Founder & CEO
Garvan is an Irish political strategist. A former foreign policy adviser to the British Conservative Party, after the Brexit referendum defeat, he turned his attention to protecting liberal democracy from authoritarian demagogues. He chairs election watchdog Unhack Democracy and works with the ARENA programme at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
He writes regularly for Foreign Policy and has been published in outlets including Die Welt, Ha’aretz, The Guardian, The Economist, Rzeczpospolita and CNN. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.
Emelie Poignant Khafagi
Business Development Political Analyst
Emelie is primarily responsible for political research and outreach to decision-makers. Before joining Article7, she was a trainee in the Euro-Med and Middle East Unit at the European Parliament, where she gained insight into decision-making procedures and political debate at EU level. She has also worked on the MENA desk of the Risk Advisory Group in London.
Emelie holds a BA in International Relations from King’s College London and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford. A Swedish internationalist, she has found a home in a number of countries, including Egypt and China. She speaks Swedish, English and Arabic, and feels guilty about not brushing up on her Mandarin.
Sebastian is a data scientist and software engineer. His latest work has focused on conceiving and creating search and productivity tools, helping specialist media organisations improve data collection and analysis workflows. Before getting into the world of programming and data, Sebastian did research and policy advisory work for international development think tanks. His work included stints at the OECD in Paris, the German Development Institute in Bonn and the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He holds Master’s degrees from Sciences Po Paris, and the College of Europe in Bruges.
The first members of our advisory board will be announced shortly.