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our team

Anila Noor

Anila Noor

Founder / Managing Director

Anila Noor is a refugee activist based in the Netherlands. She has diverse experience working with national and international nonprofit organisations and causes namely dealing with peace-building efforts, refugee integration, and special education focus on women's rights. She has advocated for refugee resettlement and social/political engagement of refugees in Europe. She has initiated NWC, a movement striving for mainstreaming the unheard voices of migrant and refugee women living across Europe. It 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.

Razan Ismail


Project Manager, Policy Expert


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


She is a cross-cultural trainer. She founded Asociación 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.  



Marie-José van Schaik

Project Manager, Trainer

Marie-José is a cultural anthropologist from the Netherlands. She has diverse work experience on the topic of migration. She works as teacher and youth worker with migrant and refugee children and youth and as a trainer and project coordinator on several migration and anti-racism related educational projects.


She did research on migration in Malta, Turkey and Greece and co-developed an educative role-play method on migration (see


Seyran Khalili

Project Manager, 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.


cristina gironès

Communications Coordinator

Cristina is a Catalan journalist who lived in several countries before establishing herself again in Barcelona. She has written for national and international news media, has worked as a foreign correspondent in Central Europe, and has covered conflicts in Palestine, Western Sahara, Chile, and the Ukrainian border.


She is a specialist in social communications and advocacy, with a focus on globalization and disinformation. She also has a slight academic path in researching the topics mentioned above.


angeline green

Administrative and Project Assistant

Angeline has expertise in intercultural dialogue and communication, and has been working with New Women Connectors since 2021. Her background in cultural and organizational anthropology suits her to work in interdisciplinary settings, and as a lifelong migrant herself, she has a passion for making systems work for their intended target audience. She works as a facilitator, trainer, helps writing reports and applications, researcher, and safeguarding point woman.

sumaira omer

Finance administrator


Sumaira is a finance administrator for NWC who’s educational background is in Economics.


She is originally from the UK and has been living in The Netherlands for 4,5 years now.


ekram jalboutt


SANDRA Alloush


Salma Fayyad


sara torres


pia revollo


leila vasquez


rupsha paul



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