ATLAS Team

 

Marina Liakis   –   Co-Founder

Marina studied Law and Communications in Paris and New York City. She started volunteering to help refugees in 2011 in various NGOs. She set up Facebook groups to share information between NGOs and independent volunteers coming to Greece which are still used by 20,000 volunteers. She started her NGO in 2016 which provides accommodation and a safe space for up to 200 refugees everyday in the centre of Athens. She speaks French, English, Spanish, Greek and Arabic.


Dan Steiner   –   Co-Founder

Dan is an independent humanitarian and activist with nearly 15 years’ experience of helping vulnerable and disenfranchised people.  Dan applies this experience and over 20 years of business skills to determine the ongoing aims of the project, with Marina, to create a solid and sustainable framework to achieve those aims and ensures that systems are in place that allow the team to achieve the best outcomes possible for ATLAS’ service users.  Dan is fluent in English and French, is based in London but actively involved on a daily basis.


Thomas Alexander   –   Project Manager

Thomas has an MA in Gender and International Development Studies from UCL. He has experience working with the LGBTQ community in Mumbai. He has been involved with ATLAS since it began in August 2016 and continues to work full-time as Project Manager. He speaks English and Arabic.


Richard Vyse   –    Project Co-Ordinator

Richard gained First Class Honours in International and European Law at the University of Sheffield, having previously gained valuable transferrable skills and experience in his former professional career.  Richard has been involved in volunteer work since his student days mainly focusing on Human Rights; this included trying to correct miscarriages of justice for wrongfully convicted clients. He began working with refugees and access to justice in 2016 and joined the ATLAS team in the summer of 2017 to help expand the project and build relationships.


Julian Ridler   –   Helpline Trainer

Julian has a background in teaching and lecturing with international students in the UK, Cairo, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and for the last 20 years in universities, mainly in London. He has 20 years’ experience of volunteering, in a number of contexts in London. He has been a long-term volunteer, including managing a team and training volunteers with a national homeless charity, as well as on a mentoring project and research project with an LGBT sexual health charity. He has been involved with ATLAS since September 2016, training helpline staff based in Athens. He speaks English, French and Spanish, as well as survival Arabic (more specifically Egyptian Arabic).