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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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."


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."