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Who we are


SciDev.Net involves a wide range of individuals working together towards common goals across the globe.

Our main office is based in London but we have a worldwide network of registered users, advisors, consultants and freelance journalists, predominantly from developing countries, who drive our activities and vision.

London staff

Nick Ishmael Perkins, director
Nick joined SciDev.Net as director in March 2012. He believes "that SciDev.Net has an important role to play by inspiring a culture of science amongst vulnerable or deprived communities".

He has worked as a journalist, media trainer and project manager for many years in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. He co-founded Media for Development, an award-winning consultancy providing support in a number of areas of communication for development. Nick also worked as a knowledge management and learning advisor for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the UK-based NGO Healthlink Worldwide. He has a postgraduate degree in anthropology and development. He was head of research communication at the Institute of Development Studies before moving to SciDev.Net.

Kay Ali, head of business development
Kay manages the External Relations Team which includes global user engagement, monitoring & evaluation and fundraising. She is responsible for managing relationships with income related stakeholders including donors, syndication and training partners as well as diversifying our income streams. Kay has worked in the UK charity sector for the last 10 years and has extensive experience of working with social enterprises, charities and corporate partnerships. Kay holds a BA (Hons) degree in Politics and an MSc in Migration from Queen Mary University of London.

Shaheda Begum, finance assistant
Shaheda is responsible for assisting in the smooth running of SciDev.Net’s finance and operations department. She is primarily responsible for the effective administration of the accounts payable ledger. 

Tom Campbell, sub editor
Tom subedits and proofreads news, feature, opinion and editorial articles. He has a BSc in environmental sciences and a postgraduate diploma in periodical journalism. Tom joined SciDev.Net in November 2012 after eight years in magazine publishing.

Juan Casasbuenas, training coordinator
Juan coordinates SciDev.Net’s strategic approach to capacity building for science communication and science journalism. Before joining the organisation, Juan worked for several years as a science teacher after gaining a degree in Biology at Imperial College. During this time he gained experience in supporting teachers through their training but also developed a passion for communicating science; which led him to completing a master’s degree in Science Communication at Imperial College.  Before joining SciDev.Net he worked at an educational charity supporting researchers in disseminating their research to pupils in schools. 

Paul Dawson, head of finance and operations
Paul is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at SciDev.Net including overseeing the organisation’s finances, HR, IT systems, legal affairs and providing governance support to the board of trustees. Paul joined us in October 2011 following six years working in the charitable sector. Paul has held senior management and board level positions in a number of charitable organisations. Paul’s earlier career he worked in materials research and development for the aerospace industry.

Lou Del Bello, multimedia producer
Lou produces and commissions multimedia content for SciDev.Net, working closely with the contributors. Before joining SciDev.Net she worked for seven years as a reporter and photographer for newspapers, magazines and independent online publications. She covered science and environment with a special interest in climate change and its impacts on the Global South. She holds a degree in communication studies, a masters degree in semiotics, both from University of Bologna, in Italy, and a postgraduate in Science Journalism from City University London in the UK.
Jan Evetts, digital support technician
Jan is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of digital operations, including website, mobile and other technical products. He previously worked as a consultant analyst on social housing projects for the United Kingdom’s Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Jan holds a degree in chemistry from Imperial College, London 

Caitlin Flint, user engagement manager
Caitlin manages the planning, development and monitoring of marketing and communication activities at SciDev.Net, with a focus on global user engagement and audience development. Caitlin holds a BA degree in Publishing and English Studies and a CIM Diploma in Marketing. Since graduating Caitlin worked for global publishers Wiley and the Royal Society of Medicine Press.

