ENAR volunteers

Thanks to all ENAR’s volunteers who support our work in monitoring national news and translating publications.

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Mimmi Åkesson
I hold an MA (Hons.) in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. I have a keen interest in Islam and Muslim communities in Europe, on the one hand, and migration and minority rights, on the other - areas I specialized in during my studies. Post-graduation, I moved back to my native Sweden because I wanted to get involved in social inclusion work with newly arrived Syrian and Afghan refugees. I currently work with Red Cross Sweden and wanted to get involved in human rights work on an international level as well, which is why I decided to volunteer with ENAR. I believe it is very important in the contemporary political climate to highlight and combat the growing xenophobia and racism that is present throughout Europe.
Micol Bez
I’m currently studying contemporary philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris and at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) of Kingston University. My passion for race studies and critical philosophy of race started during my bachelor years, studying International Relations and Sociology of violence at Georgetown University, in Washington DC, where I witnessed and participated to the many anti-racist struggles on campus and in Baltimore. At the moment, I am interested in how race traverses western philosophy, especially the work of post-enlightenment thinkers. I am convinced that theoretical and philosophical racial violence shapes and founds western culture. Nevertheless, I feel the necessity of a more practically engaged approach to race in order to contribute more directly to the much-needed fight against racism in contemporary Europe. The situation in my own country, Italy, and continent scares me and I find in ENAR an opportunity to contribute to the development of a critical space for anti-racist resistance.
Sara Butkovic
I am part of the Italian minority in Croatia and thus I hold dual citizenship. I have an MA in International Relations and an LLM in International Human Rights. Previously I worked in Tbilisi with a local NGO dealing with the rights of Internally Displaced People and with the European Commission. At the moment I am working for an advocacy company in Brussels. I volunteered for more than four years with Unicef in Italy during my studies and became engaged in children’s rights. I am very interested in the discrimination that immigrant children might face in schools and communities they are living in.
Salomé Guibreteau
I am a recent Human Rights graduate from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. I have studied minority rights and worked with vulnerable groups, and I have developed a deep sensitivity and interest for issues of discrimination, racism and equality. I am currently interning at a Geneva-based NGO where I have the opportunity to address these issues in the context of children’s rights. I am particularly interested in hate speech and hate crime, and discriminatory practices towards Roma communities and migrants. I am happy to be able to contribute to ENAR’s work in fighting these issues.
Arthur Goemans
I hold a Master Degree in Law from the KU Leuven, where I specialised in international law and human rights law in particular. I am currently pursuing a postgraduate in EU International Relations & Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. Driven by the alarming change in the political narrative across Europe since the beginning of the refugee crisis, I hope to make a humble contribution towards more tolerance by supporting ENAR’s efforts.
Oana Guth
I lived, worked and studied in several countries in Europe such Romania, Czech Republic and Belgium. Originally from Romania, I have a Bachelor degree in Philology from the University of Bucharest where I studied foreign languages and literatures (Arabic and Russian). I have a keen interest in Oriental studies and Islam, and I am very concerned about the issues that Muslims face in Europe. I am currently working for a non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Throughout the years I was involved in several projects dealing with racism, discrimination and children’s rights. I decided to get involved as a volunteer in ENAR’s work because I have a passion for languages, diversity and human rights.
Marie Haeverans
I am recent graduate in Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and International Relations (University of Leuven) from Belgium. After an internship in the security sector I am currently working for a development company in Brussels. Even though I do not work on human rights daily, I feel strongly about racism and intolerance and am therefore trying to do my part by volunteering for ENAR.
Ewa Lekan
I hold a Master Degree in Law from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. I have also studied in the Netherlands and in Belgium, where I have finished an LL.M Programme in International and European Law. I have obtained experience in the EU institutional framework as a trainee for DG GROW of the European Commission. Currently I work as a litigation lawyer and an external counsel for a range of EU institutions, agencies and bodies and several international organisations. Although I am not a human rights lawyer by profession, I have been always passionate about the issue of protection of fundamental rights, especially in the context of prevention of racism, xenophobia and hate speech. I believe that current political changes all over the world and the rise of populism require common actions from civil society.
Erika Marsal
I am a Spanish social scientist specialized in applied linguistics. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy, a Bachelor Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and I am currently finishing my PhD at the University of Vienna. My research interests include international development and immigration studies, and also how language and social media contribute to the perpetuation of racial stereotypes and hate speech. My collaboration as a volunteer for ENAR is a result of my concern about how racism is still unfortunately part of our society and my strong belief in the need to work actively for a more just and equal world.
Marina Massoura
I hold an LLB from the University of Leicester and an LLM from the University of Birmingham, as well as a postgraduate Diploma from Staffordshire University. In 2011, I was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association and I am currently a practicing lawyer at the Republic of Cyprus. I decided to get involved with ENAR as I am very interested in ways to eradicate racial discrimination and xenophobia.
Chryssa Mela
