Garvan Walshe

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.

Advisory Board

The first members of our advisory board will be announced shortly.