Shannon Marie Harmon, digital producer
Shannon is responsible for the production of our web pages, ensuring quality content, design and delivery, and facilitates user-interaction through social media and digital engagement. She has a MSc in the history and sociology of science, medicine and technology from Imperial College, London partnered with University College London and the Wellcome Centre for the history of medicine. Before joining SciDev.Net Shannon previously held digital content roles for several medical publications as well as working for various charities, including the Wellcome Trust and Project Genie.
Joshua Howgego, deputy news and opinions editor
Joshua splits his time between the news and opinions desk, helping to commission, edit, research and occasionally write articles. He is also responsible for managing SciDev.Net’s analysis columns. Joshua initially trained as a scientist, completing a PhD in chemistry at the University of Bristol in 2012. After an internship as a news reporter at Chemistry World magazine and a stint dabbling in freelance journalism, he was offered a scholarship to study for an MSc in science communication at Imperial College London. Before joining the team in October 2013 he interned at Nature News and was shortlisted for feature writer of the year in the Guardian Student Media Awards.

Kaz Janowski, editor
Kaz was a radio and online producer at the BBC for nearly twenty years before joining SciDev.Net. He has worked in many parts of the world, including living for two years in the interior of Borneo. He has wide experience of making radio series on science and development for the BBC and for local radio stations in Africa in collaboration with researchers, including the development of multi-media material. He has a degree in biology and a postgraduate degree in science communication.
Mariama Kamara, office administrator and PA to the
Mariama provides administrative support in the day-to-day running of SciDev.Net’s London office and PA duties to the director of SciDev.Net. She worked with different international organisations on HIV and sexual health issues relating to women and young girls prior to joining SciDev.Net, where she coordinated advocacy, campaigning projects and organisation’s operations including finances, HR and support. She holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Development Studies with a keen interest in contributing towards the development of Africa

Andrew Lee, head of digital
Andy is responsible for leading the global strategy, management and planning of digital operations and product developments, as well as content production. Before joining SciDev.Net in May 2007 Andy was a production editor at the Royal Society. He has a PhD from the University of Leeds in analytical chemistry applied to complex environmental and atmospheric mixtures. 

Anita Makri, opinion and special features editor
Anita is responsible for commissioning and editing opinion articles, columns and editorials, as well as the Spotlights and Practical Guides published on the homepage. Before joining SciDev.Net she worked as an editor for online news and open-access journal publications. Anita began her career as a research scientist and has written on health risk and vulnerability based on work at the George Washington University, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Joint Research Centre. She has an MA in environmental science and policy and an MPH in epidemiology.

Imogen Mathers, producer
Imogen writes news and feature articles and produces multimedia content for SciDev.Net. She also subedits and proofreads news, features, opinions and editorial articles. Before joining SciDev.Net, she worked in media development, public affairs, journalism and radio/television documentary production in London, Lusaka and Delhi. She read English at the University of Oxford and is currently studying an MA in African Studies at SOAS. 
Jessica Romo, monitoring and evaluation coordinator
Jessica is responsible for ensuring that SciDev.Net fulfils its mission by monitoring and evaluating ourobjectives, ensuring that we understand and respond to stakeholder needs and communicate the outcomes and impacts of SciDev.Net to staff, donors, the NGO sector and the wider public, helping raise SciDev.Net’s profile via the M&E structure. She has work experience in the private, public and third sector – both in the developing and industrialised world. Jessica has a BA in international studies and an MSc in development and environmental issues, with a particular specialisation in participatory and M&E methods for governance and development models.

Mićo Tatalović, news editor
Mićo commissions news and feature articles for the website and oversees their editing. During his time at SciDev.Net Mićo was shortlisted for the Best Newcomer (2011) and the Best News Item (2012) at the British Association of Science Writers’ annual awards. He also won Best Article at the EU-funded project RELATE –REsearchLAbs for TEaching journalists (2011) – and the Next Generation of Science Journalists competition (2012) co-organised by the World Federation of Science Journalists. He is actively involved in promoting quality science journalism in South-East Europe, including through advising local governments.

Regional desks

Our regional news desks provide dedicated editorial, marketing and digital services in the regions that they cover. They are pivotal in managing the future direction of the networks. They build partnerships with key organisations, coordinate editorial content on the website, promote SciDev.Net and manage their teams of consultants and freelancers.


The Board of Trustees sets the overall direction of SciDev.Net and monitors its operation, both through an annual meeting of the full board, and quarterly meetings of its executive committee.

