Marta Welander - Executive Director
Prior to founding Refugee Rights Europe, Marta worked as Deputy Director of a small international human rights and peacebuilding organisation. Before that, she facilitated collaboration between member NGOs of a vast global partnership, and was a founding member of a women’s rights coalition in the Middle East & North Africa. She has previously served a number of non-governmental organisations including the Refugee Council UK, Front Line Defenders, and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. Marta holds an MA in Human Rights & Democratic Governance and an MA in International Relations. She is currently a doctoral researcher in the Department of Politics and International relations at University of Westminster.
Alice Lucas - Advocacy and Policy Manager
Alice joined Refugee Rights Europe in October 2017, bringing with her experience from both the education sector and the communications industry. Prior to working for Refugee Rights Europe Alice was a teaching assistant in a school in London, and has taught both in the UK and abroad, as well as working as an advisor to students in English universities. For the past 3 years, Alice has worked for a successful marketing and communications agency based in London where she was responsible for both internal and external communications, social media strategy development and marketing campaigns for international clients. Alongside her paid roles, Alice has also volunteered at a local law centre providing legal aid for refugees and asylum seekers and as an advisor for local residents with housing and benefits issues. She holds a BA(hons) in English Literature from the University of Westminster and a MSc in International Public Policy from University College London.
Fee Mira Gerlach - Operations & Communications Officer
Fee Mira joined Refugee Rights Europe in May 2017 having spent nine months working with displaced people in the Calais camp. Prior to this, she worked with refugee youth and women in Berlin and has recently graduated with an MA in Social Work and Human Rights from a Berlin university. Fee Mira is currently based in Scotland, and is passionate about advocating for the human rights of refugees and displaced people in Europe and facilitating eco-social transitions of communities.
Samer Saifeddin Abdulkarim Mustafa - Project Officer
Samer founded the refugee support group Hopetowns only a few weeks after arriving in the UK in 2016. Prior to this, he was a Calais camp resident, a community leader and a volunteer. He is currently Project Officer and a Field Research Coordinator for Refugee Rights Europe whilst also studying at college in London.
Mohamad Alhussein Saoud - Statistical Analyst
As Refugee Rights Europe's statistical analyst, Mohamad has also worked with the organisation as a field researcher and coordinator, having participated in several studies to-date. Mohamad has a BA and an MA in Economics from Aleppo University, Syria, and an MA in Democratic Governance and Human Rights from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights. He is currently based in Germany, where he works at Magdeburg University as a student assistant, as part of a project about refugees and migration in Germany.
Nahzley Anvarian - Consultant (Fixed term)
Naz has been working with refugees and asylum seekers in various capacities throughout the UK and Europe since 2006. She has worked with individuals as well as within communities and refugee camp settings. Through her work, she has gained extensive knowledge regarding the issues and challenges faced by this vulnerable group. She has worked with various organisations, including the Refugee Council/UK, British Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross, France terre d’asile, Afghan Association Paiwand, Safe Passage, Second Tree (based in Greece) and Hopetowns. Naz has been involved in a variety of research studies with Refugee Rights Europe since November 2016 and is currently working as a consultant for the organisation. She is committed to making a positive change to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers by ensuring their basic Human Rights are upheld, as well as empowering and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.
Krystal Garvin - Development Coordinator
Krystal began working with Refugee Rights Europe in May 2018 after having worked with refugees and displaced people in Greece. She also currently works as the international project manager with The Lotus Flower, an organization that provides professional training, adult education, and peace-building programs to women and girls impacted by protracted conflict and displacement in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Prior to this, Krystal worked with a variety of NGOs in Greece that focused on refugee integration, housing, and humanitarian aid. She holds an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS and a BA in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.
Charlotte Gallagher - Programme Officer
Charlotte joined Refugee Rights Europe in May 2018 with experience working as a humanitarian volunteer in the Calais camp. Charlotte went on to volunteer in London supporting asylum seekers with health, legal and housing issues. Charlotte brings experience and knowledge from the housing sector where she worked specifically with vulnerable adults. Prior to this, Charlotte worked as a training and education coordinator in the legal sector. Charlotte completed her BA in Modern History at the University of East Anglia and is currently completing an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice at the University of York. Her ongoing project focuses on immigration detention within Europe.