Our Team


Techfugees’ Advisory Board


Mike Butcher, Founder & Chairman

Mike Butcher is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. Mike has been named one of the most influential journalists in European technology by Wired UK, The Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He also founded the annual Europas Awards, the co-working network TechHub and has advised the UK government on tech startup policy. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2016 for services to the UK technology industry and journalism.


Petra Johansson, Financial Director of the Techfugees Foundation

Petra Johansson has 20+ years experience from the events industry ranging from sponsorship, media and delegate sales at organisations including IIR Conferences (now Informa Group), Incisive Media, and Financial News. She has been based in London since 1998 and runs events consulting company TwistedTree since 2007, and is also co-founder of 2Pears.


George Papandreou, Special Advisor

George A. Papandreou is former Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011) and Councillor at the World Refugee Council. Currently he is the President of the Socialist International (since 2006- ) the largest global organization of progressive political parties and President of the Movement of Democratic Socialists in Greece. He is also the Vice President of the Foundation for Olympic Truce and a member of the Global Leadership Council of Sustainable Development Solutions Network – a Global Initiative for the United Nations. He is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. He is a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.  He is a member of Club de Madrid.


🎤#TFSummit18 – George Papandreou: “Migrants and refugees should be seen as the new Europeans”


Axelle Lemaire, Special Advisor

A French and Canadian citizen, Axelle Lemaire worked in the French Governement as Minister for Innovation and Digital Affairs between 2014 and  2017. She scaled up the French Tech ecosystem, introduced the Digital Republic Bill to Parliament, and initiated the national Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Before being elected as an MP in 2012, she worked as a lawyer and researcher specialized in international law and human rights. She’s now Partner at Rolan Berger Paris.


Ahmad Sufian Bayran, Special Advisor

Ahmad Sufian Bayran is Techstars Middle East and Africa Regional Manager, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed in 150 countries with a variety of programs including Startup Weekend. Ahmad SB is social entrepreneurship, startup, and collaborative economy, expert. His website is one of the most prominent blogs in the Arab world that tackles the power of the collaborative economy and Blockchain. In addition, he is also, Jusoor Program Director, Entrepreneurs in Residence at Aliqtsadi. He mentored several startups and non-profit organizations and has published two books on entrepreneurship in conflict zones and the refugees community.


Aline Sara, Techfugees for Impact’ President

Aline Sara is the Co-founder and CEO of NaTakallam, an award-winning social enterprise that connects refugees and displaced persons with work opportunities in the language sector through the freelance economy. Lebanese, born and raised in New York, Aline completed her Baccalaureate at the Lycée Français in New York City and graduated in psychology from Tufts University in Boston. She then moved to Beirut and worked in conflict resolution and human rights before transitioning into journalism, focusing on human and women’s rights and wider socio-political affairs before, during and after the Arab Uprisings. In 2015 she came up with the idea for NaTakallam in light of the challenging work situation for the million+ Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and while searching for ways to practice her own Arabic skills.


Jay Corless, Techfugees for Impact’ Treasurer

Jay Corless is Senior Director for Innovation at the UN Foundation. In this position he seeks to identify, showcase and scale social innovations that deliver impact on international development goals. His professional work spans two decades within the UN System and the private sector. He has broad work experience in communication, online technologies, cultural diplomacy, design innovations, policy development and project management.


Techfugees’ HQ team 📇


Joséphine Goube, CEO

© Ben McMillan 2013

Alumnus from both Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics in urban development, Josephine has been the CEO of Techfugees, coordinating the tech community to create technology for and with displaced people since 2015. She seats on the board of the Norwegian Refugee Council and acts as an informal expert for the European Commission on migration reforms. Nominated as one of the top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs” by Forbes in 2016, 2017 and 2018, in 2017 she was honored as “Digital Women” of the year in France in 2017. From 2012 to 2016, Josephine was Migreat’s partnerships manager, a London startup specialized in applying for visas for Europe.


Ambre Cerny, Head of Partnerships & Communications

Before joining Techfugees in February 2018, Ambre was pursuing a career in politics. With a Master in communication in the bag, she worked for a French MP for two years. Under the mandate of François Hollande (for whom she campaigned in 2012), she joined the Presidency of the French Republic as policy officer. Two years later, she became Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Victim assistance. She held the same position for the Minister of Culture in 2017.


Louise Brosset, Global Community Coordinator & #TF4Women Program Manager

While completing her master in entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe in Paris, London and Berlin, Louise worked as a research assistant in cognitive science. She is also the co-founder of Black Sheep, a student association aiming at learning and duplicating best practices from foreign NGOs working with forcibly displaced people scale innovation. She has joined Techfugees in September 2018.

© Techfugees 2018

Thank you to all volunteers who contributed to build the Techfugees’ movement in the early days: Roberta, Josh, Rassami, Renat, Alice, Mandana, Edward, Sophie, Tara, Lema, Matthew, Adil, Anne, Paul, Gila, Anne-Sophie, Lewis, Tom, Frank, Monique, Robbie, Richard, Julia, Alex, Joanna, Karolina…


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