Zamira Abbasova is a journalist podcaster from Azerbaijan with a long-standing background in political activism and peacebuilding. She turned to journalistic practice when both activities became too difficult, and started training young people to start their own activist radio stations in Azerbaijan. Abbasova created the first peace-radio in the South Caucasus region along with other peacebuilding women colleagues from Armenia and Georgia. The three of them took part in talk shows on a range of subjects, which created strong opposition in the Azerbaijani government, subsequently forcing Abbasova to flee from the country in 2015.
Prior to her studies in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Management at Loughborough University in London (grad. 2018), Abbasova was a Country Director of Imagine Centre for Conflict Transformation. In March of 2019, she was also named the Young Woman Of the Year by UNHCR for her contributions to refugee integration schemes in the UK.https://www.womenonthemoveawards.org/nominate-awards, https://www.migrantsorganise.org/?p=28097.
Abbasova is an occasional publisher at London's Morning Star newspaper and currently serves as a cultural journalist and editorial member of LeidsCement, a cultural platform of City of Leiden. She also works with refugees in Amsterdam with the organization called DELITELABS, teaching refugees how to be self-sustaining through entrepreneurship.
She speaks fluent English, Russian, Turkish, Azeri