Our Team

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Umbreen Salim

Founder and Managing Director

Umbreen Salim is a researcher, a feminist, an activist and gender-advocate striving to contribute to efforts promoting epistemic, political and social justice. Her doctoral research, focused on challenges of integration, is with migrant women in The Netherlands. She has over 10 years of research and advocacy experience working with women and girls, particularly migrants and refugees, advocating for human-rights and social inclusion. She is a social sector development practitioner, with over 15 years of project management experience with various INGOs and Governments, across Asia, Pakistan and The Netherlands.

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Sumbal Bashir

Co-founder, Director Projects

Sumbal Bashir is a feminist researcher and a development practitioner, interested in gender equality, Digital4Development, and social inclusion.  She has been awarded the Fulbright scholarship (Temple University USA, 2015-16) and Policy Leader Fellowship (School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, 2020-21), and was selected as Internet Governance Forum Youth Ambassador (Internet Society) for her work on gender equality and digital inclusion

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Maria Dafnomili

Maria Dafnomili is a specialist in macroeconomics. She has worked as an economic analyst in the Greek Ministry of Finance and was involved in different economic projects both in Greece and the Netherlands. UK, France, Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands have been, until now, among the places of her teaching and
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Jaffer Latief Najar is an experienced researcher, scholar, activist, policy maker, and development practitioner. He contributes evidence-based critical reflections on the social policy fields of anti-trafficking governance, urban migration governance, community development, informal labour regulation, and interventions for gender justice. 

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Dr. Erzsébet Strausz

Erzsébet Strausz teaches  at Central European University, Vienna. She holds a PhD and her research focuses on creative, experimental and narrative methods in the study of world politics. She was awarded the British International Studies Association’s Excellence Prize in 2017 while working at the University of Warwick and the CEU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020.

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Dr. Christina Schiavoni 

Christina M. Schiavoni is a food sovereignty activist and scholar who has worked in partnership with social movements across the globe. She holds masters and PhD degrees from the International Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Her research, based in Venezuela, focused on co-generation of knowledge by and for social movements. 

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Mossarat Qadeem

Mossarat Qadeem is an internationally known expert on Women Peace and Security and has spoken thrice in the UN General Assembly and once in Security Council on the subject. She is co-founder of ‘Commonwealth Women Mediators Network’,  PAIMAN Alumni Trust, and a visiting fellow at Women Peace and Security Centre, London School of Economics.

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Brooke Moore is an activisit, advocate and a researcher with expertise in environmental justice. Her professional focus is in Environmental Science, Policy and Management with an emphasis in Governance, Justice and Politics. Her skills involve policy analysis, project management, and opinion writing.

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Brooke Ellen Moore

Projects and Campaign Manager and Advocate


Mary Stratigou

Reseach Project Manager

Mary Stratigou is a proactive and experienced human rights lawyer, researcher, analyst and author. Her focus is on human rights, refugees’ rights and politics, working with refugees and asylum-seekers. She is fluent in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Catalan, Greek and Turkish.

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Zoya Waheed

Activist and Reseacher

Zoya Waheed is a feminist activist, advocate and researcher with expertise in human rights, law and gender. She is a strong voice in the fight for equality and empowerment of women and marginalised segments of society.

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Alejandro Lomba Cruces

Alejandro is a policy analyst and researcher based in Belgium. He holds an LLM in Human Rights Protection, as a Law degree. He is expertizing in CSR and Sustainability. His skills include policy analysis, research and monitoring data.


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Meha Pumbay

Project Manager and Analyst

Meha Pumbay is a development economist with a focus on gender issues. Her skills include project design, monitoring and evaluation and quantitative data analysis.

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SEEK - CEU Team Members

Central European University Science Shop Collaboration
Academics and students engaged with the SEEK Research, Response and Support Network 

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Olivia Precious Livingstone

Olivia Precious Livingstone is a MSc. Environmental Science and Policy candidate at the Central European University-Private University (CEU-PU) Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. She has vast knowledge in land and marine pollution, marine conservation, community engagement, and co-management associations.  Olivia is one of the European Development Days’21 17 Young Global Leaders, a High Seas Youth Ambassador on the High Seas Alliance Youth Ambassador Program and a member of the upcoming IMPAC5 Young Professionals Committee.

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Mateja Zherajiki


Audacia Ngunza

“Mateja Zherajikj  has researched various controversial and overlooked topics and is a migrant and refugee rights advocate. Her skills include research, advocacy for women’s and children’s rights, languages, and social media management. Her interests lie in peace and security, conflict resolution, human rights and her work focuses on awareness-raising and advocating towards solution-based outcomes to help those affected by war and climate-change induced natural disasters.”

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