Babak Parham, from Tehran, Iran, studied Master of Arts (M.A.), Film & Media Production at Lund University and Master of Science (M.Sc.), Project Management & Operational Development at Kungliga tekniska högskolan / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Industrial Engineering at University of science and Technology. He lives in Stockholm. He has been working as a Production Assistant at Story AB.
Kianoush Ramezani has lived in France since 2009 as a political refugee. Born in 1973, Kianoush curated many exhibitions since 1995 in Iran and since 2011 in France, like Exile International Cartoon Expo in Paris. As a visual artist he has made some different experiences in the field of drawing, engraving and video art.
Kianoush is a press cartoonist and activist, who left Iran due to his involvement in Iran’s Green Movement and his position in the Cartoonists’ Rights Network International (CRNI). His cartoons have appeared regularly on Iranian websites such as Khodnevis, and in European publications and media such as Courrier International and Arte.
He received the first award of international press cartooning in 2012 from Kofi Annan and the city of Geneva in Switzerland.
Lawen Mohtadi is a free-lance journalist, critic and columnist for the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. She is the author of Den dag jag blir fri, the first book on Swedish-Romani writer and civil rights activist Katarina Taikon.
Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado is a sociologist and history teacher. He was born in Chile and was politically active under the Allende government. He was imprisoned for four years after the Chilean coup d’état, and was deported to Sweden in 1977. He has been living in Stockholm since. Alvarado renewed his degree in sociology at Stockholm University and has held work at the municipal office for more than two decades. Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado has worked both locally and in the region, as a project manager/coordinator with several programs concerning renewal, participation and promoting democracy. In recent years, Alvarado has focused on issues of social economy and he has started several social businesses. Today he is CEO of XpandiaVision which is a social enterprise in Järva. Alvarado lectures at national and international events on issues concerning marginalized areas, inclusion, social economy and local development.
Shahram Khosravi is Associate Professor at Stockholm University and the author of two books: Young and Defiant in Tehran, University of Pennsylvania Press (2008) and The Illegal Traveler: an auto-ethnography of borders, Palgrave (2010). He has been an active writer in the Swedish press and also written fictions; ‘Round Trip to Ithaca’ in Exiled Ink! Magazine (2011) and ‘The Persian Escort’ in Collective Exile (2013).
Trifa Shakely is a writer and lecturer with degrees in law and social work. At the moment she is based in Gothenburg, working with issues concerning domestic violence. Trifa Shakely is the initiator of ‘Ain’t I a Woman’, a campaign for the rights of undocumented immigrant women.