Journal d'Ambroisie Team
The Journal d’Ambroisie is an online publication born out of a vision to create a space for our generation where young people can explore themes most relevant to our lives and express novel, creative and diverse ideas. Through the Journal we invite the larger public to join a wider discussion, breaking down barriers of geography and aiming at reducing echo chambers. The Journal is published quarterly, each edition centering around a new, thought-provoking theme that our writers may interpret as loosely (or as closely) as they wish. Our writers are voices of our generation - representing many, although not yet all - with a myriad of bright and distinctive ideas. Their writings are, at the same time, deeply personal and intrinsically societal; they can be enjoyed as individual works but also read in conversation with each other; they are expressions of our writers’ personal thoughts and yet equally invitations to a discussion between the author and the reader. The Journal publishes opinion pieces in six different categories: Art, Literature and Philosophy, Science, Social Commentary, Business, and ‘Our Causes’ (which at the moment includes the Environment, Homelessness, and the LGBTQ+ Community).
The Journal d’Ambroisie is the daughter of the Salon de la Sagesse, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to bring together today’s leading youth. The two organisations’ vision and aim is exemplified through our shared motto ‘Communitas et incrementum sapientiae’, or ‘Community and Growth in Wisdom’.
Emma Gabor & Dorottya Luca Ágoston
Co-Founders/Co-Editors in Chief
Emma is a recent graduate from University College London with a BA in Art History. Originally from Budapest, Emma grew up in Vienna, Austria, where she attended the Lycée Français de Vienne. She is a passionate polyglot, currently studying her fifth language. As a member of the Hungarian Student community studying abroad, she was the President of the Hungarian Society at UCL and is an alumna of the Milestone Institute. During the last three years, Emma was an avid Summer Student at the ‘Sapienza Universitá di Roma’ and the Central European University, where she read History, Archaeology and the Arts. Earlier this year, she co-founded the Journal d’Ambroisie, an initiative closely tied to the Salon de la Sagesse: the Salon is the space wherein she hopes to unite the most brilliant youth of her generation. In her free time, Emma loves to jog, paint and write.
Dorottya graduated from University College London in Summer 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in History,. Currently she is completing her Postgraduate degree in International Communications at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She was involved in several community-oriented projects during her undergraduate degree, as Head of Events of the Hungarian Society and as a Consent Training Coordinator at the Not Cool Club. She has also worked for various magazines in roles ranging from social media manager to correspondent and editorial intern. As an expression of her passion for writing and publishing, earlier this year, she co-founded the Journal d’Ambroisie and joined the Journal’s editorial team as Editor-in-Chief. She is an avid museumgoer and reader of historical fiction.
Head of Marketing
Siana is in her final year of dual BA History of Art and Italian at University College London. Before London, Siana lived in Sofia, where she attended the American College. Always seeking further involvement with art-related initiatives, Siana transferred the skills she gained as President of the Art Society at ACS, to her new role as Head of Marketing and PR for the pioneering Art Business Society at UCL. Siana has chosen to explore the relationship between art and the market, which led her to completing art business courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. She furthermore spent a year at Università di Bologna. Combining her passion and comprehension of practical and theoretical understanding of business and marketing, Siana has set out to extract the essence of Journal D’Ambroisie and mold it into a visual representation of our mission. In her free time, Siana enjoys reading, the occasional trip to Curzon or the BFI, and losing herself in an art exhibition. She also worked on L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped - an art installation project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude realised in September 2021.
Jesper is currently partaking in a post-graduate exchange programme called ‘International Master’s Class’ in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Before his move to the southern dutch border, Jesper lived in Sweden where he attended Lund University. An internship at the Absolut Company sparked his interest for international brands and marketing and led him to pursue an MSc in International Marketing & Brand Management. Jesper was also a member of Mensa Sweden. Besides marketing and brand management, Jesper has a BSc in Psychology, and his interest in human behaviour is what drew him towards Journal D’Ambroisie and its mission. By combining his interest in the human experience with his passion for marketing, it is Jesper’s hope to help the Journal reach new horizons. In his free time, Jesper is a horror connoisseur, and the psychology of horror is also one of his big interests.
Head of Public Liaisons
Namal Siddiqui is a third-culture kid with roots in the UAE and Pakistan. She writes a lot about identity and daily living among other things. She is a spoken word artist and has performed at the Dubai Expo 2020 and Emirates Literary Festival 2019. After a successful marketing career, she is currently devoting her time to learning the crafts involved in writing prose and poetry as she completes her MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University.
The Journal d’Ambroisie is the place for the free expression of the greatest thoughts by the leading youth of our generation. As the daughter of the Salon de la Sagesse, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to reunite this leading youth, the Journal was created for the very same reason: to bring together bright minds and diverse thoughts, inviting in the greater public to engage in novel discussions. Indeed, both our Writers and Editors correspond to this category of pioneers and great thinkers.
The Journal was inspired by the Greek goddess of the hunt and the Moon, Artemis. Much like Artemis, at the Journal d’Ambroisie, we are hunting the brightest ideas of today; with brilliant people, founded upon the desire to create a Journal family, we are uniting readers, writers and editors alike, connected by understanding and love. Our female founders and Committee are the beating heart of this initiative, which is represented in the Journal’s symbolism by the Moon’s relevance in alchemy, embodying the feminine.
The Moon in alchemy is furthermore associated with silver, namely lunar caustic (silver nitrate), an (al)chemical compound. Much like the lunar phase, the Journal is constantly in progress; we believe that new ideas and creations never cease and wish to provide a platform for them. But the moon is lit by the Sun, its alchemical counterpart, the Salon de la Sagesse being inspired by it. Therefore, the Journal and the Salon are inevitably intertwined into an immersive, interdependent bond, in the name of our mutual motto: ‘Communitas et incrementum sapientiae’, or ‘Community and Growth in Wisdom’.
However, the Journal is more than just a cultural and intellectual think tank. It aims to become the food for thought, the nectar, the ambrosia, or the elixir of life of and for today’s leading youth. Indeed, our ultimate goal is to inspire and to be inspired, to call to action and to act upon our boldest dreams, visions and goals. In Ancient Greece, the way Gods fed on ambrosia to sustain their immortality is how our community feeds on the diverse, thought-provoking ideas conceptualised by our writers and editors. Thus, the Journal d’Ambroisie is here to push us towards a better us and indeed a better world, so that we may do good and do better, for ourselves, and for humanity.
Inspired by the past, namely Ancient Greece, alchemy, and the history of our universe and galaxy, our aim is to gather all this knowledge into the present, so that we may build our future in a better way. This we wish to achieve through our very own galaxy.
In this way, both through the Journal and the Salon, our goal is to carve a newer path for what culture and cultural institutions entail. For indeed, culture is what unites us. Found in every aspect of our lives, in all fields, whether astrophysics, economy or the arts, culture is the key to unlocking the most brilliant human potential.
Therefore, we welcome you into our very own galaxy: let’s explore together through words that are significant and powerful. The goal of our expedition is to breach the void between ideas and form constellations. In drawing on the past to navigate the present, we can light the constellations that will guide our future. And so, united by our diversity, inclusivity and love, at the Journal, our community is also a family. A family whose deepest wish is to build an inspiring, lasting, and a meaningful legacy.