I live in Athens, Greece and last year I spent a couple of months in Finland, where I had my Erasmus exchange. I’m in the last year of my bachelor degree in law and I’ve just finished an internship in the legal department of the Greek Council for Refugees. I have also got involved in Khora Community Center, which is a humanitarian co-operative foundation focusing on the provision of services for refugees. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity or religion makes me very concerned and I have been constantly trying to deal with it on a personal, academic and professional level. Volunteering for ENAR is one more way of expressing my need to tackle discrimination and raise awareness about it.
Vanessa Ntinu
I have a BA in European Studies and currently pursuing an MSc in Political Science, European Politics and External Relations. I have always had a passion for discourse surrounding minorities, people of colour, women of color and particularly the experiences of black women in predominantly white spaces and countries. I’ve written for UK based feminist magazine ‘gal-dem’ on the issue surrounding the hyper sexuality of black women. I hope to expose and bring to light the everyday realities of racism in Europe, and hopefully combat it in the process.
Iva Petkovic
I am a development graduate from the University of Kent with experience in coordinating advocacy efforts for a non-profit promoting the rights of minority and indigenous groups globally, but also in Europe. Currently, I work for a think tank that coordinates research on cultural diversity, minority rights, and local and regional governance in Europe. I also volunteer with EU Panel Watch, an initiative that monitors Brussels panel debates and calls for greater gender equality and diversity in speakers. Gender equality and the intersectionality of multiple systems of oppression is something I am particularly interested in. My family has roots in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. I grew up in Israel and Spain, spent a year studying in Turkey, and now I am based in Brussels. Having lived an international life, I have been lucky to learn and grow with friends of diverse backgrounds. I am happy to contribute to ENAR in the hope of building a more open, inclusive and sustainable Europe.
Alice Radu
I am from Romania, where I studied Translation and Interpretation (English, French and Romanian). I have lived more than 8 years in Belgium, where I obtained a Master degree in Communication and European Affairs, and since 2015 I’m living in Luxembourg. During my stay in Belgium I worked for a communication agency as a Project Manager coordinating multicultural and multilingual communication projects. One of my main clients within the European Commission was former Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security which tackles, among other matters, fundamental rights, racism, xenophobia, discrimination... Human rights, tolerance and acceptance of diversity are issues dear to my heart, which is why I volunteered to bring my small contribution to ENAR’s work.
Francesca Romana Russo
I hold a BA in Arabic Language and Culture from Sapienza Uniersity of Rome and a MSc in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. I am based in Tunis where I am currently working for a think tank called the Maghreb Economic Forum. I decided to volunteer for ENAR as I share its values and mission of ending structural racism in Europe.
Rebecca Smith
Originally from close to Dublin, Ireland, I have lived in Brussels for close to 2 years. I studied Law at undergraduate level in Ireland and then moved to Brussels to pursue a Master’s in International and European Law. Following my studies, I undertook a traineeship with the Committee on Constitutional Affairs within the European Parliament. Having lived in such a multicultural environment for the past years, my eyes have really been opened to the issues involved in ensuring an open and inclusive Europe for all. Human rights is an area I am strongly passionate about, and I am happy to help ENAR in their work in the fight against racism and discrimination.
Danielle Snaathorst
I hold a Bachelors of Laws with minors in Gender Studies and Political Science. I am a recent graduate of Public International Law with a Specialisation in Human Rights. After my studies I worked as a junior researcher in the field of transgender rights. In the past year I interned at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and at a Dutch human rights law firm. I recently started a job in Brussels at an immigration law firm. As an intersectional feminist, I am passionate about equality and non-discrimination.
Vanessa Suner
Originally from Germany, I have pursued my Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and my Master’s degree in the Research Master European Studies at Maastricht University. My family’s roots of Turkish migrants and having studied in a multicultural environment make the fight against racial discrimination an issue close to my heart. Therefore, I decided to volunteer and contribute to ENAR’s work in fighting racism.
Marine Uldry
French and Swiss national, I hold a bachelor degree in French private law from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France) and a LL.M in international law from Maastricht University (Netherlands). During the past year, I had the opportunity to work with migrants and refugees in Hong Kong while completing my master degree, and intern at the human rights section of the EU delegation to the UN in New York. Working in a multi-cultural and international setting confirmed my strong feelings towards discrimination, human trafficking, migration and racism issues. I am happy to contribute to the work of ENAR and support their action.
Muriel Unden
I am a Belgian student, currently doing Masters in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padova, in Italy. I hold a bachelor from Mons University, Belgium, where I learned Danish and German. I have always felt deeply concerned about inequality and discrimination matters. For this reason, I naturally took every possible occasion to learn how to tackle those issues, locally and internationally, and being a volunteer for ENAR is one of them. I was also trained in non-violent communication in Belgium, Islam in human rights at the University of Groningen and worked six months as an intern at the Belgian Embassy in Copenhagen.
Luisa Wolf
I feel like a ’citizen of the world’ due to originally coming from Germany, having moved to the Netherlands as a child, having graduated from a European School, and traveling as much and as far as possible. Along with that feeling comes the desire for peace, tolerance, and equality. However, I see this ideal picture being blurred by many forms of discrimination, such as racism. The fact that it still manifests itself today in various forms is something that needs to be acted against. I am studying International Business Communication at the Radboud University in the Netherlands and have been a student of the Honours Academy for two consecutive years. My focus within the Academy is momentarily on the topic of racism. While dealing with something that I feel so strongly about, I am noticing more and more that simply gaining knowledge about is not enough. I feel obliged to use the expertise I am developing and to actively participate in changing the situation for which ENAR is the perfect environment.

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