Sheniz Tan, CEO

Sheniz Tan is Asfar’s CEO and established our organisation in 2012. Between 2012 to 2015, Sheniz also acted as Senior Editor for the e-Journal.

Sheniz graduated from the University of Durham having read Politics and History of the Middle East with Turkish at the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Sheniz specialised in change amongst tribal communities in Anatolia, Turkey and also studied Turkish at Ankara University and later Advanced Turkish and Persian at SOAS Language School. Sheniz, also studied Law at BPP Law school for a year, before deciding to develop a career in the NGO sector instead.

Sheniz's previous experience/responsibilities have included being a member of the British Association for Turkish Area Studies ((BATAS – and sat on Council between 2012 to 2015. Sheniz was also a member of the Institute for Fundraising and the British Institute at Ankara. Sheniz is also a former Junior Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Sheniz has recently achieved her Level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership with PwC and is about to complete her Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management.

In 2016, Sheniz provided key advice to the House of Lords' International Relations Committee in support of developing the UK Government policy on young people in the Middle East.

Sheniz has worked, volunteered and acted as a consultant for a variety of different organisations over the past 8 years, including: the British Youth Council; House of Commons; Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq; Liberal Democrats Party; yesMinister; Serco; Westminster Forum Projects; and LITC.

In most recent years, Sheniz has focused more on international development, youth and sport for peace organisations, and is an acting Project Development Consultant for Rinova. Sheniz has project managed key government, EU-funded and corporate programmes, including: European Social Fund; Skills Funding Agency; Youth Volunteering projects; Youth in Action; Erasmus+; Sporteducate; EU Justice; Interreg and Sportivate.

Andres Mora, Erasmus+ Co-ordinator

Andres Mora is Asfar’s Erasmus+ Coordinator.

Andres graduated from the University of Melbourne having read Development Studies & Political Science, before going on to complete his Masters of Law in Human Rights at the University of Hong Kong. Andres then completed his Graduate Diploma of Education at University of New South Wales.

Alongside his work at Asfar, Andres is also an acting teacher at Manchester Young Lives;  Moorland School; as well as several teaching positions in the UK and Australia. Andres’s wider experience includes: Youth Officer at LITC; Community Engagement in Australia work with children and young people from a refugee background; Caseworker at Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre; as well as several other voluntary experiences.


Keti Tsutskiridze, Project Developer

Keti Tsutskiridze is a young freelance project developer for Asfar. Since 2010, Keti has been a Trainer/Facilitator of European-based training activities, study sessions & seminars.

Keti spent one voluntary year in Berlin, Germany, where she worked for Asfar partner Crisp, as the coordinator of Social Leader forums, cross border programmes in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. Keti's  main training specialism include: Conflict transformation; Communications; Presentation skills; Human Rights including rights of internally displaced people; Gender Equality.

Keti's interests and expertise focus on the effective use of innovative methods of non-formal education such as Simulation Games and Labyrinth Theater as a peace building tool between divided individuals and groups.

Charles Yassin, International Youth Officer

Charles Yassin is Asfar’s International Youth Officer and specialises in working with young people, whether it be as a mentor, providing careers advice, delivering transnational workshops or providing skills development training.

Charles started working with Asfar in February 2014, supporting on Workshops and Training as part of the Asfar University programme.

Charles studied Drama and English at Brunel University. He is a qualified teacher, having completed his PGCE in 2013. Charles has worked across the Youth Sector, and has worked for NLJK as a Senior Support Worker, Careerwise Consultancy as an Employment Adviser and Trainer, as a Teaching Assistant at Harris Academy, providing Careers Advice, as well as teaching Skills through Drama.

Charles is currently Youth Officer at LITC, supporting 16 to 24 year olds to work towards their apprenticeships, complete volunteering and be active citizens.

Charles is passionate about film-making, especially documentaries and short films and has worked for Black Dog Entertainment. Charles has travelled widely throughout the Middle East and is currently studying Arabic.

Elizabeth Wiggin, Social Support Volunteer

Elizabeth Wiggin is Asfar’s Erasmus+ Social Support Volunteer.

Elizabeth graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London in 2010 where she read Development Studies & Law,
focusing on the practice of customary and traditional laws in Africa and
Asia. In 2012 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Law from Manchester
Metropolitan University.

Elizabeth has a wide range of experience building relationships with a
broad range of people; working with adults who have severe physical
disabilities, the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees, children affected
by HIV/AIDS and adults with profound mental health conditions compounded by
drug and alcohol dependencies.

For the past four years Elizabeth has gained experience in the charity
sector as a caseworker on various refugee, homelessness and mental health
projects. In UK projects included: Families Employment Adviser at LITC;
Support Worker at Look Ahead Housing and Housing Project Officer at a small
charity Maundy Relief in Accrington, Lancashire.

In Australia projects included: Caseworker on an Unaccompanied Minors
Programme where she worked with young asylum seekers from Afghanistan in
community detention as well as a homelessness caseworker in Sydney.

Elizabeth is currently works as a support worker for Cornerstones, a
charity part of Caritas, which is dedicated to helping the homeless people
in Manchester. In September 2015, Elizabeth started her MA Social Work at
the University of Manchester after which she plans to work with displaced
people in UK and abroad.

Joe Worthington, Senior Editor

Joe is a graduate of Aberystwyth University having read International Politics & Military History, and the University of Exeter with an MA in Politics & International Relations of the Middle East.

Joe has a penchant for all things political, particularly Gulf and Caucasus related, aspiring to become a British Diplomat in the not so distant future. Outside of politics Joe has worked as a travel journalist and PR consultant for several years, having successfully written a cover story for National Geographic Traveller, compiled the Tangier & Mediterranean Coast chapter of the Fodor's Morocco guide, and worked with tourist boards and airlines around the world. Joe is an elected Fellow of the prestigious Royal Asiatic Society - granting him the post-nominal FRAS - and has edited the Caucasus section of Asfar since 2013.

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