OUR TEAM

Sylvie Meynier

Co-founder and President

Sylvie combines 15 years of experience in adult education and training with being a professional coach and facilitator to create innovative inclusive activities that are specifically designed to support people and help them thrive. She has led projects with such notable Geneva organisations such as OSEO, AMIC and independently with her company Laughing Butterfly.
Sylvie is convinced that every human being, with support, accurate information and a positive environment, can achieve their potential. She believes in real human connection, authenticity and the power of co-creating. Sylvie co-founded the Refugee Cultural Festival and Interactions to show that it is possible to create a meaningful event beyond differences and prejudices, and that we can all learn from one another.

Samad Amiri

Co-founder and Co-President – Co-head of the video project and the music project

Samad is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, who lived in Iran for 22 years and has been living in geneva since June 2016. He is working as a volunteer with the Versoix Accueille helping to organize events and activities for residents of the Versoix Abri. He organises such events as discos, football games, picnics, and visiting local areas. He often works as a translator helping the social assistants from the hospice general.  He enjoys collaborating in events with Bellevue accueille such as the webster photography project and Nuroz festival for Afghans and Kurds.

Anna Golubeva

Treasurer and Activity Coordinator

Anna is Russian, she has been living in Geneva since 2012. She fell in love with accounting while studying at school. She has 10 years of experience as an accountant and a treasurer. Anna enjoys physical activity, such as hiking and dancing. She also loves good food. Anna attended several French language courses in Geneva; during one of these classes she met Sylvie, a good mentor. Thanks to her, Anna joined Interactions because she likes to help people and wants to share her experience. She also has a lot of activity ideas. Anna will be happy to help you as a Russian speaking mentor in Geneva.

May El Kurdi

Event coordinator 

May is from Lebanon and has been living in Geneva since 2014. She has always been passionate about art ; she was a member of the association l’Atelier de l’Art Plastique in Lebanon. She has participated in several exhibitions and in 2004, she had her own exhibition at UNESCO in Beirut. She was a high school art teacher for ten years. In Geneva May participated in the co-creation of the Refugee Cultural Festival in June 2017. She organizes and participates in artistic activities in several associations. She is patient and enjoys working as a team and loves sharing ideas with others.

Ali Boushaki

Percussion teacher

Of Algerian origin, Ali is passionate about music. He likes to gather people around his passion and to compose together through the diversity of styles. He teaches adults as well as children. Smiling and always ready to participate in interesting projects, Ali will make you vibrate to the sound of percussion. Ali appreciates Geneva for its open-minded attitude but appreciates somewhat less the winter cold.

 

Ykhelf Salah Eddine

Committee member, video project assistant

Of Algerian origin Salah arrived in Geneva 10 years ago. He joined Interactions because he likes working in a team and wants to find solutions to problems that affect everyone. He loves Geneva because it is a cosmopolitan city where he feels comfortable and respected. He finds that Geneva opens new horizons and allows beautiful meetings. He finds joy in helping others. He is passionate about human rights and calls himself an “ambassador of oppressed people”. He is also a volunteer in another association specialising in human rights.

Scotti McLaren

Head of finance

Scotti grew up in Alaska, spent many years wandering the world in search of a home, and finally landed in Geneva in 2010.  She has worked for 25 years in finance, first in the private sector and then with Médecins sans Frontières. And now she is following her passion by studying nutrition and functional medicine, with a specific interest in preventing and treating burnout and depression.  Her other passions include mountains, running, spiritual growth, beauty through literature, music, film, art … and above all else: connection with others.  Geneva has become her adopted home over these past years, and she is happy to welcome and connect with other people seeking a home here, too.

Deea Alsaid

Head of Mentoring project

Deea is from Syria. She has been living in Geneva since 2015. In Syria she was a student at the faculty of Petroleum Engineering. At the moment she is attending courses at the Faculty of Earth Science as an auditor at the University of Geneva. She likes Geneva because she thinks it’s a city where differences are not a source of worry, and everyone can learn to co-exist. Deea has always been passionate about volunteer work. She finds herself whenever she is helping others. She enjoys playing the guitar, going to the movies and walking through old cities.

Murat Güngör

Webmaster

Murat manages the Interaction website. He is an online communications specialist working for international organizations. Originally from Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, he has been living in Geneva, since August 2016. As someone who has grown up on the sea, he enjoys the change of scenery very much.

Daniel Stein

Co-founder and Honorary Member

Daniel Stein, is a co-founder of the Refugee Cultural Festival and Interactions. He was previously in the role of Co-leader. His background includes working for several years in project management, initiating and running grassroots community activities centered on integration and social cohesion. He was previously the President and Co-Founder of Cuisine Lab, a Swiss association that brings a community of locals and newcomers together, using food and cooking techniques as a catalyst for intercultural exchange, personal growth, and integration. He continues to work as an informal volunteer for the association helping however he can.

Ana Escaso

Co-head of the Video Project

Ana arrived to Geneva in summer 2016 to work with a feminist NGO. Previously, she worked for several broadcasting and news outlets in Spain, Denmark and London. She holds a MA in Journalism and Media within Globalisation. Currently she is the Communications Officer of a humanitarian analysis provider and she offers support to Interactions on communications related issues. She is passionate about music, food and nature. But what Ana really loves the most is trying to make this world a better place.

Iris Hughes

Photographer