Chittagong, Currently working as an HR Intern in Gao tek, Campus ambassador of Shabash Fakibaj, and member at the Voice of International Affairs. I love to play Console games and Cricket. I also love to do design in illustrator whenever I can!
Arijit Biswas
Associate
My name is Arijit Biswas. Currently studying B.S.S Hons. in Department of International Relations, University of Chittagong. I love participating in Model United Nations Conferences. Attended in 5 MUN Conferences and Won award in 4 MUN Conferences. Also highly enthusiastic about World Politics.
Md. Nafhsin Mabud Efti Efti
Associate
This is Md. Nafhsin Mabud Efti from the Department of International Relations at Chittagong University. I do MUN Conferences and love to debate. I did some research works based on secondary and primary data for my academic purpose. As a content writer, I'm working in several organizations.
Rejaul Hoque
Associate
Rejaul Hoque is a BBA student. Along with academic activities, he's interested in different volunteer opportunities. He is very passionate about writing, particularly in the field of mental health. Currently, he writes informal blogs on mental issues on Surrounding Talks. In the future, he's determined to write blogs on mental health and related issues professionally. Apart from that, currently, he is assisting his faculties in research work in international research projects as a research assistant.
Valentín Ernesto Martínez Rojas
Associate
Valentín Ernesto Martínez Rojas 1996, Mexico City. graduated in International Relations at Westhill University. Certified as International Analyst by LISA institute. Studies on Cyber Diplomacy by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs. Interested mainly in Geopolitics, Diplomacy, Cyber Security, and Soft power. Founder of "Realidad Juvenil" (A social project focused on helping vulnerable populations in Mexico).
Mubassira Tabassum Hossain
Intern
My name is Mubassira Tabassum Hossain, and I am currently doing my Bachelor's in International Relations from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). Enticed by the ever-evolving nature of international affairs, I have selected International Relations as my field of study. I am a passionate writer with a vision to explore and learn about the present and history. I believe associating thyself with the world is the best way to acquire knowledge, and I feel privileged to be a part of something that gives me this opportunity. With diligence and optimism, I aspire to accomplish my dreams.
Moumita Moazzem
Intern
Moumita Moazzem is a medical student at Ibrahim Medical College (BIRDEM). She received an Honours mark in Physiology in her 1 st Professional MBBS examination (Prof) in the Dhaka board. She is the former 1 st runners up of the National Biochemistry Olympiad 2016 and also represented Bangladesh in Inter-Medical school Physiology Quiz, Malaysia. She and her team got awarded the first runners up position in the STEM innovation fair in the National Museum of Science and Technology by Marcia Bernicat (US ambassador of Bangladesh) for their research on lithium air battery incorporated with M13 bacteriophage. She received Edexcel award for high achievers, Daily Star award, Education Watch award, and outstanding academic performance award from Maple Leaf International school for holding 1 st position throughout her school life. She has worked actively in social welfare projects like SWAC (Society for the The welfare of autistic children). She is a Bronze awardee of the Duke of Edinburgh project as part of which she taught underprivileged children. She loves gardening, embroidery, glass painting, and has won many accolades in art and debating. She has worked as an A’level mathematics teaching assistant in Vertical Horizon and as an intern under the editorial team of Voice of International Affairs alongside her studies.
Simon Nasr
Intern
My name is Simon Nasr, and I am Danish and Lebanese. During my life so far, I have lived in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. I have also studied in the latter three countries where I received my BA with honors in Political Science-International Affairs from the Lebanese American University and my MA in Geopolitics, Territory, and Security from King’s College, University of London. In terms of my work experience, I have gained valuable experience from the internship program at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) Communication and Information Unit in Beirut, Lebanon. I have also worked as an author for a new online site, thewisemind.net where I wrote a series of articles on Stoic philosophy. My passions and interests revolve around geopolitics and international relations (especially Middle East affairs and foreign policy), world and Middle Eastern history, and Football (soccer). My dream is to one day pursue a Ph.D. in International Affairs in order to become a professor of Political Science and International Affairs.
Nazib Nur
Intern
An independent researcher, interested in the Middle East Geo-political economy, next-generation conflict and arms control, intelligence theories, and security studies. Specialized in Space Based Systems Theories and Complex Adaptive Systems; had completed Masters from Bangladesh University of Professionals in Peace Conflict & Human Rights.
Farhat Zaman
Intern
I am Farhat Zaman. I have worked as a Research Assistant in Transparency International Bangladesh from February 2020 till May 2020. The main areas of my responsibilities were to conduct qualitative research using both primary and secondary methods for data collection. A key part of my job was to help in the formation of a questionnaire for undertaking Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), Focused Group Discussion (FDG) and eventually followed by writing drafts and transcripts. I have completed my Bachelors and Masters in International Relations from Bangladesh University of Professionals in 2018 and 2019 respectively. International Relations as a subject matter enthused me to study and research on various issues, from politics, economy to many socio-cultural aspects. I did my Masters thesis in 2019, on the topic ‘Mechanisms of Cross-Border Trade in Balat (Meghalaya) – Dalora (Sunamganj) Border Haat. I visited the Haat situated in India- Bangladesh border and stayed in the Sunamganj (Sylhet) village for a week in order to better understand the perspectives of different stakeholders dealing with cross-border trade and to collect authentic data. Similarly, I visited Khulna in 2018 for my Bachelor's Research project, titled ‘Between Adoption and Implementation: Climate Adaptation Strategy of Bangladesh’. Currently, I am looking forward to working more on various research topics and projects to highlight certain socio-political, cultural , and economic issues both on the national and international spectrum.
Md. Rony Hasan
Intern
Md. Rony Hasan is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at North South University under the Department of Finance. He has an immense attraction in global and domestic financial markets and institutions. He also has an interest in history, political science, and international relation. Now, he got enthusiastic about the banking industry and doing his internship in Export Import Bank of Bangladesh Limited (EXIM Bank).
Sumaiya Siddique
Intern
I am Sumaiya Siddique. I completed my Bachelor’s from the Department of Geography and Environment, Unversity of Dhaka. During my undergraduate years, I went to different parts of Bangladesh countryside for field research assessing environmental parameters, disaster vulnerability, coping mechanisms, socio-economic settings, and land-use patterns of the respective study sites. I have a keen interest in geospatial technology to solve contemporary environmental issues. I am a passionate writer about displacement, human rights, and refugees. I want to become a researcher of impact and thereby contribute to community development
Ibitomi Ibiwumi Otunola
Intern
I’m IBITOMI IBIWUMI OTUNOLA, an undergraduate student of history and diplomatic studies at the University of Abuja. Growing up as a child. I was always obsessed with reading and now considered myself as a bidding writer. I am a Life long Student of history especially the interaction of man with his environment. I am also a fervent supporter of the SDGS goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015, plus I am also the campus director of the Earth Guardian Nigeria, a youth-led initiative that advocate for trees planting, sustainable living practices and a climate friendly Nigeria. Moreover I am also a 2D&3D animator, content writer and I am aspiring to become a foreign service officer/diplomat after my studies. For the time being, I’m looking for opportunities in personal and career line and ready to challenge myself
Nabila Akter
Intern
Nabila Akter is an independent researcher, currently working as an intern at Rahman’s Chambers and Voice of International Affairs. She has completed LLM in International Law from South Asian University, New Delhi, India, and LLB from Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her research interests include Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Dispute Settlement, International Human Rights, and Refugee Law.