Omar is our Master of Disaster, in emergency situations his responsiveness is extremely fast. He immediately knows what to do, how to calm down the people and how to keep everyone safe.
But he’s also our Chief Amazement Officer, his drive to help everyone in need is very contagious. He fights inequality every single day and he puts the live of others before his own life.
Syrian Omar Alshakal fled his home town of Deir Ez-Zor in 2014 after ISIS took control and he was severely injured during a missile strike. Omar swam for 14 hours from Turkey to Greece to reach safely. He founded Refugee4Refugees in April 2017.
Flor is our VP of Miscellaneous Stuff, there’s not really anything she doesn’t work on. She is our Storyteller who manages the social media accounts, but also communicates with all our partners and other organizations. As the right hand (or some say Personal Assistant) of Omar, she takes the most crucial decisions together with him.
Flor was born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands and studied International Business while traveling the world. During her studies she worked as a manager in the hospitality industry and after her graduation Flor worked as a (Senior) Project Manager and Quality Manager in the market research industry. She never stopped travelling and in 2016 she came to Lesvos as a volunteer. Flor lives together with her son Oscar..
Matt is our Master of Patience, he stays calm in every situation. As our Volunteer Coordinator he manages the volunteers during the recruitment process and throughout their stay with R4R, managing the team on a daily basis, coordinating activities and projects and liaising with other NGOs and organisations. He is also our Excellent Driver.
Matt volunteered with us for three months before moving into the coordinator role. He's from Southampton, England, but prefers the weather, beaches and gyros in Greece, among many other things.
Maria is our People Manager and our Master of Overview. As our Volunteer Coordinator she manages the volunteers from the recruitment process throughout their staying with R4R. She also
manages the projects of the NGO on a daily basis, managing the budget, the communication with organizations and NGOs, and the work of the volunteers.
Maria was born in Bologna, Italy, where she graduated in International Relations. For the past two years she has been travelling through Europe to pursue a Master in International Humanitarian Actions, living in Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands and now Greece. Her focus is on the European refugee crisis, humanitarian analysis and intervention design.