Research Faculty & Staff

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    Dr N. Janardhan

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr N. Janardhan is Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. With nearly 25 years of regional expertise, he analyses and unravels the evolving multi-dimensional partnerships between the countries of the Gulf and Asia. In addition, he offers diplomats a MA course on Asian foreign policies. His broad-based interests span politics, international relations, security, media, migration and human trafficking.

    His academic publications include ‘The Arab Gulf’s Pivot to Asia: From Transactional to Strategic Partnerships (ed., Gerlach, 2020); ‘A New Gulf Security Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role’ (ed., Gerlach, 2014); ‘India and the Gulf: What Next?’ (ed., Gulf Research Center Cambridge, 2013); and ‘Boom amid Gloom: Spirit of Possibility in the 21st Century Gulf’ (Ithaca, 2011).

    Dr Janardhan is Managing Assistant Editor of the ‘Journal of Arabian Studies’ (Routledge).

    In his previous stints, he has served as a political analyst in government and private institutions in the United Arab Emirates – the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs, the Gulf Research Center and ‘The Gulf Today’ – and ‘The Asian Age’ in India.

    With a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr Janardhan is a frequent speaker at conferences and contributes regularly to various think tanks and media outlets in Asia, Europe and the United States.

    He is also an avid sportsperson!

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  • Sara Kazim
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    Sara Kazim

    Research and Analysis Supervisor

    Sara Kazim is Research and Analysis Supervisor at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, responsible for the coordination of the Department’s activities and external stakeholder relations. She also regularly contributes to EDA’s research activities.

    Previously, she worked as an Assistant Manager in MERAS and during her study as a Research Assistant at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) with a focus on topics related to national identity and society.

    She holds a MA in Diplomacy and International Relations with Distinction and graduated with a Magna cum laude BA in Political Science with a Sociology minor from UAEU.

    Area of Interest: World Politics and Culture Diplomacy.

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    Zakareya M. Salman


    Zakareya M. Salman is Translator at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. He translates all publications of the Research and Analysis Department as well as EDA-wide communications with stakeholders from English to Arabic and vice versa.

    Mr Salman has 10 years of experience in translation and interpreting, and is a member of several professional translation associations.

    Before joining EDA, Mr Salman worked at the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces, including acting as an interpreter for the Director of Training and interpreting at high-level meetings. During this time, he translated and edited several books on military training and professional development.

    Mr Salman has a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Modern Languages and Translation at Ain Shams University in Egypt, and is currently pursuing a degree in law.

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  • Ulrik Birk-Petersen
    Ulrik Birk-Petersen Senior Research Fellow View More

    Ulrik Birk-Petersen

    Senior Research Fellow

    Ulrik Birk-Petersen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), where he leads the Academy’s 21st Century Diplomacy Programme. The programme examines diplomatic best practices as well as skills, competencies and training required by a new generation of diplomats.

    Prior to joining EDA, Ulrik Birk-Petersen worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in Dubai. Before joining McKinsey, he worked as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark in different roles, including a posting to the Royal Danish Embassy in Moscow. Prior to joining the Danish Foreign Service, Ulrik Birk-Petersen served with the World Bank in Washington, DC, and with the European Union in West Africa.

    While pursuing his studies in Copenhagen, he worked as political secretary to a party leader in the Danish Parliament. His experience also includes working as a researcher with the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

    Ulrik Birk-Petersen was a Crown Prince Frederik Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School from where he graduated with a Master in Public Administration. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.

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