Chris has become a teacher of many things in Athens, including Taekwondo, Acrobatics, Fitness and Bodybuilding. He has been working with the organisation for 2.5 years now and is very advanced in his sports.

Nasrin is our zumba teacher in Athens. She is an inspiration for all the women around her. She started the Zumba class since almost 3 years and also took over the Hip hop lessons. Her energy and her motivation are endless. She always wants to help others and to encourage women to start physical activities, because she is really conscious of how positive it can be.

David started boxing in Kabul in Afghanistan. Mentally and physically it helped him a lot and he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for sport! “Confidence is the engine that drives achievement so that’s why I’m still fighting and not giving up because confidence does not care where you came from!”

“I am Ruvi Matiyenga before I came to Athens I was practicing tennis with my school. I found yoga and sport during the summer of 2022 . Recently I became a building teacher for woman’s class , I enjoy seeing other women become empowered through the gym”.

Medine is the newest taekwondo teacher that has recently joined the YSR teaching community. Her classes bring in the whole community, especially women and children of all ages!

Ste Atzemi is a movement lover, a professional pilates and flexibility teacher and dancer. She loves to share her knowledge and energy with people from all backgrounds. She started as a volunteer and now teaches contemporary dance at YSR Athens.

Farydun is an expert in the area of football, having been a trainer for 30 years! He has been  a football coach at YSR for 6 months now.

Abbas has been crazy about parkour for 5 years, and has become a parkour teacher for YSR for the past 3 months.

Najib is the new kickboxing teacher at YSR. He has taught and practiced for many years, and is even a kickboxing and boxing champion in Sweden and Afghanistan.

My base Is here in Athens and yoga is my lifestyle. I started practising yoga 6 years ago and I teach for 4 years now. I did training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (200hr) in Sampoorna, Goa, India. Yoga is my passion and I’m glad I can impart this love and my knowledge to everyone.

“My name is YASIN i grew up in Athens, started working out since i was 14. Gym has taught me to be patient and discipline. And lastly I’m gonna finish with a quote that: EVEN IF NOBODY BELIEVES ME, SUPPORTS ME OR RECOGNIZE MY EFFORT. I’LL KEEP ON GOING”

Nefeli started teaching a dance class at YSR in October, which is based on contemporary dance technique and movement research. She has visited many seminars, been involved in projects and dance groups and is in the process of becoming a certified Yoga teacher.

Mina is the gyms newest bodybuilding coach, starting in August 2022 and is eager to lead students through challenging and powerful strength-building classes!

Fabiano Costa Coelho has been practising hatha yoga since 2006 and became Kriyaban in 2010. As a volunteer, he has taught hatha yoga with influences from other lines in Brazil and Greece. In 2022, he conducted upskilling training for yoga teachers and aspiring learners at YSR in Athens. His PhD thesis was on the relationship between humanity and nature, looking for ways to overcome the current social and environmental destructive course by promoting true happiness, which lies in making others happy.

Jamshid is 24 years old and originally from Afghanistan. He started Kickboxing in Afghanistan in 2012, and with a lot of effort he managed to get a black belt before becoming a coach. In the recent years, he participated in many competitions in Turkey. Currently he is living in Athens, and he is our amazing kickboxing coach. He is hard-working and will always try to do the best for himself and YSR community!

Sports have always been a big part of Rozalia’s life. After experimenting with movement a lot, she fell in love with dancing and yoga. At the start of 2022, she completed a 500h yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, and since then has taught and participated in seminars in Athens. She is thrilled to be teaching classes at YSR Athens gym as well!

This is Azim, 26 from Afghanistan. Azmin is passionate about life and finding meaning and health through running and bodybuilding. Azim has been involved with YSR Athens for more than 6 months before joining the YSR family as the Teacher Coordinator. “Sport to me is transpiring from one level to another, evolving and becoming a better version of oneself. Sport is the point of belonging, making friends, building community, and spreading love through compassion and sympathy for a better and healthier society. My profession is teaching, and I have a medal in Kung Fu, I read, write, and train my soul and my body every day. Happier, healthier, and stronger with sport!”

Delphine joined YSR in 2022 as a Volunteer Coordinator. Prior working with us, she worked in several NGOs in Greece in the field of migration and child protection. Delphine herself is an avid runner, has been playing hockey and tennis since she was 6 years old, and was a hockey coach for children throughout her highschool and university years. She’s also a big fan of dancing; sports have been a big part of her life. For Delphine, joining YSR means a new opportunity to bring together her passion for sport and community.

