The Team

allie editAllie Elwell has always wanted to start a podcast. Well known for talking too much, she always has another political pod on the go, and lots to say about them! When not doing a masters degree in International Political Economy at BSIS, she’s the senior publicist on Netflix’s hit series The Crown. Follow her on Twitter @allieelwell or check out her website for more!

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Marissa Diaz loves listening to podcasts and, more importantly, talking about important issues! Her interests include disability rights, Chinese history, film criticism, and traveling. Having previously lived in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Washington, D.C., Marissa is ready to tackle Brussels while pursuing her LLM in International Law.

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Katrina Coles landed in Brussels to pursue a degree in International Law and Political Economy. For her, it is all about connecting with people. Being a part of the BB pod team is one more way to explore this passion! Share yours with her on Twitter @KatColes12.

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Lois McLatchie discovered podcasts in 2017, and has been hooked on them ever since. She also likes to jump around on stage playing the fiddle with her Scottish ceilidh band, Reel Guid, and daydreams about performing in Nashville. Keep up with her in between episodes at @LoisMcLatch.

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Nadira Nasibli has been interested in Politics and international relations since she can remember, especially having grown up in a Post-Soviet country.  Nadira has studied and worked in Hong Kong, to London, Paris, Istanbul, and now Brussels where she studies Human Rights Law with Conflict and Security.

niki editNiki Papadogiannakis is doing a Masters in International Migration while working as a freelance video journalist based in Brussels. She worked in local, national and international news media in the Washington D.C.-metro area, most recently in the Central Newsroom at Voice of America as the lead for the Media Resource Team. As the daughter of two Greek immigrants, she wants to shed a spotlight on the lives of those who choose to leave their native countries or are forced out of their homes due to forms of corruption or violence. Follow her @nikipapadog!

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A writer and an artist from Dhaka, Zoheb Mashiur spends roughly 70% of his time exploring the multiple fictional worlds he has dreamed up. When he notices the real world he likes to get angry about post-colonialism, climate change, refugees and migration, and Western self-centrism. Studying International Migration gives him a lot to be angry about.


Hattie’s always been a fan of finding new ways to help educate people about politics and thinks the Beyond Brussels is a brilliant way to do that. She pursues a part-time Master’s in Political Strategy and Communications at BSIS while working as Head of Communications for the British non-profit Simple Politics. Follow her on Twitter @hattiesimplepol!


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Marcel Gerard Thierry became involved in his university’s radio station. After ten hours of hosting and contributing countless clips and music to over 50 radio episodes, not to mention joining the station’s sound design team, helping the Brussels Beyond Podcast is the perfect next step to get the world informed – in a broadening, out-of-the-box way.

daniel editDaniel Patrick Medina is an editorial cartoonist and illustrator studying International Migration at the Brussels School of International Studies. Daniel has been drawing since he was old enough to pick up a pen. His goal is to become a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist that covers both U.S. and international issues. Follow him on Instagram @dans_doodles and on Twitter @dansdoodles88.