Gerda Vogl Gerda Vogl (Austria), an Austrian career diplomat, worked for ESI in 2009/2010, focusing on EU-Turkey relations. Between 2007 and 2009 she served in the cabinets of Austrian Foreign Ministers Ursula Plassnik and Michael Spindelegger. Prior to that, she was a political advisor to the EU Special Representative in Skopje, focusing mainly on the Macedonian decentralisation process and relations with the ethnic Albanian DUI party. She served three years at the Austrian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. In 2002-2003 she headed the Austrian Liaison Office in Pristina, working closely with the Provisional Institutions of Self-Governance as well as international organisations and the Austrian community in Kosovo. Gerda studied law at the University of Vienna and holds a Master of Advanced International Studies (M.A.I.S.) from the Vienna Diplomatic Academy.

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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