Katerina is from Thessaloniki Greece, she is a graduate of the School of Economics. She has always been interested in the humanitarian sector and vulnerable social groups. She has been involved in volunteer work with the migrant, lgbtq+ community and with people with special needs. She worked with minor refugees and with drug addicts. She joined the YSR community in 2022, first as a Coordinator in Lesbos, and now working with our project and team in Athens.

My name is Yahia, I came from Algeria I arrived in Greece in 2016 I spent 3 years at lesvos then in the beginning of 2020 I came to Athens! I like sports actually and I worked around 5 years in the humanitarian field, I was arranging football tournament and other sports for around 3 years

My name is Maurine, I am a 22 years old French student. I was studying Populations and Development in a Social Sciences master’s degree in Paris. I will work with Yoga and Sport with Refugees for the next three months as an intern in Communication and Advocacy based in Athens. I will mostly be working on developing some campaigns as the Global Field Sport and swimming one! I will also work on research about the link between sport and mental health. I chose to work with Yoga and Sport with Refugees because I already knew the work they were doing in Paris with the minors living in a camp. They are really involved in the refugee’s cause and aim to build integration and well-being through sports practice. I was usually running a bit in my free time but now that I’m working here I could try and discover many sports that I didn’t even know!

My name is Périne, I am a French student finishing studies in management. However I always knew I wanted to work in social and humanitarian fields. I am more than thrilled to work with Yoga and Sport with Refugees for the next six months in Athens, joining Fundraising and Communication teams. Developing the Corporate Social Responsibility levers to diversify our sources of revenue to the private sector, which will be my main task here, is a very exciting challenge for me. I love having the chance to also participate in content creation and social media management as communication and advocacy have always been very important matters to me. I was immediately seduced by Yoga and Sport with Refugees sense of community and commitment towards the cause it defends. Trying new sports working there such as bodybuilding and yoga has already helped me to believe more in myself. It has achieved to convince me of the power of sport and its ability to empower, bring people together and be stronger together.

I am Raphaël, a 26-year-old French professional with a background in sustainable finance and banking. I recently took on an internship with Yoga and Sport with Refugees, where I will be working on finance, fundraising, and accounting over the next six months. I was drawn to this organization due to their commitment to supporting refugees and promoting integration and well-being through sports. Personally, I have a passion for sports and am an avid practitioner of activities such as swimming, yoga, and cycling. Since starting my internship, I have taken up kickboxing and am thoroughly enjoying it

My name is Tom, I’m 24 and I’m a Sport addict! It’s not just about the physical stress and wellbeing you go through on a daily basis, it’s about the trip you undertake and the connection you build with yourself and others. I do believe sport has an immense power, and it must be grasped gracefully. At Yoga and Sport, training the group of minors from the shelters, who have little to no access to sport, feels like giving a big glass of fresh water to dehydrated adventurers. I’m mainly working with Davide in the Monitoring and Evaluation Team. Our aim is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our programs in the 4 different locations; ultimately hoping to enrich our projects and enhance students’ prospects.

I’m Noémie, I’m 24 and I just graduated my Masters degree in Humanitarian Action in France (Rennes). I’m an intern at Yoga and sport for 5 months and I’m working on the community building: I have to organise Events so every member of the community can meet each other and create links, I have to work on extending the community beyond the borders so people can still stay in touch even when the leave Greece. Why YSR ? Because I really believe (no, I’m convinced) in social inclusion by sport and YSR is doing a greeeeat job : everybody is welcomed, everybody can say his/her opinion, everybody is on an equal footing. Long live sport ! 


Dance is a strong part of our culture, we don’t need to be waiting for Party, wedding or a concert to dance. We are dancing whenever we feel it’s time to dance, it can be a few hours trip, it can be a small gathering or whatever. I am Laila from Afghanistan. In Lesvos, since people are living in the refugee camp, there is not any possibility specially for women to dance That’s why I thought to make an opportunity for women even very small. I am not a professional dancer, I have never been in the dance classes before I just love to dance and it’s seems we are doing good all together. We are having fun and nice time in the dance sessions and you are welcome to join!

