Pocket Stories unites migrants and travellers to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.
Ingi Mehus | Founder & Director
Ingi was born in South Korea, grew up in Norway and Australia, and currently lives in the Netherlands. She has previously worked with international migration in Australia, Indonesia, Tajikistan, Norway and the Netherlands for large international organisations like the UNHCR and IOM, as well as local NGOs and refugee centres. Her educational background is in Communication and she has a master’s degree in Global Politics of Development. Ingi is a self-labelled traveller and a migrant by legal definition, who’d like to live in a world where the fear of migration is replaced with the same curiosity we have for travelling. She spent the last years travelling to over 50 countries and she hopes to use her personal and professional experience to spark curiosity for migration. When she is not working, she is usually found behind a book or a movie, enjoying salty liquorice or soaking up the sun (on the rare occasion that happens in the Netherlands) while enjoying a cold Hoegaarden with friends.
Daan Wurpel | Creative Director & Co-Founder
Daan was born in the Netherlands and began travelling from a young age. He has spent large parts of his life in New Zealand, Australia, Turkey and Norway where he both have travelled and worked. While researching, publishing multiple papers on urinary tract infections, and winning award for his tutoring during his PhD in Molecular Microbiology in Brisbane, Australia, Daan never liked to sit still. He seized every spare moment to island hop across the South Pacific and explore Asia and Africa. He sees every travel experience as an opportunity for to learn something new and to make new friends. He is a passionate idealist who strongly believes in justice and equality and works hard for a world where differences in religion, politics, science and culture can be overcome through genuine dialogue. In his spare time, Daan likes to cook and chill with a beer in the company of friends.
Zeeneb Bar | Project Officer
As Zeeneb was two years old when her family fled from Iraq to the Netherlands, she spent most of her childhood growing up in Lebanon and the Netherlands. Zeeneb is a law student with a big passion for International, Humanitarian and Private Law. During an internship at a law firm partly specialized in migration law, her interest in migration and globalization grew even bigger. She works in the field of international migration at a local refugee centre in the Netherlands and designs activities and events to draw attention to human rights violations across the world at an Amnesty International group, where she's currently one of the chairs. Zeeneb also continues to direct and participate in different projects from various organizations that aim to enhance (multicultural) community development. In her spare time, Zeeneb enjoys reading novels or taking a run through the dunes and forests of her hometown.
Hamzah Kashash | Graphic Designer and Photographer
Adrien Perello-Y-Bestard | Social Designer
Adrien grew up in France. After completing a master’s degree in Cognitive Engineering, he versed himself in his passion: travelling. He spent two years exploring New-Zealand, Australia and Asia, before resuming his career in the energy industry in England. However, the yearning to explore the richness of the world and urge to strive towards a better society lead him to southern Africa, where he spent two years volunteering for various projects. He now lives in Amsterdam, where he applies his skills in Design Thinking and Social Innovation to create experiences that stimulate our inner curiosity, challenge our perception of societies and bring people from different cultural backgrounds together.
Julia Nußholz | Bussiness Development & Impact Advisor
Julia grew up in Germany and lived for many years in the Netherlands, Turkey and the US. Currently, her work has brought her to the South of Sweden where she does research on innovative business models for sustainability. As a volunteer she has been involved in various projects that aim to support migrants and refugees and promote integration. Finding new ways to realise more encounters, interaction, and mutual understanding across cultural backgrounds is a constant endeavour and source of inspiration for her. In her view, we don’t always need to travel far away as Europeans, but can discover other cultures by ’traveling’ within our immediate surroundings. This allows for low-threshold means to stimulate greater understanding and appreciation across the diverse cultural groups within our societies (and reducing our environmental footprint at the same time). With Pocket Stories she hopes to encourage curiosity for migrants and the beauty that cultural diversity brings to our world.