Nikandre Kopcke is founder and CEO of Mazí Mas, a London restaurant that helps migrant and refugee women build careers in the food industry. Born in Berlin to a German father and a Greek-American mother, Nikandre was raised in New York City and grew up speaking four languages. She moved to the UK to attend the University of Edinburgh, and subsequently earned her Masters in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics.
It was while volunteering with frontline migrant and refugee organisations in London that she decided to start Mazí Mas, which is inspired by the challenges her Greek godmother faced as an immigrant in the United States. Mazí Mas began life as a pop-up and is now a full-time restaurant employing women from eight different countries, with a successful franchise in Sydney, Australia and others in the works.