Mohammad is the bodybuilding teacher in Lesvos. He enjoyed working at the gym and helping anyone that works through the door. For Mohammad, going to the gym help to keep his mind busy and body active – “it’s so important for both psychological and physical health that I want everyone to take benefit out of it”.

Since arriving in Lesvos, Ali was instantly attending volleyball classes. He has since become a volleyball coach, helping those coming to classes learn and slowly improve.

Aman is a very skilled football coach on the Lesvos island. He loves playing and leading the gym into matches, competitions and frequent practices.

Fatima is our talented karate teacher and assists in other classes in women’s fitness as well. She brings a wider women’s community to the gym!

Hello, I have been interested in football since I was a child and because my five older brothers were the best players and they encouraged me to play football, I became a good player and was selected for the national team in futsal. I tried my best and came to Europe – my dream – to pursue football coaching. I forget my life’s problems only with football. I came to Greece in 2019 and I have been working with yoga sports for two years and a few months as a volunteer. I will follow my dream and reach my goal. I became a useful and great coach.

I am Nematullah Nazari, the national referee and coach of the Afghanistan Muay Thai Federation and the multiple champion of the national kickboxing and Muay Thai teams. It has been a month since I became a refugee on the Greek island of Lesbos, and there I met Yoga and Sport, which is really a place of happiness and joy for me. I am grateful to each and every teacher and employee, especially the founder of the Yoga and Sport Association, for their efforts to guide the immigrants to good. They push positively. I also volunteered as a Muay Thai trainer in this group and I am proud to be a member of Yoga and Sport with Refugees.

My name is Mohammad Reza and I started boxing when I was 18 years old. I am happy that I am an athlete and I can tell other people too – help me in this sport. God willing, by the grace of God Almighty, I can reach good places. I am glad to be with Yoga and Sport – I got to know each other because all immigrants can do sports. God willing, I wish success for everyone.

Basil Phoenix was born in Mytilene in 1994, raised in one of the suburbs of Attica and spending most of the summers and winter holidays of his childhood in Lesvos, always felt an attraction to this magical island. From an early age, he admired the arts of flow and circus but was unaware that a circus with no oppressed animals could even exist. Since then, he has tried and practiced most of the circus arts, preferring equilibristics and poi. He has attended a wide range of workshops varying from dance and theatre to aerial, floor and partner acrobatics, always in parallel with studying and practicing martial arts and T.C.M. From time to time, he has collaborated with small groups and the Sea Clown Sailing Circus and Clown without borders Sweden. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of Who Nose, a performers team which spread joy through shows and workshops around the Camps of Attica. He is an active member of Circus Lesvos and since 2021 he is working as a trainer at YSWR gym. He is excited about this collaboration!

Hello everyone, this idiot’s name is Jooya Matin. My birth place is Afghanistan and I am 17 years old. My favourite sport is volleyball. I am kinda short for this sport, my weight is around 50kg and I play as a Libero. I began the volleyball training with one of my sweet friend Ali Naderi at the beginning of summer(2022). Ali and another kind lady named Marianne taught me the basics of how to play volleyball. And after a while, a funny coach joined us his first name is Daniel (his full name is too difficult to remember). We had volleyball training every day and one day Ali came to me and then he told me that he is going to leave the island along with Mr Daniel and then they asked me to be the next volleyball trainer. From then, I became a part of Yoga and Sport with Refugees. In this organization I received a lot of smiles, that is the biggest gain that I got from YSR. I love playing volleyball, because it gives me a positive energy and I am not getting tired of playing it.

My name is Hassan, and I teach the climbing at YSR, and also the boxing from time to time. It is my belief that you are braver than you believe you are stronger than you look and smarter than you think so believe in yourself.

My name is Mohammad Reza. I am originally from Afghanistan, but I was born in Iran. I came to Lesbos in July 2019 as a refugee. After a while I started volunteering with different organizations and NGOs. I learned how to speak English with these volunteer jobs. Currently I am volunteering as a medical interpreter in the camp.

In the past, I was interested in wrestling, but unfortunately the conditions were not good for me to do exercise. My interest in sports made me to search for a place to do exercise. When I got to know Yoga and Sport I started to go to gym for boxing class, which I found a safe and friendly environment with different nationalities. That made me feel good from the first day. Now, I am very happy to be a member of this Yoga and Sport team.

