Abubacarr

Abubacarr (he/him)

 Italy

Abubacarr joined ENS in December 2022 He is a refugee and stateless base in Italy. He is studying to become a chef. Abu recently joined the UNIA (Unione ltaliana Apolidi), the first stateless led-organization in Italy. Where he helps to create awareness about Stateless and give voice to the stateless. He also works as volunteer "servizio civile Universale" he is engaged daily on developing networks of relationships, and give assistance to elderly people. Abubacarr's commitment is to ensure that everyone can give and find help, meet others, enrich their skills, contribute to the growth of the community in which they live. 

Adriatik Hasnatari

Adriatik Hasantari (he/him)

 Albania

Director of Roma Active Albania; Vice Chair of ERGO Network, and ternYpe International Roma youth Network activist. He holds a university degree in Medicine; Involved in research and development policies for Roma inclusion; Coach and trainer on NGO management, projects development; 15 years of experience in community development projects with a focus on Roma empowerment. 

ASG

Aleksandra Semeriak (She/her)

 Spain

Aleksandra was born in Latvia and grew up as a stateless person in Spain. Her personal story and professional career in the non-profit sector,led her to join the European Network on Statelessness as an individual member in 2015. Since then, Aleksandra has been actively participating in different awareness raising, capacity building and community engagement activities on statelessness in Europe and Spain, collaborating also with the stateless-led organizations Apatride Network and Statefree.

Armando Augello Cupi

Armando Augello Cupi (he/him)

 Italy

Armando Augello Cupi is a stateless university student of Global Humanities at Sapienza University of Rome and he is the President of the first Italian organisation led by stateless people named Unione ltaliana Apolidi (UNIA). He studied for a year with Princeton University taking courses in Global History Lab and Global History Dialogues, analysing global historical contexts in which refugees, migrants and stateless persons were the focus of the study together with global history. 

Brisilda

Brisilda Taco

 Albania

Brisilda Taco is a Roma rights activist from Tirana, Albania. She holds a BA in Public Relations Communication from the European University of Tirana. She organized several protests regarding Roma's access to employment, housing, health, and Roma's participation in the decision-making process. She was active in various Roma and non-Roma organizations at local and international levels.

Brisilda is engaged on Roma issues at a very early ages in national and international level. She has good knowledge on Human Rights and have organized several training and workshops for Roma and non Roma youth in Albania. She was the first Romani girl that led several protests and advocacy campaigns regarding Roma access on employment, housing, health and Roma participation on decision making process. She was active in various Roma and pro Roma organizations in local and international level also as a contact point. 

In 2017 she was nominated by the U.S embassy in Albania to participate in a professional exchange program The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) the USA. In 2019 she awarded as a Winner of the "Unknown Heroes" EU Award for Roma 
Integration in the Western Balkan and Turkey. 

Dmytro

Dmytro Tsybizov (he/him)

 Poland

I am a documented stateless person from Ukraine. I am currently in Poland.

Jawad

Jawad Fairooz (he/him)

 United Kingdom

Chairman of SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights, an NGO registered in Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. The organisation focuses on human rights and democracy issues, and seeks reprieve for human rights victims including stateless communities. 

Mr Fairooz is a former Bahraini Member of Parliament, from 2006 to 2011. During his time as an MP, he was chairman of public utilities and the environment committee. Prior to his election, he was an elected councilor and vice-chairman of the Northern Municipality Council from 2002 to 2006. 

He holds a Bachelor in Science from the University of Texas, USA, and he practiced his career as Electrical Engineer since 1986. 
He currently lives in exile in London since November 2012, and was one of the first batch of Bahrainis forcibly stripped of the Bahraini nationality. 

Mr Fairooz is currently a member of the UNHCR Global Alliance to End Statelessness, as well as an advisory board member of many NGOs; European Network of Statelessness (ENS), Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI), ALQST (Saudi Human Rights NGO), and Oman Centre for Human Rights. 

Joey Poladoghly

Joey Poladoghly (he/they)

 Lebanon

Joey first joined the ENS community in 2022, midyear. They hold a BA in English Literature and language and are currently pursuing their master's in Human Rights and Democratisation at the Global Campus. Their special area of focus is on statelessness in Lebanon from a gender-based framework. For several years, Joey has volunteered in many queer organizations as well as several civil society platforms, through which they engaged in community-led campaigns and projects. In recent years, Joey has become more involved in stateless advocacy - as a stateless person themself - and has been writing about it. 

liew

Liew Teh (he/him)

 United Kingdom

I'm a stateless person who has lived in the UK for many years. I became stateless through no fault of my own, and it has been a challenging and uncertain journey. Despite this, I have persevered and have made a life for myself in the UK. In my free time, I enjoy participating in the traditional English folk dance known as Morris dancing. I have always had a passion for dance and love the sense of community and belonging that comes with being part of a Morris dancing group. In addition to dancing, I am also dedicated to my work and am committed to giving back to my community through my contributions. 

Lynn Khatib

Lynn Al-khatib (She/her)

 Sweden

I arrived in Sweden 2014 and has since been working to raise awareness on the impact statelessness has on people living in Europe and have been advocating for better treatment and respect of stateless people's rights. I have spoken at various regional and national events on the issue, and is an active member/changemaker of the European Network on Statelessness.

Michelle Van Burik

Michelle Van Burik (she/her)

 Netherlands

Michelle is an Individual Member of ENS who has worked on Roma rights issues for twenty years. She is an expert in frontline casework, holistic support for individual cases across borders as well as political lobbying on statelessness issues. Alongside this work, Michelle's grassroots mobilisation and community engagement work is focused on raising awareness on the effects of antigypsyism related to statelessness. Currently Michelle is active as a guest History Lecturer in schools and universities, curates exhibitions and gives presentations in Dutch, English and German. She is active at national and European level. 

Nowras

Nowras Rahhal (he/him)

 Austria

Nowras is a stateless scientist who was born as a stateless refugee in Syria. Despite the disadvantages, he was able to pursue his education, which became a key lifeline from statelessness. Major part of his education was in a primary UNRWA school in Damascus. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Damascus in 2016. 

After seven years of witnessing the Syrian civil war atrocities, Nowras continued his studies in Germany. In 2020, he joined a research group at the Max Planck Institute and contributed to the development of a vaccine candidate for the SARS-CoV2 (Covid-19) pandemic. Shortly after, Nowras graduated with a master's in Nanoscience and moved to Vienna, Austria, to start a Ph.D. programme in Nanomedicine. He is determined to raise more awareness on statelessness and to advocate for the rights of those who lack nationality.