Pietro Berti

Pietro collaborates on a number of areas, including: project design, grant writing, web support and social media. He firstly joined Firefly International in 2015 after a traineeship at the Council of the European Union. He holds a PhD in Science Technology and Society and a Master in Economics.

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Diana McMicking

Diana has worked in arts education for 15 years and before that teaching in mainstream education at primary and secondary level.  From 2005 to 2016 she was Learning Director at Jupiter Artland, co-creating, managing and developing a charitable foundation. The Foundation offered creative activity to a broad range of participants...

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Ben Constable Maxwell

Ben is the brother of Firefly Founder Ellie Maxwell and has been a trustee of Firefly International since 2016. He is particularly closely affiliated with Svitac (Firefly Bosnia), which he has visited a number of times, mainly as a volunteer at Svitac’s youth summer camps. Ben also works to support...

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Fadia Shaker

Director of our Educational Centre for Syrian refugee children in Antakya (Turkey), Fadia has lead the centre since the project started in March 2016, recruiting staff and developing the programme to serve the needs of her local Syrian refugee community. Fadia previously taught Maths in Syria, and was a manager...

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Matteo Mazzoleni

Matteo holds an M.A. in International Politics from University of Surrey. He has joined Firefly International as a Comittee Member in 2016 after conducting research on migrants and refugees in Tunisia for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He was previously working in the IT sector in Exeter, UK, where he was...

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Charles Phillips

Charles is a Masters student of Middle Eastern Politics at the University of Oxford. His main interests include the conflict in Israel/Palestine and Middle Eastern history. He has a passion for working with children having volunteered for youth organisations in Nicaragua, Palestine and Kenya.

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Hugo Page (QC)

Hugo has been practising at the bar since 1978. He has worked and is currently working on several substantial fraud cases, with a particular emphasis on the consequences of misfeasance by company directors and on tracing the proceeds of fraud in other jurisdictions. His experience includes several substantial insurance and...

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Margot Coles

Margot joined Firefly as a trustee in January 2014. She is an Editorial consultant advising on a wide range of projects in the Arts. She has a long career in journalism, including Assistant Editor on The Times and The Sunday Times, Magazine Director Scotsman Publications and Editor of Scotland on...

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Virginia Constable Maxwell

With an eclectic working history, from a stint at Vogue to running a 12 acre fruit farm and co‐founding the Syon Opera, Virginia now dedicates her time to raising funds for Firefly. Virginia brings a wealth of experience to her fundraising role. Brought up between London and New York, Virginia...

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Sebastian Chambers

A chartered accountant, Seb is managing director of management consultancy CIL, and a member of the charity and voluntary group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales. Sebastian’s past volunteering includes teaching with Project Trust in Zimbabwe and Skillshare Africa in Botswana.

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Gordana Varcakovic

Gordana is the Director of Omladinska organizacija Svitac. From 1999 to 2002 she managed a team of up to 13 employees, coordinated general administration as well as budgets, and motivated and promoted group and individual work. Currently she is managing team of 2 permanent Svitac employees, 5 local and 5...

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Ben Boulton

Ben completed his PhD thesis in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding at the University of Exeter. He volunteered with Palestinian Project Hope in 2013, where he assisted with various aspects of report-writing (drafting, writing and editing). He currently has various editing commitments (a forthcoming book, various academic journal articles and...

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Gertjan Hoetjes

Gertjan Hoetjes

Gertjan is a MPhil/PhD student at the University of Exeter, examining the impact of Internet technology on the Arab Gulf monarchies focusing on Kuwait and Oman. Gertjan acquired his M.Sc. in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam (2009) and his MA in Gulf Studies (2011) at the University of...

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Maria Chambers

Maria is a teacher, artist and CATT (Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy) trainer based in the UK. She specialises in using specific child‐centred art based techniques to help young people process and re‐script traumatic memories. Recent work includes training Syrian mental healthcare workers in Turkey and Lebanon as well as coordinating...

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Jeremy Wildeman

As a Trustee, Jeremy volunteers on a near daily basis supporting the Director and her team in managing operations, developing strategy and raising funds Jeremy has 15 years of experience in teaching and designing education projects, conducting research in international affairs, and running humanitarian and development aid projects in conflict...

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