Originally from the Netherlands, Arjan supported YSR initially as a volunteer before coming back to Lesvos to work as an on-the-ground volunteer coordinator. Arjan is passionate about the organisation and what it stands for, and is the first to put his hand up for organising activities with the volunteers and community teachers, especially if it involves travelling or hiking around the island.

Maeve joined Habibi and Sport with Refugees right from the start in September 2021. She was first a volunteer in Habibi.Works and as soon as the project started she became a volunteer in Habibi and Sport with Refugees. Maeve is now a Coordinator with Yoga and Sport in Lesbos. Maeve studies international development studies at Cork University in Ireland and is passionate about Irish Football. Maeve has a great focus on creating community and making sure that everybody feels safe and supported.

My name is Anna. I am a 20-year-old anthropology student from the UK; living and studying in Amsterdam, Holland. I will be doing an internship with Yoga and Sports with Refugees for the next three months within the communication and advocacy team, in Lesvos. One of my projects will be filming content for various campaigns such as Sister Month. I have chosen to work with Yoga and Sports because of their approach to the refugee ‘crisis’, which aims to challenge negative media-driven stereotypes of refugees through their advocacy work, and day-to-day running of the gyms. I love that their work is centred around co-creating a sense of well-being, and community, alongside the refugee community, through a unanimous passion for sport. As for myself, in the UK, I played a lot of hockey and tennis, but since moving to Amsterdam I have been going to the gym, and have recently taken up pole dancing. I look forward to starting boxing and climbing, during my time in Lesvos.

I am Lucy, 25 and from the UK. I have recently finished a Masters in Humanitarianism, Aid and Conflict. I will be in Lesvos for three months and will be working with the communications team, on political awareness (as I am very interested in politics and governance) and also on CSR and schools outreach. I will also work with the coach experience team. I was drawn to YSR as I really believe in the power that sport and physical health has upon improving mental health, and the strong sense of community the organisation is centred around. I do lots of yoga and running but I am looking to learn some new sports when out in Greece. 


Sina has been a basketball teacher in Habibi since March 2022. Now he is also our climbing teacher in the bouldering gym, where you can find him almost everyday hanging from the walls.

Sanjideh is our volleyball and boxing teacher for women. She teaches boxing once a week and gives volleyball class twice a week, which is what she likes the most. She’s also been a volunteer at Habibi and Sports with Refugees since May 2022.

Drio has been teaching parkour since October 2022, so you can always find him at the Habibi gym jumping and doing some impressive backflips. He also plays football and basketball.

Fayaz has been our football teacher in Habibi since the beginning of November 2022. He is really dedicated and enjoys teaching his favorite sport in the field.

Parinaz has been our yoga and dance teacher for women at Habibi since 2022. She also participates very actively in the volleyball training every week and in many other sports events that happen in Habibi.

Kavin has been our fitness teacher for women since September 2022 and a volunteer of other sports since August 2022. She also likes practicing other sports and she’s an active part of Habibi.

My name is Mustafa. I started playing football four years ago and it was the encouragement of my friends and family that made me feel that I can and want to continue. Football gives me a sense of peace and the reason why I wanted to work in football in Habibi.Works: for my further growth in football and helping those who want to start playing football

My name is Shafiq Hussain, I am twenty-four years old. I am a Muay Thai coach in Ioannina. I like sports, especially Muay Thai, so I started to practice it. In addition to sports, I like social activities and I found that Habibi and Sport with Refugees is an environment that helps us to take advantage of opportunities and develop the skills we love. This is why I wanted to start being a coach, so that I can practice my favorite sport and serve those who love sports, especially those who like Muay Thai.

Lena supported the volleyball teacher upskilling and training at Habibi and Sport with Refugees while also volunteering with our partner, Habibi.Works. She took over as Project Coordinator of HSR in December 2022. Being together and building community is what she likes most about sports. She studied graphic design but is more passionate about the work she does now. Starting yoga and sports is a chance for her to continue working in this field.

Hello, I am Valentine, I am 24 and I am from France. I recently graduated from a master’s degree on International Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs. As I was looking to have more experiences in the International Humanitarian field, I found Yoga and Sport, became fond of their purpose and join the team as the new Integration intern. I will be working to develop the Integration process of the NGO and help it become even more open and inclusive to all. I choose YSR because I share their values and I like the idea of improving well-being through sport. Using sport as a tool to integrate, create link and build yourself is something I believe in. I used to play basketball and tennis and today I am lucky to have the opportunity to try a bunch of new sports !

