Dr. Ronald Meinardus calls himself a liberal, a political commentator, a desk activist, and a world citizen. He came to Istanbul in late 2019 as Head of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Istanbul Office. Before that, he served the Foundation in India, Egypt, the Philippines, South Korea and Greece. A journalist by training, Dr Meinardus has published widely on current political affairs in academic journals and the media. Before leaving New Delhi, he edited "How Liberal is India? The Quest for Freedom in the biggest Democracy on Earth (Academic Foundation, 2019)”.