Founder & Managing Director
Priyali Sur is a multimedia and broadcast journalist and international development professional. In both spheres her work focuses on the inclusion of marginalized communities. She has reported extensively on social justice and gender issues in South Asia and Africa, covered the refugee crisis from Europe and the Middle East, and promoted inclusive economic development in Central Asia and Africa as a social development consultant for the World Bank Group. Priyali holds a Masters in International Public Policy at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. In 2014, she was selected as a Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. During her fellowship, she focused on gender rights and policy and also studied conflict resolution and peace negotiations. In 2017, the Atlantic Council selected her as one of its Millennium Fellows.
In 2018, Priyali founded The Azadi Project, with the aim to provide digital storytelling and livelihood skills along with psychosocial support to refugee women at camps and shelters.
Deputy Director, US and Global Programs
Nicole Altomare is a US Air Force veteran and currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University with a focus in National Security. Nicole is a seasoned security professional but she is passionate about helping refugee and migrant women around the globe. This passion stems from her Honduran heritage on her maternal side. During her visits with family she witnessed the conditions which are affecting the push factors from the northern triangle and felt a strong urge to help the women affected by the crisis.
Founding member and Deputy Director Global Partnerships
Lluís Dalmau works in the intersection of economics and policy, he has worked at the World Bank Group and for the economic development office of the Government of Catalonia, Spain. He contributes to several international and national media outlets. He holds an MA in international economics at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in journalism at Ramon Llull University.
Director, Strategy and Initiatives
Alison Waldman is a Washington, DC-based international aid worker and refugee resettlement specialist. Since 2016 Alison has been working with non-profits in Lesvos, Greece to support the physical, emotional and educational wellbeing of unaccompanied minors. Additionally, she has worked with the IRC, HIAS, Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities to resettle refugees throughout the DC-Baltimore region. She also served as Health Care Policy and International Relations Legislative Assistant to Congressman Henry A. Waxman. Alison earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree from Hamilton College.
Vanessa Davaroukas is a public policy specialist with experience in international development at the UNDP, public affairs consulting in Europe and regulatory affairs of global tech companies at Airbnb. She is particularly interested in sustainable integration and identity issues during the process of social transformation. Vanessa holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Bologna, Italy. She currently pursues an M.A. in Educational Psychology at the American College of Athens, Greece.
Monitoring and evaluation consultant
Sameeksha Khare is a policy professional, graduating from Columbia University in April 2021 with a Master of Public Administration degree. She has experience as an evaluation consultant in the US and as an award-winning multimedia journalist in India, along with a background in Computer Science studies. Her expertise in the field of development lies at the intersection of public health, gender, and human rights. In her work with The Azadi Project, she focuses on assessment of program activities, their outcome and impact.
Ella Lambert is the CEO and Founder of The Pachamama Project CIC, a UK non-profit organisation growing a network of volunteers in the UK to make reusable sanitary pads for refugees dealing with period poverty. She is also a student at the University of Bristol studying BA Spanish, Russian and beginners Portuguese. Ella is particularly interested in women’s issues, supporting displaced people and launching projects and initiatives.
Content and Grant writing consultant
Julia Paley is a cultural anthropologist with a specialty in Latin America. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree from Harvard University, and served on faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where she won a teaching award. A Fulbright Scholar, she also held a National Science Foundation grant for researching participatory democracy in Ecuador. Her edited volume Democracy: Anthropological Approaches featured top scholars, and her book Marketing Democracy: Power and Social Movements in Post-Dictatorship Chile won an American Ethnological Society book prize. Recently, she has turned her attention to immigrant rights, taking on roles working for detention release, deportation defense, the restoration of asylum, and the wellbeing of refugees.
Sarita is an artist, activist and teacher, with a combined six years of teaching and psychosocial practice in the United States, Mexico, and with Azadi in Niger, where she designed and facilitated expressive workshops with refugee participants. She is committed to championing social justice issues through a creative, intersectional lens. Sarita holds a bachelors from Barnard College, Columbia University, and has trained at The Student’s Art League of New York. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Art Therapy.
Prerna Rathi is a humanitarian practitioner with an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics. Given her strong intercultural and conflict assessment skills via a peacebuilding lens, Prerna has proactively provided surge support with international organizations during the Syrian refugee response in Lebanon, Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria, Nepal earthquake and Kashmir flood relief. Since 2018, she has accompanied Azadi’s missions in Greece and Niger as the Impact Evaluation and Research Manager to ensure knowledge management, program quality, reporting and capacity building processes.
Ayushka Anjiv is a candidate for Master in International Affairs at the Hertie School, Berlin. She is an experienced professional with deep interest in international migration and refugee policy. Prior to her master’s, she was working for The Partition Museum, Delhi where she focused on collecting oral histories from refugees directly affected by the India-Pakistan partition of 1947. Currently, at the Azadi project, she is engaged with documenting the stories of Rohingya refugees and creating a dedicated knowledge portal.
Vasilia is a Brussels based public policy consultant currently focused on EU and global healthcare policy. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where she focused her studies on migration and labor market policy. She has prior experience working on international development projects in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Sedighe is a refugee woman living in the Moria 2.0 camp with her family. She is proficient in English and a trained support group facilitator. Since arriving on Lesbos, Sedighe has used her artistic skills to run art classes for other camp members under the Red Cross and is now a social worker and fully fledged member of the Azadi team.
Program Coordinator in Lesbos
Masomeh Etemedi is a former Azadi employee who was integral to the planning and launch of our ‘Doust’ mental health program. Masomeh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Knowledge and Law from the Al-Mustafa International University. She is a lawyer, turned translator and social worker. Masomeh has now received refugee status from Germany and plans to pursue a legal career there.