Samira Rafaela

D66 Member of the European Parliament

Biography

Biography

In her life and work Samira has put her energy towards building bridges between communities, both nationally and internationally. She has done so in a variety of functions: as strategic advisor for boards, as a policy maker, international trainer and speaker, as a social entrepreneur in Africa and the diversity officer for political party D66. She is the daughter of a Jewish and Curaçaoan mother and a Ghanaian-Nigerian Muslim father. This diverse background has inspired her to view the world through open eyes. Born in Zoetermeer and raised in a beautiful town in upper parts of North Holland province, she attended school in Castricum. After which she attended Leiden University. Samira’s expertise is in radicalisation and terrorism. Her ambition to be a Member of European Parliament came at an early age and she quickly decided to become politically active. Her first steps into politics were with the Jonge Democraten, the youth organisation associated with D66. At JD she promoted diversity and founded the West Africa Team.

During the early stages of her political life, Samira helped shape policy for the municipality of the Amsterdam, as a board advisor. In this capacity, she focused on human rights, diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, she built an international network by attending international activities. She is an alumna of the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and participated in congresses of the international political youth organisations LYMEC and IFLRY. She is keen on using her networks to build bridges throughout Europe, but also from Europe to other parts of the world. Samira’s experience as a social entrepreneur and an international trainer and speaker has prepared her for this task.