Christopher Bennett Christopher Bennett (UK/Slovenia) was ESI's first deputy chairman from 1999 to 2001. He has a lifetime of experience in the Balkans. Having covered the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the wars in Croatia and Bosnia as a journalist from 1991, his book Yugoslavia's Bloody Collapse (Hurst, London, 1995) is an influential account of the Yugoslav crisis. Chris has been instrumental in numerous research projects on the region, as director of the International Crisis Group's Balkans Project, as editor of the Balkan Crisis Reports of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and as editor of the NATO Review. Chris worked for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Communications Director in 2006/2007, and became head of the OHR Banja Luka Office in July 2009. He is also completing a book on the Bosnian peace process entitled Paralysed Peace. He used to teach Yugoslav history at the University of London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

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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