Team

Anila Noor (Founder)


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.

Yafa Kasem


Yafa Kasem is a humanitarian aid worker, Palestinian Refugee based in the Netherlands.

She Has been living in Syria for 35 years, she is graduated from Damascus University, Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature Department.

She has 10 years’ work experience with The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Damascus “Protection Unit”

Reem Abbas


Reem Abbas, Palestinian -Syrian living in The Netherlands since 2006, has BA in English literature issued from Damascus university. 

Worked in Syria with UNHCR for 8 years, started as registration assessor then worked as a senior protection assistant where she conducts best interest assessment and decision for children and their families. 

She works now with New Women Connectors as advocacy officer, and with DOING as communication and outreach officer. 

She hopes to be part of the police changing. She is passionate to participate in matters concerning migration and refugees.

Esmeralda Kashari (Turkey)


Esmeralda Kashari(Albanian) with academic background in Sociology is currently working as Coordinator, Youth Worker and Youth Trainer at System and Generation Association, in Ankara, Turkey. 

She has over 5 years of experience in the civil society sector. Her areas of work include; intercultural citizenship education, social & sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, environmental issues and she works closely with: youth, migrants & refugees, people with disadvantages, fewer opportunities and disabilities.

Seyran Maryam Khalili (Norway)


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.