OUR TEAM


ALAEDDIN JANID

President & Founder

As a 33 year old Syrian man, I had the ability to experience and enjoy life in Syria before the war. I studied Interior Design and had a chemical jeans company with my brother.

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ESTHER DUINEVELD

Board Member & Treasurer

I had the dream and need to do something for and with refugees, and found Happy Caravan on social media. From the first contact I was impressed by the passion and motivation of the organization.

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ELENA BLANUTA

Project Manager

I have always wanted to do something for refugee children. When I looked through some organizations that work with refugees and I came upon Happy Caravan, I knew that I wanted to work here.

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AUDREY BINGAMAN

Board Member & Public Relations

Since receiving news about the refugee crisis years ago, I knew I had to get involved in some way, but living in the US, I felt so distant from the reality of the situation. When I moved to Europe, I saw my chance to really get involved.

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NINA HORKOVA

Education Manager

I have been involved in working with Happy Caravan since July 2017. Outside of my work with Happy Caravan, I teach EAL at the International School of Prague, and run international summer camps at Luethi Peterson Camps.

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KARSU DÖNMEZ

Ambassador

I am a Dutch/Turkish musician and composer. I have my own band and play all over the world. I’ve released 3 albums and in 2016 I won an Edison Award. In 2015/2016 I began helping with Refugee Welcome Amsterdam

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GEMITA SAMARRA

Ambassador

Hi! I’m Gemita Samarra and I’m a stunt woman, charity founder and documentary producer. I founded a charity for refugees and the homeless called ‘My Name is Human Project’- working on long term, sustainable solutions in education, housing, women’s health and food security for refugees and the homeless.

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GAITE JANSEN

Ambassador

Hi! My name is Gaite Jansen and I am an actress from the Netherlands. I’ve been working in Dutch film and TV since I was a teenager. After graduating from the Dutch Theater University, I performed in a couple of plays with ITA (International Theatre Amsterdam -Ivo van Hove’s theater group), and starred in some Dutch movies like SUPERNOVA, 170HZ and THE PRICE OF SUGAR.

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WILLEM VAN LEEUWEN

Webdeveloper

I am born and raised in Amsterdam and am working as independent webdeveloper for more then fifteen years now. Begin 2017 I read a message on FB, that was forwarded by a good friend of mine and wherein was asked for somebody who could build a simple website. It was meant for an organisation that had planned to set up a school in Greece to help refugee children.

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