Bashar Hassoun is a managing partner for FREEARTUS. He was born in 1984 in Damascus into a respected business family. At age 14, Bashar Hassoun became a junior boss in the family business which managed and developed real estate. After graduating from high school, Bashar Hassoun finished a two-year degree in foreign trade with a focus on marketing (the degree is certified by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce), completed two-and-a-half years of military service, was Managing Director of Zarzour & Partner / Diadora Sports Company for three years and Managing Director for Al-Houda Bet and Bath Company for five years. The latter two endeavors were both located in Damascus; there, Bashar Hassoun was responsible for his own projects, created his own shop for textiles and gained experience in the catering industry. After the outbreak of war in 2011, the situation in Damascus deteriorated to such an extent that Bashar Hassoun had to flee Syria in late 2013. After arriving in Germany, he quickly learned the German language, became eligible to work in Europe, interned for the German Bundestag, founded an organization called MyGrade which finds jobs and education for refugees, became a speaker for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and spoke in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Bashar Hassoun is also a Citizen Deputy in the Integration Committee of the Berlin Senate. At the end of 2016, Bashar Hassoun joined the executive board of FREEARTUS artists + refugees united for freedom gGmbH. In the beginning of 2016, he became a partner and managing director for the organization. In addition to managing numerous humanitarian and social projects, he has established the LAWRENCE berlin mitte together with Frank Alva Buecheler. Bashar Hassoun is married and lives with his wife and son in Berlin.