Fateh Shaban was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Geography and Regional Planning from in 2013. He conducted research on hydroelectric power in Syria, the oil and natural gas conflict in Syria and some other related research. Between 2017 and 2019, Dr. Shaban was involved with a team from Cambridge University in writing two reports on the state of higher education in Syria pre- and post- 2011, then he conducted research on the state of higher education in northern Syria. He is interested in economic and political geography. Dr Shaban visited the University of Sussex in the UK in 2019 as an associate fellow. He gained a fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2020.
Shaher Abdullateef is an independent researcher. In 2014, he gained his PhD in Hydroponics and Biotechnology from Humboldt University, Berlin. Since 2015, he has been based in Turkey and working on several issues related to Food Security and Higher Education. He is the local agricultural expert in the EU-funded “Governance project” for governance and strategic planning in Syria, led by the Assistance and Coordination Unit (NGO). He is the PI of both the e-learning research and Capacity Building governance and resilience study and was a co-researcher in several studies related to Higher Education, and Food Security and Livelihoods in Syria. He has professional skills in research, teaching, project management, and coaching of different agricultural engineers and farmer groups. He has recently collaborated with international researchers from Cambridge University, Kent University, Reading University, University College London and Edinburgh University. He is interested in concepts of governance, sustainable development and networking. He is a leader of the Syrian Food Security and Livelihood research group and an active researcher at Cara Syria program. He is an active member in wide international academic networks. He is currently involved at a Network of expertise on Food & Health Security in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States to support displaced academics in the Levant for the co-development of interdisciplinary research approaches & strategies for a successful transition away from humanitarian provision of short-term food supplies and agriculture inputs towards long-term planning for food security. He has a strong partnerships and coordination with multi-stakeholder networks including local councils, local communities, engineer groups, local and international NGOs and academics.