All illustrations are provided by Leyla Ali.

My Qualifications:

Global and regional politics and human rights are my main beats, but I am always interested in covering science and local news. I am fluent in English, Russian and Azerbaijani and have a working knowledge of Turkish. I am handy with technology and filming equipment (DSLR cameras, sound recorders), and fluent with editing programs such as Final Cut (Express and X) and Adobe Premiere. I am an active social media user, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Storify, Pinterest, Youtube, Vimeo, Wordpress and more.

Other activities:

I participated in and moderated a number of conflict resolution conferences and was one of 16 bloggers from all over the world to be invited to the Bloggertour โ€˜10 in Berlin, organized and funded by the Foreign Office of Germany. I covered Mashable's Social Good Summit in 2013 and 2014 for YPFP and +SocialGood in New York City. I spoke at RightsCon โ€™14 organized by Access Now in San Francisco on Digital Surveillance in Azerbaijan.