Ekaterina Porras Sivolobova
Founder & Director
Ekaterina was inspired to create Project 189 upon seeing an urgent need to improve the conditions of migrant works. Project 189 reflects her vision to have a space that actively advocates and empowers individuals and groups through initiatives that bring knowledge, a strong voice and a platform for transformation; in addition, to developing key forums for civil society and government officials to engage in dialogues to promote legal reforms and social change. She has considerable experience in working in the area of human rights, particularly related to labor, gender, refugees, human rights and business and transitional justice in South East Asia, South America and the Middle East. She has written various articles on human rights, published by JURIST and the International Labour Organization and co-wrote a book on jurisprudence on gender violence published by the Centre for Justice and International Law. Ekaterina has a Master in Science from the University of Applied Science Trier in Germany and a Master in Science on International Cooperation Policy from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.
Lama Azmi Ghannam
Community Engagement Specialist / Project Coordinator / Human Rights Advocacy Officer
Lama has actively worked in various organizations and platforms that seek social sustainable development, in which her work reflects her strong belief of using education and other tools such as art to bring the sustainability aspect within the social transformation. Lama is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a background in Business Management and Marketing, throughout her experience she has been able to blend her academic preparation with human rights advocacy; while in Boston she participated in organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine, BDS, Grassroots International and was the project coordinator of Boston Palestine Film Festival. Since moving back to the Middle East, Kuwait, she has actively participated in several organizations including: Hikma, BDS Kuwait, and her Project 189 involvement has been essential in creating, developing and making possible the engagement of the community in all Project 189’s initiatives.
Natalia Porras Sivolobova
Global Human Rights Initiative Strategists/ Researcher and Writer in International Human Rights Advocacy
Natalia oversees the global initiatives for Project 189. She seeks to contribute to the promotion of human rights in a way that surpasses borders, that is with a global perspective which consists of pushing the interest and understanding of human rights conditions attached not to one nation or one region, but bringing knowledge that encourages an international call to action. Within Project 189, Natalia contributes in the necessary research and planning that allows the initiatives to happen, and through her writing she seeks to contribute in challenging readers to rethink pre-existing stereotypes, such as those of the Middle East and indigenous populations in Latin America, among others. Natalia is a Political Science major of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Art and social change specialist/ Art project coordinator / Empowerment Advocacy Officer
Roxanne advocates for social change and sustainability through education initiatives and the arts. As an educator and photographer in Kuwait, Roxannes’ efforts is to empower marginalized communities by mobilising fellow educators, artists, and community activists to lead the movement towards a more equitable society. Her interest in human rights and education began while teaching for an immigrant shelter in Texas, and developed further in South America where she established and managed a language school. Roxanne received her Master’s certification in International Baccalaureate education, and continues her experience in education and curriculum development here in Kuwait as a learning support teacher and organizer of her school’s sustainability program. After examining the need for social change in the Middle East, Roxanne seeks to promote awareness and accountability; social inclusion and an empowered lifestyle. She believes an inclusive society can be achieved with the combined efforts of educators and the community at large.
Pro-Bono Advisor / Business and Human Rights / International Policy Development / Sustainability
Philipp has been supporting Project 189 since its very early days. Being a management consultant that leads the sustainability strategy and human rights services in the MENA region for a top professional services firm, he often has different views on how areas such as human trafficking and gender equality need to be addressed conceptually. He brings the wealth of experiences that he gained in working on sustainability projects in more than 8 countries and spanning more than 10 years to Project 189. Here, he advises Ekaterina on a pro-bono basis in strategic directing of the organization as well as the development of high-impact programs and projects from a strategic and budgetary point of view. Philipp has a Master of Engineering from the University of Applied Science Trier in Germany and a Master in Science on International Cooperation Policy from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. He is a certified SA 8000 Auditor and worked on some of the most challenging human rights engagements in MENA.
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