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
Juliana Santos Wahlgren
Senior Advocacy Officer
Juliana joined ENAR in 2006. She previously worked as a legal counsellor for ASTI (Association de soutien aux travailleurs immigrés), one of ENAR’s members in Luxembourg, during three years, and before that as a lawyer in a multinational oil and gas company in Brazil. She holds a Bachelor of Law from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and was an international Fellow at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Germany).
Areas of work: Migration; Antisemitism; National Action Plans Against Racism
Languages: Portuguese, English, French, German
Impact and Process Officer
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
Senior Research Officer
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
Senior Advocacy Officer
Julie Pascoet is Senior Advocacy Officer 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
Advocacy Officer: Employment, Diversity & Inclusion
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
Network Development Officer
Nadia joined the ENAR team as a Network Development Officer in January 2021. She is an experienced trainer/facilitator, with a background in anti-racism, peace education and inclusion work. After graduating from SOAS, University of London with a First Class degree in Anthropology and Law, she worked at the International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International as a Project Officer.
Communications and Press Officer
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
Digital Communications Officer
Pauline joined the ENAR team as Digital Communication Officer in 2021. She is an experienced digital communicator with a background in anti-racism and human rights work. After graduating from Sciences Po Lyon in France with a master degree in Political sciences and communications, she worked 2 years in an organization fighting for human rights in France. She then enriched her experience by working on women’s rights issues in Quebec from 2018 to 2020. Later on, she worked in Ottawa on issues regarding online harm until March 2021. In her various experiences, she developed a set of skills in digital communication strategies for online campaigning, with a focus on video content strategies on social media.
Languages: English, French
Development and Granting Officer
Izabela joined ENAR in December 2021, bringing in her background in the field of intercultural education, youth and learning mobility. Most recently, as the Head of Education and Training at the European Federation for Intercultural Learning, she had been in charge of developing capacity building services for member organisations across Europe. She has experience as a project manager, fund-raiser and trainer on both organisational development and intercultural topics.
Languages: Polish, English, French, Italian
Ines joined ENAR as Budget Officer in 2017. She is responsible for managing and optimising ENAR’s budget. She has hands-on experience of coordinating and managing employee benefits worldwide for multinational clients.
Languages: French, English
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
Myriam De Feyter
Myriam De Feyter is one of ENAR’s administrators. Between 2010 and 2017, Myriam worked for ENAR as Deputy Director Administration, Finance and HR. Since 2018, she is the second administrator. Myriam joined ENAR in 2005. She has an MA in Sinology and Public Administration from Ghent University (Belgium). As of 1985, she worked for the Belgian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Beijing (China) and Ottawa (Canada). In 1994, she moved on as the Coordinator of the Canadian NGO Network on International Human Rights (Ottawa, Canada). Myriam was in 1998-1999 the coordinator the Canadian Human Rights Foundation’s International Human Rights Training Programme (present Equitas) in Montreal, Canada. Back in Europe, Myriam set up December 18, the former international advocacy and resource centre on the human rights of migrant workers for which she volunteered until 2010. On the community level she is actively involved in the neighbourhood community center, the women’s organisation Habrezi and the Picturale.
Languages: Dutch, English, French, Mandarin
Originally from Spain, I’ve been living in France for three years now. I have a degree in Audiovisual Communication, another one in Arts History and a Master’s degree in Research in Human Sciences. I am also a swing dancer and instructor. My love and passion for this Afroamerican dance brought me to the need of educating myself on racism and cultural appropriation. My work, both in the arts and dancing fields, has always been focused on dealing with gender and race discrimination. While building myself as a feminist I became aware of the multiple oppressions I was being part of and of the complexity of this intersectionality. Joining ENAR’s volunteer team follows my intention to fulfill my duty as a white anti-racist woman.
I have a Masters in Communications and an MA in Gender and Development. I am French Moroccan and have lived in both countries as well as in the UK for 3 years. I have previously worked in a European Institution but I now work for an NGO working on gender-based violence as a Communications Officer. I also use my free time to volunteer in different organisations working on minority rights. Throughout the years, doing case work as a volunteer and working with minorities and vulnerable people has given me a deep understanding of mechanisms of marginalisation in Europe and their intersectional nature. I am very passionate about inequalities and human rights and I am particularly interested in the interactions between culture, race and gender.
Originally from the United States, I have lived abroad since 2016 and currently reside in France. In both my work and volunteer efforts, I am interested in the issues surrounding forced migration, human rights, and regional and international governance. I currently contribute to a blog covering climate change-induced displacement, and I help review grant applications to support LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum-seekers in Canada. I hold an MSc in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science and International Development Studies from McGill University. I am honored to assist ENAR with its important mission. Combatting racism and discrimination in all forms is vital to ensuring Europe is a place where all are welcome and able to thrive.
I am from Vojvodina, Serbia’s northern province and home to 26 different ethnic groups. I have a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, Serbia and a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Aberystwyth University in Wales, the United Kingdom. After finishing my studies, I moved to Vienna, where I also volunteer at Caritas, tutoring a refugee child in English and accompanying an asylum seeker in the leisure activities. I speak English, German, French, and Hungarian. I joined ENAR’s volunteer team in hope to expose racist and xenophobic behaviour, tackle such issues and ultimately celebrate the diversity and cultural richness of Europe.