Shaban Sidratu Jah Sesay
Rahel Weldeab Sebhatu
Kim L. Smouter Umans
Kim L. Smouter Umans joined ENAR in March 2022. Kim previously worked as ESOMAR’s Head of Public Affairs and Professional Standards, having joined ESOMAR in 2012. While there, he headed a small team of professional standards and public affairs experts championing the value of market, opinion and social research and data analytics.
Through his former role, he also worked to promote the interests of over 5,000 professionals and 550 companies working in the field of market, opinion and social research and data analytics, leading ESOMAR’s advocacy efforts on major policy dossiers including the General Data Protection Regulation and the ePrivacy Regulation. Kim also served a stint as Secretary General of the European Network of National Civil Society Associations. As its first Secretary General, Kim laid the foundations for securing its role and its future as one of Europe’s leading bodies defending the interests of the non-profit sector by bringing together over 20 national civil society infrastructure platforms.
He has also served in various policy roles working for the North East England Office in Brussels and in the European Parliament working in the fields of social policy, education, and employment. He holds a master’s degree in European Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in European Studies and is a graduate of the University of Maastricht.
Languages: English, Dutch, French
Director (Policy, Advocacy and Network Development)
Ojeaku joined ENAR in 2014 as the Shadow Report Officer. She previously worked at Runnymede, a race equality think tank in the UK, as a research and policy analyst where she led on various projects including the Race Equality Scorecard and the Riot Roundtables. During her time at Runnymede Ojeaku also carried out research for the Deaths in Custody and mental health research project, the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) and developed various resources that captured individual and community histories on migration and belonging. Ojeaku has extensive experience of working in children and young people’s charities including the National Children’s Bureau where she provided advice and support to the Department for Education. Ojeaku holds a BSc in Politics from the University of Southampton and an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Languages: English and French
Programme and Donor Relations Manager
Mahmoud AbuRahma joined ENAR in January 2020. He holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. He is experienced in programme and project management and international advocacy.
Throughout his career, he led civil society efforts to empower local communities through civic education and civic action to strengthen democratisation and rights-based approaches in Palestine. He also worked on the promotion and protection of human rights through the international law framework in Palestine and the Middle East region; focusing on human rights and IHL protection and advocacy. He is also working on combating the shrinking civic space and the empowerment and protection of human rights defenders.
During this time, he carried out a research fellowship at the centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, UK, and served on the Executive Committee of the EuroMed Rights Network.
Languages: Arabic, English, Dutch
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Nourhene has joined ENAR as Policy and Advocacy Advisor in September 2022 to cover for Julie’s maternity leave. Her main responsibility is to support the implementation of the organisation’s advocacy strategy, monitor EU policy developments, and carry out the work around the EU ARAP/NAPARs and related dossiers. Nourhene is an anti-racist and youth activist with experience in advocacy for the rights of racialised communities and has previously covered leadership positions in youth organisations. Her passion for racial justice brought her to be involved from a young age in NGOs where she gained experience in youth activism and youth rights, campaigning, advocacy, and anti-racism work, including Islamophobia. She is concluding her studies in Comparative Cultures and Languages with Political Sciences orientation where she is writing her thesis on the European Anti-racism Action Plan.”
Policy and Advocacy Coordinator
Julie Pascoet is Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at ENAR. She has a master in European and International Affairs from the Paris 8 University in France. She is an advocacy expert specialised in EU policies and legislations related to racial equality and justice. With her team, she has initiated and piloted innovative initiatives such as the 2-year project “Forgotten women: the impact of islamophobia on Muslim women”, which led to the first ever European report and symposium on intersectional discrimination targeting Muslim women. She has also supported the creation of group-based coalitions such as the Alliance against antigypsyism and coalitions against islamophobia.
She has been steering the work of ENAR around the adoption of the new EU anti-racism action plan and more generally on racial justice policy making such as intersectionality and EU standards for national action plans against racism. She coordinated the organisation of the first European symposium on intersectionality that took place in Brussels on 3rd October 2018 and that gathered 100 policy makers, practitioners and academics.
