Emin Milli

Emin Milli is a writer and dissident from Azerbaijan. Milli was imprisoned in 2009 for two and a half years for his critical views about the government. He was conditionally released in November 2010, after serving 16 months of his sentence. From 2002-2004, Milli was director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and also advised the Council of Europe on more than 40 cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. Prior to that, he was a coordinator for the International Republican Institute in Azerbaijan. Milli has a Masters degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he wrote his dissertation on new media and Arab revolutions. 

Ilyana Ovshieva

Ilyana Ovshieva is a writer based in Washington, DC. She is a blogger for the Foreign Policy Association and Young Professionals Network Fellow at the Eurasia Foundation. She previously contributed to Freedom House's North Caucasus project and was an Associate Editor at the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Ilyana holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a BA in Political Science from Moscow Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO).

Habib Muntezir

Hebib Müntezir is one of Azerbaijan’s most famous online activists. He started his career in 2005 publishing the online satire blog «Tinsöhbeti» from his home in Berlin. Until now, his youtube videos have been watched close to 27 Million times, his number of constant Youtube-followers are over 55,000 followers, and an additional 19,000 Facebook followers. Hebib Müntezir publishes in Azerbaijani language only, which makes the numbers even more impressive.

Celia Davies

Celia has worked since 2010 as a consultant for human rights and media NGOs and a political analyst. She worked at the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety in Baku as Program Development Manager for two years (2010-12). Celia has previously worked as a consultant for international NGOs (Transparency International, Save the Children), media organisations (Swedish Public TV, BBC) and academic institutions (Cambridge Centre for Human Rights and Governance, Edinburgh University School of Law, Centre for Constitutional Transitions). She was a Winston Churchill Research Fellow for 2014; holds an LL.M in International Law from the University of Edinburgh (where she wrote her dissertation on the regulation of online speech in the context of the Arab Uprisings); and a BA from the University of Cambridge.