Cholpon Orozobekova, Executive Director
Co-founder of the Bulan Institute Cholpon Orozobekova is a researcher and conflict analyst. Cholpon’s analytical articles have appeared in such international publications as The Diplomat, Asia Times and the Jamestown Foundation. She also worked in several human rights NGOs in Geneva. She holds an MA in International Negotiations and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva in and an MA in International and European Security from Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) jointly with University of Geneva. Cholpon is fluent in French, Russian and English.
Pauline Crepy, Project Assistant
Pauline joined the Bulan Institute as a Project Assistant in March 2019. She is responsible for the overall management of publications and for the content of the website. Pauline is currently pursuing a Joint Honours in Political Science and Latin American & Caribbean Studies with a Minor in World Religions. Incredibly passionate about global cooperation and conflict resolution, her research focuses on the democratic transition and consolidation of governments in Latin America and the Middle East. Pauline is also an avid reader and writer, and is currently Senior Content Editor for Graphite Publications – a Montreal-based publication and global community of thinkers and artists.
Bart Gabriel, Research Coordinator
Bart Gabriel is the current Research Coordinator at the Bulan Institute. He is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute in International Relations and Political Science. His research focussed on assembling expertise on Network Analysis through Relational Sociological methodology, to better understand the politics of knowledge dissemination and its potential ramifications. Through working on novel conceptualisations of research-driven human security advocacy, Bart hopes to contribute to alleviating human rights violations and preventing the escalation of security challenges in our focus regions.
Tzvetozar Vincent Iolov, Project Coordinator
Vincent coordinates events and publications focused on Central Asia and responsible for successful implementation of projects related to the region. He holds Bachelor degrees in Tourism Management from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and European and Latin American Studies from the University of Toronto (Canada). Before joining the Bulan Institute, Vincent worked as a relief worker in a Toronto refugee center where he had the opportunity to aid newcomers from conflict countries in their integration process. As a researcher he is intrigued by the role that cultural heritage plays for building inter-communal peace, as well as its potency to spark conflicts and shape collective memory. Vincent is fluent in English, Spanish, Bulgarian and Russian.
Khalida Nurmetova, Programme Officer
Khalida Nurmetova is a current Ph.D. candidate researching law and gender issues at Freie Universität Berlin. Her primary academic and research interests include law, religion, and culture as well as their influence on gender and security issues. She regularly works on topics concerning the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the effect of ongoing conflicts, neo-traditional, and neo-religious tendencies on human rights in the region. Khalida received her degree in International Law from Baku State University in addition to an LLM in German Law from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
Shreya Rajpuriya, Programme Assistant
Shreya Rajpuriya is responsible for maintaining relations with experts, creating experts’ roaster, organizing expert meetings and conferences, and building partnership with other peacebuilding organizations. She was previously working at Interpeace in the office of the president where she researched and analysed innovative ways of peacebuilding and security policies of governments and other international organizations. She has worked with the Governance and Multilateral affairs team at UNAIDS in Geneva where she dealt with global health and human rights. Originally from India, Shreya holds a Masters in International History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Bachelors with Honours in History from the University of Delhi.
Genoveva Sassia, Communications Officer and Events Coordinator
Genoveva is a young professional in Communications having worked in several non-governmental organizations in Geneva. She is responsible for social media channels, communications and events at the Bulan Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s degree as a Certified English, French, Italian and Spanish Translator from the Faculty of Languages of the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She also worked for many years as a freelancer translator and interpreter and in the communication sector for the Government of Córdoba and for some private international companies. This year Genoveva is completing the Master program in Specialized Translation and Multilingual Communication at the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Geneva.
Lotte Wolff, Programme Assistant
Lotte Wolff is a master’s student of Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Anthropology, Human Rights Law and Psychology) from University College Utrecht in the Netherlands, and has participated in an exchange program with the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also worked at a global digital advertising agency in Sydney, Australia as an optimisation and strategy intern, and is currently conducting data analysis for the Geneva Foundation for Medical Research and Education. As an intern at the Bulan Institute for Peace Innovations she is hoping to further explore her interest in central Asian security issues.