Iason Athanasiadis is senior trainer and cultural responsiveness director of Global Journalist Security. Fluent in Greek, Arabic, Persian and Turkish, Athanasiadis has graduate degrees in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University, and in Contemporary Iranian Studies from the School of International Studies in Tehran. He was later a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University. An award-winning photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and writer, Athanasiadis has lived and reported in Cairo, Damascus, Sanaa, Tehran, Istanbul and Kabul. He has contributed to the BBC and Channel 4, and written for publications including the International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times (London), Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator. In 2009 Athanasiadis was jailed for three weeks during post-election unrest in Iran. He has also reported from Cuba, Libya, North Korea and Iraq.