Babak Parham, from Tehran, Iran, studied Master of Arts (M.A.), Film & Media Production at Lund University and Master of Science (M.Sc.), Project Management & Operational Development at Kungliga tekniska högskolan / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Industrial Engineering at University of science and Technology. He lives in Stockholm. He has been working as a Production Assistant at Story AB.
Bridget Fonkeu, immigrated as a refugee from Cameroon in 1998. She made her M.A. in English Linguistics at Ruhr University Bochum/ Germany and has a BA theatre arts. Currently she is scientific assistant at RUB. She has four adult children.
Lecture at Silent University Ruhr: Identity (Re-) construction of the immigrant woman in the German Diaspora
Dr. Ali Fathi is working as a systemic coach in Hamburg. In Iran he was a lecturer teaching law and politics. In Germany he did a PhD in communication sciences, journalism, sociology and politic at FU Berlin. He is co-founder of „Vereins Iranischer Flüchtlinge e.V.“ in Berlin, he worked for „SOS Rassismus Berlin e.V.“ and as manager for „Bund gegen ethnische Diskriminierungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“. www.miteinanders.de
Ismail Mosa a Somalian based in Hamburg is a professional of Sustainability management at Local and International level. He studied Sustainability management at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.
Justin Fonkeu, immigrated from Cameroon with his wife Bridget Fonkeu in 1998, Diploma as Pharmaceutical Technician, Student of political science, active member of the Green party in Mülheim an der Ruhr. In 2014 he founded the registered association “Afro- Mülheimers” to bring together and empower immigrants from Africa.
His engagement focuses on political participation of migrants and refugees in the German system. (Lectures and seminars)
Lawen Mohtadi is a free-lance journalist, critic and columnist for the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. She is the author of Den dag jag blir fri, the first book on Swedish-Romani writer and civil rights activist Katarina Taikon.
Paran Pour studied communication design at the Folkwanghochschule Essen and digital media at the Academy of Fine Arts Berlin and Vienna. Among other interdisciplinary collaborations, she founded hartmut, an off-space project located in a series of empty buildings. Her work deals mostly with urban transformation processes and socio-cultural phenomena, focusing on architecture as a representation.
Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado is a sociologist and history teacher. He was born in Chile and was politically active under the Allende government. He was imprisoned for four years after the Chilean coup d’état, and was deported to Sweden in 1977. He has been living in Stockholm since. Alvarado renewed his degree in sociology at Stockholm University and has held work at the municipal office for more than two decades. Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado has worked both locally and in the region, as a project manager/coordinator with several programs concerning renewal, participation and promoting democracy. In recent years, Alvarado has focused on issues of social economy and he has started several social businesses. Today he is CEO of XpandiaVision which is a social enterprise in Järva. Alvarado lectures at national and international events on issues concerning marginalized areas, inclusion, social economy and local development.
Shahram Khosravi is Associate Professor at Stockholm University and the author of two books: Young and Defiant in Tehran, University of Pennsylvania Press (2008) and The Illegal Traveler: an auto-ethnography of borders, Palgrave (2010). He has been an active writer in the Swedish press and also written fictions; ‘Round Trip to Ithaca’ in Exiled Ink! Magazine (2011) and ‘The Persian Escort’ in Collective Exile (2013).
Ayhan Taşdemir is working as a social education worker at Stadtteilschule am Hafen in Hamburg and he is currently completing his PhD studies in Education Studies at Hamburg University.
Trifa Shakely is a writer and lecturer with degrees in law and social work. At the moment she is based in Gothenburg, working with issues concerning domestic violence. Trifa Shakely is the initiator of ‘Ain’t I a Woman’, a campaign for the rights of undocumented immigrant women.