Meet our team

Every person in the Arqaam team is invested in making it a workplace that stands out for its high level of integrity and strong ethical values. We value people over profit and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Remote work and flexible hours have been part of our practice since we were founded in 2017.

You can read more about our values in our Code of Ethics and Our Approach pages.

Dr. Ali Farid

Dr. Ali Farid

Data Scientist

Ali is a Turkey-based. Having knowledge in areas ranging through machine learning, time series analysis, and natural language processing (NLP). This, merged with the love of data and eagerness to help people, makes him a perfect fit at Arqaam.

He speaks Persian, English and Turkish.

Dr. Anna-Esther Younes

Dr. Anna-Esther Younes

Researcher and Policy Writer

Anna is a Berlin-based independent researcher and academic focusing on critical theory, race critical theories, gender and sexuality, cultural theory, settler /colonial theories and psychoanalysis. She works as a lay-judge in Berlin and she still carries her dog Toni everywhere in hear heart. She strongly believes in not eating animals and believes that education and radical politics of emancipation are a way to improve this world.

She speaks German, English, French, and broken Arabic.

Ann-Katrina Bregović

Ann-Katrina Bregović

Director/Founder

Katrina is the Lesotho-based M&E and Gender Expert. She founded Arqaam to make a difference in how businesses are run in an ethical way. She strongly believes in making informed decisions based on evidence and how we can harness technology and machine learning to create a positive impact in the world. Katrina strongly believes that we need to fight for a socially just world.

She speaks German and English.

Dr. Annika Schmeding

Dr. Annika Schmeding

Researcher and Analyst

Annika is a cultural anthropologist and researcher based in Boston and Istanbul. She believes that social change can come through offering critical analysis and creating emancipatory political, social and cultural initiatives. Having worked in social circus projects from Afghanistan to Thailand, she believes that making knowledge accessible is a creative endeavor that necessitates understanding a multiplicity of perspectives.

She speaks German, Persian and English.

Atria Mier

Atria Mier

Gender and M&E Expert

Atria is Madrid-based and strongly believes that feminism applied to development and humanitarian action is an urgent priority. She is thrilled to work for Arqaam, where people are passionate, professional and collaborative.

She speaks Spanish and English.

Barbra Giandinoto

Barbra Giandinoto

Gender & Civil Society Expert

Barbra has been working for over 15 years in the nonprofit sector in Brazil. She lives between Italy, Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro where she is a director at a local women-lead organization that fights systemic racism and violence through cultural and educational projects. Barbra is a storyteller, an artist, a designer, a trans-activist and a thinker and believes the future is queer.

She speaks English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Clara Hagedorn

Clara Hagedorn

Working Student

Clara is a Leipzig-based social scientist with a background in communication and media studies and first experience in practice-oriented sustainability research. Due to her interest in the interdependencies between people, places and the environment, she is pursuing a master’s degree in human geography. She is passionate about rural development – in Germany as well as in the Global South. Thinking gender and sustainability together is an approach Clara wants to focus on.
Eric Warui

Eric Warui

Junior M&E Expert

Eric is a Monitoring and Evaluation enthusiast based in Kenya. He is passionate about working with community development projects because they possess the power to bring change. His skill-set includes:- designing digital data collection tools, data analysis & visualization, creating logframes and M&E systems.

He speaks Swahili and English.

Francesca Varrenti

Francesca Varrenti

Graphic Designer

Francesca is a Italy-based web and graphic designer. She loves to be part of projects that want to make the world a better and more ethical place.
She would like to use her graphic skills to make any complex information easy, attractive and interesting to visualise, helping more people to understand the world we live in.

She speaks Italian and English.

Frederike Engeland

Frederike Engeland

M&E Expert and Researcher

Frederike is a Germany based evaluator excited about evidence informed decision making and – learning. She loves working with youth-led NGOs, CSOs and start ups, including in the fields of civic tech and digital peace building. She specialises in the hard to measure and is interested in further developing existing participatory evaluation techniques to help implementers and beneficiaries identify and report outcomes that they find significant.

She speaks English, French, Portuguese and German.

Germán Reyes Suarez

Germán Reyes Suarez

M&E Expert

Germán is from Seville (Spain), a city where he lives, too. He believes information is beautiful and knowing how to manage and share it is even better. Besides, he is truly convinced humanitarian and development organizations should evidence their work more using M&E tools. .

He speaks Arabic, English, Italian and Spanish.

