About Us

Nadir, a human rights activist and talented photographer, is a refugee himself. Ioanna studied film and television in the UK and has been working as a television producer in Athens for the past decade. They met at the height of the refugee crisis and through their friendship, personal experiences and common vision We Need Books was created. Nadir’s favourite book is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and Ioanna’s The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

During the time they lived together they shared their stories, their concerns and their hopes for a fairer world. They came to the conclusion that the city, in denial of its multicultural identity, was lacking a space that would house books in all the languages spoken in Athens giving the opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds to meet, exchange stories and overcome personal prejudices. They have been working voluntarily and tirelessly for the realization of that goal since 2016.6.

MEET THE TEAM

THE FOUNDERS

Nadir Noori & Ioanna Nissiriou

Nadir, a human rights activist and talented photographer, is a refugee himself.

Ioanna studied film and television in the UK and has been working as a television producer in Athens for the past decade. They met at the height of the refugee crisis and through their friendship, personal experiences and common vision We Need Books was created.

Nadir’s favourite book is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Ioanna’s favourite book is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

Mado Baboula

Mado Baboula is a law graduate who has also studied media, public relations and tesol. She has been working in education for a number of years and is involved in human rights issues for even more. Mado feels that individual behaviour can shape collective conscience. Surprisingly, Mado’s favourite book is “A History of Reading” by Alberto Manguel although she gladly forgets the stories of the books she reads.

Stefania Dritsa

Stefania has a long international background and insight dedicated in the development and promotion of sustainable and community-engagement projects. She studied International Socio-Economic Development and Cultural Management in Paris and believes that our personal wellbeing cannot be achieved without caring about the wellbeing of others. She is the Administration Manager of WNB. Her favourite book is “The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Georgia Fountoulaki

Georgia has international experience, a strong academic background and a genuine interest in intercultural education. She is specialized in European Civilization, the History of Immigration, and Language Education for Refugees and Migrants. She researches issues related to intercultural education, educational material design, identity, culture and migration. One of her favourite books is “A Little History of the World” by E.H. Gombrich.

Vivi Loulo

Margarita Sianou

Margarita Sianou was born in Athens, Greece but moved to the U.S. to pursue higher education at the City University of New York. She has over 30 years of experience in international higher education including, 29 years at WES where she was Deputy Executive Director and Director of Evaluations at World Education Services. She has participated and presented on many international education topics at professional conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Margarita believes in the power of books, knowledge, and education to transform the lives of people from all over the world. She strongly believes that this is particularly true for refugees. Upon moving back to Athens in 2017, Margarita joined the group of volunteers of We Need Books helping the organization maximize outreach activities, advocacy, and fundraising. One of her favourite books is “The Coming of Age” by Simone de Beauvoir.

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