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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 
    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.

    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 director
    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/assistant editor 
    Imogen divides her time between the multimedia and opinions desk. For multimedia, she produces audio/visual features and interviews. For opinions, she manages the analysis columns, writes ‘View on’ analysis pieces, and helps commission, edit and research articles and Spotlights. She also writes for the news and features desk, and coordinates content for world days. 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 has an MA in African Studies from SOAS, University of London

    Jon Spaull, reporter, producer Jon produces video and other multimedia together with written material for  Prior to joining SciDev he worked for many years as a photographer and film maker, specialising in covering development issues for a range of international N.G.Os across the globe.  He has a BA in Economics, Politics and Sociology and a postgraduate diploma in Photojournalism.

    Tania Rabesandratana, reporter/assistant editor
    Tania is a senior reporter and assistant news editor. She writes, commissions and edits news articles for SciDev.Net's global edition. Tania speaks five languages and holds a degree in biology from Université Paris-Sud as well as an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.

    Immy Robinson, monitoring and evaluation coordinator
    Immy is responsible for ensuring that SciDev.Net remains on track in delivering our stated goals by monitoring and evaluating our outcomes, understanding and responding to stakeholder needs and sharing learning amongst our staff, donors and the wider sector. Immy has worked in a Monitoring and Evaluation capacity for a number of organisations across the world and holds a BA (Hons) from Oxford and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. 

    Inga Vesper, news editor
    Inga is the global news and features editor for SciDev.Net. She is responsible for commissioning, managing and editing the global edition’s news output, and involved in planning the organisation’s broader editorial agenda. Inga holds a BA in Journalism and Psychology, and an MSc in Climate Change Management – with particular focus on energy policy in the Arabic world. Before joining SciDev.Net, she stalked the conference halls and corridors of Brussels as news editor for Research Europe, a magazine about European research policy.

