Meet the Board of Lighthouse Relief

 Johan Mellström, Fazeela Selberg Zaib and Gunnar Björklund, founders and former board of Lighthouse Relief.

Johan Mellström, Fazeela Selberg Zaib and Gunnar Björklund, founders and former board of Lighthouse Relief.

Lighthouse Relief was first formed in Lesvos, then registered as a Swedish NGO with a board in Sweden.

The first board of Lighthouse Relief was formed by the three founders of the organisation: Fazeela Selberg Zaib, Chairwoman; Johan Mellström, Secretary; and Gunnar Björkund, Treasurer. They served as the Board of Lighthouse Relief since September 2015 to the beginning of 2018.

Currently, the board is formed by seven Swedish nationals. Read on to learn more about our board members - and their motivations for joining Lighthouse Relief. 


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Jessica Filipson - chairwoman

Jessica is a former Lighthouse staff and volunteer, and a former Save the Children volunteer in Greece and Sweden.

"Lighthouse Relief supports the journey and survival of forced migrants from their arrival, to their transfer, to temporary settlement. I have with my own eyes seen the necessary help the organization gives and I want to continue to be part of that."
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Maria Mikkelsen - Member

Worked with programs, funding, awards/grants for INGOs for 10 years

"I joined Lighthouse Relief because I think it is a good initiative"




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Negin Tagavi - member

Negin Tagavi is a trained diplomat and lawyer and has served at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for seven years in different locations, including New York and Baghdad. Currently she is the director of the The Pluralism and Dialogue Institute which is a part of Fryshuset - one of the world largest youth centers. 

"I believe in humans and that we all have the right to human dignity. And if the situation were different I wish my family would have been received by an organization like Lighthouse Relief."

Sara Granath - CHAIRWOMAN

Program co-ordinator for Children on the move at Save the Children Sweden's Domestic Program. Previously co-ordinator of the SCS refugee respons during 2015-2016 refugee arrivals in Sweden. Has experience working with different aspects of migration since 2002.

"Lighthouse Relief is an organization that has shown an extraordinary will to stand up for human rights and dignity for all people, not only during a time when this was something “everyone” did, but who has continued to do so with great perseverance and desire to always develop and improve . This is why, for me, it is an honor to be part of the Lighthouse team."
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Sofie Blume - treasurer

Medical doctor. Medical director at Red Cross refugee camp in Stockholm in 2015.

"I got involved in humanitarian work in 2015 when many people arrived to Sweden after fleeing and needed urgent medical care before applying for asylum or continuing their way to other Scandinavian countries. I then worked with one of the founders of LHR and has since then followed and supported LHR's work in Greece. I am greatly honored to now be able to take part in the organization."
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Joanna Broumana - secretary

Joanna holds a degree in Legal Science and Human Rights, focusing mostly on children. She worked with people of concern in the camps of northern Greece to raise awareness about human trafficking and assisting GBV survivors in a rehabilitation center. Currently an intern with Save the Children Sweden, working to end violence against children. Starting with UNFPA Jordan later this year. 

"The team in Greece work with a great compassion and humbleness where the persons they are trying to assist are always the main focus. That is the kind of team I want to be a part of and support in every way possible."