Senior Staff

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Yva Alexandrova Meadway
Policy & Campaigns Manager

Yva joined MRC in 2018. Yva has extensive policy & influencing strategy at national in international levels in the UK and Europe. Before MRC, Yva was Partnerships and Innovation Officer at London Gypsies & Travellers. Prior to that she was Senior Analyst at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, a leading think tank in Sofia, Bulgaria. Among her other roles, she has served as Programme Manager at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, based in Vienna. She has an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Yva has a strong commitment to supporting refugees and migrants to develop their potential.

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Ana Costa
Customer Experience Manager

Ana joined MRC in 2016. Prior to moving to the UK, Ana was a senior manager in a migrant & refugee support organisation in Portugal.

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Maria Gonzalez Dardagan
Institutional Fundraising Officer

Maria joined MRC, (then Asylum Aid) in 2006. Before that she was Coordinator of a migrant organisation doing community development work and campaigning for worker’s rights.

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Ian Kane
Legal Services Manager

Ian joined MRC (then Asylum Aid) in 2014 from Brent Community Law Centre, where he was Director. Before that, he was Regional Manager at Refugee and Migrant Justice. With over seventeen years of experience representing asylum seekers and refugees, Ian is a passionate and skilled caseworker and manager with a commitment to supporting vulnerable clients.

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Wayne Myslik FRSA
Chief Executive

Wayne joined MRC (then Asylum Aid) as Chief Executive in March 2013, after fifteen years working in senior positions in the charity and private sectors in the UK and Africa. Wayne is a demographer with extensive experience in migration studies. He has lectured in demography, geography and sociology at the University of Cape Town (RSA), University of Western Cape (RSA), University of Natal (RSA), and Syracuse University (USA). A specialist in strategic planning and organisational change, Wayne has led management consulting firms in the UK and South Africa, where he advised numerous multinational corporations. He has been Managing Director of Twelve Winds Consulting since it’s founding. Before joining MRC, Wayne held senior roles at several international NGOs including Oxfam GB and Panos London. He is currently a Trustee of Zurich Community Trust.

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Ciaran Price
Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Ciaran joined the team in early 2017 having previously worked in policy positions with in the UK voluntary sector. His background is in international relations and public policy and has previously worked for migrant and community development projects in the UK, Ireland and Rwanda.

For media inquiries contact Ciaran on 07483 120 703 or ciaran.price@migrants.org.uk

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Debora Singer MBE
Senior Policy Adviser

Debora started work as Manager of the Women’s Project in 2004, and has managed all our policy and research work since 2009. She previously worked at Victim Support, and in 2012 was awarded an MBE for her work on the rights of women.

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Adrian van Schalkwyk
Operations Manager

Adrian joined MRC (then Asylum Aid) in 2015. He has extensive experience as an Operations and Financial Manager in the charity, not for profit and private sectors. He has project managed the successful delivery of a number of large European Funded Projects over a wide geographic area, ensuring that all committed project outputs were achieved within budget. He has experience in the fields of both Human Resources and IT. He has experience in the operation of UK and European funding streams and has been a SFEDI qualified business advisor. He also has credit lending and credit control experience gained with a major banking group. He is passionate about helping others and assisting in developing to their fullest capacity.

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Amanuel Woldesus
Integration & Community Development Manager

Amanuel joined MRC in 2017 from Regenerate-RISE, a charity that supports isolated elderly people, where he was Chief Executive. Before that, he has been a senior manager at The Upper Room, at Media Trust, Freedom from Torture, and Refugee Council. As someone with a refugee background himself as well as over 20 years’ experience working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, Amanuel has an excellent understanding of the hopes and needs of migrants, refugees and asylum seeking communities.

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