ABOUT US – MISSION

Code on the Road (COR) seeks to implement and promote a holistic approach to solving today’s labour market and civil society deficits in both Europe and the MENA region through targeted programs aimed at increasing labour market integration, entrepreneurship, and resilience to extremist ideologies that often exploit the downtrodden, insecure and unemployed.

Our main areas of action are:

  • The empowerment of women and girls through education
  • Social integration through employment and entrepreneurship
  • Building resilience to extremist ideologies
  • Conducting research to provide evidence-based programs and policies
  • Serving as an international platform and network for like-minded organizations

STATUS

Code on the Road is a nonprofit civil society organization registered in Greece under Registration Number 148647101000 under the Greek Civil Code and whose office is headquartered in Athens.

COR PHILOSOPY

COR is committed to building an inclusive and equal society through implementing innovative and multi-disciplinary programs designed to empower both migrants and natives.

COR PRINCIPLES

COR will research and identify vulnerabilities in society to transform them into potentialities and self-sufficiency using innovative, cost-effective, and evidence-based programs on the ground and through cutting edge technology.  

COR NETWORK

COR will partner with local and international organizations and networks and also act as a regranting organization to existing initiatives that have proven to be effective, grassroots and scalable.

LEADERSHIP

AYA BURWEILA

FOUNDER & HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Aya Burweila is the Founder and Director of Code on the Road and a BBC Expert Woman in Terrorism and Radicalization. She is also the Ambassador and Special Envoy of the European Public Law Organization to Libya and North Africa. Prior to establishing Code on the Road, she was the head of Research & Public Policy at Solidarity Now, an Athens-based NGO active nation-wide in the field of human rights. Born in Benghazi, Libya, she holds a certificate in Building Capacities on Arms Control in the MENA Region from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, certificates in Conflict Analysis and Interfaith Conflict Resolution from the United States Institute of Peace, a certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews, an MA in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Indianapolis, and a BA in Political Science from the University of La Verne. She has participated in projects and field visits in camps in Germany, Italy, Lebanon and in Greece, where she also worked at the Leros island hotspot. Aya is also a Senior Adviser at the Research Institute for European and American Studies where for ten years, she was an analyst specializing in extremism and conflict in North Africa, Europe, and the Balkans. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Hellenic National Defense Academy (SETHA). Aya’s work on integration, conflict and extremism has been published in a wide range of journals and platforms such as the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, European Eye on Radicalization, the Oxford Law Society Journal, the China U.S. Focus Journal, The Jerusalem Journal of Near East Affairs and the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, as well as mainstream publications like the Huffington Post and Al Arabiya. Aya is also the author of the EU commissioned “Greece National Report 2018: Migrant and Youth Social Inclusion Through Entrepreneurship (MY-SITE)” for the People for Change Foundation. She has been quoted by Time Magazine, Jane’s Military Intelligence Review, Voice of America, Infobae, The Washington Times, The Guardian, Jeune Afrique, The National, Protothema, Ahval, the Athens News and regularly appears on major broadcast networks to provide insights and commentary. Email: aya@codeontheroad.tech

DR ROSA VASILAKI

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Rosa Vasilaki holds a PhD in History from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bristol (UK). Rosa is currently appointed as a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece and at the College Year Athens (CYA). She has also taught history and sociology and conducted research in various universities in the UK, Israel and Greece. Along with her academic interests, Rosa has experience in managing and implementing large research projects, especially in the area of migrants’ and refugees’ integration, in gender equality, in combating forms of hate, racism and various forms of exclusion, with a special focus in far-right extremism and religious fundamentalism. Her article “Provincializing IR? Prospects and Deadlocks in post-Western IR Theory” (2012) won the Northedge Essay Prize of Millennium Journal of International Studies, whilst her research proposal “Policing the Greek Crisis: Public Order and Civil Unrest in Times of Turmoil” won the second prize of Greek Politics Specialist Group 2015 Competition “Innovative Approaches for the Study of Greek Society and Politics.” In her career as an expert, Rosa has worked with think-tanks (ELIAMEP), government bodies (South West Government Office, UK), international organisations (OECD) and advised embassies and agencies interested in gaining an insightful and informed account of development in her areas of interest—particularly in Greece and in Europe more generally. Email: rosa@codeontheroad.tech

OLIVIA QUINN

HEAD OF PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Olivia Quinn is the Head of Programs and Partnerships at Code on the Road. She is a consultant and researcher focusing on alternative funding, humanitarian innovation for reaching vulnerable populations and humanitarian governance for Middle East and North Africa migration. She brings a background in learning and development and public sector strategy consulting at EY and PwC in the Middle East. Before joining the humanitarian sector, Olivia spent over 10 years working in the private sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), she was consultant and advisor to regional centers of government working with youth engagement, economic diversification agenda and labor market inclusion. She designed and ran a ‘consulting in the community program’, applying consulting skills in refugee camps and vulnerable communities, including Greece and Pakistan. Olivia worked with the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation as well as leading research and consultancies on Islamic Finance to fund the UN Sustainable Development Goals, private sector partnerships and education in emergencies with organizations including the UNDP, Human Crescent and Erasmus University. Olivia received her undergraduate degree from the American University in Cairo and completed an MSc from the London School of Economics in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies with a focus on Islamic Finance for development. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish with a strong working knowledge of Arabic.

SOHAIL NAKHOODA

HEAD OF PRESS AND MEDIA

Sohail Nakhooda is Head of Press and Media for Code on the Road (COR). He is also Executive Director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM), a Publishing Director of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS), and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Faith Centre of the London School of Economics (LSE). At KRM, he is the Co-Leader of the Islamic Analytic Theology project with the Sir John Templeton Foundation, and responsible for coordinating research with scholars and academic institutions from around the world in the fields of Theology, Science, Philosophy, Inter-faith and Sufism, and commissioning over 60 academic works under the Islamic Analytic Theology series. He was also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Islamica Magazine which he launched at the London School of Economics (LSE). Sohail is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Kalam: Journal of Islamic Theology. Sohail has worked as Secretary of the Libya Stabilization Team and also with the Support Offices of the Executive Team of the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya in Benghazi, and was Private Secretary to the Libyan Ambassador to the UAE, Dr Aref Ali Nayed. He was former advisor to HRH Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad of Jordan; Chief Archivist for ‘A Common Word,’ an inter-faith initiative led by King Abdullah II of Jordan; and a Junior Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute of Jordan. He received a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics (LSE), postgraduate certificates in Catholic Theology from the Angelicum in Rome, and an MA in Protestant Theology from the University of Nottingham, UK. He won the British Academy Scholarship to pursue doctoral studies in Philosophical Theology at the University of Nottingham. Sohail has over 20 years of book and graphic design expertise and was a finalist in the prestigious British Book Design and Production Awards (2002) in London, and is an acclaimed photographer. Sohail’s research interests span Islamic Civilizational Studies, Philosophical Theology, Inter-faith Relations, Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, CVE/PVE, Hermeneutics, Photography, Art and Design. Email: sohail@codeontheroad.tech