I am a Ph.D researcher, independent journalist, and disability advocate based in Qatar and the UK. I am originally from Indonesia, but I have lived in the Middle East for the past eight years and have traveled extensively across the region.
I hold a B.A. in International Affairs, concentrating on Middle East and Islamic Politics, from Qatar University and an M.A. in International Politics from the University of Manchester. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D in Politics at Manchester.
My undergraduate thesis focused on China's Arab-Israeli conflict policy, while my master dissertation was titled "A Comparative Study of China's Approaches to Its Relationship with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates." In my Ph.D, I employ the neo-Gramscian approach of hegemony to examine whether China, through its 'One Belt, One Road' initiatives, is aiming to pursue a regional hegemony in the Gulf.
My areas of research focus primarily on Asia-Middle East relations, Gramsci, hegemony, and regionalism. Outside university, I am also interested in Islamic history, Indonesian politics, and disability in Islam.
I am a disabled. I am unable to use my hands to perform certain actions including handwriting. I have been interviewed by several media both in English and Bahasa Indonesia about my life and struggles as a disabled.
In my free time, I love to backpack and climb mountains. I have climbed a number of mountains in Indonesia, the Middle East, and Europe. I have also traveled to some parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and I am looking forward seeing more.