GCF Fellows

The first round of Global Challenges Fellows joined the program starting from fall 2015, while the second cohort will start in the fall 2016. The fellows are hosted by GCF partner institutions in Budapest and Berlin. During the course of the fellowship, they will work on analytical and policy focused projects which address some of the world’s most pressing global public policy challenges.

Happymon Jacob
Happymon Jacob

Senior Global Challenges Fellow
2016-2017


GCF Project: India-Pakistan Border Management: Violence, Institutions and Peacebuilding

Happymon Jacob is a Senior Global Challenges Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and School of Public Policy (October 2016 – March 2017). Jacob is currently on Sabbatical from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where he is an Associate Professor of Disarmament Studies. At JNU, he teaches courses on Nuclear Disarmament, and National Security & International Relations. Prior to joining JNU in 2008, Jacob held teaching positions at the University of Jammu in J&K and the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, and research positions at the Centre for Air Power Studies, Delhi Policy Group and Observer Research Foundation.

Jacob is a frequent op-ed contributor to The Hindu, one of India's leading English-language dailies. He also has organized and participated in the three most influential Indian-Pakistan track-two dialogues: the Chaophraya Dialogue, the Pugwash India-Pakistan Dialogue, and the Ottawa India-Pakistan Dialogue.

Yu Song
Yu Song

Junior Global Challenges Fellow
2016-2017


GCF Project: Top-down Policies and Bottom-up Capability Projects: Institutionalizing Chinese Women’s Grassroots Political Participation

Yu Song is a Junior Global Challenges Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and School of Public Policy (November 2016-Feburary 2017). Dr. Song is currently on a research leave from the Department of China Studies, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) where she is an associate professor in China Studies. At XJTLU, she teaches courses on Understanding Gender in China, and China Family and Society.

Dr. Song obtained her PhD from Zhejiang University, China, in 2008. Her current research interests include gender and social changes, village governance and politics, land policies, urbanization and migration, and elderly care in China.

Mohammad Hassan Khani
Mohammad Hassan Khani

Senior Global Challenges Fellow
2015-2016


GCF Project: Regional Integration as a Means for Lasting Peace and Sustainable Development in the Middle East

Mohammad Hassan Khani works on theories of international relations, Iranian politics and foreign policy as well as regional integration and regionalism, particularly in the Middle East, the European Union and Central Asia.

He is a faculty member at Imam Sadiq University and over the years has held various positions such as head of department, deputy dean of faculty and director-general of research affairs. He has also guest-lectured at many Iranian universities, including Tehran University and the School of International Relations. Since 2002, he has been a fellow researcher at the Institute of Political and International Studies. He is also a member of the editorial board of Central Asia Review Quarterly and a founding member of the Iranian Political Science Association and the Iranian International Relations Association. He has published widely in academic journals and in news and policy outlets, and has authored a number of books.

Mohammad acquired his PhD in peace studies and international relations from Bradford University in England. He completed his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science and Islamic studies at the Imam Sadiq University.

John Luiz
John Luiz

Senior Global Challenges Fellow
2015-2016


GCF Project: Institutional Arbitrage as a Driver of Outward Foreign Direct Investment

John Luiz works on international business strategy, the economics of emerging markets, and the intersection of  business, society and government.

He is currently a professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. In addition, as the director of international relations, he is responsible for international accreditation and has successfully taken the school through AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. Previously, he was a professor at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg, where he also served as the director of international programs and the academic director. He was the executive dean in the faculty of management at the University of Johannesburg.

John was a visiting scholar at the University of California in Los Angeles and a research affiliate at Columbia University. He has worked as a consultant for the African Development Bank in Tunisia, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Industrial Development Corporation, among other places. He has guest-lectured at various universities, including Duke University, Emory University, HEC Paris and the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.

He was the president of the Economic Society of South Africa and was appointed by the South African cabinet to the National South African Statistics Council.

John received his PhD in economics from the University of Stellenbosch and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in commerce from the University of Witwatersrand. His research has been recognized by the National Research Foundation, and he has been rated since 2003.

Medha Chaturvedi
Medha Chaturvedi

Junior Global Challenges Fellow
2015-2016


GCF Project: Political Representation and Counterinsurgency: A Case Study of India’s Left-Wing Extremism

Medha Chaturvedi’s areas of focus are democratic systems and developmental challenges, particularly India’s left-wing extremism, indigenous and ethnic conflicts in Myanmar and the role of governance deficit particularly federal structures. She also examines the impact of these conflicts on the most vulnerable sections of society: women and children involved in trafficking and forced migration.

Medha is currently a senior fellow with the India Centre for Migration at the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, steering a project on persons of Indian origin (PIOs) in Myanmar. She is also associated with a project on infrastructure development in regions affected by left-wing extremism; the project is jointly conducted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Princeton University and the Paris School of Economics. She has conducted field visits in Myanmar and in some of the remotest parts of India, including the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Medha has a master’s in political science and international relations from Delhi University as well as a postgraduate diploma in mass communications from Xavier Institute of Communications in Mumbai. She has a bachelor’s in commerce from Symbiosis Society’s College of Arts and Commerce at Pune University, in India.

 

GCF Partners

 
CEU Institute for Advanced Study
 
 
School of Public Policy at Central European University
 
 
Global Public Policy Institute
 

Questions?

Please send any questions or comments about the Global Challenges Fellowship (GCF), including those regarding applications, to gcf@ceu.edu