Marcell Shehwaro is Director of Kesh Malek; a Syrian grassroots organization. The organization has over 300 staff working in northern Syria. Marcell is a renowned activist who was at the forefront of the peaceful protests since the outbreak of the uprising in 2011. She lived in the opposition-controlled Aleppo neighborhoods for almost two years before she had to flee to Turkey. Based in Gaziantep, she keeps a strong contact with the activists and aid workers who are still in her home city, Aleppo. Shehwaro has participated in various key conferences about civil society, justice and activism in Syria.