Our team

Mike Butcher

Founder & Chairman, Techfugees Foundation 🇬🇧

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.


Raj Burman

Chief Executive, Techfugees Foundation🇬🇧

Raj joined Techfugees as CEO in November 2020. Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Raj brings with him a wealth of experiences in various business fields and experienced leadership. His career spans three decades of scaling high-growth ventures across international markets, with specific knowledge of digital innovation, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. In his previous role at Sustain Ventures, Raj applied his philanthropy experience across international impact ventures and corporates supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Prior to that, Raj worked for GS1, the global supply chain standards organisation as well as leading the UK digital tech scaleup business accelerator for an independent body of the European Commission/EIT Digital.

Louise Brosset

Global Community Officer, France 🇫🇷

Louise is the Global Community Manager: she orchestrates Techfugees volunteers worldwide and coordinates operations and programs. She was Program Manager for one of the first #TF4Women Inclusion programs in France and shifted to the international network organizations in 2018. With a background in entrepreneurship and a research assistant in cognitive science, she met Techfugees as she co-founded  Black Sheep in 2016, a student association aiming at learning and duplicating best practices from NGOs working with forcibly displaced people to scale innovation. She is based in the sunny city of Montpellier (south of France).


Hiba Abou Haykal

Digital Corridor Program Manager, Lebanon 🇱🇧

Hiba Abou Haykal a PHD candidate at University of Saint Joseph- Beirut majoring Sociology – HR & Leadership and certified Life Coach. Prior, she worked as an administrator at the Lebanese University and over decade success career track with different NGOs such as Amel Association, Basmeh & Zeitooneh and Arcenciel gaining in-depth experience supporting Syrians refugees.

Hiba lead educational programs at Amel’s Association in West Bekaa,  experiencing the inclusion challenges faced by Syrian children & youths within the Lebanon educational system. Seeing the opportunity gap, she joined Basmeh & Zeitooneh in 2016 as a psychosocial support co-ordinator supervising the implementation of peacebuilding program in central Bekaa through playback theatre techniques to support Syrian children & youths through trauma from war and integration in local communities. As a HR Officer & Employee Relations Specialist at Arcenciel (2017-2019), Hiba was responsible for all HR personnel with a scope of inclusion for Syrian refugees employees. Furthermore, her PHD topic research “Employee Turnover Phenomenon, Case of NonGovernmental Organizations in Lebanon” presented Hiba with the opportunity to professionalize her research skills and have a direct exposure with NGOs addressing refugees needs.


Richard Hodkinson

Emergency Response Network 🇩🇪

Richard is a social entrepreneur, political and social scientist, information geek, and changemaker. He has a background in emergency response, technology management, journalism, information media analysis and academics.

He worked in the UN Ebola crisis response, travelling to West Africa to coordinate communications technology to support the international Ebola epidemic response, working for NetHope, and worked on improving collaboration among the partner NGOs, the UN and the governments. He hopes to bring his experience to bear in facilitating collaborations among Techfugees’ community and partners in our efforts to help the Ukrainian people.

He is dedicated to improving the lives of all people, working on equality and transparency both in times of crisis and in the way our institutions organise. As a technology entrepreneur he has founded companies to develop products to counter authoritarian state control and surveillance; to counter corruption and kleptocracy; and to bring more effective strategies to counter conspiracy theories and media misinformation.


Digital Internships

Alaa Malabawi

Junior Data Analyst – Lebanon 🇱🇧

Alaa Malabawi is an Education Management Specialist & Researcher. ” I am doing my Master’s Degree in Educational Management at Lebanese International University, did my Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Jinan University, with more than 5 years of experience working with INGOs and Local NGOs . In addition, I am a teacher for students for special needs, Alaa  is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.  I’m Syrian and have been based in Lebanon since 2013.” She joined Techfugees for an internship as part of the Digital Corridor Program in May 2022. 


Shafick Zack

Collective Process Automation Intern – Lebanon 🇱🇧

Shafik is a fresh graduate Electrical Engineer, who graduated from Lebanese International University. Given society’s urgent need for sustainable energy sources, he decided to complete his journey by working in renewable energies due to its environmental, economic, and social importance. Until now he has one year of experience in renewable energy especially in solar systems design, sizing, maintenance, and installation. He has six months of experience with a humanitarian organizations as a coordinator at independent Messenger Of Humanity (IMOH) for supporting refugees. In order to support human rights, he was a volunteer at Horras AL-Madinah for field activities like environmental activities and helping the war victims.He joined Techfugees in January 2022 in order to get experience in remote work as a data annotator. Shafik is now part of Techfugees community as an intern in order to integrate his skills into humanitarian activities.  

Aghiad Khairallah

Collective Process Automation Intern – Lebanon 🇱🇧

Technical Engineer in the field of automation solutions for the industrial, the completion of several projects under the supervision of Dr. Thaer Ahmed Ibrahim, who has a PHD from the INSA De Lyon Albert Einstein in France, these were projects in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics and industrial automatic control .Experienced in facets of manufacturing and engineering environments and capable of mastering new technologies. Strong work ethic with solid problem-solving skills with meticulous attention to detail. Excellent communication skills in conjunction with excelling in performance results either individually or within a team environment, skilled in developing Productive interpersonal relationships as a project manager, team leader and mentor.  

Rukaya Al Hammada

Ecosystem Mapping Intern – Lebanon 🇱🇧

Rukaya Al Hammada, 27 years old. Holding bachelor degree in Medical Lab Technology with two years experience and currently pursuing a master degree in public health. I am Syrian and have been based in Lebanon since 2013. I am hard worker always looking for creative ideas . In addition I am a good team-worker and I was lucky to be part of techfugees as a member of digital corridor team.  

Rima Khalifa

Ecosystem Mapping Intern – Lebanon 🇱🇧

Rima Khalifa 27 years old, from Syria-Lattakia, I studied Biochemistry at Lebanese International University and during the present time I study MBA at Lebanese International University .   My work experience includes one year pharmacist assistant and 3 month full camping as data annotator with Techfugees team.   I would always increase my knowledge in different fileds which may not necessarily relative to my education, I am a doer kind of person and good team worker with good communication.
It is a pleasure for me to be a part of Techfugees as a member of digital corridor team.  

(Coming soon)

Haidar Baqir

Special Advisor – Switzerland 🇨🇭

Haidar Baqir holds a Master’s degree in engineering and has been working in emergency telecommunications for the last 18 years. Mr. Baqir had been working with the World Food Programme (WFP). He served in multiple field emergency operations, including Sudan 2004, Lebanon 2006, Somalia 2007, South Sudan 2011, Ebola outbreak response in West Africa in 2014, Nepal following the earthquake, and Yemen in 2015. He also served as part of the Global Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) based in Rome and as Regional IT Emergencies Preparedness and Response Officer for the World Food Programme based in Bangkok, covering the Asia and Pacific region. In his role with Global ETC based in Rome 2015-2017, Mr.Baqir led the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) coordination model project for WFP and the humanitarian response community.  His final deployment with United Nations was with the Telecommunications Development Bureau of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) based in Geneva working as emergency telecommunications and climate change coordinator.

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