our
team

 

who we are.

advisory board.

We are advocates
for community-led NGOs

Sanya

Founder & CEO

Sanya

Sanya holds a master’s degree in International Development Studies and Global Studies.

She gained experience in the development aid sector in Latin America and has worked in Public Relations in an agency for socio-political communication for the public sector.

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Erem

Co-Founder

Erem

Erem is an engineer and senior-official for urban planning and architecture and has worked in different cities in Germany in management positions.

She has applied her knowledge to the sustainable development of cities, for example to realize large-scale renewable energy projects.

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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board supports with their expertise, critical thinking, strategic input and advise

Derya

International Relations Professional

Derya

Derya is a graduate in International Relations & Global Studies and has worked in projects focusing on women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship promotion and digital trade in South Asia and West Africa.

She has lived for several years in India and Ghana.

She is advising the avinjo team on project implementation and campaigning.

Marie

Public Policy Professional

Marie

Marie is a graduate in Public Policy and has severel years of experience mainly in the education sector. Amongst others, she has worked on comparative education analysis at the OECD in Paris and on labour migration at different institutions.

She has lived several years in Paris and speaks French fluently.

Marie supports the avinjo team on project design and implementation.

Katharina

Political Science Professional

Katharina

Katharina currently works as a Project Director at the German organisation for International Development Cooperation called sequa, where she coordinates and implements projects in private sector development in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Katharina speaks English, Ukrainian, Russian and Spanish fluently and has lived in Mexico before.

Dana

Policy Manager

Dana

Dana is a graduate in International Development Studies and currently works as a Policy Manager at the German Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce.

She lived in Argentina, India, South Africa and Mexico before and speaks Spanish fluently.

Dana is advising the avinjo team on network management, public relations and project management.

Simon

International Development Professional

Simon

Simon graduated in International Development Studies and Heterodox Economics. He has experiences in development cooperation from research projects in Vietnam and Madagascar. He worked for the GIZ in Germany and the German Embassy in Georgia.

Deniz

Student in Political Sciences

Deniz

Deniz is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy at the university of Hamburg.

With a background in NGOs, she is driven by research interests in political violence, migration, and gender studies.

She speaks Turkish and English fluently and supports the avinjo team with content creation.

Laynie

Feel Good Manager

Laynie

With a wagging tail and a heart full of unconditional love, Laynie is the chief morale officer, the stress-buster, and the official happiness ambassador.