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Meet Our Trustees


Guilène Marco

Chair of the Board

Guilène is a French-Lebanese feminist activist and campaigner. Read more.

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Thelma Foulds


Thelma was born in Zambia and grew up in both London and Zambia, though she completed her studies in Australia where she lived for 18years. Her career is the epitome of evolving and identifying potential for growth. Read more


Rejna Alaaldin


Rejna is a British-Kurdish lawyer who works between London and Iraq. She fights for legal reform in Iraq and justice for the many women abused by ISIS. She also actively promotes female leadership and women's participation in politics.  Read more


Dina Elrayyes


An award-winning creative in corporate broadcasting and production, Dina is passionate about her Palestinian roots and elevating the voices of women. Read more


Cordelia Mayfield


A feminist, therapist, English teacher and growing up with a great respect for people from different countries and cultures, Cordelia says she was honoured to become Chair of MEWSo's trustees. Read more

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Maria Sookias


An LGBTQ+ activist, trainer and consultant, Maria works to overcome workplace structural inequalities and create positive change. Read more

Meet Our Staff

Rose Fatherazi

Operational & Projects Manager

Rose comes from a Middle Eastern background where women’s rights are an ongoing issue. Read more


Ellie Adams

Fundraising & Projects Manager

Passionate about gender equality and women empowerment, Ellie has worked in fundraising and programme management for a range of humanitarian and development organisations. Read more


Sodabeh Gashtasebi

Senior Welfare Advisor and LGBTQ+ Project Coordinator

Through her welfare work, Sodabeh discovered that many women find it difficult to express themselves. That led her to facilitate MEWSo's Arts & Crafts and LGBTQ+ workshops. Read more

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Zahra Habri

Senior Advisor on Domestic Abuse and Welfare

Zahra has worked for MEWSo as an advisor for several years after being a very active volunteer. Read more

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Susie Ara

Senior Advisor on Domestic Abuse and Welfare

Susie speaks fluent Kurdish, Dari and Farsi, as well as English and has been passionate about women's rights for the past five years. Read more

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Loris Konaizeh

Volunteers Engagement & Programme Manager

Loris has over 10 years experience working in grass-roots projects, predominantly working with migrant families from the Middle East. Read more


Audrey Thompson

Communications Coordinator

In a 30+ year career, Audrey has worked as a journalist, writer, editor, press officer and web-content editor before joining MEWSo. Read more

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Aman Zanoon

Campaigns Coordinator

Aman is the first Palestinian to obtain a postgraduate qualification in cyber crimes law. Read more

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