Laura Samira Naude
South African of mixed heritage (Lebanese-Italian) with a background in human rights, humanitarian relief and communications. Soon after graduating with an MA in Conflict and Development from King’s College, I went to work on Lesvos with a relief organisation. Months later, I was part of the team that founded ECHO for Refugees. After co-managing ECHO in Greece for 2 years, I stepped away to work in Gaziantep and now the UK, while continuing to support the ECHO for Refugees team.
Esther ten Zijthoff
Dutch/Peruvian and culturally confused. Before launching ECHO for Refugees I had finished an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, where Laura and I met pulling all-nighters in the library and agonizing over dissertations; little did we know we were setting the stage for what was to come. After London, I was working with a development NGO in Bangladesh focused on education, but moved to Greece to volunteer in March 2016…and the rest is history. Those who know me joke that I’ve created my own dream job: swimming in books that have no price tag on them. I currently work remotely for a humanitarian monitoring and evaluation consultancy while also supporting ECHO for Refugees.