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 organisations can be found in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Canada and Switzerland. All local organisations 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 organisations 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

Luisa Seiler

Co-Founder
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.

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.

Vinzenz Himmighofen

Co-Founder
Vinzenz has worked on topics relating to how migration and economies interact and inform each other. During studies, his regional foci has been the Middle East, where he also spent over a year living and working. Jordanian sign language is one of his special abilities. Apart from this, Vinzenz generally enjoys working in interdisciplinary teams and has, despite his studies in humanities, built close to everything from alternative microinsurance strategies to paletts for dental chairs. SINGA seemed, then, like the logical next step.

Suhayl Chettih

SINGA Business Lab Projectmanager
Suhayl is a problem solver, business designer, and entrepreneur. He loves nothing more than a good challenge, and is passionate about solving the world’s most critical problems with creativity, technology, and hard work. When he saw Germany’s welcoming attitude to millions of refugees, he was inspired to do his part in making this “integration” a success story. Suhayl has worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company across the world, from Dubai to London to Seoul. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, holding a dual degree in Political Economy and Arabic.

Amer Alqadi

Entrepreneur Guide
Amer comes from a strong business management background as he worked in Syria in many positions related to Human Resources including working as an HR trainer in one of the biggest industrial companies in the middle east. After he arrived in Berlin, it was easy for him with his open-minded personality and sense of humour (and not to forget his BIG SMILE!) to make new friends. Amer is keen to bridge between newcomers and the local community by organizing social events and by working as a volunteer translator with Volkshochschule. At the SINGA Business Lab, he works closely with the entrepreneurs, supporting them and making sure that they’re on the right path achieving their goals.

Fabian Thun

Fundraising and Community Development
Fabian joined SINGA right after coming back from Brazil where he taught German at the university. As coordinator of our Community Events he can fully live out his passion to bring people together. Through work experience on three continents he has worked with people with very different stories, which makes Berlin his favourite city since it combines all these aspects. At SINGA Fabian has also found a place where he can use his affinity for communication trends and graphic design to make our interactions more efficient and more beautiful.
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