Board 2018-2019

Filippa Almlund, chairpersonI have been active in Central Asia Solidarity Groups since the beginning in 2012. In 2012 and 2013 I worked in Kyrgyzstan with CAG's local partners. I have since then been working on the strategic issues in the organization and was project coordinator for the Central Asia Days 2014 and 2015. In addition to the work with CAG, I have worked at the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Tamam and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and had short-term assignments in, among others, Ukraine and Albania. In 2018 I will develop my knowledge within security issues and, with the support of the Swedish Institute, I will write my thesis on the situation for Central Asian migrant workers in Saint Petersburg. During the fiscal year 2018-2019 I am the chairperson of the Central Asia Solidarity Group.

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 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've continued with. 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.

Gustaf Sörnmo, treasurer
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. Between the years 2012-2018, I was the chairperson of CAG. 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.

Johan Blomqvist, secretary
I'm Johan Blomqvist, secretary 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.

Alexandra Cruz Andersson, board member
My name is Alexandra and I am a board member, as well as contact person for employees, in Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I have been an active member of CAG since 2014. My participation initiated due to my interest in questions regarding gender norms, which led to my involvement in collaborations with feminist organizations in Kyrgyzstan. I have a bachelors degree in Behavioural science, majoring in sociology, and am currently working at a school for children with autism in Malmö.

Habira Majieva, substituteMy name is Habira Majieva and I am a journalist and jurist. I have a long experience in journalism and have worked with various newspapers in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. I am motivated to work Central Asia Solidarity Groups and share my experiences from Central Asia, where I also organized various projects with youth and women.