Hadia Essazada

Hadia Essazada

Operational Manager

Hadia is an Afghan national researcher and project manager based in Washington DC. Her objective is to contribute implementation of programmes with a positive social impact around the world. To do so, she uses management and communication to empower her team by ensuring they have ownership over programme & project outcomes.

She speaks Persian and English.

Heidi Kraak

Heidi Kraak

Communications Coordinator

Heidi is an Australian based in Turkey. With a background in journalism and communications in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, she is currently completing a Masters of International Development. Heidi is passionate about gender equality and sustainable, community-led development.

She speaks English and is learning Turkish.

Kinza Mishal

Kinza Mishal

Independent Consultant

Kinza is a self-motivated and success driven Independent Consultant based in Pakistan. She has a wealth of international industry experience in the private and public sector, on a wide range of climate change, human rights and environmental projects. She’s passionate about helping cities, organisations and communities transition towards a low-carbon, gender inclusive and circular economy. Her key areas of work and interests include helping organisations accelerate sustainable finance, energy transition and achieve net zero emission targets. She’s vegan for the planet and thrives to be a driver for change.

She speaks English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

Micaela Sánchez

Micaela Sánchez

Working Student

Micaela is an Ecuadorian political scientist, living in Berlin. She is focused on researching social inequalities, especially those related with gender, climate justice and rural development in countries of the Global South. She is finishing a Masters in Latin American Studies, a region she is passionate about. Micaela believes that an intersectional-decolonial approach to development projects is crucial for sustainable social change.

She speaks Spanish, German, English and basic Portuguese.

Myriam Zekagh

Myriam Zekagh

Researcher & Project Manager

Myriam is a French social science researcher and project manager based in Germany. Her objective is to contribute to the design and implementation of programmes with a positive social impact, in and outside of Europe. To do so, she uses management and evaluation methods that empower the targeted populations, by ensuring they have ownership over programme & project outcomes.

She speaks French, English, and German.

Dr. Paniz Musawi Natanzi

Dr. Paniz Musawi Natanzi

Independent Researcher and Consultant

Paniz is a Leipzig-based independent feminist researcher and consultant in the field of gender, migration and labour (geo)politics. She is passionate about centre-staging marginalised knowledges through decolonising practices and learning transnationally from and with activists and communal stakeholders about sensible and sustainable ways to foster social transformation.

She speaks Farsi, German and English.

Purity Ngare

Purity Ngare

Health and M&E Expert

Purity is a Kenya-based Sociologist and Psychologist. She has conducted M&E in many African countries – making her a guru in the logframe world. She can accurately discern concepts and situations – either in an under-the-tree-meeting with an African Chief or wading through floods to visit project beneficiaries.

She speaks Kikuyu, Luo, Sesotho, Swahili and English.

Rami Ouanes

Rami Ouanes

Data & Analytics Consultant

Rami is a Tunis-Based Data & Analytics enthusiast with a passion for using data for good causes.
A firm dreamer that a better world is possible through human creativity and capability to use the tools available to improve lives for everyone.
Data & Analytics are amongst those very powerful tools that can concretely help. That’s why he is both excited to be part of the Arqaam team and passionate about Data being used for the right causes.

He speaks French, English and Arabic.

Sarah Redeligx

Sarah Redeligx

M&E Expert

Sarah is a German based in Livingstone, Zambia. She strongly supports participatory methods, inclusiveness and Gender equality. For her these aspects play a crucial role not only in the program cycle but also in M&E. Providing evidence and using it effectively is what she is devoted to. She has got several years working experience in Southern Africa and Ghana with (Non) Governmental and multilateral organisations.

She speaks German and English.

Silly the cat

Silly the cat

Inspector General

He is a Lesotho-based inspector who holds us all accountable. He enjoys extended breaks between his thorough rounds of inspection.

He speaks Arabic, German, English and Italian.

Nour

Nour

Critical thinker, social media teacher, VJ

Nour is a critical thinker, social media teacher and video jokey for Arqaam. They are best known for their media work in the Decolonise This!-Series, where they host short video essays around colonialism and decolonisation. Nour enjoys presenting their favourite thinkers around issues of race, gender, philosophy and ethics for Arqaam and hopes to contribute to global conversations around current “state of affairs” in the international humanitarian and development world.  

