Information is the currency of democracy
— Thomas Jefferson

Edward Lucas

Edward Lucas  is the senior editor at The Economist, the London-based global news weekly. He was the Moscow bureau chief from 1998 to 2002, and thereafter the central and east European correspondent. He has also been a correspondent for The Independent and the BBC. For more info click here.

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Henry Muller

Henry Muller was editorial director of the Time Warner Group from 1993 to 2000 and the top editor of Time magazine from 1987 to 1993. During his 30-year career at Time, he was also a bureau chief in Vancouver, Brussels and Paris. For more info click here.


Julia Leeb

Julia Leeb is a war photojournalist and filmmaker, and is the author of North Korea: Anonymous Country. Leeb’s long-term projects have been published internationally and document political upheaval in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Iran. She also produces virtual reality and 360-degree content about remote regions like Transnistria, in Moldova, and the Nuba Mountains, in Sudan. For more info click here

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Jesper Roerbaeck

Jesper served with the Danish military for 15 years and left as a commissioned intelligence officer. He established his own business and worked actively with nature conservation projects supporting the practical and political work participating in the process of establishing national parks in his home country. He has held leading positions in national hunting organisations as well as advising local municipalities in nature conservation and children education. Jesper is an active advisor to ESPA and  a committed conservationist.

Graham Boynton

Graham Boynton has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist in Britain, the U.S.A., and Africa more than 30 years. In that time he has covered a range of subjects from politics and the arts to travel and sport and written for newspapers (Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Washington Post) and international magazines (Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Spectator, The New Statesman).


Roland Oliphant

Roland Oliphant covers Russia and the former Soviet Union from the Telegraph's Moscow bureau. He has reported on the Ukrainian revolution and civil war from Kiev, Crimea, and Eastern Ukraine. For more info click here


James Le Mesurier

James Le Mesurier OBE established Mayday Rescue Foundation in 2014 to provide help and hope to communities in conflict. Mayday Rescue trains and supports the grassroots Syrian rescue organisation The White Helmets, and works internationally to increase the resilience of communities in conflict and afflicted by disaster. More information is available here.

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Jon Hutton

Jon Hutton is Director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute based in WWF-International’s offices in Switzerland. He joined the institute in March 2016 after ten years with UNEP as Director of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, having previously worked for 25 years in Africa on nature conservation and rural development issues. 

An ecologist from the University of Cambridge (1978), Jon Hutton has produced more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters as well as dozens of reports and conference proceedings. In recognition of his academic interests he was elected a Member of Hughes Hall College, Cambridge in 2005 and an Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resource Management 2007.