Board of Directors

Aatika Hayat, President and Co-Founder

  • Tax lawyer currently working at ArcelorMittal, leading a team in global tax strategy and transfer pricing. Strategic vision is fundamental to the trajectory of RYSE.
  • Degree in Law and Finance from The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Depth of experience volunteering with many charities in different countries relating to women, children and young people – skills developed are fundamental to the expansion of project.
  • Vast network of contacts within Luxembourg – was able to unite the original founding members of RYSE, seeking out varied skill sets that would be integral to developing the project.
Stéphane Rinkin, Treasurer and Co-Founder

  • Certified Tax Expert and Partner at PwC – focus on business development, restructuring and supply chain organization implementation. Member of PwC Luxembourg Tax Leadership team and in charge of all digital platform projects at PwC Luxembourg.
  • Masters Degree in Law and a LLM in Tax Law from the University of Liege, Belgium.
  • Professional insight developed through experience is extremely important in his role as Treasurer and will help RYSE to become both sustainable and effective in the long term.
  • Personal experience mentoring refugees on an informal basis and the resulting success of this was integral in the creation of RYSE.
Jason Rea, Board Member


  • Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) – professional background in internal control, good governance, budgeting, accounting and reporting which is fundamental for the strategic development of the association.
  • Law Degree and MBA from Warwick Business School, U.K.
  • Volunteer Mentor with Nyuko Lux to provide advice to individuals starting up new businesses.
  • Previously a member of the Church Council of the Anglican Church of Luxembourg and Chairman of the “Association of British and Irish Accountants in Luxembourg,” – experience gained with supporting these associations at an advisory level is relevant to supporting RYSE.
Pooja Bhatt, Board Member

  • Chartered Accountant – currently working as a Senior Consultant finance professional at EY specialising in client services, automation of processes and analytical review. Professional experience also includes developing and implementing effective business processes and internal controls – skills which prove to be beneficial to the operational aspects of the RYSE project.
  • Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Madras, India.
  • Wide-ranging experience in volunteer work including: President of the Youth Wing at Rotaract Club of Madras, fundraising activities with Rotaract and World Bank and directly working with low-income children and youth in her home country.

Project Coordinators

Francesca Tavanti, Co-Founder

  • Currently focuses full-time on the RYSE project.
  • Qualified Interpreter – able to speak all local languages and translate for Mentees and Mentors as required.
  • Bachelors Degree in Interpreting and Translation from The University of Bologna, Italy.
  • Teaches languages to refugees in Luxembourg at Hariko and has direct exposure to target group.
  • Vast network within the voluntary sector in Luxembourg through years of extensive experience volunteering.
  • Previous mentoring experience with refugees, on informal basis in Italy, helped develop the direction of the RYSE project.
Kirsty Millar, Co-Founder


  • Currently focuses full-time on the RYSE project.
  • Experienced HR professional – extensive knowledge of full employment life-cycle and able to provide insight and advise Mentees and Mentors accordingly.
  • Specialised in Global Mobility sector – widespread understanding of global immigration and relocation processes.
  • Bachelors degree in Business Management and Law from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K – skills gained allow focus on operational aspects of project.
  • Experience writing project plans and funding applications for charitable organisations – submitted Project Funding application for expansion of Citizens Advice, Scotland service to hard of hearing individuals.
  • Volunteer Mentor for Children 1st Scotland and Advisor at Citizens Advice, Scotland – first-hand experience in Mentoring and advising on a one-to-one basis.