our members

Zaher was co-founded in 2016 by Sofie Bervild Nielsen and Iben von Holck in Lebanon.

The core of the project is collaboration with a number of actors in Lebanon.

Zaher is fortunate to have many committed and skilled volunteers from both Denmark, Lebanon and other countries, always pushing the project forward, bringing new ideas and ensuring the ongoing development of our organization.

If you would like to be part of our work, we would love to hear from you.

Our board

Sofie Bervild Nielsen (chairwoman) – Visual Anthropologist with expertise in photographic fieldwork and migration – yoga instructor and lover of all things outdoors.

Iben Holck – Critical anthropologist with interest in housing questions – activist and aspiring gardener.

Antony Sarantidis – Demand Planning Manager at Pandora – global traveler and junior boxer.

Cecilie Olivia Buchhave – Student of Arabic at Lund University, with a special interest in  Middle Eastern feminism – lover of all things pomegranates.

Lorenza Porciello – director at AP Møller-Mærsk, background as a lawyer, nearly 20 years of international experience in various management roles, and board professional – loves spending time with family, traveling, winter swimming, yoga, and nature walks.

Louise K. Jühne Paulsen – Head of Secretariat in the Danish Civil Protection League.

Mathias Paludan-Müller (treasurer) – Studies Business Administration and Information Systems at Copenhagen Business School

Donate today

To make the gardens flourish, we need your support. Gardening doesn’t cost a lot – which is why your donation, regardless of the amount, can be a turning point for the creation of more learning gardens. Any donation makes a huge difference for our ability to let more gardens bloom in Lebanon. Zaher is a small organization, running 100% non-profit in Denmark due to volunteering efforts only. Thus, all donations will go directly to the learning garden projects.
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