We support fantastic medium‐scale and community‐based projects overseas that have a high impact for large numbers of people in difficult circumstances. Our Trustees and Executive are joined by a growing body of volunteers and patrons who kindly donate their valued time and expertise to support our projects and make the work of Firefly possible.

Here are some of our people.

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...

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...

Abdulhakim Sabbah

Hakim has served as the Director of Project Hope since May 2005. He has been instrumental in the growth of Project Hope in terms of program expansion, notably developing Project Hope’s French language offerings and cultivating relationships with the French speaking community, both locally and abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s...

Siama Ahmed

Siama joined Firefly International in 2016. She has an academic background in Media and Communications, having studied her BA and Post Grad in London, and has spent more than a decade working on a variety of projects in the UK and the Middle East. Having lived and worked in refugee...

Ben Boulton

Ben completed his PhD thesis in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding at the University of Exeter. He volunteered with our 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...

Pietro Berti

Pietro joined Firefly as a grant writer in 2015, after completing a traineeship at the Council of the European Union. He holds a PhD in Science Technology and Society from the University of Exeter, and a Master in Economics from the University of Bologna.

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...

Tor Crawley

Tor joined Firefly as our international administrator in February 2014, handling the charity’s correspondence, book keeping, banking and filing. Previously a freelance TV producer, Tor now works from home in Edinburgh and is a busy mother to two boys.

Ayesha Carmouche

Ayesha volunteered with Project Hope in 2012. She works for the CORE Coalition. Previously she led the advocacy and communications work for ActionAid in Palestine, where she was based in Hebron and worked on issues of corporate investment in the occupied territory. Prior to this, Ayesha was the Policy and...

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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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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David J. (Sandy) Marshall

Sandy is a Research Fellow at the University of Arizona School of Geography and Development. A human geographer, Middle East specialist, and published academic, his research with Palestinian refugee children examines issues of trauma, memory, and urban environmental psychology. Sandy was a volunteer for Project Hope in 2005, 2006, and...