Dr. Dolkun Kamberi, the founding Director of Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service since 1998, earned his M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees from Columbia University, and completed his post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an internationally recognized scholar and authority on the ancient Silk Road civilization and Sino-Turkic languages. Dr. Kamberi’s career has spanned work as a field-archeologist, university professor, and linguist, translator, and Uyghur media specialist. He is fluent in English, Chinese, Uyghur, and several Turkic languages. Prior to joining RFA, he was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been invited to speak at many universities throughout the U.S. and at international conferences around the world, presenting subjects on Central Asian political, cultural, historical, linguistic, archeological, and human rights issues. His articles on Silk-Road civilization have been published extensively in many languages.