Hajar joined the team as a volunteer in March 2023. He assists the coaches during their class and makes sure our student have everything they need!


Yadullah is our talented coordinator and teacher in Paris, France. Yadullah was initially the first YSR yoga teacher in Lesbos, where he was trained by Teacher Trainer, Claire (our operations director). Since then, he taught classes in wrestling, fitness, yoga and acroyoga. He now lives in France, teaching classes there and and working hard to set up the French YSR community.

Eisa is our talented running teacher, who came from the YSR community in Greece, and has stayed close in his new home of France! Eisa knows all the nice areas of Paris to run through and supports students continually improve their stamina.

Rahmat is an impressive boxer and kickboxer who can teach anyone the ropes. He recently became the YSR Paris’ boxing teacher and brings many new faces to classes in the park. There he will turn heads with some powerful kicks. With lots of experience, he is great at bringing new students of all ages into boxing, explaining the basics so that everyone can be involved!


Most of our coaches are only temporarily in Greece. If you want to discover our network of alumni coaches and team, click here.


Estelle Jean, Founder, ED

Estelle Jean, founder and executive director is based on Lesvos, Greece. Estelle is a humanitarian worker and a passionate athlete. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Management from the ISMaPP-Paris. She was an accomplished equestrian for 18 years and a competitive swimmer for 8 years. She now runs marathons and competes in amateur Muay Thai fights.

Estelle founded YSR to raise awareness of the positive impact of sport for all people, especially displaced populations. Her passion spreads virally among her peers and creates a community. Besides managing the day to day operations of YSR, she also teaches women sports and swimming, supports the coordination team and tries to always be there for the refugee teachers and the community.

Claire Lalande, Director Operations, Greece

Claire joined the Yoga and Sport team in 2022 as Director of the Operations in Greece.

She has been involved in YSR since 2018 where she came as volunteer yoga teacher and has stayed involved in different ways. She has been responsible for our communication, and for the yoga teacher training in 2020.

Since she first volunteered, Claire has trained in Designing strategies and project for humanitarian action, and worked in several NGOs in greece. Being part of YSR is an absolute dream come true.

Claire is now based in Athens, and is responsible for the operations in Athens, Ioannina and Lesvos.


Nina has admired the work of YSR from a distance for over a year during her ethnographic Masters research study with its inspiring current/past yoga and acroyoga teachers. Nina is trained in anthropology and has a particular interest in exploring meaning-making, identity and regenerative practices amongst marginalised communities. As of recently, Nina became a Communication Coordinator for YSR, and works remotely from her home in Sydney, Australia. There she loves her evening runs and gym sessions. She hopes to continue spotlighting the resiliency of refugee communities, and the importance of creative movement for self-expression.

As well as Coordinating the Athens project, Claude also works in the Communications Coordination team. She first was a volunteer on Lesbos and has a background in Hotel- and Project-Management.

Since she was a little girl she has been practicing many different sports from 7 years of figure skating to 13 years of rugby to cross country skiing, yoga and dance. She loves to move and try out new sports and is also involved in the project as a women’s fitness teacher. Thanks to the challenging K1 classes she joined on Lesbos she is now focusing on martial arts.

Upon completing her LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice Emily worked in various NGOs before joining Habibi and Sport with Refugees as a coordinator in August 2022. Both her academic and professional work has always aimed to support, and promote the rights of people on the move. Beyond this she is a keen bodybuilder, hiker and loves nothing more than exploring the outdoors. She now works to support YSR through Finances, Fundraising, and Monitoring & Evaluation.

Hi, my name is Ricardo, and I am a 25 year old student from Mexico. I am currently doing my masters in international development, with a focus on urban studies. I have been at Yoga and Sport since September. I did an internship in fundraising, but I liked it so much I decided to stay to work at the Monitoring and Evaluation team. I used to do track and field growing up, and in university I got into climbing. This year, my sport goal is to run a triathlon!

