Mariana is the founder of RAW in WAR. Originally from Bulgaria, she co founded the first Bulgarian independent newspaper (Democracy) in 1989. Mariana worked originally as a journalist and has over 25 years’ experience of working with human rights issues in conflict zones such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya and Ukraine; working in a variety of International organisations such as the OECD and the United Nations. She worked for 10 years as the researcher on Russia and Chechnya at Amnesty International in London. Mariana created RAW in 2006.
Barry is a Trustee of RAW in WAR and a journalist and editor covering international financial issues. He previously served as Foreign Editor of the New Statesman and has contributed economic, political and investigative articles to many publications in the UK and abroad. He has also participated in various organisations promoting human rights in Africa and the Middle East.
Nathalie is a RAW Trustee. She was a Programme Officer for Human Rights for the Sigrid Rausing Trust, where she focussed on supporting human rights defenders and the right to freedom of expression. She has a wide range of experience in the human rights field, having worked for Article 19 and Amnesty International as well as for the Eurasia Foundation in Kyrgyzstan. Nathalie has a particular interest in the CIS region, linking human rights with development.
Friederike is a RAW in WAR Trustee and currently based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where she works for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Before moving to Central Asia she lived in Moscow, working for Amnesty International. In addition to her interest in human rights, she also has an interest in theatre and the arts, especially if it helps to promote human rights.
Maria is a RAW Trustee and RAW’s Treasurer and has extensive financial experience. Maria is committed to making a difference in human rights and supporting the brave work of others.
Joy worked in the voluntary sector for many years most recently in Dementia and HIV/AIDS. She has supported RAW for many years in particular managing The Lana Fund and supporting Lana directly through her studies in England.
Deborah is the events coordinator for Raw in War. She has extensive experience of organising live events. Deborah is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Practice at City, University of London.
RAW in WAR is grateful to the dedicated team of volunteers who work in many aspects of the organisation and are vital to the smooth running of the charity.