The Team

Editor-in-Chief Michiel Bartelds

Michiel Bartelds comes from the Netherlands and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Utrecht University. Having lived in Canada and Saudi Arabia before, he is now in Paris to pursue his Master’s in International Security at Sciences Po. Michiel has experience working for different news media in the Netherlands and aspires to work as a correspondent or investigative journalist.

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President & Managing Editor Mira Kovacova

Mira Kovacova is the president and managing editor of the Paris Globalist this year. She is from Slovakia and the U.S. and holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There, she also served on the board of a student organization, TAMID Investment Group, and was an avid member of the Michigan Francophone Club. At Sciences Po, Mira is pursuing a Master’s in International Public Management at PSIA. Mira has two years of work experience in consulting prior to starting her studies at Sciences Po, and she hopes to one day join the Foreign Service and pursue a political career.

Creative Director Nicolas Kwant

Nicolas Kwant is the creative director of the Paris Globalist. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Journalism. At Sciences Po, Nicolas follows the joint Master’s in Journalism and International Public Management, where he developed an expertise in analysing domestic and foreign policy issues. He specialises in visual storytelling, using video and graphic design to tell engaging stories.

Social Media Manager Anna Szklanowska

Anna Szklanowska is serving this year as social media manager of the Paris Globalist. Originally from Poland, she moved to Switzerland at a young age and started her bachelor’s degree there before moving to Australia for her exchange year. Within the framework of her Master’s degree at PSIA in International Public Management, Anna is currently working on her Master’s thesis on the experience of Chinese students abroad. Next to her studies, she divides the rest of her time between composing her album and working on new ideas for her YouTube channel on mental health.

Social Media Manager Leah Koonthamattam

Leah Koonthamattam is the social media manager this year for the Paris Globalist. She is from India, and received her Bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po Le Havre, and is now pursuing her Master’s from PSIA. She has completed multiple internships in journalism and human rights in India, and hopes to contribute more in this field. 

Júlia Codina Sariols

Júlia Codina Sariols is an editor for the War and Conflict section. She is a second-year student of the MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at PSIA, with concentrations on Diplomacy and the Middle East. Originally from Barcelona and half Swedish, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations. She interned for Amnesty International in Spain, as well as for UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi. She is now in Beirut working for UNRWA as Protection Assistant. Her main interests lie in war and armed conflicts, humanitarian aid, and human rights.

Rachel Griffin

Rachel Griffin is an editor at the Paris Globalist. Originally from the U.K., she has a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Oxford and worked in tech startups in Berlin for two years before starting her master’s in public policy at Sciences Po and the Hertie School in Berlin. 

Meike Eijsberg

Meike Eijsberg is a staff writer at the Paris Globalist. She is from the Netherlands, spent several years living in Singapore, and now resides in Paris. She completed her B.A. in Political Science and (Modern) History at University College Utrecht, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Boomerang. At Sciences Po, Meike is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Public Management with concentrations in East Asia and Media & Writing. She also served as the editor-in-chief of the Paris Globalist in 2019-20. At the moment, she is working on a Capstone Project with UNESCO about freedom of expression and the press — her main topic of interest. She aspires to work as a (investigative) journalist in the future.

Marta Massera

Marta Massera is a staff writer for the Paris Globalist. She is from Italy, where she is currently working as a research assistant in a think thank on the themes of energy, climate and natural resources. At Sciences Po, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development, with curriculum concentrations in Media and Writing and African Studies. She has always been passionate about investigate and advocacy journalism that specifically explores the failures of the current agri-food international system and the issue of food sovereignty.

Darcy French

Darcy French is a freelance editor for the Paris Globalist. He originates from Melbourne, Australia where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (French/International Relations) at the University of Melbourne. Whilst there, he contributed regularly to student magazines Farrago and Spectrum. At Sciences Po, Darcy is studying at PSIA in the Master of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action before he heads off in 2020 to Peking University in Beijing, China, as part of a dual degree program.

Arthur Kaufman

Arthur Kaufman is a French-American originally from New York. He is a freelance editor for the Paris Globalist. After graduating from the George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Philosophy, he spent the last year as a Writing Fellow at NYU Shanghai. At Sciences Po, he is pursuing the Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, and he is part of the dual-degree program with Peking University.

Rachel Brock

Rachel Brock is a contributing writer to the Paris Globalist. Originally from the U.S., she completed her Master’s in International Development at Sciences Po (2020) with Advanced Certification in Gender Studies, a regional focus on Africa and a concentration in Media & Writing. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania (2018), where she also edited the Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations. She’s now a consultant for UN Women.

Lucy Fowler

Lucy Fowler is a staff writer for the Paris Globalist. She is from Australia where she completed a Bachelor’s of Global Studies, specializing in International Relations at Monash University. Lucy is currently completing her Master’s in International Security at SciencesPo, before she heads off to Peking University in Beijing for the second half of her dual degree.