Verena Knaus Verena Knaus (Austria) worked for ESI from its foundation in 1999 until 2010, helping to turn it from a network of Balkan enthusiasts into an institution with a permanent presence across the region and in Turkey. She was a lead researcher for the Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit in Kosovo, a joint project of ESI and the UN Administration in Kosovo. From 2004 to summer 2007 she managed the ESI Turkey project as a Senior Analyst, focusing on Turkey's Europeanisation process, social and economic change in Central and Southeast Anatolia, and the position of women. Throughout these years, Verena worked closely with emerging think tanks in Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania as part of ESI’s capacity building programme. In early 2008, Verena went back to the Balkans (Pristina) to head ESI's research and advocacy efforts. She was also a member of the ESI team which produced the award-winning documentary film “Return to Europe”. Verena studied modern history at Oxford University and international relations and economics at SAIS in Bologna. She is a World Fellow of Yale University, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and co-author of the “Kosovo Bradt Guide”, the first ever English-language guidebook on Kosovo. Since July 2010 Verena has worked with UNICEF and as an independent analyst and strategic adviser on EU integration.

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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