Minna Järvenpää Minna Järvenpää (Finland) is one of ESI's founding members and works on a project on international interventions and statebuilding. Minna has in the past held senior positions with the United Nations, most recently in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Head of Analysis and Planning in the UNAMA mission. Before joining the UN in Afghanistan, she worked as the Head of Lessons Learning for the British Government's Stabilisation Unit, and as Senior Advisor to Nobel Peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari, supporting his work in Northern Ireland and throughout the Balkans. Altogether, Minna was involved in the Balkans – Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia - for nine years. During this period she was the UN municipal administrator in the divided town of Mitrovica in Kosovo, championed minority returns in Bosnia, and worked as ESI senior analyst in Serbia. Minna holds degrees in international relations from the London School of Economics and in Slavic languages from Harvard University. She is an associate of the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com