Each trustee is selected for their knowledge and experience of the issues that we cover. Two-thirds come from, or are based in, developing countries. Current membership of the board of trustees is as follows

Graham Stegmann, board chair. Graham is currently an advisor to Hand in Hand international following a career in international development, and with a particular focus on Africa.  He was for five years from 2006 Special Adviser to the President of the African Development Bank engaged principally with issues of strategy, policy management and the external role of the Bank. Graham spent much of his career with UK Government serving in London and abroad, including as Head of DFID Regional Offices in Malawi and South Africa.  He was latterly Principal Finance Officer and head of aid policy, from 2000-4 the Director in charge of all DFID bilateral development programs and policy in Africa, and then coordinated the development input into the G8 and Millennium Summits in 2005. Graham was a member of the British Red Cross Board 2007 - 2013 and was appointed a CBE in 2006.

Judit Arenas is director of, External Relations, IDLO & Deputy Permanent Observer to the United Nations. Prior to joining IDLO Judit was Vice President and Director, Office of the CEO APCO Worldwide having prior to APCO spent almost 10 years at amnesty international her final role at amnesty was Director, Office of the Secretary General Amnesty International, Judit had also served as Media director at Amnesty.

Nadia El-Awady is a freelance science journalist and media consultant. She is a board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists and founding president of the Arab Science Journalists Association. She was the managing science editor at for several years and has worked as a freelancer for several international media organisations such as, Cosmos Magazine and Seed Magazine. After leaving she was program manager with the International Center for Journalists on a six-month training project for Egyptian journalists in investigative reporting. In recent years she has been the Middle East regional coordinator of a World Federation of Science Journalists’ training project for journalists in Africa and the Arab world. Nadia has won two international awards for her work. She holds a BSc in medicine from Cairo University and an MA in journalism and mass communication from the American University in Cairo.
Country: Egypt

Nalaka Gunawardene is director and chief executive officer of TVE Asia Pacific, a regional media foundation that communicates about sustainable development and social justice through television, video and the web. Trained as a science writer and development journalist, Nalakahas 20 years’ experience in public communication, initially in the mainstream media and later in the development sector. He has also worked with IUCN (The World Conservation Union), consulted for several UN agencies in Asia and is a board member of Panos South Asia.
Country: Sri Lanka

Andrew Jack is currently Deputy Editor, Analysis for the Financial Times. Andrew has also written extensively written about health and pharmaceuticals for the Financial Times. He was previously Moscow bureau chief, Paris correspondent, financial correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. Andrew is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception; has written numerous articles for medical journals including BMJ and the Lancet; and reports on French Insurance, Audit Committees, Networking and Work Shadowing. Andrew led the FT’s coverage that won it the communications award of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2011; First Prize in the Stop TB Award for excellence in reporting for 2010; and a Kaiser Family Foundation mini-fellowship in global health reporting in 2008. Andrew was a member of an FT team winning the British press awards. Andrew is also co-chairman of Pushkin House, a London-based centre for Russian culture.

Khotso Mokhele is vice-president of Scientific Planning and Review for the International Council for Science. He also chairs the board of directors for Mittal Steel South Africa. Previous appointments include the presidencies of the National Research Foundation (South Africa) and the Foundation for Research Development. Khotsowas also the founding president of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of California.
Country: South Africa

Rob Sloley chairs the Finance Committee and is currently Financial Controller of CAB International, a science based not for profit publishing and international development organisation with offices and projects around the world. He has also many years private sector finance experience, most recently at The Nielsen Company, where he has held Finance Director positions in both the UK and in Europe. Rob has a BA (Hons) in Applied Sociology from Leicester University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Country: United Kingdom

David Viney is Head of Technology at the BBC. David manages a significant change portfolio and the service improvement of over 100 legacy applications. David is regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts in Internet SEO and Intranet Portal delivery; having built and run a successful consulting business for over 5 years (delivering enterprise portals and consulting projects for a wide range of global clients). David formally was IT director for a FTSE-100 company. David is passionate about the role of technology as a competitive weapon in the 21st Century business.