Nine colleagues are currently working in our Berlin office:
Rima Hanano is Head of CLAIM. She has been working in the NGO sector for more than fifteen years and has been part of CLAIM’s team since its launch. The issues anti-Muslim racism have been her focus for many years.
Junior Network Manager
Nadine Al-Khafagi studied Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies in Freiburg. Before working for CLAIM, she was part of an adult education project that worked intensively with different mosque communities in Germany. She has experience in working with Muslim organizations and supports the CLAIM team as a junior network manager.
Project Manager I Report
Hanna Attar studied Islamic Studies and Religions, Dialogue and Education in Hamburg. From 2015 to 2019, she managed the project „Nicht in meinem Namen! Gemeinsam gegen Diskriminierung, antimuslimischen Rassismus“. At CLAIM, she is responsible for the project I Report.
Jessica Bajinski manages the CLAIM Alliance network and develops it strategically. She always has an open ear for the concerns of the Alliance members and project partners. After a gap year in Palestine, Jessica studied Islamic Studies and European Studies in Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder and Istanbul. She worked at the Junge Islam Konferenz (Young Islam Conference) for 8 years, most recently coordinating its nationwide network.
During Barbara Singh’s absence, Lea Gautsch is in charge of communications and press & public relations at CLAIM. Before joining CLAIM, she worked for the communications agency Zum goldenen Hirschen, which specializes in the communication of political & social content. Here, Lea was particularly active for the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) in the care sector.
Rojda Kızılpınar supports the team in the area of public relations, among other things. She studied International Relations in Erfurt and Istanbul. In addition to her freelance work as an anti-discrimination trainer, she is currently completing her Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Kassel with a focus on postcolonial theory and decolonial approaches.
Sara Nunes Schwarz
Finances and Coordination
Sara Nunes Schwarz is responsible for finance and the coordination of human resources and processes at CLAIM. Previously, she worked in the music industry for several years. During this time, she gained a wide range of experience in the areas of process optimization, business analysis, controlling and grant management. In her MBA studies she additionally specialized in Islamic Finance and Data Analysis. Currently she is learning the Arabic language.
Communications Manager (On parental leave until January 2024)
Barbara Singh manages the press and public relations at CLAIM and informs the digital community about current events and topics on anti-Muslim racism. A particular focus of her communication studies at the TU Dresden was the framing of conflicts. Before joining CLAIM, she worked as a research assistant at BQN Berlin e. V. and helped to open up Berlin’s administration to young people with a migration history and to create more discrimination-free spaces.
Project Manager for community-based monitoring
Elisabeth Walser is responsible for the community-based monitoring project. She studied social anthropology with a focus on critical racism studies, queer feminist theories and decolonial theories at the University of Sussex. Before joining CLAIM, she steered the work of Dokustelle Islamfeindlichkeit und Antimuslimischer Rassismus Österreich. She was particularly concerned with making institutional racism visible and strengthening civil society alliances. Prior to that, as a research assistant at the European Network Against Racism, she supported the implementation of a study on racist police violence and its advocacy work at the EU level. For several years Elisabeth Walser has been active in anti-racist and feminist groups.