filia Team

Meet the current members of our team at our office in Hamburg.


Lizzy Wazinski
Executive Director

Since June 2021, I have represented filia’s strategic goals both internally and externally and, together with the team and the volunteer committees, have taken care of filia’s further development and strategic orientation. As a long-time consultant for anti-bias and discrimination-critical diversity, I also focus on the power-critical perspective, which is becoming increasingly important in the national and international foundation context. Maintaining and developing collaborations and networks is just as much a part of my job as ensuring efficient structures, shaping team development, and evaluating our funding policy. Finally, I am responsible for the budget, manage the finances and deal with fundraising and our assets. Before joining filia, I worked for many years as a manager in project management and fund acquisition. What excites me about filia is its clear feminist and intersectional orientation.
+49 (0)40 380 381 990


Constanze Claus
Communications & Fundraising, Deputy Executive Director

I have been part of filia’s Communications and Fundraising team since November 2020. I have been working in the foundation sector for over ten years on the topics of participation and empowerment and I am happy to be able to do this at filia with a feminist focus. I would like to make the courageous, creative and important engagement of women and girls even more visible and mobilize further resources for it. My wish for all supporters, partners and of course for myself is this: Check your privilege!
+49 (0)40 380 381 992


Rebecca Bartusch
Communications & Fundraising

Before joining filia, I worked for five years at TERRE DES FEMMES as a communications and fundraising officer. At filia, I particularly appreciate the different focus areas we have, but most of all the general empowerment of all women and girls. I am happy to be able to contribute with my work to the fact that many great projects by and for women and girls are supported by filia. As a fundraiser, it is particularly important to me to set up our internal structures in such a way that we can respond appropriately to good fundraising opportunities. Furthermore, it is important to me that more people get to know and appreciate filia’s unparalleled work and participate in our community.
+49 (0)40 380 381 993


Nina Hälker
Program Management, Deputy Executive Director

Since August 2019, I have been responsible for program management at filia. Among other things, this means that I coordinate filia’s strategic and impulse funding in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the Global South and maintain communication with cooperation partners. In addition, I evaluate filia’s funding program as part of the fund’s strategic development. Closely linked to this is the cooperation with the International Women’s Funds Network Prospera: We are in close contact with the other European women’s funds in particular with regard to the strengthening of women’s rights.
Participation has been a topic in my political, private and professional life for many years: In my many years of work as an occupational therapist, empowerment was part of the basic understanding of my profession, supporting children and adults in making decisions and acting in a self-determined way. And in the CityScienceLab at the HCU Hamburg, where I worked until 2019, participation was also an important topic – with regard to the question of how digitization can support participation processes.
+49 (0)40 380 381 997


Hanna Grześkiewicz
Program Officer: Middle & Eastern Europe

I joined filia in September 2023 to work on the Central and Eastern Europe programme. Having grown up in Poland, many of the topics and issues addressed through filia’s work resonate with my interests and experiences stemming from my background and political engagement. I am looking forward to helping shape the direction of the Central and Eastern Europe programme, strengthening filia’s network in the region, and working closely with international partners. I hope to support the resistance and resilience of feminist grassroots organisations in Central and Eastern Europe through my work, at a time when this feels more necessary than ever.

+49 (0)40 380 381 996


Nagihan Ulusoy
Program Officer to the GirlsEmpowermentProgram

Since July 2021 I am part of filia as program coordinator to the GirlsEmpowermentProgram. I am looking forward to developing and implementing new ideas for participatory women and girls work here. I see my work as an opportunity to strengthen girls and women, especially those who are subject to multiple discrimination, in the development of their potential, but at the same time as a task to become aware of my privileges and to reflect on myself. As a person with their own experiences of racism and many years of experience in pedagogical work with children and youth, I feel sensitized to this area and am motivated to make my contribution at filia.
+49 (0)40 380 381 9981


Charley Besier
Finances & Administration

Since August 2023 I have been working in finances and administration at filia and I am happy to support socially and politically relevant ideas and projects in my daily work. I am primarily concerned with the possibility of creating participation and opening up spaces where resistance and innovative thinking are possible. I think it is important to explore the question of how we want to live in our society and how we can change it together. And how we make those voices heard that are marginalized in a white, hetero, and cis-male dominated society. Promoting self-organization and empowerment, and redistributing financial resources so that they reach structures that otherwise get few opportunities for funding, is something I feel is a very important practice to initiate change at the core of society. I am happy to be part of the filia team and to promote structural change in a foundation with a feminist and intersectional orientation.
+49 (0)40 380 381 990