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Founded in January 2022, Safe Spaces is a policy consulting firm with offices in Taipei and Washington DC. We focus on advising and assisting clients with political and business issues, especially those concerning US-Taiwan relations, Taiwan politics, trade, media, and governments. 

Founded and managed by a close-knit team of policy professionals, we differentiate ourselves from other firms with our flexibility, creativity, and experiences.


We see ourselves as innovators who seek to take advantage of needs arising from the new political and economic environments brought about by key changes, such as U.S-China competition, trade dispute, and Taiwan's continued democratization and liberalization.

Our Focus.

1. Democratizing opportunities for young professionals

2. Bringing about an observable social difference through our work

3. Deliver results effectively and at an efficient budget

4. Operate through a socially conscious business model

5. Engage with emergent leaders, advisors, and partners

Our Team.

Milo Hsieh (謝和軒) is the Lead Consultant at Safe Spaces, focusing on Taiwan politics, U.S-Taiwan relations, and political risks. He was formerly a freelance journalist and his reports and analyses has been published on various media. He has a B.A. in international studies from American University.

Azim Butt (洪偉) is an Associate Policy Director at Safe Spaces, focusing on politics and society in East Asia. He has extensive experience and knowledge of political organizations in Taiwan. Azim frequently comments on current affairs, and his articles have appeared on various platforms, such as the National Interest. He has a B.A. cum laude in International Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Azim’s current work focuses on civil society organizations in Taiwan and how Taiwan should approach its regulations on digital platforms. 

Tatiana Van den Haute (高怡婷) is a Policy Analyst at Safe Spaces. She specialises in Europe-Asia relations as well as Middle Eastern affairs, and graduated from Sciences Po Paris where she focused on Political Humanities and minored in International Law.  She regularly contributes to various media such as The News Lens and Commonwealth Taiwan, and has commented on current affairs in local media.

Ian Huang (黃念雲) is a Policy Analyst at Safe Spaces focused on cross-strait relations with China. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Shih Hsin University and has extensive experience in reporting and social media management.

Thomas Liu (劉奕宏) is a Policy Analyst at Safe Spaces. He has extensive experience working as a campaign, legislative, and party staff at a major political party in Taiwan. He has a B.A. in Political Science from National Cheng Kung University and is currently studying in the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Cheng Chi University. 

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Sherry Chen

Administrative Assistant

Fiona Lin (林子媺) is a Policy Analyst at Safe Spaces. She is interested in the impact of media forms on idea formation and awareness. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Art, magna cum laude, from New York University Abu Dhabi.  

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