WHAT IS SINGA?

SINGA Deutschland was founded in 2016. We are devoted to create meaningful connections between locals and newcomers. Our portfolio includes SINGA Business Lab, Professional Mentoring, Perspektive neuStart. We are also proud of our successfully completed project Integration neu denken. Building up on the experiences, approaches, methods and networks from it, we created a new, international project: Shaping Inclusive Societies. 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 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.

THE TEAM

Luisa Seiler

Co-Founder and Shareholder
"There is no good unless you do it." - Erich Kästner
Whether conducting research, consulting or working for international organisations in Morocco, Turkey or Germany, Luisa‘s work 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. Today, she makes good use of her experience to support the SINGA team as an advisor. 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 and Shareholder
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

Shareholder & Managing Director
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.

Fabian Thun

Shareholder
„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 had been part of the team since 2016 and was on the management team from 2018 to 2021.

Nataša Nikolić

Project manager
Moving to Berlin for her Master's Studies, Nataša came to stay. After learning German, doing the Berlin-mandatory soul-searching, and organizing different art events, she ultimately pursued her passion for migration and has chosen SINGA to do so. Having worked on different projects and in different roles in our team, Nataša is currently a Project Manager with a strong focus on concept development and workshop facilitation.

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.

Olga Dobriakova

Community and Communication Manager
Olga was born in Northern Siberia and has always been interested in the multicultural, politically active society. This interest has been reflected in her studies as Bachelor "International Relations" in Moscow and Master "East European Cultural Studies" in Potsdam. Olga has worked on international projects dedicated to inclusion and human rights. Through her experience in NGO project management with a focus on outreach and networking, she has discovered her passion for communication. Olga is committed to bringing SINGA's presence to the outside world and building a strong community.

Diana Crăciun

"Shaping Inclusive Societies" Projektmanager
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” - Angela Davis
Diana's professional path began in transilvanian Romania. While doing her M.A. in Gender and Diversity at the FU Berlin, she consciously focused her work on the power-critical, intersectional focus of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her lifelong learning process led her to positions such as Diversity / Project Manager in Germany-wide NGOs working participatory mostly in areas of health and social politics. Before working at SINGA in Berlin, she was Head of Diversity and Quality Management in a global research project, so she is also very concerned in decolonising knowledge (production).

Antonella Navarro

Project and Communications Assistant
“Political questions are far too serious to be left to the politicians.” Hannah Arendt
Originally from Venezuela, Antonella grew up between Germany, Switzerland, and Spain, making cultural diversity constantly present in her life until today. Antonella studied International Relations in the UK and discovered a passion for honest journalism along the way. Considering herself a big believer in how migration can be a positive influence on creating impact in society, Antonella found SINGA a welcoming place to undergo her placement year.

Christa Auner

Project Coordinator
Christa was born and raised in Germany in a binational family (German and Romanian). She has always been part of two cultures, which has strongly influenced her curiosity and affinity for cultures and diversity. Over the course of her life, she became more and more aware that people are treated differently because of their origin, sexual preference, or gender, she is therefore committed to supporting more inclusive communities.

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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