Gustaf Sörnmo, chairperson
My name is Gustaf and I'm the founder of Central Asia Solidarity Groups. My interest in Central Asia started in 2009 when I travelled Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, meeting activist groups and civil society representatives in a wide range of thematic areas. From this trip the informal network that was to become CAG was born. Since the formalisation in 2012, I have been based both in Sweden and Central Asia, working with areas such as strategic planning, partnerships in Central Asia, project coordination, project design and resource mobilisation, among other things. Aside from my work as chairperson and coordinator in CAG, I have launched/co-founded several other CSOs such as Tamam, Vardagens civilkurage and Forma.
Josefin Åström, vice chairperson
My interest in Central Asia started after living in Turkey which opened my eyes to the Turkic world. In the fall of 2016, I was one out of two of the Central Asia Solidarity Group's two interns to Osh, Kyrgyzstan, to work with the youth organisation Novi Ritm. There, my interest in Central Asia naturally increased and I also became highly motivated to work with youth organizing, something I'm doing now at Ensamkommandes Förbund Stockholm (The Association for Unaccompanied Minors). I have a political science bachelor's degree and I have studied gender studies at Stockholm University. I have been and am very active in asylum and migration issues, and feminism is a natural foundation for all my work.
Alexandra Cruz Andersson, secretary
My name is Alexandra and I am currently studying a masters degree in social work at Malmö University. I have been involved with Centralasiengrupperna for three years, this started due to my interest in gender issues and my part-taking in cooperations with feminist organizations in Kyrgyzstan.
Martin Holm, treasurer
I started working in CAG in 2014 through a cultural project. As a member of the musical group VED we went on a tour, performing concerts and workshops, in four Central Asian countries. But my interest for the region started long ago when reading travel diares and books documenting Central Asian nature and landscapes. Something that i still find very intriguing! I'm also involved in Vardagens Civilkurage as a trainer and practitioner.
Filippa Almlund, board member
I have been active in the Central Asia Solidarity Groups since the very beginning. In 2012 and 2013 I worked in Kyrgyzstan together with CAG's local partners. I had a major role in the strategic building of the organization at an early stage and was responsible for the Central Asia Days in 2014 and 2015. Today I work at the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan and have previously worked at Tamam and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, I have also had short-term missions in Ukraine and Albania. In the fall of 2017 I will be stationed in Palestine as an accompanier. In the board, I have an advisory role with focus on information work.
Johan Blomqvist, board member
I'm Johan Blomqvist, board member of Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I first got involved with the Central Asia Solidarity Groups when I went to Kyrgyzstan as an EVS volunteer for an year in 2014-2015, working with one of CAG's partner organisations on a project to strengthen young people's abilities to make change happen in their own lives and local communities on their own terms. After the project I continued my engagement in CAG as a board member, as I want to contribute to a region where the needs and human rights of people are met, and where social inclusion can happen in more equal societies.
Amanda Sonesson, board member
Interested in all aspects of Post-Soviet countries and gender issues, I was an intern at CAG's partner organization Novi Ritm in Osh, Kyrgyzstan during the spring of 2017. I have a Bachelor Degree in Economic History at Stockholm University. In the fall of 2017 I will begin a two year International Master in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at University of Glasgow. Aside from my studies I have a long engagement in Swedish civil society, primarily via Stockholms tjejjour.
Aydin Mammadov, board member
I am a communications and marketing specialist with a professional background in human rights and development. My postgraduate studies covered a wide range of subjects, such as European and Global Politics, Eurasian Studies and Digital Marketing. I'm currently working at the British Council, UK's leading organisation for cultural and educational opportunities. My key interest areas include human rights, arts and culture, international politics, and digital.