Solomon is a non-profit organization founded in Athens which uses media as a tool for social inclusion and change.
At Solomon we bring people from different backgrounds to the forefront. We aim to build bridges among our communities, and work together to create a safe environment for the exchange of ideas and dialogs regarding the issues that matter to us and effect our lives.
We face the elephant in the room head-on, and seek a better understanding of the issues that are being ignored.
The stories of Solomon are narratives of a secure media environment with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and inclusive methods of producing content.
Defending and upholding human rights has always been the basic mission of our organization. At Solomon, we choose to change the narrative by offering a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to media, one that is independent and sustainable.
Founder & Digital Producer
Fanis is the Founder and Co-Owner of Solomon and serves as the Digital Producer of the organization. He has studied Business Administration and Social Entrepreneurship and his professional background includes experience in the fields of journalism, advertising and communications. He’s the Digital Producer of Solomon producing multimedia content for all of the organization’s projects.
Born in Larissa in 1993, Ιliana studied Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Ioannina. She completed a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she also worked as a Greek teacher and a pet sitter for her landlady’s cat. In the past, Iliana also worked at a publishing company selling books at events and for a catering company. She is currently a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at Panteion University.
Board Member & Photographer
Nadir is a board member of Solomon and co-founder of We Need Books, a multicultural library established in 2017. He has extensive experience in the humanitarian field as an interpreter and cultural mediator. He has worked with unaccompanied minors and victims of torture, war and gender-based violence. In 2016, he was assigned by the Ministry of Migration Policy and UNHCR, as the coordinator of the Helliniko refugee camp. Nadir is also a photographer and has been a member of Solomon’s photography team since its establishment in 2016. Nadir provides the photographs for Portraits, a column featured in Last in Line.
Board Member & Community Relations Officer
Born in Afghanistan and raised in Pakistan, Nasruddin has lived in Athens since 2010. He was a volunteer for Refugees Welcome, a volunteer initiative which matches refugees to flat-sharing accommodation. He has worked as an interpreter, cultural mediator and case worker with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Currently he works for the Greek Council for Refugees and in 2019 he was elected as a board member. In 2017-2018 he was awarded a scholarship in English Studies at Deree, the American College of Greece. In 2016, Nasruddin joined the Solomon team and participated in the first Solomon LAB in journalism. Today he is a board member and Community Relations Officer representing Solomon at international conferences, programs and other public events.
Stavros was born in 1992. He worked as a journalist for Inside Story, an independent media site, for three years. He has also contributed to HuffPost Greece and Kanali Ena 90,4 FM. Stavros has also collaborated with Investigate Europe, a European journalists’ network. In 2019, he was selected as a fellow for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence and was trained in data journalism at Columbia University, as a recipient of a Stavros Niarchos Foundation scholarship. Stavros covers migration and the ‘refugee crisis’ and he is responsible for journalistic research for Last in Line.
Communications & Fundraising Officer
Aristea was born in 1994 and grew up on Kythera island. In 2012 she moved to Athens where she studied Archives, Librarianship & Information Science as her first degree. At the same time she decided to follow her secret passion for journalism, and so she did by studying both. Aristea was co-founder of the first newspaper in Greece made by and for refugee, migrant and Greek youth, called “Migratory Birds”. Aristea was trained in Multimedia Journalism as an SNF scholar in Columbia University, NY. She is currently having her MA studies in Risk Communication and Crisis Journalism at AUTh.
Gigi was raised in the US, a daughter of Greek immigrants. She graduated from Boston College with a concentration in Education and Modern Greek Studies. As a grant recipient at the University of Athens, she completed further coursework in Greek Studies. In her professional background, Gigi has provided writing, editing, translation and content development services to media and academic sectors, publishing companies and multinational corporations. She’s also taught at a multicultural kindergarten, worked in a restaurant kitchen, interpreted for immigration services at a US airport, sold t-shirts in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, and led meditation & mindfulness classes at a women’s center. Gigi provides English translation for Last in Line.
Constantinos Stathias is a photographer and a cameraman. He works in filmmaking, the photography direction of short and feature length documentaries, and photojournalism. He has worked with international NGOs such as Greenpeace, MSF, SolidarityNow and Unicef, with news agencies such as CCTV, XINHUA, EXPRESSEN and NIKKEI INC, and has worked on independent productions. Constantinos has teamed up with Angelos to produce the video for Last in Line.
Chief Fun Officer
Teddy was born at the refugee camp of Thiva in 2019. When he was three months old he was adopted by Nadir. They have been living together ever since. Teddy spends his time between Solomon’s office and the We Need Books library. He likes to chew wood and roll in the mud.
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