Friends & Alumni

Ali Kolai

Ali Kolai

Fullstack Developer

Alicia Mietus

Alicia Mietus

M&E/Gender Intern

Basheera Shaik

Basheera Shaik

M&E Intern

Bernadette Geyer

Bernadette Geyer

Copy Editor

Daniel Prynne

Daniel Prynne

Communications Coordinator

Dotun Kola-Olaleye

Dotun Kola-Olaleye

Fullstack Developer

Hiba Karam

Hiba Karam

M&E Intern

Leila Ruiz

Leila Ruiz

Data Scientist

Linda Ntsiful

Linda Ntsiful

M&E Intern

Mariana Santos

Mariana Santos

Fullstack Developer

Matthew Palmisano

Matthew Palmisano

Fullstack Developer

Niloofar Moghaddam Tabrizi

Niloofar Moghaddam Tabrizi

SCRUM Intern

Osheena Dadoo

Osheena Dadoo

Fullstack Developer

Philipp Marbach

Philipp Marbach

M&E Expert

Dr. Sara Ghaisari

Dr. Sara Ghaisari

Data Scientist

Sara Alkeilani

Sara Alkeilani

Data Scientist

Sabina Baltruschat

Sabina Baltruschat

Data Scientist

Stephen Braimah

Stephen Braimah

Fullstack Developer

Vanessa Chan

Vanessa Chan

Fullstack Developer

M&E Consultant

We are always looking for expanding our team of consultants we work with. No matter where in the world you are based, as long as you have a strong affinity for Monitoring and Evaluation, paired with a willingness to travel when needed or completely work from home.

Please reach out and send us your latest CV and a short cover letter answering the below questions:

  1. If anyone (dead or alive) could mentor you for one year, who would it be, and why?
  2. Why would you like to work with Arqaam?
  3. What does M&E mean to you?

Intern

No matter in which phase of life you are, still doing your university degree, changing careers, interesting in learning something new (no matter your educational background) we have various options to take interns on board. This can be in the fields of data science, programming and monitoring and evaluation for NGOs.

Please reach out and send us your latest CV and a short cover letter answering the below questions:

  1. If anyone (dead or alive) could mentor you for one year, who would it be, and why?
  2. Why would you like to work with Arqaam?
  3. What does M&E mean to you?

Doing good

In addition to the paid posts we have, we are always looking for like-minded people who are willing to dedicated some of their time to our pro bono work. This can directly helping small or grassroot organisations through our pro bono scheme, or helping us developing new monitoring and evaluation tools for NGOs (to be used free of charge).

Please reach out and send us your latest CV and a short cover letter answering the below questions:

  1. If anyone (dead or alive) could mentor you for one year, who would it be, and why?
  2. Why would you like to work with Arqaam?
  3. What does M&E mean to you?

Working student - monitoring and evaluation

We are looking for a student to support our team in the following tasks (which can be further refined or adjusted with the interests and profile of the chosen person):

Proposal Development

  • Learn and support the review of potential future projects
  • Learn how to and support/write consultancy proposals

Logframe Lab

  • Support the progress of Logframe Lab
  • Learn about indicators and improve the database behind the application

Projects

  • Learn about monitoring and evaluations and support ongoing projects where required

Your profile*

  • Enrolled in a German university (also “Fachhochschule”) for the entire time of the contract
    • Bachelor/Master or any other degree form
    • Any field of study
  • Have an interest in Monitoring and Evaluation and/or Data Science
  • Access to stable internet and a laptop/computer
  • Fluent in English (any other language skills are very welcome)
  • You do not need to have any prior experience

Our offer

  • Working from home/anywhere
  • Flexible working hours
  • Renumeration
    • 14 hours per week (ideally 2 days of 7 hours)
    • 850 EUR per month net (ca. 15 EUR/h net)
  • 6-months contract with the possibility of extension.
  • Part of an international team dedicated to a feminist/decolonial approach and running a business differently

Application process

Pleas send your application to jobs@arqaam.io by 18 September 2022, 23:59 Berlin time, with the subject line: Werksstudent:in – Application.

Your application should comprise of your recent CV and a cover letter answering the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in this position (needing to earn money is as good a reason as any)?
  2. If anyone (dead or alive) could mentor you for one year, who would it be, and why this person?
  3. Why do you think a feminist/decolonial approach is important in the non-profit sector?

We will respond to every complete application (including text in the email body).

*Arqaam welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. Arqaam does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, colour, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, educational level, immigration status, sex, age, size, disability, family status, political belief, or religion.

*We further know that women and people of colour often do not apply when they do not feel they fit the desired profile. Thus, if you are belonging to these group and are interested in this job please dare and apply anyway!