Our Story

In a global setting where political leaders are talking about
building walls, NaTakallam is building bridges.

In the summer of 2014, Aline Sara had just completed her masters in International Affairs at Columbia University and was looking for an affordable way to practice her Arabic—specifically, her native Lebanese regional dialect—from New York City. It was also at that time that Syrians, fleeing the violence from the brutal civil war, were pouring into Lebanon, where today, roughly 1 out of 4 people are Syrian. Like most Syrians outside of the country, and notably the 5 million-plus who are living in neighboring countries, Syrians in Lebanon cannot easily get work permits, making their capacity to work and sustain a livelihood incredibly difficult.

The same daily struggle with varying legal realities holds true for Venezuelans living in Argentina, people from Burundi living in Europe or the Middle East, or Yemenis displaced inside their own country, and millions of other displaced persons around the world.

NaTakallam hires displaced persons & their host community members as online tutors, teachers, translators & cultural exchange partners

Global displacement today

80+ Million

Forced to flee their home

84%

Most live in low & middle income countries

70%

Struggle to access the local workforce

Our Mission

NaTakallam leverages the freelance digital economy to provide income to refugees, displaced persons & their host community members, by hiring them as online tutors, teachers, translators & cultural exchange partners, regardless of their location & status.

More recently, in light of the disproportionate number of refugees in countries that are already struggling from socio-economic perspective, NaTakallam also works with host community members.

As a natural byproduct, NaTakallam builds bridges & changes the narrative around global displacement.

Our impact in numbers & demographics

$1,000,000+

earned by refugees

10,000+

unique users

300+

schools & universities

100+

countries

100+

organisational clients

Meet our team

Our team is based across the world, made of individuals with experience in economic and political development, conflict resolution, human rights, humanitarian affairs, linguistics, technology, finance, design & journalism.

Aline Sara

CEO & Co-Founder

Reza Rahnema

COO & Co-Founder

Dina Rokić

Executive Assistant

Daniël Kuipers

Chief of Staff

Madison Sindorf

Head of Education

Tara Gerashi

Marketing & Social Media Manager

Carmela Francolino

CP Performance & Community Manager

Anete Raugule

Head of Translation & Interpretation Services

Moulham Ibrik

Operations Officer

Dele Omotosho

Tech Product Manager

Sally Wehbi

Education Coordinator

Danica Harootian

Head of Education

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Beyond numbers

40%

sustain themselves through NaTakallam while pursuing educational opportunities

60%

report that NaTakallam is their only source of income

30%

found other jobs, resettlement through NaTakallam friendships & network

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Aline Sara

CEO & CoFounder

Background In: Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Journalism

Languages Spoken:
 English, French, Spanish & Arabic


Based In
: NY/Paris/Beirut…

Loves: The etymology of words, coconut, penguins, films for social change

Reza Rahnema

COO & CoFounder

Background In: Economics & Political Science

Languages Spoken:
 English, French, Persian


Based In
: Paris

Loves: Puzzles

Dina Rokić

Executive Assistant

Background In: Humanitarian Aid, Refugee Resettlement, Journalism

Languages Spoken:
 Serbian, Croatian, English, Greek, Arabic, some French


Based In
: Between Thessaloniki, Belgrade & Kuwait

Loves: Stand-up comedy

Daniël Kuipers

Chief of Staff

Background In: Business Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Organisational Culture

Languages Spoken:
 English, Dutch, German & French


Based In
: Between Middle East & Caucasus

Loves: Enjoying the outdoors with fellow explorers, mango & breakfast

Madison Sindorf

Head of Education

Background In: Linguistics, Teaching & Education

Languages Spoken:
 English, Spanish & some Arabic

Based In: San Diego, California

Loves: Rock climbing & her pet tortoise

Tara Gerashi

Marketing & Social Media Manager

Background in: Marketing & Linguistics

Languages spoken:
English, Persian, some Arabic & basic French


Based in: Qatar

Loves: Japanese cheesecake, hiking & finding cognates in different languages

Carmela Francolino

CP Performance & Community Manager

Background In: Human Rights, International Relations, Global Education and Languages

Languages Spoken:
 English, French, Arabic, Italian and some Russian


Based In
: Paris, France

Loves: Architectural photography and cinema

Anete Raugule

Head of Translation & Interpretation Services

Background In: Language Services

Languages Spoken:
 Latvian, Russian & English


Based In
: Riga, Latvia

Loves: classical music (Three Bs) and cinema (Xavier Dolan)

Moulham Ibrik

Operations Officer

Background In: Affirmative Action, Tech, Sales & Engineering

Languages Spoken:
 English, French, Arabic & some German

Based In: France

Loves: 🚴, research & 🏖️

Dele Omotosho

Tech Product Manager

Background In: Software Engineering, Product Marketing and Design, Product Strategy


Languages Spoken:
 English, Yoruba, W. African Pidgin, Mandarin


Based in: Boston


Loves: 🏊🏿‍♂️🏃🏿‍♂️🚴🏿

Sally Wehbi

Education Coordinator

Background in: Teaching, Education, Laughter Yoga, Event Planning

Languages spoken:
Arabic & English

Based in:
Lebanon

Loves:
Family, adventures, the beach at sunrise & sunset & laughing so hard