Sheniz Tan, CEO

Sheniz Tan is Asfar’s CEO and established our organisation in 2011-12. Between 2012 to 2015, Sheniz also acted as Senior Editor for the e-Journal. Sheniz is responsible for all of Asfar's international programmes, strategy and development consultancy.

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, particularly the Yörüks, in Anatolia, Turkey and also studied Turkish at Ankara University and later Advanced Turkish and Persian at SOAS Language School. Sheniz, studied Law at BPP Law school for a year, before deciding to develop a career in the NGO sector instead.

Sheniz was also a member of the Institute for Fundraising and the British Institute at Ankara. Sheniz is a former Junior Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Sheniz holds business management qualifications including: a Level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership with PwC and  completed her Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management in 2017 and has recently been awarded Chartered Fellow status through the UK's Chartered Management Institute.  Sheniz has just completed her MA in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding.

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. The final policy, the Middle East: Time for New Realism was published in May 2017.

Sheniz has worked, volunteered and acted as a consultant for a variety of different organisations over the past 11 years, including: the British Youth Council; House of Commons; Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq; Liberal Democrats Party; yesMinister; Serco; Westminster Forum Projects; and LITC.

Sheniz is an experienced Bid Writer, Project Manager, Quality Assurance and Evaluation professional.

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; British Council DICE; EU Justice; Interreg and Sportivate.

Emina Hasanagic, International Project Manager

Emina Hasanagić, is Asfar's International Project Manager and is responsible for managing all key International and Erasmus+/European Solidarity Corps RESOLVE programmes. Emina has been involved with Asfar since the beginning of 2018, when the idea of Resolve began, while working with Asfar's Bosnian partner and she organised the first Erasmus+ youth exchange under RESOLVE: East in November 2018. She continued her involvment with RESOLVE, by being the Bosnian Team Leader for youth exchanges organised in Tbilisi and London in early 2019.

Emina obtained a MA in Management and Organisation from University of Sarajevo in 2014; she is also an alumni of the Young Women's Peace Academy. From 2014, Emina has been active in the NGO sector as a Administrative Department Manager and Erasmus+ Coordinator for the Bosnian Foundation Krila nade (Wings of Hope) in Sarajevo. Emina participated in different initiatives including IPA, Erasmus+ projects, European Solidarity Corps etc. Emina has diverse experience in administrative and financial management of projects, monitoring of project implementation, partner management, and also in volunteer management, diversity, peacebuilding and reconciliation.

 

Emina is the author of the Buildpeace Toolkit for Educators, co-author of the Mapping report about Formal, Non-formal education and Online learning in Peace-building and supported the creation of the Buildpeace Handbook for Learners and Policy recommendations. She contributed to the “Report on violence against children (2018) Monitoring results of non-governmental organisations on the state of violence against children and local level community resources in BiH” by Zdravo da ste and UNICEF;  The “Volunteering in countries of the Western Balkans: Guidelines for obtaining residence permits for volunteers within Erasmus+: Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps” by SALTO and Recommendations for Erasmus+ for Western Balkan Countries by Environment Engineering group in 2019.

 

Special focus of her work is in providing opportunities for young people to engage in activities that build mutual understanding and reconciliation in the civic, social, educational, cultural and sports domain. Emina was member of the Working group of the Peacebuilding Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2 years where she engaged in preparations of numerous activities (e.g. Weeks of Building Peace, Week of Human Rights, Week of Building Peace, Solidarity and Women Rights).  Emina is also one of the founders of the Network of ESC accredited organisations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia for over 3 years.

 

Steven Aiello, Project Officer & Dialogue Expert

Steven Aiello is Asfar's Project Officer & Dialogue Expert focusing on our International Dialogue programmes including Erasmus+ RESOLVE: New Youth Order and our wider strategic partnerships.
Steven is also an experienced NGO strategic leader and founded Debate for Peace 4 years ago to connect and empower young Jewish and Palestinian leaders in Israel. He has a BA in Economics (NYU), MA in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies (IDC), and an MA in Islamic Studies (Tel Aviv University). He has been involved in Jewish-Arab Model United Nations work in Israel since 2011.
Steven is Jewish and Italian-American, from New York, currently living in Tel Aviv. He has run dozens of conferences and more than 15 international youth delegations. More information about Steven's wider work visit: Debateforpeace.org

Luke Scott, RESOLVE: Network Chair

Luke has been a European Solidarity Corps Volunteer in Sarajevo, focused on the RESOLVE: Network, since January 2020. Luke is the current RESOLVE: Network youth chairperson.

Luke graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in History and Politics, before completing the European Regional Masters in Human Rights and Democracy in South East Europe at the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna, focusing in particular in these studies on the role of international actors on peace and democracy building, and the European path of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During his studies Luke was also involved in a student-run charity which promoted debating and public speaking, building a sense of global citizenship and an awareness of global issues, through organising conferences and workshops for both university students and high school students from Edinburgh and other parts of the UK and Europe.

Luke's interests still lie in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European future of the country and peace- and democracy-building and international actors' roles in these processes.

Angelina Avricevic, Asfar e-Journal Editor

Angelina is an e-Journal editor who has been involved in Asfar’s work since February 2019. Having first started as an organisation’s Finance Officer, she has recently moved into the literary realm hoping to facilitate broader coverage of diverse, highly topical yet often overlooked themes characterising the Middle East and North Africa.

Angelina holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Middle Eastern Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her area of academic specialisation is Jordanian domestic politics with a focus on Islamist discourse as well as broader regional developments in the domain of political Islam.

A keen advocate of transnational knowledge exchange and inter-cultural dialogue, Angelina has participated in various educational initiatives aiming to nurture young people’s social and political engagement while encouraging informed debate, be it promoting Politics studies to college finalists; facilitating events on cultural sharing and understanding for international students; or assisting with youth conference organisation at the heart of the EU in Brussels. Angelina’s professional journey has so far been dedicated to project management in the higher education sector, both in the UK and internationally.

Rida Jan, Digital Volunteer (RESOLVE Projects, Marketing & Digital Talks)

Rida Jan is our Digital Volunteer focusing on the RESOLVE: Network & projects, Marketing & Social Media and our Digital Talks project. Rida joined Asfar in July 2020.

Rida graduated with a degree in International Relations and Development from the University of Westminster.

During her studies she was part of DEN, a student-led organisation raising awareness on local, refugee and global issues. Due to her enthusiasm for the media she was involved in writing blogs, planning and taking photographs at events for DEN.

Rida is excited to be involved in Asfar, especially the RESOLVE projects and Digital Talks.

Haidar Hawilo, International Project Development Officer

Haidar got involved with Asfar through its International Project Development scheme, beginning in June 2019 in Sarajevo.

Haidar read a BS in Nursing and Health Sciences, and a diploma in Gender development and Sexuality at Beirut University. Having a background in health and development, he worked with different international NGOs on health and gender Advocacy. In addition, Haidar is a strong advocate of LGBTIQ+ rights in Lebanon and gender equality in community development. Shedding the light on the inequalities happening in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East region.

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.