The Team

Dr Bea Lewkowicz

Executive Director

Bea is a social anthropologist and oral historian, and director of two oral history projects, Sephardi Voices UK and the AJR Refugee Voices Archive. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and her thesis on the Jewish Community of Salonika was published in 2006 (The Jewish Community of Salonika. History. Memory. Identity). She directed and produced many testimony-based films and has curated several exhibitions, such as Continental Britons, Double Exposure, and Sephardi Voices.

Daisy Abboudi

Deputy Director

Daisy studied Ancient History at University and holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London. She has been Deputy Director of Sephardi Voices UK since 2017 and has conducted over one hundred oral history interviews over the course of her career. In her spare time, Daisy runs Tales of Jewish Sudan.

Frank Battersby


Frank has been working as a freelance Cameraman and Director/Cameraman for 25 years. He has worked across all disciplines but the majority of his work has been in factual, educational and corporate film making. He lives in North London with his partner and two sons.

Susanna Kleeman

Website Development

Susanna studied history and has worked in digital technology since 1996. Projects include: interactive TV games for Cable & Wireless and Virgin Media, strategy and product development for NTL and the BBC. She wrote the initial business case for the BBC's iPlayer service and helped develop the BBC's digital archive strategy. She now combines content strategy and branding with hands-on site building and design for a variety of clients.

Simon Waxman


Simon has been a videographer and editor for many years, working on a wide variety of projects, including documentaries.

Sharon Rapaport

Former Interviewer and Director

Sharon is an Israeli oral historian and documentary filmmaker, specialising in documenting life stories and community histories. Her expertise includes life history interviews, building archives and developing educational programmes. She was involved with Sephardi Voices UK from its inception until 2016, when she returned to Israel, where she now works for Yad Vashem, documenting life history testimonies from Holocaust survivors.



Alec Nacamuli


Alec Nacamuli was born in Alexandria and left after the Suez Crisis in 1956. He was an executive with a major IT services company. He is a council member of the Association of Jews from Egypt and Nebi Daniel International Association, which strives to protect the Jewish heritage in Egypt. He writes articles and gives lectures on the Jews from Arab countries, and is a volunteer guide on Ancient Egypt at the British Museum.

Elie Chilton


Elie was born in Alexandria and left Egypt in 1958 following the Suez Crisis. He is an entrepreneur who has started a number of industrial businesses in Scotland and latterly created a consultancy business focusing on financial and business strategies for small to medium size companies. He is a non-executive finance director with a biotechnology company and on the board of the Jewish Literary Trust, publishers of the Jewish Quarterly magazine.

Elliot Jebreel


Elliot was born in Manchester, to parents who left Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. He wants to make sure that the history, culture, and stories of his parents, and grandparents, are not lost. Elliot works as civil servant, and his Jewish community involvement ranges from setting up the Civil Service Jewish Network to volunteering with Limmud. He is also a graduate of the Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme, and in his spare time is a keen cyclist.

Edwin Shuker


Edwin Shuker is a London based international businessman with a wide range of educational, communal and charitable involvements. He is currently Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Edwin grew up in Baghdad and escaped to the UK in 1971. He is a public speaker and an activist on the issue of Jews from Arab countries.

Vered Aaron


Vered was born in Jerusalem and has a BA from the Hebrew University. She moved to London in 1985. In 1987 she founded Young Hadassah, UK. She is involved in many charities: CBF, UJIA, KKL, CECI UK, Sheba Medical Centre, and chairs Friends of Israel Cancer Association in the UK. She is married with three children.

Sandra Dangoor


Following a long career as a stockbroker in the City of London, Sandra has now turned her attention to charitable projects, across a broad spectrum of interests, from Sephardi and Jewish activities, to financial and mental health, as well as many more! She enjoys playing bridge, the arts, sports and traveling.