Shareen Elnaschie/ Co-founder - UK Shareen is an architectural + urban designer and action researcher. She has extensive experience working with marginalised communities on participatory mapping and planning projects. She has also previously tutored architecture and spatial design at postgraduate and foundation level. Shareen holds an MSc in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and a BA(Hons) Architecture (RIBA I) from London Metropolitan University.

Shareen Elnaschie/ Co-founder
- UK

Shareen is an architectural + urban designer and action researcher. She has extensive experience working with marginalised communities on participatory mapping and planning projects. She has also previously tutored architecture and spatial design at postgraduate and foundation level.

Shareen holds an MSc in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and a BA(Hons) Architecture (RIBA I) from London Metropolitan University.

Kimberly Pelkofsky/ Co-founder - USA Kimberly is an architectural designer specialised in devising, implementing, and evaluating community engagement and workforce development strategies for community-led design  and construction projects. Kimberly holds an MSc in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and a BS Architecture from SUNY University at Buffalo.  

Kimberly Pelkofsky/ Co-founder
- USA

Kimberly is an architectural designer specialised in devising, implementing, and evaluating community engagement and workforce development strategies for community-led design  and construction projects.

Kimberly holds an MSc in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and a BS Architecture from SUNY University at Buffalo.  

Elli Yiannakaris/ Mentor - South Africa Elli is the director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA), a program that affords youth from under-resourced backgrounds an opportunity to pursue tertiary studies and a career in entrepreneurship.  Elli holds an honours in Business Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is currently enrolled for a Masters in Commerce at UCT in the field of youth entrepreneurship.

Elli Yiannakaris/ Mentor
- South Africa

Elli is the director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA), a program that affords youth from under-resourced backgrounds an opportunity to pursue tertiary studies and a career in entrepreneurship. 

Elli holds an honours in Business Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is currently enrolled for a Masters in Commerce at UCT in the field of youth entrepreneurship.

Camilla Juul Bjorn/ Community Manager - Denmark Camilla has extensive experience working with vulnerable communities and immigrants. Her focus is on creating safe spaces and building local capacities through participatory processes. As a communication agent she is also passionate about storytelling. She holds a master degree in Communication and a BA in International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark.

Camilla Juul Bjorn/ Community Manager
- Denmark

Camilla has extensive experience working with vulnerable communities and immigrants. Her focus is on creating safe spaces and building local capacities through participatory processes. As a communication agent she is also passionate about storytelling.

She holds a master degree in Communication and a BA in International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark.

Lazaros Rafail Kouzelis / Visual Communicator - Greece Lazaros is a creative generalist with experience in commercial graphic design. He enjoys creative work in any form and has a special interest in multimedia, like video games and other interactive experiences. He holds a BA in Multimedia and Graphic Design from the Technological University of Cyprus.

Lazaros Rafail Kouzelis / Visual Communicator
- Greece

Lazaros is a creative generalist with experience in commercial graphic design. He enjoys creative work in any form and has a special interest in multimedia, like video games and other interactive experiences.

He holds a BA in Multimedia and Graphic Design from the Technological University of Cyprus.

Vicky Yiagopoulou/ Community Manager - Greece Vicky has experience as a learning assistant with Roma children, vulnerable women and students with disabilities. She is a firm believer in empowering people and communities through education and skills sharing. She holds an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield, an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds and a first degree (Ptychion) in Journalism and Mass Communication from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Vicky Yiagopoulou/ Community Manager
- Greece

Vicky has experience as a learning assistant with Roma children, vulnerable women and students with disabilities. She is a firm believer in empowering people and communities through education and skills sharing.

She holds an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield, an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds and a first degree (Ptychion) in Journalism and Mass Communication from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Dimitris Ballas/ Research Advisor - Greece Dimitris is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean. He has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and has held visiting  positions at Harvard University, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and Ritsumeikan University (Japan).   His most recent published work is ‘The Human Atlas of Europe: a continent united in diversity’ (2017,  Policy Press, co-authored with Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig).

Dimitris Ballas/ Research Advisor
- Greece

Dimitris is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean. He has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and has held visiting  positions at Harvard University, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and Ritsumeikan University (Japan).  

His most recent published work is ‘The Human Atlas of Europe: a continent united in diversity’ (2017,  Policy Press, co-authored with Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig).


Guest Contributors + Institutional Partners

Oxfam / Lesvos We are currently partnering with Oxfam in Lesvos to deliver a "Message Movie" film making workshop where we will create short films to communicate important information on a variety of protection issues.

Oxfam / Lesvos

We are currently partnering with Oxfam in Lesvos to deliver a "Message Movie" film making workshop where we will create short films to communicate important information on a variety of protection issues.

metaLAB at Harvard metaLAB is an idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities. metaLAB recently ran the Sounds of Lesvos workshop.

metaLAB at Harvard
metaLAB is an idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities.

metaLAB recently ran the Sounds of Lesvos workshop.

Gina Tsilimpi/ Creative Media Producer - Greece Gina works with creative media including photography, video and travel writing and also dances. She is especially interested in the empowerment of people to be actively involved in the participatory culture of the digital age. She holds a MA in New Media and Digital Culture (Utrecht University) and a BA in Communication and Media (University of Athens).

Gina Tsilimpi/ Creative Media Producer
- Greece

Gina works with creative media including photography, video and travel writing and also dances. She is especially interested in the empowerment of people to be actively involved in the participatory culture of the digital age.

She holds a MA in New Media and Digital Culture (Utrecht University) and a BA in Communication and Media (University of Athens).

Rita Gaspar/ Communication Designer - Portugal Rita is a photographer and graphic designer with a broad range of experience in designing printed media for exhibitions and campaigns. Rita was the lead facilitator on the workshop: Photographic Image Making- visual storytelling about place

Rita Gaspar/ Communication Designer
- Portugal

Rita is a photographer and graphic designer with a broad range of experience in designing printed media for exhibitions and campaigns.

Rita was the lead facilitator on the workshop: Photographic Image Making- visual storytelling about place

Sofia Orfanelli/ Cinematographer - Greece Sofia is a videographer and video editor and recently graduated from the University of the Aegean in Cultural Theories and Technologies. She brings her cinematographic skills to capture the work of ODD collaborators and recently supported new film-makers who participated in our documentary film making workshop in January.

Sofia Orfanelli/ Cinematographer
- Greece

Sofia is a videographer and video editor and recently graduated from the University of the Aegean in Cultural Theories and Technologies.

She brings her cinematographic skills to capture the work of ODD collaborators and recently supported new film-makers who participated in our documentary film making workshop in January.

Laura Boardman/ Visual Communications Designer - UK Laura is a designer and illustrator from London where she runs Outdraw, a visual communication consultancy. She supported our documentary film making workshop in January where she visually recorded our conversations, created beautiful movie posters for the participants, and mentored a young photographer. She is currently helping us craft the way we explain what we do through images and diagrams.

Laura Boardman/ Visual Communications Designer
- UK

Laura is a designer and illustrator from London where she runs Outdraw, a visual communication consultancy.

She supported our documentary film making workshop in January where she visually recorded our conversations, created beautiful movie posters for the participants, and mentored a young photographer. She is currently helping us craft the way we explain what we do through images and diagrams.


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Hannah Robinson/ UK/ Film maker
Shafeeqa/ Afghanistan/ IT Literacy Tutor
Ramy Qudmany/ Syria/ 3D Journalist
Juit Zaki/ Morocco/ Carpenter
Siraj Anwar/ Eritrea/ Carpenter's 'Apprentice'
Amene Khavary/ Afghanistan/ Sewist