    Sam Viney, user engagement officer
    Sam is responsible for the planning, development and monitoring of marketing and communication activities at SciDev.Net, with a focus on global user engagement and developing media partnerships. Sam holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Prior to joining SciDev.Net Sam worked for a number of international development and mental health charities.
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Luisa Massarani, regional coordinator
    Luisa is based in Brazil and is responsible for coordinating SciDev.Net’s freelance correspondents and other key individuals and organisations in Latin America & Caribbean. She also coordinates meetings, workshops and other training events on science communication and science journalism. Luisa is a science journalist, has a PhD in science communication, and has published several scientific papers and books in this field. She works at the Museum of Life/Fiocruz in Rio de Janeiro.
    Zoraida Portillo, regional collaborator
    Zoraida is based in Lima, Peru, and is responsible for writing science and technology stories from Latin American countries for SciDev.Net as a freelance correspondent. She also translates English articles into Spanish and sometimes assists Luisa Massarani. Zoraida has been writing articles for SciDev.Net since 2004. She has worked as a scientific journalist since 1995 in diverse national and international media and was a communication officer at the International Potato Center for 14 years.
    Daniela Hirschfeld, regional consultant
    Daniela is a science journalist based in Uruguay. She has been writing for SciDev.Net since 2005 and also assists Luisa Massarani, including the right visualization of texts and images in the Latin American web portal. Daniela was in charge of the Science, Technology and Health section of Búsqueda, a weekly newspaper in Uruguay, and is editor-in-chief of a magazine at this national publication. Daniela was one of the 12 2009–2010 international Knight Science Journalism Fellows at MIT, Boston. She is also professor at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay where she teaches science journalism.
    Lisbeth Fog, regional consultant
    Lisbeth is based in Bogotá, Colombia. She collaborates in the editing of SciDev.Net’s Spanish articles, sometimes translating English versions into Spanish. She also acts as a freelance correspondent. Lisbeth has been a science writer since 1984, and holds an MSc in science reporting from Boston University, United States, where she travelled as a Fulbright scholar. Currently – at the national level – she collaborates as a freelance writer at El Espectador, a Colombian daily newspaper, teaches journalism and leads a research seed group of undergraduates in science communication at Universidad Externado de Colombia. She is also part of a research group in the social appropriation of science, technology and innovation at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.
    Andrea Small Carmona, user engagement coordinator
    Andrea is from Caracas, Venezuela and is currently based in Knoxville, USA. She works to bring the best digital experience to our users in the region. Also, she collaborates with in Spanish and English as a freelance reporter. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Communications from the Central University of Venezuela and a master's degree in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communications from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Spain.
    Caterina Elizondo, regional consultant
    Caterina is a journalist based in Costa Rica. She is the regional digital producer and correspondent for SciDev.Net’s edition for Latin America and the Caribbean. Caterina has a bachelor and licenciate degree in journalism from the University of Costa Rica, and holds a specialization in Science and Technology Communication from the University of Oviedo and the Organization of Ibero-American States. She has worked in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica, and currently works at the University of Costa Rica.
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Bothina Osama, MENA regional coordinator
    Bothina is a science journalist based in Cairo and is responsible for commissioning and editing SciDev.Net’s MENA news. She is a founding member of the Arab Science Journalists Association. She has a background in science journalism, especially on the internet, and was the managing science editor at Arabic website for several years. Bothina holds a BSc in commerce from Cairo University.
    Hisham Soliman, regional sub editor
    Hisham is a writer, editor, translator and designer based in Cairo and is responsible of subediting the content of the Arabic edition of SciDev.Net for the MiENA gateway. He is a member of the Arab Science Journalists Association, has a background in the field of multimedia production, with a broad experience in designing info-graphics. Hisham holds a BSc in Science from Cairo University.
    Nehal Lasheen, regional assistant editor
    Nehal is a science journalist based in Cairo and is responsible of editing the content of the Arabic edition of SciDev.Net for the MENA gateway. She is the president of the Arab Science Journalists Association. She has a background in science journalism, especially on the Internet, as she was the science editor at Arabic website for several years. Nehal holds a BSc in pharmacy from Cairo University.
    Saleh El Shair, regional copy editor
    Saleh is a copy editor based in Cairo and is responsible of copy editing and proof reading the Arabic edition of SciDev.Net for the MENA gateway. He has a background in the field of copy editing and proofreading, in addition to verifying manuscripts, his encyclopaedia about major Arab poets was translated. Saleh holds a Ph.D. in Arabic grammar from Cairo University.
    Yasser Teilab, regional user engagement coordinator
    Yasser is a digital marketing consultant based in Cairo and is responsible of the user engagement activities of the MENA region gateway. He has a background in working with a wide range of brands on achieving their online marketing goals, also was a key player in establishing couple of digital marketing departments and agencies in Egypt. Yasser holds BA of literature from Cairo University.
    Wafa'a Mohsen, regional Digital producer
    Wafa'a is a journalist, and a digital producer based in Cairo. She is responsible of content production for the MENA gateway. She has a background in journalism, especially on the internet, and worked as an editor and digital producer in Arabic website for several years.  Wafa'a holds a BSc in journalism from Cairo University.
  • South Asia
  • Ranjit Devraj, regional coordinator
    Ranjit, who specialises in political and development policies in the Asia Pacific region, advises and helps with the management of News, Features and Opinions on SciDev.Net’sSouth Asia gateway. Since 1998 he has been with the Inter Press Service international news agency working in various capacities, including editor for Asia Pacific region. Before that he worked for several years as a science and health correspondent for the United News of India, a major domestic news agency.

    Mallika Aryal, regional sub-editor
    Mallika Aryal is a video, multimedia and print journalist based in Nepal. Aryal's stories focus on human rights, transitional justice, climate change and technology innovation. She contributes multimedia stories from Nepal for SciDev.Net, and sub-edits South Asia pieces with the regional team. 
  • South East Asia Pacific
  • Joel D Adriano, regional coordinator
    Joel is an award-winning freelance science journalist based in the Philippines and is responsible for coordinating SciDev.Net’s freelance writers in South-East Asia & Pacific. Joel has an MSc in environmental science and, as an experienced consultant on science, agriculture, environment and education sectors, has been involved in various projects for the World Bank, USAID, ADB and UNICEF. He is also a long-time director of public relations for Rotary Club Makati Olympia.

