Research Excellence Fellows

Dr. Gholamreza Jafari received his Ph.D. degrees from Sharif University of Technology at the department of physics in 2005. Now He is a faculty member at the Physics Department and Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences of Shahid Beheshti University. He was fellow of the Central European University in 2016. After his research fellow, he has kept his close collaboration with the Department of Network and Data Science at CEU. He has done several projects and published many papers in the fields of social and financial networks in these years. His fields of research are complex networks and social science. His focus of research is in a system with a large number of interacting agents, whose aggregate behavior is nonlinear. However, most appreciated data-driven approaches to study them try to infer the complex interaction network of the system agents, neglecting the cause and consequences of the macroscopic collective modes of the system. He is interested in understanding and modeling the modern society with respect to the perspective of culture, market, business and management with the tools of different disciplines. Problems, which historically were dedicated to special fields are now common topics of research amount different disciplines. Internet, especially social media, is playing a crucial role in this new scenario of doing interdisciplinary research. Here you can find out more about his activities, researches and some courses on his research group page the Center for Complex Networks & Social Cognition.


Dr. Suleiman, Mohamed Ahmed is assistant professor at the faculty of arts, Beni Suef University, Egypt. His main fields of interest are patristic theology, medieval Christian philosophy, history of religions and the interreligious dialogue between Christianity and Islam. He got his first academic degree in philosophy with (Summa Cum Laude), after obtaining the premaster degree from Cairo University; he joined the monastery of Dominican fathers, consequently, the monastery of Jesuit fathers and Franciscan fathers in Cairo to start his master degree. He started his PhD in Christian theology. He travelled to Greece and stayed 4 years for the preparation of his PhD dissertation at the University of Ioannina. During his stay in Greece he worked as instructor of Arabic language for foreigners, also as an interpreter and translator in the Greek police and the Greek judicial court. He is recognized officially as translator and interpreter in the list of the international translators and interpreters in Greece. He is also the ambassador of Greek institute of cultural diplomacy in Africa and the Middle East. He is the coordinator of the supreme committee of scholarships in ministry of higher education in Egypt, also the director of the international relations office at Beni Suef University, Egypt. He is a Reviewer and member of the cultural Journal InterArtes, and member of the scientific board of the international journal for religious and philosophical studies, (IJRPS), also the international journal of Cultural and Religious Studies. He participated and was moderator and member of scientific committees in many international conferences and seminars in Europe, he worked also as visiting doctor in some European universities, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Sweden, Austria and Italy. Dr. Suleiman speaks Arabic, English, French, Modern Greek and Italian; he has also a good knowledge of the Ancient Greek and Latin. His main research after PhD focuses on the interreligious and intercultural dialogue between Judaism, Christianity and Islam; the aim of his research interest is to achieve peace and stability in the framework of religions and society, especially after the global socio-political and religious changes after the Arab spring period.



Dr. Rodrigo Illarraga is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He holds his MA in History and his Ph.D in Philosphy from University of Buenos Aires. He have obtained grants for stays and short stays at University of São Paulo (Brazil), Princeton Univesity (USA), and Universty of Sevilla (Spain). He has been Jacobi Fellow at the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts (Germany) and he is Research Excellence Fellow at the Central European University (USA and Hungary). He also was recipient of research grants from University of Buenos Aires and The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Argentina). His research interest concerns Ethics and Politics in Socratic Philosophers (Plato, Xenophon, Aristippus and Antisthenes). About this topics he has wrote books and several papers in peer-review journals as Méthexis (Brill, USA) and Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica (Fabrizio Serra Editore, Italy). At present, he is member of the Executive Committee (2019-2022) of the International Society for Socratic Studies.

Dr. Viktoriia Svyrydenko, Deputy Director of Marin Drinov Centre for Bulgarian and Balkan Studies at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine). She earned her MA (2011) and BA degrees (2010) in History from V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine). During her PhD studies at the Department of Ukrainian Studies at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (2011–2015) she was twice (in 2013/2014 and 2015) Erasmus Mundus doctoral grantee at Humboldt University of Berlin. She holds Ph.D. degree in History (2016) from M. S. Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv (dissertation “The Politics of Memory of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria towards the Epoch of National Revival: Source Complex”). In 2016/2017 she conducted post-doctoral research at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, about the myths of the “Turkish yoke” and national Revival in shaping the national identities of the nations, previously dominated by the Ottoman Empire. From August 2018 till January 2019 she was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu (Estonia), studying memories and identities in contemporary Ukraine. Her research interests focus on East and Central Eastern European history, history of Ukraine, memory studies, entangled history/memory, borderland studies.

Dr. Fardin Alikhah is Assistant Professor at the Department of social sciences at the University of Guilan in Iran. He holds a PH.D in sociology from Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran. His research interests are social media, celebrity, city, gender, everyday life, lifestyle changes, consumer culture, dance, fashion, music, car culture, and public spaces. Parallel to teaching at the university, Fardin has been trying to bring sociology beyond the university and share it with non-sociologists and non-academic audiences. His public writings are widely followed on Persian social media. Geographically, his studies focus on Iranian society. Fardin is interested in studying Iranian everyday life with an interdisciplinary approach. He has published various articles in academic journals. The Transformation of the Cities, The Street, and Consumerism as a way of life are books he has translated into Persian. They wrote a book after divorce, which is a collection of Fardin‘s public writings will be released soon for Persian language readers. The center of Media, Data and society at the CEU is host of Fardin and his research topic is Media Consumption and Acculturation among Immigrant Iranians.

Dr. Nyo Nyo received PhD degree from Bangalore University at the department of geography in 2004. She serves as the professor and head of geography and environmental studies department at University of Mandalay. She was a fellow of the Central European University in 2014. She has done about 3 projects withe collaboration of CEU and also with the Institute of geography from Cologne University (Germany) and Florence University (Italy). So far she has 13 international publications. Her interest is varied disciplines of land use and human geography which are related to the environment.