Our team

We are happy to introduce you to our great team of volunteer matchmakers, projectmanagers, administrators and ambassadors. Please do not hesitate to contact our team members! For general questions, please send us an email on info@refugeestartforce.eu
Hamzah Kashash

Hamzah Kashash

Ambassador

I’m Hamzah Kashash from Syria, 22 years old. I’m Graphic Designer & Photographer. I arrived in Holland 3.5 month ago. In Syria and Egypt, I worked with many companies as …

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Luai Wahab

Luai Wahab

Ambassador

I am Luai from Syria, 37 years old. I studied banking and accounting and I worked for 8 years in a hospital at the financial department. I arrived in Amsterdam …

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Midia Mustafa

Midia Mustafa

Ambassador

I am Midia from Aleppo, Syria, My life was so peaceful until I was 18 years old when I lost my father because of a car accident (before the war). I faced difficulties but my mum supported…

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Nidal A. Hammad

Nidal A. Hammad

Ambassador

Hello everybody! My name is Nidal. I’m a 32 years old Palestinian/Syrian and I have a BA in English Literature. I worked at a telecom company at customer service…

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Marcel Bogers

Marcel Bogers

Ambassador

Hello, my name is Marcel Bogers and I live in the beautiful area of Amsterdam Centre-East, the Artis Zoo area. I have Bachelor degrees in Cultural Anthropology (Leiden University) ….

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Abdullah Al Kotaifan

Abdullah Al Kotaifan

Ambassador

Hello, I’m Abdullah Al kotaifan. I’m 23. After finishing my first year as a Computer Engineering student in Syria. I was forced to leave Syria in 2012 due …

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Ali Saad

Ali Saad

Ambassador

My name is Ali Saad,I’m 25 years old. I was studying English literature in Aleppo university .
I arrived in the Netherlands last September in 2015 …

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Mo Almasri

Mo Almasri

Ambassador

This is Mohammad Al Masri, you can call me MO. I’m 24 years old. On August 2015 I arrived in the Netherlands with a lot of dreams which I want to make true…

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Rahaf Alsharif

Rahaf Alsharif

Ambassador

Hi wonderful Dutch people! I am Rahaf, 31 years old, from Aleppo in Syria. I came to the Netherlands in August 2015. I worked as a social development and peace building trainer …

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Yousef Abodan

Yousef Abodan

Ambassador

My name is Yousef Abodan. I am 27 years and back home I was always busy with sports and I worked in a sports shop. I arrived in Amsterdam in September 2015…

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Mohammad Kafina

Mohammad Kafina

Ambassador

My name is Mohammad, a Palestinian journalist who used to live most of his live in Syria. I am 35 years old and studied English literature at Damascus University. In Syria and the UAE…

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Mohannad

Mohannad

Ambassador

Hello all my friends. My name is Mohannad from Syria, 29 years old. I studied at Damascus University and graduated from the Faculty of Commerce and Economics …

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Bettina Althaller

Bettina Althaller

Ambassador

My name is Bettina, I’m 45 years old and live in Amsterdam. I studied museology and worked for years in a museum coordinating exhibitions. I now take orchestras, choirs and groups from …

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Aysha Saleem

Aysha Saleem

Ambassador

My name is Aysha. I am Palestinian and live in the south part of Netherlands. I am a forever student, and that is what pushed me to pursue a master degree in Business and…

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Joost van der Hel

Joost van der Hel

Founder

My name is Joost and I live in Amsterdam close to the emergency shelter Havenstraat. I studied law and I’m specialised in business law, commercial contracting…

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Marina de Wit

Marina de Wit

Matchmaker, Admin & IT

My name is Marina de Wit. I’m a webdesigner / web developer since 1998. After being to Lesvos as a volunteer I was looking for doing something for the refugees here in the Netherlands…

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Mohamed Mathidy

Mohamed Mathidy

Ambassador

I’m Mohamed from Iraq and I’m 28 years old. In my country I was a teacher chemistry for high school. Because I want to be active, I work as a volunteer with some organisations …

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Nawras Ali

Nawras Ali

Ambassador

My name is Nawras Ali and I am a refugee…. But I am much more, I am husband, a father, a brother and a son. I am a 33 year old computer geek, used to work as a marketing manager in Syria…

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Zina

Zina

Ambassador

I’m Zina from Aleppo! I studied economic business management at Aleppo university. After my studies, I worked for 5 years as a sales manager..

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Firas Alhasaki

Firas Alhasaki

Ambassador

Hallo lieve Nederlanders! My name is Firas, I’m from Syria. I’m 30 years old. My education diploma is Economic, major accounting. I lived in Syria most of my live but approximately…

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Obada Kabbani

Obada Kabbani

Ambassador

Hoi Hoi: I’m Obada, 25 years old, studied banking and finance in Damascus, Syria. I’m married with a lovely young lady, i don’t have kids yet, I came to the Netherlands in August 2015 ….

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Our partners & friends

To Contribute to positive change and achieve our goals, we partner with extraordinary organizations. Their support enables us to do far more than we could alone and their passion and talent inspire us.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a handful of the organizations connected to our community and who support us financially, provide their knowledge and assistance and help us to organize events. View all our friends and partners >