Our Team



Anila Noor,  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 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.

Anila Noor is a refugee-activist, Research based in the Netherlands.  As a consultant, she also works with different institutions on designing engagement projects related to refugees and humanitarian situation.

Noor has diverse experience working with national and international nonprofit organizations 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 the Europe. Noor is an active public speaker and has spoken at numerous Internationally significant Events.


 Ms. Iffat Gill, she is an experienced international NGO leader-activist, digital strategist, and social entrepreneur working on gender equality and economic empowerment of women through digital inclusion. With more than 14 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Iffat founded ChunriChoupaal as a training and capacity building initiative for the social and economic empowerment of women in remote areas of the world. Iffat launched ‘The Code To Change’ to bridge the gender and e-skills gap in the technology industry.

Iffat has been at the forefront of shaping the policy debate of women’s digital inclusion for close to a decade at grassroots and international level. She has advocated for the issue at the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society-WSIS Forum, the UN’s Internet Governance Forum and the European Parliament. Iffat has spoken at High Level Ministerial panels on influential global forums on digital inclusion challenges and solutions.


Shaza Al Rihawi from Germany NWC Advisory Board Member. Shaza is a Syrian Refugee resident in Bamberg, Germany who is deeply involved in human rights issues and has first-hand experience in dealing with refugees and women’s crisis.

A founding member of the Network for refugee voices (NRV), a founding member of international wawe. Currently working on a five-year research project at the LifBi Institute as a research assistant for culture aspects, conducting Longitudinal Research on Refugees in the German Educational System. Previously worked as a senior community service assistant for 8 years, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Damascus. Prior to that, worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Centre for Strategic Studies in Syria. Shaza hold a Bachelor’s degree and a post-graduate degree in sociology and a Master in psychosocial work. In addition to political science from Maxwell School-Syracuse University.


AnaLucía Olivos Pairazamán for being part of Our Advisory Board from Spain. She has been living in Barcelona for 27 years. She graduated in Political Sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and has two Master degrees in International Cooperation from University of Valencia (UV) and in Immigration Management from Pompeu Fabra University.

She has experience in international migration projects as a result of her participation as Peer Advisor in a project led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Besides this, Ana Lucía knows many organisations and NGOs with a focus on Migration in Barcelona. She has worked as a job counsellor for migrants and refugees to support their labour market integration. In her free time, she participates in different activities and projects to raise awareness and to promote interculturality in the city of Barcelona.



Our New 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. Among her previous roles, she worked for the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) from 2013 to 2015 and consulted for UNICEF, the European Commission, Save the Children, CARE International and others in fifteen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

Farida established the first Oxfam International office in Italy and subsequently held a variety of Oxfam roles from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, she founded and directed IRC Belgium, the Brussels chapter of the International Rescue Committee. She also worked for IRC in the field from 2003 to 2005 as Coordinator of a child protection consortium in DR Congo. 

Farida holds a Master’s degree in international relations from Yale University and another Master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Milan. Among her publications is her contribution to the first OECD-UNDP report Making Development Co-operation More Effective and a blog on accountability and citizen engagement, Kiliza – Listening to Southern Citizens.