WHAT IS SINGA?

The first SINGA organization was founded 2012 in Paris. Since then SINGA France has successfully established an international network of engaged people. Today local SINGA organizations can be found in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Canada and Switzerland. All local organizations share common values but are tailoring their work according to local needs.

SINGA Deutschland was founded in 2016. Our portfolio includes the SINGA Business Lab, Professional Mentoring, Language Café and Living Room Events. Our activities are taking place in Berlin and the surrounding area. At the same time we support organizations and initiatives all over Germany in implementing innovative projects that lead towards an inclusive society. 

'SINGA' is a word in the Lingala language spoken in Congo and means 'connection'. 

 

THE TEAM

Fabian Thun

SINGA Germany Director
„Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase“ - MLK
After his studies and work on 4 continents Fabian has found his home again in Berlin. He is fascinated by human connections and the inspirations they can create and has therefore found a perfect place for himself at SINGA. Fabian has been part of the team since 2016 and in the management since 2018.

Luisa Seiler

Co-Founder
"There is no good unless you do it." - Erich Kästner
Luisa's curiosity for a myriad of migration related topics has brought her to work and study migration, while on the move herself. Whether conducting research, consulting or working for international organisations in Morocco, Turkey or Germany, her work has always involved departing and arriving in new places. She has long been concerned with the question: "How can people be empowered to engage in society to their full potential when arriving in a new place?" Luisa was inspired to co-found SINGA Deutschland after working with SINGA France. Since a few months, she has been making good use of her experience to support the SINGA team as an advisor.

Sima Gatea

Co-Founder
Sima is a local in Toronto, Heidelberg and Berlin and grew up in a family where migration and mixed identity consistently played a formative role. While writing her M.A. thesis on the international exchange of migration and urbanisation initiatives, Sima also began teaching German to asylum seekers and creating an on and offline community connecting her students with Heidelberg locals and international students, called "Meet & Greet Heidelberg". Interested in how social entrepreneurship can be used to create innovative solutions to existing challenges, Sima recently moved back to Berlin to co-found SINGA Deutschland. Today, she's a precious advisor for the SINGA Team.

Ghayth Mohamad Nashed

Co-Founder
Ghayth was born in 1985 in Aleppo, Syria. After having worked with SINGA and co-founded the SINGA Business Lab, his degree in economic and Business administration from Aleppo University helped him to co-found Bab al-Jinan, a - delicious - Street food & Catering company. He is now a shareholder of SINGA Deutschland gUG.

Manuel Güll

SINGA Business Lab Program Manager
„So we have to be idealists in a way, because then we wind up as the true, the real realists“ Viktor Frankl
Manuel has always been passionate about changing the world - starting with human rights activism when he was a teenager. After graduation Manuel worked in politics and public administration in Berlin before moving on to the business world where he worked in Hamburg, Vienna and Amsterdam as part of the management team of a large global corporation. Back in Berlin Manuel worked as a volunteer manager and social worker in a refugee home before joining SINGA. He has a Masters degree in Anthropology from Sussex University (UK) and is a qualified coach.

Natasa Nikolic

SINGA Germany Partnership Manager
Moving to Berlin to pursue her Master Studies, Natasa came to stay. After organizing different art and culture projects, she decided to follow her interest in the topic of migration and joined SINGA in Berlin. Being an expat herself, she brings an authentic contribution and tons of motivation. With her background in Marketing and Event Management, she makes a perfect fit for her position as Partnership Manager in the SINGA team.

Xavier Mallet

SINGA Germany Project Manager
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” - Gandhi
Originally from southern France, Xavier has worked and studied in the UK, Spain and Argentina. He arrived to Berlin from Barcelona in 2015, thinking that he would soon get back to the sunny beaches and mountains, then discovered that summers and food aren’t so bad up here and ended up staying. He has worked since then in the startup and social entrepreneurship field, and joined SINGA as a project manager in 2020.

Amelie Hübner

SINGA Business Lab Stuttgart, Co-Founder SINGA Stuttgart
"There is little more valuable for personal development and to bring about positive change than inspiring encounters and an open mind."
Amelie is fascinated by the power of innovation to bring out opportunities where they may be least expected. With an academic and professional background in entrepreneurship and innovation management, it was in particular her experience working together with young entrepreneurs in Uganda that inspired her to start SINGA Business Lab in Stuttgart. Having lived, studied and worked all around the world she sees the positive influence of welcoming encounters and perspectives and the value they create for a healthy society.

Peter Schumacher

SINGA Business Lab Stuttgart, Co-Founder SINGA Stuttgart
"If you don't try, you'll never know"
After having studied civil engineering and with several years of industry experience, Peter felt the urge to have a greater impact on people’s lives. Joining the Social Innovation Academy in Uganda and working with marginalized youth to start social businesses had a huge impact on his own life. Deeply motivated by the empowering effects of entrepreneurship, he is now using his knowledge and experience back home. Having found his own purposeful way of life he wants to enable others to build their own fulfilling perspectives.

Mohammed Chikh Albasatneh

SINGA Business Lab Stuttgart, Program Manager
“Never stop learning”
Mohammed is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in achieving their mission, professional goals and dreams. After obtaining his degree in Economics and Business Administration, he gained managerial experience in the field of HR Training & Development and worked as a consultant in multiple international consultancy projects. He values quality and creativity.
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