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. 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 M.A. in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Indianapolis, and a B.A. 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, 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. 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, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Protothema, and the Athens News, among other publications. 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

OUTREACH AND PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER

Olivia Quinn brings over 10 years of experience working in the private sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including leading training and development for the Ernst & Young MENA consultancy practice. She also has extensive experience in communications and outreach and working with both the public and private sector on social impact initiatives in the region. Olivia completed an MSc from the London School of Economics in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies with a focus on Islamic Finance for development. She 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 refugee governance with organizations including the UNDP, Human Crescent and Erasmus University.