Meet the team


Juliette Malfaisan

Executive Director & Founder

Juliette is a french lawyer. 

She holds 2 master degrees in property law and environmental law from the University of Lyon. 

Before starting ELA, Juliette worked as a coordinator and legal consultant for legal aid projects based in Thessaloniki, Greece.


Domitille Nicolet

Project manager & Co-founder

In addition to her legal and management help, Domitille’s main aims are to develop ELA’s partnerships and network.

After getting her bar exam in Paris (France) in 2013, Domitille worked in law firms as an associate specializing in public law and in administrative detention centres to provide free legal aid.

Her significant experience on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos prompted her to join ELA team.


Juliette Tassy

Fundraising & grant management

Juliette is involved with ELA’s fundraising and donor relations activities.

She holds a Master of Humanitarian Action and Law from the University of Aix-en–Provence, France.

Before joining ELA, Juliette worked in program and donor relations in Athens and volunteered in different organisations in Athens and Northern Greece.

Legal staff

Efstathia Laina


Efstathia is a lawyer from the Thessaloniki Bar association. She supports the association by providing help to applicants of international protection. 

She has been working for the past 20 years as  an Human Rights lawyer and an NGO field worker.

Before joining ELA, she was a Lawyer at Thessaloniki Solidarity Center of “Solidarity Now”.

Athina Kalogridi


Athina is a lawyer from the Thessaloniki Bar Association.

She has been working as a field lawyer for refugees and migrants the last 7 years.

Before joining ELA, She was a lawyer at Thessaloniki Solidarity Center of “Solidarity Now” for 5 years and before that I worked as a lawyer in the Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors asylum seekers of “ARSIS” in Oraiokastro, Thessaloniki.

Eleni Papageorgiou


Eleni is a lawyer at the Athens Bar.

She has been working with refugees in the field for 6 years.

Before joining ELA, she worked as a lawyer at the Thessaloniki Solidarity Center “Solidarity Now” and before that she worked with the UNHCR in several camps in northern Greece.

Matteo Russo

Volunteer jurist

Matteo is an international jurist. He holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Bologna and an LL.M. in Transnational Crime and Justice from the University for Peace. Before joining ELA, Matteo was in Lesvos with Fenix Legal Aid providing legal assistance to asylum seekers. He had prior work experience in international agencies and NGOs, such as the ICC, Eurojust and Centre for African Justice, Peace and Human Rights. He collaborated with online magazines specializing in conflict studies and human rights.

Claire Didisheim

Volunteer jurist

Claire is a belgian lawyer.

She holds a master degree in public and international law.

Before joining ELA, Claire volunteered at the « Plateforme Citoyenne de Soutien aux Réfugiés – Bruxelles » and the « Equality & Refugee Law Clinics – ULB”. Last year, Claire did an internship in the “Activism and human rights education” of Amnesty International.   Now, she provides legal aid to the applicants of international protection at ELA.

Interpretation and translation

Farhad Alizadeh

Cultural Mediator

Farhad is an interpreter/cultural mediator based in Thessaloniki.

He has worked as an interpreter with the Greek NGO Metadrasi and has experience in the field, notably with the UNHCR.

He learned the language academically and was integrated into Greek society; with his experience in different languages and camps, Farhad provides ELA with an understandable interpretation and a clear picture of the beneficiaries' needs.

Luisa Riberi


Luisa is a volunteer translator for ELA, based in France and Belgium.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ancient Culture and Contemporary World from Sorbonne University and two master’s degrees in International Relations from the Barcelona institute of International Studies (IBEI), and in European Cultural and Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


She is currently working as Policy Assistant at the Directorate General for Education and Culture at the European Commission in Brussels.

Artemis Tsoulou-Malakoudi


Artemis is a volunteer translator for ELA based in Belgium and the Netherlands.

She holds a bachelor’s in communication from Vesalius College (Brussels) and is currently completing her master’s in research in political communication at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Since volunteering for ELA, Artemis has also undertaken two internships at the universities of Antwerp and Amsterdam where she conducts research on affective polarization and ideological extremism. 


Former Volunteers

Priscille Duflos, Project management intern

Maelys Guillaume, Volunteer jurist

Stella Pitsilidou, Support

Valia CharalampopoulouTrainee lawyer

Irene Villani, Volunteer jurist

Chrysanthi (Sandy) Stavrou, Trainee lawyer

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