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.
Fadi believes in education as a solution for all problems and comes from a strong business management and marketing background. For these reasons, he founded Mosaic Initiative in 2011, a humanitarian organisation helping many, living in and leaving crises, to continue their education. Since its creation, the international Mosaic team funded and facilitated various aid delivery projects inside Syria. In 2020 Fadi and his team have shifted their focus to the UK where they have established a project to support refugees and asylum seekers to find employment (the Career Empowerment Program). He is CEO of Motif Agency, in which he leads a team of 50 creative artists from different cultural backgrounds and has been a member of SCAN UK since 2015. Currently Fadi is combining his roles with studying for his MBA with University of Suffolk.
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.
Upon graduating from Strathclyde University, Amama started volunteering for different local
charities. She focused on organising fundraising events and striving to improve community engagement. Amama is currently the managing director of Wipe the Tears, a Scottish registered charity. Wipe the Tears works with children and orphans in Scotland, Turkey and Syria. The charity aims to support vulnerable children physically, socially and psychologically. Amama is passionate about helping to rebuild the lives of children and those affected by crises, worldwide. She is especially motivated to help children suffering from psychological trauma as a result of war. Alongside her volunteering role, Amama is a community pharmacist who trained at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow. It was from this training that Amama’s deep motivation to help children stemmed. Alongside all her volunteer and pharmaceutical work, she is a medical student at Leeds University.
Katie-Lee is from Ireland and has volunteered as the coordinator for SCAN UK since August 2019. Until June 2020 she combined her role with the network whilst also serving as a program manager in Calais. Working as part of Collective Aid, an organisation providing material aid to refugees stranded and destitute on the EU/UK border. Since then she has been based in the UK, coordinating SCAN UK’s project with Danish Refugee Council on Syrian Diaspora Dialogue in the UK. In 2018 she was a Monitoring Officer for the UN Monitoring Mechanism for Syria. From 2016 she has volunteered with various grassroots NGOs providing emergency food assistance, material aid and building free shops inside refugee camps in France, Greece and Serbia. Her private sector background is in international operations and logistics. 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).
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.
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 1998 and completed his MSc at the University of Aberdeen in 2003. Dr Mawas then completed a 5-year rotation specialty 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.
WASL وَصْلْ (connecting or pairing in Arabic) is a network of European Syrian umbrella organisations. The website serves as a platform to present the European Syrian Civil Society Organisations and their members. Through increasing visibility, our goal is to bring together Syrian Civil Society with like-minded actors and to empower the Syrian diaspora in Europe.
The SCNP is a platform of rights-based Syrian diaspora civil society networks and coalitions. Its purpose is strictly to facilitate information sharing, coordinate efforts, and amplify Syrian voices.
The SCNP networks from Europe (including France, Sweden, Germany, and the UK), Turkey and the US that together include over 90 organizations. The SCNP holds quarterly meetings to improve coordination and collaboration between the networks. Previous meetings have included the topics of Syrian civil society, gender, refugee return, reflections on the Brussels III Days of Dialogue, conditions for refugees in host countries, and humanitarian aid diversion.