Ali Askerov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He previously taught peace studies, international relations, political history, public international law, and political ideas and ideologies at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and the University of Regina. He is a recipient of several prestigious fellowships offered by the US Department of State and the Open Society Foundation. His publications include numerous articles and books. His research includes ethnic conflict, terrorism, religious studies, peace education, conflict transformation, qualitative research methods, and the history of political ideas, among others. He is a research fellow for the Center for New North Carolinians.
Behzad Jeddi Balabaygloo
Behzad Jeddi Balabaygloo was born in Germi (Mughan), South Azerbaijan, in 1984. He received his BSc in Applied Mathematics from University of Tabriz, and MSc in Economics from University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. He moved to the United States in 2016 and received a second master’s degree in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics from the University of East Carolina. Currently, He is a Ph.D. student at Iowa State University. His research interests are environmental, behavioral, political, and agricultural economics. More precisely, he is concentrated on environmental and agricultural policy evaluations and global warming adaptations.
Chilanay Safarli is a doctoral student and Graduate Research Assistant in Human and Organizational Learning program at the George Washington University. She was born and raised in Azerbaijan where she got her bachelor’s degree in Translation (English-Azerbaijani) at the Azerbaijan University of Languages. She received the government scholarship by Azerbaijan Ministry of Education to pursue M.A. in Human Resources Development at the George Washington University. During her studies, she also worked as an HR Analyst in the corporate office of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Her research interests include an impact of national culture on Human Resources Development (HRD) practices in different countries, global HRD, leader identity development, women leadership, organizational change management, and a critical role of cross-cultural competency of Organizational Development consultants.
Sevinj is a doctoral student at the George Washington University studying Education Policy and Administration. Sevinj currently holds a Program Manager position at the Partnership for Finance and Development Group. In 2008 she received the U.S. Department of State Edmund Muskie Graduate Fellowship and continued her education in the United States. Sevinj earned an M.Ed. Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with a specialization in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010. After graduation from the University of Texas at Arlington, Sevinj worked as Executive Director of the U.S.-Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association (AAA) from the period of August 2011- June 2012. She continued her career as a Head of Education Division at the Central Bank of Azerbaijan. Sevinj was the project manager of the “Education Week Conference 2017,” a week-long education policy conference that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2017.
Samir Huseynov is a Ph.D. candidate and Research Assistant in Agricultural Economics Department at Texas A&M University. He is also the Senior Lab Manager at Human Behavior Lab at Texas A&M. His research spans understanding behavioral aspects of economic decision-making, incorporating biometric data into economic models, improving predictions on decision outcomes by utilizing Machine Learning tools and using applied econometric methods to answer empirical problems. Currently, Samir's work scrutinizes behavioral underpinnings of food choices. Understanding of food choices constitutes the main chunk of his doctoral dissertation which was granted with NSF research award.