Languages: French, English and Spanish
Policy and Advocacy Advisor: Climate and Economic Justice
Magda-Sarah joined ENAR in 2021. She has gained experience as a legal trainee at CSH Avocats in the field of migration and asylum law, where she advised and guided asylum seekers to obtain legal protection in France, in collaboration with several NGOs and public authorities. In addition, during her time as a legal consultant at ENHESA in Brussels, she developed Corporate Social Responsibility content and best practices on diversity and inclusion of minority groups in the workplace for Fortune 500 companies.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Law and Public Affairs.
Languages: French, English, Spanish
Advocacy and Policy Advisor: Digital Rights
Oyidiya Oji joined ENAR in September 2022 as Policy and Advocacy Advisor for Digital Rights. Her experience with data science led her to discover digital rights. She focuses her work on welfare automation, migration control and EU law enforcement. Before that, she has been researching and mapping projects on resistance and reappropriation of technologies with a special attention to AI. For several years, she has been supporting grassroots organisations with an anti-racist and artivism approach in Spain. Oyidiya holds a master’s degree in International Business from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French
Advocacy and Policy Advisor: Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law
Radost Zaharieva joined ENAR as an Advocacy and Policy Advisor in October 2022. Radost specialises in Human Rights protection, environmental justice and social inclusion combining Political science background with extensive experience working with European institutions, international and national organisations and bodies, and civil society. She has expertise in European advocacy and policy development as well as monitoring and reporting, policy-oriented research and investigation. Holding a M.A in International Relations and European studies from the Sorbonne and the University of Cergy-Pontoise and a B.A in International relations and Roma language from INALCO (Paris), Radost gained knowledge and skills in conducting critical studies and providing tailored policy advice addressing political, social, economic, and environmental issues affecting vulnerable groups. Last but not least, Radost is an activist striving to achieve social justice which is a guiding principle in her professional carrier focusing on the major causes of structural inequalities, including discrimination and human rights violation.
Policy and Advocacy Advisor: Migration and Policing
Emmanuel Achiri joined ENAR in May 2023 as Policy and Advocacy Advisor where he will focus his advocacy efforts on deracializing and decolonizing migration attitudes in Europe. He holds a BSc in Law and Women studies and completed his MA in International Relations with a focus on international humanitarian law. He defends his PhD in September 2023 where his dissertation focuses on critiquing voluntary repatriation as a concept and practice.
Achiri has a background in advocacy and in 2018, co-founded VOIS Cyprus – an organization representing migrants in Cyprus. In 2020 following the murder of George Floyd, Achiri successfully campaigned for the creation of the Network Against Racism – Northen Cyprus. He has also served on the European Programme for Integration and Migration’s Process of Change Working Group in 2022 and is a member of the European Academic Refugee Interdisciplinary Network.
Equal@Work Advisor: Employment, Diversity & Inclusion
Lina Mechbal joined ENAR as the Equal@Work Advisor (Employment, Diversity, Inclusion) in 2023. With a profound passion for promoting equity and combatting discriminations, Lina has gained expertise in the field of employment. Prior to joining ENAR, she worked at the Laboratoire de l’Égalité, a French think tank specializing in gender equity in the workplace. During her time at the Laboratoire de l’Égalité, Lina played a pivotal role in coordinating research groups and fostering collaborations with the private and public sectors, academia, and various associations. She produced a toolkit on unpaid caregivers in the workplace, contributing to practical solutions for gender-based challenges.
Lina’s academic journey reflects her commitment to social justice and equality. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Sorbonne University, with a focus on the Anglophone area. Her research delved into the roots of intersectionality in Black feminism, women’s agency, and antiracist collective mobilization. Titled “Gender Politics and Women’s Leadership in New York City: Rethinking the Revolutionary Model Within the Young Lords Party,” her thesis sheds light on the intersectionality framework within a historical and political context and its implications for women’s leadership and antiracist tactics.