My name is Úna. I am 22 years old. I first became involved with YSR through volunteering as part of my internship. I am currently in final year of a bachelors degree in University College Cork where I study International Development and Food Policy. Growing up I played many team sports including Gaelic football, soccer and basketball along with other sports. The skills I have learned through being a part of these teams helped me a lot throughout my internship but especially with being involved with the women’s volleyball team. I love the sense of community created by YSR through such a simple commonality such as sports and the opportunity and optimism created in this environment.


In 2019, YSR created an advisory board of five members—a lawyer and volunteer running coach, a former marketing executive and now advocate for corporations to “give back,” a retired Episcopal priest and fund raiser and a world class photographer are the current members. Our Board is chaired by the talented Nina de Winter, who was previously our director and worked on the ground in Ioannina, Lesbos and Athens.

Nina de Winter, YSR Board Chair

Nina joined YSR in the summer of 2019. She first came as a running coach, but quickly became more involved. She has a background in International Relations and Higher Education policy.

She has been a runner since she was a little girl and has never stopped. She coached our running team on Lesvos for over 2 years, until she moved to Athens to support the project there. Previouslly she was responsible for the day to day finances, fundraising, human resources, and the teams in Athens and Ioannina.

In Yoga and Sport, Nina has found her second family; she became part of the community and she strives to create more of this everyday.

She now contributes to the organisation remotely from the Netherlands as the Board’s Chair.

Puck Purnell is a retired Episcopal priest who lives in the U.S. state of Connecticut. He served as a Naval Aviator, worked draft horses in the Maine woods, was an educator and an entrepreneur. As a parish priest, he had a long-time relationship with a school in Carrefour, Haiti and, when the 2010 earthquake struck, he lead a medical mission to the area, caring for over 12,000 women, children and men. He has been on numerous non-profit boards and now is the Chair of the Seabury Charitable Foundation at Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Conneticut.

Hilde Honerud, artist and photographer, she has produced a large number of exhibitions, seminars and publications in recent years. She is an associate professor at University of South-Eastern Norway.

Burr Purnell is an award-winning Executive Creative Director and serves as the Director of Social Good at VidMob Gives, VidMob’s 501(c)3. In this role, he helps supply the tools to make it easy, fast, and affordable for nonprofits to amplify their message to the world through video. VidMob Gives has supported numerous nonprofit organizations including YSR, UN Foundation, CDC Foundation, Movember and Equality Now. Prior to joining VidMob, Purnell worked as Executive Creative Director at the performance marketing agency, ROI·DNA in San Francisco, where he led the creative team in shaping brands throughout the full spectrum of media. Before that, he held the position of Vice President & Group Creative Director for MRM Worldgroup overseeing direct marketing and online campaigns for a variety of clients including Microsoft, AMD, MasterCard, and Charles Schwab.

Andrew lives in Montpelier, Vermont with his excellent wife Rebecca and two superb kids Zoe and Nico. All four of them spent much of 2019 in Lesvos working with the refugee community. He coached the runners at YSR while in Mitilini and then remotely in the months leading to the 2019 Athens Marathon. According to Andrew, his time at YSR was among the most meaningful of his life: “the community of solidarity, love, laughter and respect that Estelle and the team have built is remarkable.  A real beacon of light in a world with too much darkness”.

His professional life has been as a Union, Community, and Civil Rights Organizer in the US and abroad.  For 25 years he has organized unions, negotiated contracts, built and run organizations and campaigns, and passed legislation.

In addition, for the last nine years he has coached at U-32 High School (Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, and Track) where his teams have won 19 State Championships.

Emmanuel Milet joined YSR first as a volunteer in Winter 2020. He then joined Claire Lalande to assist her in the Yoga Teacher Training organized in Lesvos a few month later. Since then, Emmanuel has been involved remotely with YSR activities, and joined the board in early 2023. He provides support to the fundraising team. In his other lives, he teaches economics at various universities in Switzerland, gives yoga classes in Geneva, and organizes a Jazz music festival by the Lake Geneva in August.

Nil is a civil society professional and an expert in sports for development programming. She is the co-founder of BoMoVu, a sports activism NGO based in Istanbul. Nil is currently the Safeguarding Lead of Common Goal in Berlin. Her areas of work are safeguarding, anti-racism and peacebuilding.

Supporting People

In 2018, YSFR created an advisory board of five members—a lawyer and volunteer running coach, a former marketing executive and now advocate for corporations to “give back,” a retired Episcopal priest and fund raiser and a (need something for Helga) world class photographer are the current members.






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