Our Team

Our Volunteers

Pocket Stories would be nothing without the passion and skills of our past and current volunteers

Adrien Perello-Y-Bestard | Alex Blanco | Alina Stepanova| Celma Costa | Esmoreit Douwes Dekker | Inna Udartzeva | Julia Likosheva | Julia Nussholz | Lay Kuen Yee | Mirjam Snitjer | Peter Unnik | Rita Bota | Silvia Zanelli | Wendy Allan | Wendy de Jong |

Our people

Who will you meet in our projects

Meghann Ormond | Roots Guide Project Curator

Meghann Ormond is Associate Professor in Cultural Geography at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. As a cultural geographer, an immigrant who has lived all over the world, and an ardent fan of the transformative potential of international travel, she's deeply invested in and concerned with how differently-mobile people's roots, rights and vulnerabilities are recognised and accommodated in the places they visit and in which they live. For more information, check out: www.meghannormond.com

Megha Nanda | Digital Storyteller

Megha was born in the city of Kolkata, the cultural capital of India and home to a (very big) group of people passionate about sports, food, music and politics. She moved to the Netherlands to pursue a corporate career, her love for travelling, and the opportunity to engage with and learn from a multitude of cultures. It is her dream to influence a mindset change from a judging world to one that realizes the incredible impact of shared experiences.

Shah Tabibi | Facilitator

Shah Tabibi: a young story creator on stage, teacher at The Hague University, and Psychology graduate. Shah travels the Netherlands with his storytelling show called: The Shah of Holland, in which he shares his identity and personality with the people in the form of dancing, singing, poetry and intriguing stories. Besides teaching and storytelling, Shah has a passion for social work, psychology, coaching and traveling. His love for human connection has brought him to the position he is in today. Get to know him during our storytelling workshops.

Hamzah Kashash | Photographer

Hamzah was born and grew up in Syria and strongly believes art can make change for the better. He is the founder of his own photography and graphic design venture Kashash Art.

Kristina Hansen | Roots Guide Intern

Kristina grew up in the Danish minority in northern Germany. This experience sparked her interests for learning different languages and being curious about different cultures.

Her passion for understanding what makes people move and how this mobility impacts social relations and the environment, led her to study a Master in Tourism, Society and Environment at Wageningen University.

Currently, she explores ways of making people more passionate about traveling at home. How can we see our everyday environment in a new way? How can we learn from other peoples’ stories? She believes in the power of listening, sound and music, which she brings these elements together in her DJ sets and sound workshops. She is excited about being part of Roots Guide and getting to know the community in the coming months.

Ingi Mehus | Facilitator & Project Manager

As the founder, Ingi wears several hats in Pocket Stories daily activities.

Daan Wurpel | Evolutionary Storyteller

Daan was born and raised in the Netherlands, but spent most of his adult life abroad as he belives travel and migration as opportunities to learn something new. He is passionate for a world where differences in religion, politics, science and culture can be overcome through genuine dialogue

Alina Stepanova | Financial Manager

Alina was born in Russia and came to the Netherlands as a young girl. She experiments with fusing of cultures in the kitchen and loves to cook both Russian and international food.

Our Board

None of the board members get remunerated for their positions as board members.

Zeeneb Bar | Secretary

Zeeneb is at the end of her law degree specialising in human rights and business law. She has worked with Amnesty International and the Dutch Refugee Council. She is the secretary of Pocket Stories.

Berit S. Harr | Treasurer

Berit is a journalist by profession with a master degree in Societal Safety and Crisis Management. She has worked the last 8 years with social entrepreneurship, international migration and national security in Europe and South Africa. She is the treasurer of Pocket Stories.

Ingi Mehus | Founder and Director

Ingi has earned a bachelor in Communication and a Master in Politics of Global Development and has worked with international migration on four continents with both local NGOs, UNHCR and IOM. She is the director and founder of Pocket Stories.