With a solid foundation in social sciences, political science, sociology, and intersectionality, Lina brings a comprehensive perspective to her role as the Equal@Work Advisor. Her expertise lies not only in using intersectionality as an analytical tool but also as a critical praxis, employing it as a means to challenge and dismantle systemic barriers.
Languages: English, French, Arabic
Communications and Press Manager
Nabil joined ENAR as the Communications and Press Officer in February 2021. His passion for this field started during his music career and continued to grow through various experiences across different industries. From 2018 to 2021, he worked for a social enterprise devoted to empowering at-risk youth where he developed and oversaw the company’s communication and media strategies. Before that, he worked as a Marketing Assistant while also taking on writing projects as a freelancer.
Languages: English, French
Network Communications Associate
Klara joined ENAR in June 2023. Her professional focus is on fostering the power of digital and social media in promoting civic participation and political engagement. She has been developing and contributing to innovative and collaborative communication projects across diverse non-profit organisations in Slovenia, Portugal, and on the European level. Besides digital communication, she also has previous experience in traditional media, and as a trainee in the European Parliament.
Klara holds a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication from Lund University in Sweden, where she delved into the world of fringe online communities and digital hate culture.
Languages: Slovenian, English
Senior Network Development Officer
Amiirah joined the ENAR team in July 2023 as the Senior Network Development Officer. Previously, she was the Vice-Chair of the Board of ENAR from 2019-2022, as well as the Co-founder of the Anti-Racist Forum (ARF) in Finland and was its Chairperson from 2016-2023. She was also formerly active in interfaith activism, particularly concerning Muslim-Jewish relations, and has extensive experience as a changemaker, anti-racist educator, and equality trainer. For her anti-racism work, she was selected for the Democracy Summit organised by the Transatlantic Migrant Democracy Dialogue (TMDD) in 2017, to be part of the first cohort of the Obama Foundation’s European Leaders Program in 2020, and was a Fellow in Humanity in Action’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship in 2021/2022.
Her ongoing doctoral research focuses on racial equality data development in Finland and the production of knowledge by racialised minorities in socio-political processes. Her passion rests in equipping people with the knowledge and tools to be more inclusive, anti-racist, and address social inequalities. She believes social justice comes from the lifelong processes of learning, reflecting, and being accountable to our communities.
Network Development Officer
Pia joined ENAR in March 2023. She is highly involved in community engagement and voluntary work related to youth and minority rights through designing and implementing several development programmes at the grassroots level addressing issues of social inclusion of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Specifically, she has experience working with young people from minoritised backgrounds, in this young Roma, providing non-formal educational workshops that help explore their identity, empower them, and enable them to participate meaningfully in their local communities.
She has been a part of and worked with various minority youth organisations on local and European level and has been leading the work on social inclusion in the co-management body of the Council of Europe – Joint Council on Youth. Her work has been dedicated to promotion and protection of minority youth rights with an intersectional and rights-based approach.
Languages: Slovenian, English, Polish, Czech, Croatian
Finance and Operations Manager
Anne-Sophie first joined the ENAR Foundation in September 2013 before working at ENAR since January 2014. She has a degree in event communication & marketing. After graduating, she worked in Beijing for Intel and in Belgium in the event field.
Languages: French, English, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish
Budget and Finance Officer
Maciej joined the team in December 2022. He has experience in finance, controlling, grants and budgeting. He held financial and investment positions in non-profits and was also responsible for audits, transparent reporting and relations with financial institutions. He graduated from Philosophy and from English Studies with major in Applied Linguistics at University of Warsaw, then continued his education in accounting and international finance. His main professional focus is finance serving social purpose.
Development and Granting Officer
Irene García-Hernandez joined ENAR in January 2023 as an Administration and Logistics Intern. She holds a degree in International Relations and has administrative and event organisation experience, with a background in advocacy and volunteering in multi-cultural and diverse environments. She was also a trainee at the Council of the EU.
Languages: French, English, Spanish
Myriam De Feyter
Administration and Logistics Coordinator