Anila Noor, co-founder of Global Independent Refugee Women Leaders (GIRWL), is a refugee-activist, TEDx speaker and researcher based in the Netherlands. As an advisor and expert consultant, she works with different institutions on designing engagement projects related to inclusion and diversity. A former fellow of the Open Society Foundation, and former member of the European Migrant Advisory Board, EMAB Urban Agenda, she has worked as a policy advisor on integration for the City of Amsterdam.
Anila graduated from Erasmus University Netherlands. Holding many board positions, such as ENS and ASYLOS, co-founder of the European Coalition, member of the Kaldor Centre of Emerging Scholars Network Australia, and a core team member of the steering committee of the Global Refugee Led Network, she has presented working papers in academic dialogues at Oxford University, Bristol University and Erasmus University.
Anila Noor also initiated New Women Connectors, a movement striving for mainstreaming the unheard voices of migrant and refugee women living across Europe. New Women Connectors is a perspective-shift to the refugee agenda and advocates inclusion than integration as a policy choice. Anila is currently working on the subject of Receiving Refugees in Urban Settings: Narratives and Meaningful Participation. She is creating a network to show Resilience in taking charge of building local communities and filling gaps in services and assistance.
As a founder and Refugee Advocate, she is trying to highlight the issue of the refugee representation gap in European Member States and at EU Institutions. She designs and delivers training on Refugee Meaningful Participation and inspires work to improve refugee diplomatic skills and capacities and contribute towards making the international and European refugee system more effective, sustainable and just, therefore ensuring that European refugee policy delivers tangible improvements to the lives of refugees across Europe.