SCAN UK’s mission is to coordinate between the Syrians in the UK, and to offer them support, coordination and encourage cooperation between groups. SCAN UK aspires to serve as an umbrella under which Syrian groups in the UK can work together towards ensuring that members of the Syrian community within the UK lead safe, productive, and well-integrated lives. The network does not speak on behalf of its members, rather serves as a platform for their voice.
Anas is a Syrian British activist. Over the last ten years, his activism ranged from civil society consolidation to political solution initiatives. Anas helped cofound SCAN UK Network, British Solidarity for Syria (BSS), Mosaic Initiative and Help Other Progress and Evolve (H.O.P.E). In 2013, Anas joined the Syrian Interim Government in Gaziantep/Turkey as a consultant and led “In Green Program”, one of the major initiatives which was co funded by USAID/OTI’s Syria Regional Program (SRP).
Anas moved to the UK in 2008 and completed his MBA in Strategic Human Recourse Management at the University of South Wales, and runs a talent management boutique in West London.
Lena is an active member of the local and Syrian communities. She has organised many social and fund-raising events and has raised awareness about the Syrian conflict and the plight of the Syrian people. Lena has volunteered to help Syrian refugees when they first arrive to Nottingham. She is still active in giving help and support to the local Syrian community as and when needed. As a founding member of Nottingham Women's Voices, Lena is also an active ambassador in the Trust Building Forum. She is part of the Difficult Conversation Project in Nottingham, which is funded by Nottingham City Council. She is a keen advocate for social justice, women's right issues and all that promotes community understanding and cohesion.
After graduating from Strathclyde University, I started volunteering for different local charities by organising fundraising events and helping improve community engagement. I am currently the managing director of Wipe The Tears which is a Scottish registered charity that works with children and orphans in Scotland, turkey and Syria. We aim to support vulnerable children physically, socially and psychologically. I am passionate about helping rebuild the lives of children and those affected by crises worldwide. I have a special focus in helping children affected by psychological trauma as a result of the war. Alongside my volunteering role, I am also a community pharmacist who trained at the Royal Hospital for Sick children in Glasgow and that’s where my interest in helping children stemmed from. I am also a medical student at Leeds University.
Katie-Lee is from Galway, Rep. of Ireland and has volunteered as the coordinator for SCAN UK since August 2019. She combined this with her role as Programs Manager for Collective Aid, a grassroots NGO present in Serbia, Bosnia and France. Her team provides material aid to refugees, displaced and migrating people stranded in the region. While also working with human rights observation groups, youth services and local activists on the UK/EU border. Her private sector background is in international operations management and logistics. In 2018 she was a Monitoring Officer at Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salama for the UN Monitoring Mechanism for Syria (as part of the 2165/2504 UNSC resolution). Before this she worked with other grassroots NGOs providing emergency food assistance, material aid and building free shops in camps in France, Greece and Serbia. She was trained in mass grave excavation and post-excavation analysis whilst working as an archaeologist. Katie-Lee holds an MA in Human Biogeography, (Universiteit Leiden) and a BSc. (Hons) in Science, specialisation Applied Archaeology (Sligo Institute of Technology). She speaks Dutch, French (intermediate) and is taking online classes in Arabic.
Dr Mawas is a Syrian British doctor who studied medicine at University of Aleppo and undertook his postgraduate training at Aleppo medical school hospitals. He moved to the UK in October 1998 and completed his MSc at the University of Aberdeen in 2003. Dr Mawas then completed a 5-year rotation speciality training in Gastroenterology and General Medicine at Cambridge, East of England Deanery. He has been a consultant gastroenterologist at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds since April 2012. Dr Mawas has been involved in community organization and charity for the last 10 years. He is a board director of Refugee Action Colchester, volunteers for Suffolk Refugees and is a founder of the group Syrians in South East of England. Dr Mawas also volunteers with UOSSM International. This organisation is a medical and humanitarian charity that provides healthcare to refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Bangladesh and Yemen as well as providing training and clinical education.
Nizam-Alddin holds a bachelor’s degree in politics, Faculty of Art, from Leeds Metropolitan University. His dissertation explored the extent to which the Justice and Development Party contributed to the consolidation of secular democracy in Turkey. He is a member of the volunteer council of the British Red Cross. He works voluntarily as a refugee service caseworker. As a caseworker, Nizam-Alddin assists newly arrived destitute refugees and is responsible for carrying out individual needs assessments. Nizam-Alddin was one of the observers for Iraqi Parliamentary elections year 2010 in Manchester.
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