We are extremely proud to announce the participants for the CPPR-ATLAS Winter School 2014- Public Policy Research Methods. The successful candidates undertook a rigorous selection process by the panel of experts. We have 12 participants representing 11 countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland and Tajikistan.
1. Adedayo Thomas
Adedayo Thomas is from Nigeria. Mr. Thomas is affiliated with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace and Prosperity and serves as the Director of Outreach and Publisher of its AfricanLiberty.org program. Mr. Adedayo is a libertarian and strives to promote ideas and institutions of the free society in the core institutions of Africa. Mr. Adedayo has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Nigerian Institute of Journalism respectively, a Diplomat of Cato University in Philosophy, History, Jurisprudence, and Economics of Liberty and an MBA in Think-Tank Management from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington D.C. He has also bagged a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna.
2. Akash Shrestha
Akash Shrestha is from Nepal. Mr. Srestha is a Research Assistant at Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation. He was one of the founding members of the Nepal chapter of Youth for Nepal (YFN); a New-York based non-profit, working to create social entrepreneurs out of the Nepali youth in the fields of health, education and environment. Prior to joining Samriddhi, he has also been involved with Himalayan Bank Ltd. as an intern. He holds an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Kantipur College of Management and Information Technology (KCMIT), an affiliate of Tribhuwan University (TU). He has published numerous bylines and radio capsules promoting ideas of free markets.
3. Bartosz Czupaj?o
Bartosz Czupaj?o is from Poland. Mr. Czupaj?o graduated from University of Warsaw in Poland faculty of law in 2012. He then completed his post-graduate studies in Economic Criminal Law organized by Jagiellonian University (Cracow). From 2012 Mr. Czupaj?o coordinated the activities of the research team called “Improve the Law” in Civil Development Forum foundation. He also worked in a law firm and completed a course which led him to the profession. His interests include areas of law which are concerned with entrepreneurs, especially those linked to criminal liability for their activities in the free market.
4. Chen Kun
Chen Kun is from China. He is currently serving as a Researcher and the Assistant Editor of TI Academic Monthly, The Transition Institute, a non-profit independent think tank based in Beijing, China. It advocates free markets, rule of law, civil liberties, civil society and transition to a liberal democracy state of China. Chen was an active blogger about Internet and Education during his college days in Xiamen University (XMU). He also has six years of experience in working with NGOs, especially the ones related to the Internet. He enjoys the freedom of information and spends his working time on it.
5. Edo Omer?evi?
Edo Omer?evi? is from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Omer?evi? has gone through more than a decade of training in economics and finance. He started his tertiary education at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he obtained his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) as well as his Master of Economics degree. He is currently a Ph.D. in Economics candidate at the International University of Sarajevo. He also recently graduated from the Atlas Network Think Tank Leadership Training. His interest and specialization is in the field of money and banking, with special reference to complementary and alternative currencies and monetary systems. Mr. Omer?evi? is presently leading the Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise that is promoting free market ideas and entrepreneurship in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
6. Esen Dzhumanov
Esen Dzhumanov is from Kyrgyz Republic. Mr. Dzhumanov is a Research Manager at Central Asian Free Market Institute (CAFMI). CAFMI promotes ideas of free market economy, supremacy of law and limited government through research, education activities and promotion of reforms. CAFMI is ranked one of the top-30 think tanks in the world by special achievement for the Best Advocacy Campaigns according to the 2012 Global Think Tanks index. Mr. Dzhumanov’s research work includes areas like the tourism sector, liberalization of the aviation industry, analysis on the Customs Union integration, pension system, public budget, investment opportunities.
7. Konstiantyn Bondarenko
Konstiantyn Bondarenko is from Tajikistan. Mr. Bondarenko is a social activist and a professional manager. He graduated from National Technical University of Tajikistan – “Tajik Technical University, Dushanbe” in 2001 specializing in Radio-Technique & Management in telecommunication. In 2010, he graduated from the School of Economic Journalism in Dushanbe.
Mr. Bondarenko worked in senior positions in government, commercial structures and business associations. In March 2010, he founded the non-governmental organization called ‘Tajikistan Free Market Centre’, in which since its inception, he has maintained the position of Chairman, Tajikistan Free Market Centre mission is promoting the principles of the market economy, private property, minimal government, personal freedom and the rule of law in Tajikistan through education, research, advocacy-campaigns and raising awareness of active civil society leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, scientists and youth.
8. Michael Kipsang Rotich
Michael Kipsang Rotich is from the Republic of Kenya. Mr. Rotich completed his Bachelors degree in Business Management & IT (BBMIT). In January 2013, he co-founded the Eastern Africa Policy Centre where he currently serves as the Executive Director. The institute hopes to introduce, promote and disseminate the Free Market ideas, and Libertarian angles to policy making in the region.
Indeed the policy makers have little maneuver as socialism is the guide and pillar of all policy making decision in the region. The immediate goal of the institute is to educate, promote and have debate on and around the importance of; individual liberty and Free Market ideas to sustainable socio-economic development within the region. He has written papers and presented in four consecutive African Resource Bank meetings. He has also participated in the libertarian outreach mission in Kenya along wth Mr. Adebayo Thomas of Africanliberty.org.
9. Ruzica Stojanovska
Ruzica Stojanovska is from the Republic of Macedonia. Ms. Sojanovska is the Project coordinator at the Ohrid Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs, a free market think tank in Republic of Macedonia. She has worked on many international projects as project/research coordinator and assistant. Ms. Stojanovska is one of the founders and coordinator of the pioneering and successful program in Macedonia- Youth Political Dialogue. Ms. Stojanovska has graduated in English language and literature at the University ‘Ss. Cyril and Methodius’ in Skopje and currently she is working on her Master thesis at the Economic Faculty in Skopje, studying European studies. Ms. Stojanovska has attended numerous academic conferences, trainings and seminars internationally and written and conducted several researches in different areas.
10. Souad Adnane
Souad Adnane is from Morocco. She is a pro-liberty activist in Morocco and has served as a project coordinator for six years in different NGOs, local and international ones. She is currently in charge of coordinating and monitoring a community development program aiming at improving life conditions of vulnerable populations in the MENA region. She is also the External Relations Coordinator of the Arab Center for Scientific Research & Humane Studies.
11. Tamanna Patel
Tamanna Patel is from Malaysia. Ms. Patel completed her BA in Economics from Magna Cum Laude, Clark University, USA. In the past, she has worked as an Associate with the Economics Team at PwC, Kuala Lumpur. Her projects included conducting economic feasibility of a new port and conducting economic impact assessment of a manufacturing firm. Ms. Patel has also worked as a producer at a local production house wherein her projects included producing a radio show called ‘Hear & Now in Malaysia’ for a local business radio station. She also worked on producing short online videos for various government agencies. Ms. Tamanna Patel is currently a Senior Researcher at Education Unit at IDEAS where she is working on education reform in Malaysia.
12. Zineb Benalla
Zineb Benalla is from Morocco. Ms. Benella is a researcher at the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Rabat Morocco. She graduate with honors in International Relations from Al akhawayn University,Morocco and Georgetown University in the US, she holds a Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Law from the British Law School in the UK and Brusssels School of International Studies in Brussels, Belgium. She is the Moroccan Correspondent of the American Moroccan Legal Empowerment Network in Washington D.C. and is active in international Development with Generation Development organisation in the UK. She was a regional researcher in the MENA region ‘middle east and north Africa’, working on independent research and projects on democratic transition. She is among winners of The ‘Dream Deferred’ Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East organized by the American Islamic Congress. She is starting her PhD this year.