Erlin Agich is currently a PhD candidate at the Central European University’s Doctoral School of Political Science in Budapest, Hungary. Her research interest is in policy-making in complex humanitarian settings, specifically, in situations of mass forced displacement of people. Prior to starting her Ph.D., she worked on the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis in Greece and Lebanon, as well as on short assignments in Jordan and Turkey.

What makes her passionate about Stella Network? Mentorship has played a pivotal role in both her academic and professional development. Looking back, she came to realize that most of her men-tors have actually been women. Unfortunately, there are many young girls and women in North Macedonia who have not had the support system that Erlin and Stella’s other co-founders have had throughout their studies and careers. And that is how Stella Network was born – a platform that gives girls and women the opportunity to seek mentorship throughout their academic or job pursuits. Erlin is convinced that women who help and support each other will benefit not only women, but also societies at large.