The Team behind Afara Academic Publishing

Sonja Andjelkovic

is an international consultant, facilitator and trainer with more than 15 years experience in international development cooperation. She holds an MA in Islamic Studies, and certificates in systemic coaching, peace studies, refugee law, gender mainstreaming and organisational development. The sectors she focuses on as international consultant are TVET, employment promotion and entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, good governance: conflict prevention and gender mainstreaming. Sonja has profound working experience in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, the Caucasus on different levels, from civil society strengthening to diplomacy. In addition to her consulting and training activities in international development, she is a social entrepreneur, who has founded a number of social innovation initiatives, among them Business Makse Sense – Society for Sustainable Global Development, intercultures public and Afara Academic Publishing, an award-winning social innovation initiative for the development of knowledge economies in Africa and the Middle East.
Sonja is a creative philantropist, an author of books, articles and research studies, who is passionate about creating lasting positive change in communities through the empowerment of individuals and through advocating for equality. She believes in diversity, intercultural cooperation and innovation.
Sonja is a mother of three and lives in Berlin, Germany.

Simon Becker


Simon holds an MA in linguistics and Dutch studies. He has been working in international development for more than 7 years in the fields of TVET and employment promotion, among others for sequa and the ZWH (Central Agency for Continuing Vocational Education and Training in the Skilled Crafts). Since a couple of years he has been a freelance consultant. His area of expertise is project management and IT-based project management, project evaluations, as well as organizational capacity development for associations and NGOs.
Simon is a serial social entrepreneur. He is a founder of Business Makes Sense – Society for Sustainable Global Development, intercultures public, and of the social innovation enterprise Afara Academic Publishing. He has joined the RootsFactory Consulting Network and has developed it further. His motto „philantropy through digitalization“ mobilizes and motivates him, his partners and clients to use and be trained in open source technologies.
His long-standing experience in diverse fields of international development and his foreign language skills, as well as his open-minded, warm-hearted and curious personality are the basis for his extraordinary skill to create networks among people and engage them in cooperation with each other. Simon is a people-person. His tireless engagement in social impact initiatives proof that Simon focuses on creating lasting positive change in peoples‘ lifes.


Awards 2017

  1. 3rd place at the Free University competition "Research to Market Challenge" in 2017
  2. women&work innovators award 2017 in the category business model & organisation

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