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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



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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Maria Dafnomili

Member, Board of Directors

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 andresearch experience.

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Brooke Ellen Moore

Projects and Campaign Manager and Advocate

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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Olga Ogula 

Project Manager and Communications Expert

Olga Ogula holds Master's degree in International Relations from Central European University, Austria. Her interests lie at the intersection of human rights, migration and environmental policy. She strives for a world of peaceful co-existence with nature and a world that is welcoming to everybody. She is a fan of graphic design and enjoys making videos and infographics.

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Maria Chrysafi

Research Team Member

Maria Chrysafi is a student at Solent University. Participates in non-profit groups on a volunteer basis. She is fluent in 4 languages and has exceptional social skills. She is a feminist, philanthropist, and supporter of peace, justice, and equality. 

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Dilara Bergler

Project Officer

Dilara Bergler is a graduate student in International Relations at the Central European University. She also holds a BA in Sociology and has a strong background in academic research. Dilara is passionate about and hopes to further evidence-based policymaking, particularly foreign policy, which is why her focus is on developing practical approaches to global challenges.

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Waranya Areerom

Research Team Member

Waranya is a lawyer and researcher, specializing in human rights law. With her master’s degrees in European and International Human Rights Law (Leiden University), International Banking and Finance Law (UCL), and International Trade and Commercial Law (Durham University), she has a strong passion for promoting human rights, especially in the areas of business and human rights, migration, and children’s rights. Her past volunteer work with NGOs includes data collection for UNESCO and report review for UNDP. Waranya is based in the Netherlands.

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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


Anastasiia Hatsenko

Media management

Anastasiia Hatsenko has experience working for non-governmental organizations and a Ukrainian think tank. Her interests include human rights, gender in public policy, Euro-Atlantic cooperation, and information security. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in international relations (KUBG, Kyiv). She is currently pursuing a second master's degree in international relations at the Central European University.  

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Alejandra Payan

Media management

Alejandra is a Mexican student pursuing a bachelor's of Culture, Politics, and Society. She is a passionate human rights advocate with experience in volunteering, NGOs, and impact projects. Her main focus lies in addressing gender inequality and its related issues, driving her to participate in numerous youth conferences centered around these topics.  

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