From left to right: Katina Saoulli, Executive Director, Damian Ardestani, Founder and Rebecca Reshdouni, Founder

From left to right: Katina Saoulli, Executive Director, Damian Ardestani, Founder and Rebecca Reshdouni, Founder

Board and executive team

Damian Ardestani

Co-Founder and Chairman

At 32, Damian chairs the board and I AM YOU's advocacy work. He is an award-winning recording artist and producer known as XOV. After gaining global recognition for writing music to The Hunger Games soundtrack and reaching chart success in Europe, he started a successful record label in partnership with Sony Music and Universal Music Group. Prior to his break-through in the music industry, he was a successful entrepreneur leading several companies for over a decade. His family came to Sweden as refugees from Iran when he was one.

Rebecca Reshdouni

Co-Founder and Board Member

Rebecca has a wide range of experience in project management as well as a deeper understanding of immigration matters from her work at the Asylum Procedures Unit at the Swedish Migration Agency. Additionally, Rebecca gained excellent leadership and communication skills through her experience from the financial services sector. Her family came to Sweden as Armenian immigrants from Iraq and Syria before she was born. 

Katina Saoulli

Executive Director and Board Member

As the Executive Director Katina oversees all of I AM YOU's programs and operations in Greece. She ensures strategic delivery of our ethos and projects and works with the management team to ensure that all targets are met. Her focus is to ensure that I AM YOU becomes sustainable and have far reaching impact. She has extensive management experience within large communication firms in London. She is also a native Greek speaker. 

Jay Halfon, United States

General Counsel & Board Member

Jay is an attorney representing leading foundations, charities and advocacy groups. He has extensive experience in philanthropy and non-profit management. Jay serves as director and general counsel of Sustainable Markets Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as host and sponsor for I AM YOU.



In creating a long-term plan for I AM YOU, dedicated volunteers were recruited to stay on in key roles geared towards achieving our mission. Together, these responsibilities oversee our core programs and ensure our volunteers are well equipped to bring our values to life.

Eleni Eseri

Field Coordinator

Eleni is responsible for the smooth running of all programs and projects on site. This includes working with other key partners and organizations and as well as overseeing all security and safety concerns for the organisation.

Chalkida, Greece



Sabrina Figueroa

Operations Coordinator

Sabrina is responsible for ensuring effective operating procedures in all I AM YOU sites in Greece. She also ensures the day to day running of the organisation is first class and that all processes, team structures and administrative support are in place to deliver excellent services in order to complete our wider mission.

Florida, United States of America

Katy Hughes

Non-Formal Education Coordinator

Katy is responsible for developing and overseeing the Education Program. An essential part of her duties is working with the camp community and local Greek community to develop a long-term curriculum.

London, United Kingdom



The Advisory Committee consists of a carefully selected group of experts who volunteer their time, knowledge and experience to provide mentorship and advice to the Founders, helping them build I AM YOU into an impactful NGO in service to humanity.

Amy Rao

Board of Directors, Human Rights Watch

Amy is the Founder and CEO of Integrated Archive Systems. She has a long history of involvement in democratic politics in the USA and actively advocates for stronger human rights sitting on multiple boards in the human rights sector. 

Palo Alto, United States

Peter Bouckaert

Director of Emergencies, Human Rights Watch

Peter is the Director of Emergencies at HRW and an expert in humanitarian crises. Peter previously specialized in the laws of war and is a veteran of fact-finding missions to many war zones and conflict areas across the world.

Geneva, Belgium

Kimberly Emerson

Board of Directors, Human Rights Watch

Kimberly was a US Diplomat and is the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. She still hosts official events weekly on behalf of the US Government. Kimberly sits on many boards for human rights and international policy.

Los Angeles, United States

Dr. Eslam El-Soudani

University Lecturer, Islamic Studies

Eslam carried out extensive work in the refugee crisis in Greece with NGOs including UNHCR and MSF. Eslam has a PHD in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and now teaches Islam in History in London, United Kingdom.

London, United Kingdom



 Part of our longer term planning also allows for the role of interns to come in and learn from the ethos of the organisation. We find that interns are always eager to contribute and have a massive potential to make a difference in their future career path. 

Alena Gormally

Volunteer and HR Coordinator

Alena is responsible for supporting all program coordinators on a day to day basis. She also leads a human-centered process that is followed by the volunteers. She supports all volunteers starting with their recruitment, then orientation and provides pastoral care throughout their volunteer experience.

New York, United States of America