Meet Our Team

Some of our team’s bios may be under pseudonyms or have some data hidden publicly, this is to protect the privacy of our members because we work in complex contexts

Özge Boztaş

Co-founder (Grants Department)

Turkish, They/Them

Ozge is an experienced humanitarian worker based in Gaziantep, Turkey. They are currently employed at an INGO as Grants and Business Development Coordinator, they received Chevening Master Grant in 2017-18 and completed one of their master’s degrees at SOAS, University of London on Migration Mobility Development. Moreover, they completed an MA in Women’s Studies at the University of London and a BSc in International Relations at Middle East Technical University. Converted from their master thesis

Locked

founder & (Chairman of the board)

Syrian, He/They

A Syrian human rights defender with more than 6 years of experience working in Crisis Situation  with CSOs and INGOs. Currently working in Grants and Programs in an INGO and is a member of more than one international and local body concerned with gender, Human Rights ,feminism and LGBTQIA+ contexts, also a member of Amnesty International.

Jennifer Bailey

Co-Founder & Board Secretary (strategic Planning & Development)

British, She/Her

Experienced in management, charity governance, organization & business development. Her time as Field Coordinator, Program Manager, and Media Manager in Turkey with various refugee programs has bolstered her passion for helping people which drives her both professionally and personally. The mission of this organization is close to her heart, being part of the LGBTQIA+ community, she also has an avid interest in supporting LGBTQIA+, women’s, refugee, and other human rights and equality activism. She is working to further an industry-relevant education.

Subhi Nahas

(Editor, Media, IT)

Syrian, He/Him

Subhi Nahas, started advocating for women’s and children’s rights in Syria, then started working with Save the Children as a translator and advocate. Through his work with them, he was able to reach the refugee community. At the same time, he co-founded the first LGBTQ Syrian magazine, called Mawaleh. The magazine was used as a platform to raise awareness and to educate both the LGBT community and the Syrian community. Subhi co-founded a support group for LGBT refugees in Turkey and organized a weekly talk called “Tea and Talk”, where LGBT people could sit down and talk about their issues and what they are facing. Then, the group expanded to offer medical testing and other services such as legal help and medical referrals.

Yunus

Co-founder and Board Member (Research and Monitoring Department)​

Syrian, He/Him

A Syrian human rights and equality advocate. Yunus has completed a master’s degree in Human Rights at Swansea University, United Kingdom. He believed that everyone deserves nothing less than love, acceptance and the opportunity to reach their full potential in life.

He has a range of experiences working with local and international organizations in Turkey and the United Kingdom. His roles have focused on developing inclusion policy, community engagement, ensuring organizations meet their legal obligations, and embedding equality and diversity best practices. This work included a strong focus on LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Mega Arsheed

Co-Founder& Board Member (Communications, Advocacy,HR)

Syrian & Swedish, He/Him

Mega is a musician/singer/actor and a graduate of the Royal Stockholm University of business. Music and arts have been the tool that paved his way towards freedom of expression and acceptance of oneself and others, he makes for a strong public speaker with his experience in working internationally, and his open support for the LGBTQIA+ community. He operates one of the biggest organizations in Europe focusing on Communications and Human Resources, he has also volunteered with RFSL Sweden focusing on fieldwork and HR, helping new LGBTQIA+ Immigrants.

Sham

Co-Founder (Operations Department and Grants Department)​ She/Her

Syrian, She/Her

Sham brings 10 years of experience in supporting financial, administrative, operations, and human resources affairs. She has 8 years of experience in NGOs and currently manages both financial and grant management operations at an INGO. She should also be accredited for her bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Iman Obaid

Co-founder (Protection Department) She/Her

Syrian, She/Her

Personal and Professional experience in issues related to refugees and displacement. she possesses around 5 years of experience in the humanitarian field. Her professional history includes Protection, Sexual Gender-Based Violence, Gender-Based Violence, Child Protection, and Gender-related fields, At the scientific level currently, she is studying BA in Psychological rehabilitation and Counseling at Gaziantep University in Turkey.

Shams

Co-founder (Programs Department)

Syrian, She/Her 

A Global Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at an INGO and a Social Development Consultant for the World Bank with eight years of experience in the humanitarian and development sectors. Her main specialization is in development research and humanitarian coordination, including monitoring and evaluation, gender research and programs, she has also worked with two UN Agencies.

Mazen Haddad

Co-founder (Media Department)

Syrian, He/Him

He has 8 years of experience in design, 6 years in training, and 4 years in media

He worked with local and international humanitarian organizations

Rojda Several Akdogmus

Co-founder (Finance and Compliance Departments)

Turkish, She/Her

She has extensive experience in Financial and Budget management, Compliance Logistics, HR, and administrative management in line with Donor, host country government, and organization procedures and policies in both private and non-governmental organizations. Rojda is currently working with an INGO as a senior compliance officer based in Turkey.

Ali

(Media Department)

Syrian, He/Him

A pseudonym for a journalist engaged with social issues and community, he is part of a human rights community concerned with LGBTQIA+ rights. He has worked with a number of Arab stations and is a writer on several Arab Media Platforms.