Jasmin Gödert (Khosravie), PhD (Founding Member)

Dr. Jasmin Khosravie is a co-founder of CARPO and was Board member from 2014 until 2018. During this time, she was CARPO’s Head of Programs & Research and supported CARPO’s conceptual and strategic development. While holding her position at CARPO, Jasmin was also a post-doc fellow and lecturer in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Bonn. In October 2018 she joined the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).

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Sebastian Sons (Senior Researcher)

Sebastian Sons, M.A., studied Islamic Studies, History and Political Sciences in Berlin and Damascus. Prior to that, he trained as journalist in print, TV and radio media at the Berlin School for Journalists (Berliner Journalisten-Schule). After finishing his studies, he worked as Head of Research and Editor-in-Chief of the academic magazine Orient at the German Orient-Institute from 2009-2014 and as a project researcher at the Program Near East and North Africa at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. At the moment, he is Associate Fellow at the DGAP and is finishing his Ph.D. thesis on “labor migration from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia”. His book Built on Sand. Saudi Arabia – A Problematic Ally (in German) was published in November 2016.

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Şafak Baş (Associate Fellow)

Şafak Baş, M.A., studied Political Science and Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg as well as Persian at the Dekhoda Lexicon Institute in Tehran. After completing his studies, he worked as a policy analyst at the European Stability Initiative in Berlin and Istanbul (2012-2013) and as a freelance journalist in Istanbul and Tehran (2013-2014). Currently, Şafak is a Ph.D. student at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Otto-Suhr Institute of Political Science at Free University Berlin.

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