    Fides Lim, regional assistant editor
    Fides is a seasoned writer who serves as assistant editor for the SciDev.Net SEAP region. She has been a speechwriter for some progressive senators and writes for leading media and publishing outfits in the Philippines. She is also a knowledge management specialist, working with international agencies like ADB as a consultant and with CSOs on common advocacies. She is a political science graduate (honours) of the University of the Philippines Diliman.
    Katharina Schmidt, regional user engagement coordinator
    Katharina manages the planning, development and monitoring of marketing and communication activities at SciDev.Netasia-pacific, with a focus on regional user engagement and audience development. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). After working as a financial analyst in her native Germany, Katharina moved to Manila to found and run two companies. She also writes for SciDev.Net as well as various leading publications in the Philippines as a freelance journalist.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
  • Ochieng' Ogodo, regional coordinator
    Ochieng' is a Kenyan science journalist and is responsible for coordinating correspondents and coverage from Sub-Saharan Africa for SciDev.Net. He is the English-speaking Africa and Middle East region winner of the 2008 Reuters-IUCN Media Awards for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. Ochieng is the chairman of the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA). As a journalist, his works have been published in various parts of the world including Africa, the UK and the US. He has a deep interest in science journalism and has also presented papers at conferences on the ‘Media and Environmental Protection ‘and ‘Climate Change Reporting: The Developing Word Perspective’.
    Bernard Appiah, regional sub editor
    Bernard subedits and proofreads news, feature, opinion and editorial articles. With over 15 years experience as a science editor, Bernard brings a wealth of experience to SciDev.Net.
    Alberto Lenny, assistant regional news editor
    Alberto is a seasoned journalist, having been a writer and senior editor in Kenya’s mainstream media, including The Standard newspaper. He has also been a communications consultant with various international organisations, among them the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and ActionAid. Leny was also an editor of the book Customer Delight: The Story of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited published in October last year. He has also edited various magazines and reports for a number of organisations and commissions.
    Bernice Nduta, regional user engagement Coordinator
    Bernice manages the planning, development and monitoring of marketing and communication activities at SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan English Edition, with a focus on regional user engagement and audience development.
    Calvin Otieno, regional digital producer
    Calvin is responsible for the production of the regional web pages, ensuring quality content, design and delivery, and facilitates user-interaction through social media and digital engagement.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (Francophone)
  • Julien Chongwang, Regional Assistant Editor
    Julien is a seasoned Cameroonian journalist and editor. He graduated in journalism from the Advanced School of Mass Communication (ESSTIC/ASMAC), University of Yaounde II (Cameroon) and then worked for five years as a crime reporter for the daily newspaper La Nouvelle Expression in Douala, Cameroon; later becoming the copyeditor for the newspaper. From 2007 to 2009, he collaborated from Douala with the French service of The Voice of America. Before coming to SciDev.Net he was the editor-in-chief of Le Quotidien de l’Economie, a daily newspaper in Douala. At the same time, he was also working as a correspondent in Cameroon for the Moroccan economic daily newspaper, LES ECO.

    Bilal Tairou, User Engagement Coordinator
    Bilal is responsible for planning, developing and monitoring the marketing and promotional activities at SciDev.Net Afrique Sub-Saharienne.  Bilal holds two MBAs, one in International Commerce and Business Development and another in Audit and Control. He has 10 years of experience with various companies in the fields of audit, marketing and advertising.
  • Trustees
  • 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.
    Country: United Kingdom
    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.
    Country: Mexico/United States

    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.
    Country: United Kingdom
    Myles Runham is currently Head of Digital, BBC Academy and Head of Online, BBC Academy. Myles is responsible for leading the digital transformation for the BBC Academy, delivering word class learning and training to BBC staff and the broadcasting industry in the UK and internationally and leading the development and implementation of the digital strategy for the BBC Academy. The Academy is the learning and training function for the BBC and the broadcast industry. It operates across the UK and internationally. Prior to joining the BBC, Myles was General Manager of ASK.COM Europe.

    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 an IT Director at Arup, leading a global Enterprise Systems team. He has extensive Project Management, Commercial and eBusiness experience and is one of the UK's leading experts in Internet SEO and Intranet Portal delivery. David has previously been Head of Technology at the BBC and IT director for a FTSE 100 Company. He is passionate about the role of technology as a competitive weapon in the 21st Century business.
    Country: United Kingdom