Konstantin Yelin

I was educated at Eton College, Cambridge University, and Cass Business School. In 2001 I was awarded Her Majesty the Queen’s Prize.

A member of the Reform Club in London, I was the youngest person in history to serve on the club’s General Committee and was appointed Chairman of Membership in 2013.

When not at my club playing chess, I can be found taking long nature walks in Kew Gardens with my lovely fiancée, Ainur.

I. Work

A medievalist historian by training, and an entrepreneur by vocation, I fund and develop innovative online startups, and consult on all aspects of digital strategy.

In 2014 I created Russian Insight – the largest online aggregator of English-language news about Russia. The automated platform has no editorial control and delivers objective coverage from both Russian and Western media sources, as well as independent blogs and social networks. A primer for Russia-watchers, the site’s regular readers include journalists, diplomats, and NATO/UN officials.

Ahead of the 2015 General Election, I launched They Made a Promise – a website that monitors campaign pledges of UK politicians. Read my Editor’s Introduction to learn more about the project’s mission to make politics and politicians more accountable. The website will be relaunched in 2017 to monitor promises made by the minority Conservative government.

I also run Cambridge ICT, a London-based web design and development agency. We create elegant websites, custom web applications, and engaging digital campaigns for a wide range of clients, including film producers, media companies, art societies, and nonprofits.

II. Academic

Captivated by the Middle East, I specialised in Arabic and Medieval Islamic History as part of my Oriental Studies degree at Cambridge.

I spent several years living in Egypt and Syria, where I attended the University of Damascus. Between studies, I followed in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, exploring Crusader castles throughout the country. My passion for medieval military architecture also led me to the Baltic States, as well as Scotland and Wales.

In 2006 I wrote a dissertation on Medieval Diplomacy in Syria, where I examined the relations between the Crusading Orders and the Isma’ili Assassins. I have also conducted extensive research on the Arab Chronicles of the Crusades in archives across Syria, Russia, and England.

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.

T. E. Lawrence

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I am privileged to be involved with several charities, including WellChild – the national charity for sick children. WellChild helps seriously ill children and their families across the UK and invests millions of pounds in groundbreaking health research that will help save and protect children worldwide.

Please consider supporting this wonderful cause by making a donation, fundraising, or attending one of WellChild’s fantastic events with celebrity ambassadors and the charity’s Patron, Prince Harry. For more information, feel free to contact me or visit www.wellchild.org.uk. WellChild does amazing work and could really use your help, so please get involved.