Sheniz Tan, Director

Sheniz Tan is AsfarEurope's Director.

Sheniz is responsible for all of AsfarEurope's activities, strategy and overall organisational development.

Sheniz holds an MA in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding from the University of Winchester, has a BA (Hons) in Politics and History of the Middle East with Turkish from the University of Durham and holds a Level 7 Strategic Management qualification and is Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Sheniz has worked in the Youth, NGO & Charities, Welfare to Work, Social Entrepreneurship & International Development sectors since 2007, for a variety of different organisations over the past 13 years, including: the British Youth Council and LionHeart In The Community.

From 2015 to 2018, Sheniz, acted as a Project Development Consultant at Rinova, responsible for monitoring its EU portfolio (23+ large scale EU programmes) and project managed and supported a cross ranges of programmes including: Erasmus+; EU Justice; Interreg; Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programmes.

Since 2018, Sheniz has focused strictly on AsfarEurope and its partnership network, developing a series of new dynamic learning, employment, skills and social entrepreneurship programmes, including RESOLVE, a reconciliation for development learning programme and the RESOLVE: Network.


Publications, Lectures & Research

A profile of child marriage in the Caucasus, Asfar e-Journal, December 2017.

Erasmus+ European Partnership for Apprenticeships project.

Erasmus+ Euro-IVET: Enhancing the quality of initial vocational and education training for young people in urban and multicultural settings.

Erasmus+ Interculturality Mobility

Erasmus+ Igma-Femina

Erasmus+ REVaLUE: Refugees Empowerment through VET in an inclusive Europe.

Talking Peace, Exploring Conflict, University of Winchester.

Leo Zbanke, Creative, Cultural & Digital workshops Trainer

Leo Zbanke, is AsfarEurope's Creative, Cultural and Digital Trainer & Facilitator.
Born in Moldova, Leo studied social psychology and later turned to film studies graduating from the All Russian State University of Cinematography with a degree in film directing. Since 2015, he has run a production company called Dis Donc Production which creates audio-visual content for governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Since 2016, Leo has been a trainer and facilitates workshops/ training courses on digital storytelling, media literacy, and audio-visual tools, all over Europe.
Leo speaks six languages and his biggest dream is to travel all over the world and create opportunities for young people, making innovative educational and cultural projects.
Leo is a non-binary person who uses he/him or they/ them pronouns, he is involved in LGBTQ activism, writes scripts, and hopes one day to direct/ produce his own movies.

Angelina Avricevic, Asfar e-Journal Senior Editor

Angelina is the e-Journal's Senior Editor, and has been involved our work since 2019.

As Senior Editor, Angelina hopes to facilitate broader coverage of diverse, highly topical yet often overlooked themes characterising the Middle East and North Africa, while also expanding the e-Journal to include the Baltic, Russia and the Caucasus.

Born in Lithuania, Angelina holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Middle Eastern Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her area of academic specialisation is Jordanian domestic politics with a focus on Islamist discourse as well as broader regional developments in the domain of political Islam.

A keen advocate of transnational knowledge exchange and inter-cultural dialogue, Angelina has participated in various educational initiatives aiming to nurture young people’s social and political engagement while encouraging informed debate, be it promoting Politics studies to college finalists; facilitating events on cultural sharing and understanding for international students; or assisting with youth conference organisation at the heart of the EU in Brussels. Angelina’s professional journey has so far been dedicated to project management in the higher education sector, both in the Baltic, the UK and internationally.