Sippi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam is a social scientist and consultant currently working on Somalia. She is a part-time PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews researching Taliban identity. She has worked and travelled extensively in Afghanistan since 1995 and has worked with a range of international and national organisations including the European Union, the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the NATO International Security Assistance Force. She holds a BA in Persian and Old Iranian from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Rural Development Sociology from the University of Birmingham and a diploma in anthropology from the University of Aberdeen.