​Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat is an independent researcher and journalist based in the UK​ ​and​ ​Indonesia.​ He has previously worked as a research assistant at Qatar University, before taking a position​​ as an analyst at Gulf State Analytics, a Washington DC-based consultancy firm. His academic qualifications include a BA in International Affairs from Qatar University and an MA in International Politics from the University of Manchester. He is currently working on his Ph.D at the University of Manchester. In academia​, his research interests focus on China and ASEAN's relations with Middle Eastern countries. As a journalist, Rakhmat's works focus on Indonesian politics, humanitarian affairs and disability issues. As a disabled person himself, he is also a disability advocate. Besides reporting and writing on disability-related topic, he is the CEO and founder of Sekolabilitas, an Indonesian-based NGO dedicated to assist children with disabilities in accessing proper education

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