Anila Noor

Founder / Managing Director

Anila Noor is a refugee-activist based in the Netherlands. Noor has diverse experience working with national and international nonprofit organisations and causes namely dealing with peace-building efforts, refugee integration, and education special focus on women rights. She has been active in advocating for refugee resettlement and social/political engagement of refugees in Europe. Anila Noor has initiated New Women Connectors, a movement striving for mainstreaming the unheard voices of migrant and refugee women living across Europe. New Women Connectors is a perspective-shift to the refugee agenda and advocates inclusion than integration as a policy choice. The movement also helps newcomer refugee women to lift their spirits and make something of it. 

She found herself involved in the subjects of forced migration and identity crisis when she had to go through the same experience. Since, she has been working as a refugee social entrepreneur focusing on Forced Migration, Asylum, Refugee Policies and Advocacy for the Rights of Migrants. Noor is currently working on the subject of Receiving Refugees in Urban Settings: Narratives from the European Countries.

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Razan Ismail


Communication Manager 

Project Manager: New Women Leaders

Razan is a Syrian migrant who lived in the UK and then Spain. 

She is a cross-cultural trainer. She founded Asocaición Kudwa for the social and professional integration of Arabic speaking newcomers in Europe. She is also a part of the expert group on migrant views in the European Commission.  


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Hina Khan


Hina is an Award-winning social innovator and  Animation Generalist and Transgender Focal person Based in Pakistan. She is passionate about using digital storytelling, Artificial intelligence for the empowerment of Gender & Sexual Minorities. 

Currently, based in Karachi, Pakistan, and working with Sub rang Society and Auratraaj on different COC & International Projects, including HIV Prevention, Evolve & Wellbeing of TransGender youth, Advocacy, and Implementation of Transgender Rights Law in Pakistan and of course Education through Tech Digitization by using AI & Film.


Seyran Maryam Khalili


Project Leader, Young Connectors

Seyran has considerable expertise in organisational psychology and psychiatry, education and public policy. She has been working with advocacy with great commitment to reducing the gap between minorities and the majority through dialogue, information and public service. She had led the Norwegian NGO LIM (Equality, Inclusion and Diversity) as a deputy board member since 2018, in addition to specialising in Digital HR and innovative service design the past year. She promotes issues of social injustice and actively participates in community debates.

In addition to several project collaborations, including with UNITEE, she has been one of the foremost to spark initiatives for new ways of working and getting negative social control under debate.

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Yvette Ruzibiza


Madeeha Majid



Pia Revollo


Ekram Jalboutt


Esmeralda Kashari



Farida T. Bena 

Board Member

Farida T. Bena, Director of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee Farida joined the IRC in 2017 as Director of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy, based in Geneva. She brings over 20 years of experience in programming, policy and advocacy with a special focus on accountability and aid effectiveness. 


Marie-José van Schaik


She is a cultural anthropologist from the Netherlands. She has diverse work experience on the topic of migration. She works as trainer, teacher and project coordinator on several migration and inclusion related projects. She did research on migration in Malta, Turkey and Greece.

Currently she is involved as initiator and project coordinator of the international project “In the Footsteps of a Migrant”. (see www.minosia.eu).


Olga de Wit


Olga de Wit is a social worker in Amsterdam. She has worked for and collaborated with different types of target groups and organisations. 

Nowadays, she works for ‘Stichting Prisma’ as a coach for people with special needs.

In 2018, she joined New Women Connectors while she was writing her thesis about social (self) reliance of new women in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. 


Mohammad Mansoor Alam


Mohammad Mansoor Alam is a Marketing & Sales professional and an expert in Media & Communication. He is a Board Member of the Progressive Thought International, Brussels with the Treasurer portfolio. Mansoor is also a member of The New Women Connectors Netherlands and its treasurer.

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Ammarens Bruggenkamp
Board Memeber

10+ years experience as Development Finance Banker and International Finance/Business Advisor
Structuring solutions for Project and Corporate Finance transactions in Emerging Markets
Worked in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Clients projects varying in size: Greenfield and Corporate Finance projects (USD 10m – 250m), all Private Investment or PPP's

Board members

Shada Islam


Alexandra Dufrense


Fionna Smyth


advisory Board members

Lilith Raza


Juliana Santos Wahlgren


Ahmed Reshad Jalali


Kristina Vayda


Dr. des. Shabih Zaidi


Rania Wazir


Claudia Mendes Silva


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