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.
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.
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.
Ghayth Mohamad Nashed
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.
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 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'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).
Juliette recently completed her Migration Studies Masters at the University of Sussex. Before that, she spent her Sociology with Psychology undergraduate placement year working with newcomers at Action Emploi Réfugiés, where she became interested in the impact that media representations have on our perceptions of newcomers. Passionate about forging a new way forward in the way we view and respond to newcomers, she now volunteers on Conversation Over Borders' Social Media team and works for SINGA Berlin.
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.
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
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.