President of the Uyghur PEN Center
KHAMITZHAN KHAMRAYEV (Hamid Hamrayev) was born in Kazakhstan. He studied at the University of Uzbekistan. Later, under the EU program, he studied in France and Belgium. Worked as a teacher at the school and researcher at the Institute of Uighur studies of the AS Kazakhstan. Scientist, translator, writer.The author of numerous scientific publications. Translated from Uyghur into Russian a large number of poetic and prosaic works of Uyghur authors. From French to Russian translated the book by R.Grusse “The Empire of the Steppes.” The author of the dilogy (2 books) “Way tu Gulja” and tetralogy (4 books) “Mission of Khojas”. Since 2009 – General Secretary, 2014 – The President of the International Uyghur PEN Center.
AZIZ ISA ELKUN
Secretary of Uyghur PEN Centre
Aziz Isa Elkun is a writer and academic. He was born in Shayar County in East Turkistan. He graduated from Urumchi University. He has been living in London since 2001. In London, he studied at Birkbeck University. He has published many poems, stories, and research articles in both Uyghur and and English language (www.azizisa.org). He has co-authored English language articles in Inner Asia and Central Asian Survey (‘Invitation to a Mourning Ceremony’: Perspectives on the Uyghur Internet and Islam by smartphone: reading the Uyghur Islamic revival on WeChat’). From 2013, he worked as a Research Assistant on the “Sounding Islam China” project in SOAS, University of London. In 2012, he published his first book “Journey from Danube river to the Orkhun valley” in Uyghur. He is an active member of the exile Uyghur Community and founder of a Uyghur music group – the London Uyghur Ensemble. Since September 2017, he has served as Secretary of the PEN International Uyghur Centre (www.uyghurpen.org). Since September 2018, he is working as a Researcher Affiliate on a British Academy Sustainable Development project “Uyghur Meshrep in Kazakhstan” (www.meshrep.uk) based at SOAS, University of London.