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 [email protected]
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.
Juan Casasbuenas, training coordinator [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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.
Shannon Marie Harmon, digital producer [email protected]
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.
Anita Makri, opinion and special features editor [email protected]
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.
- Latin America and Caribbean
Luisa Massarani, regional coordinator [email protected]
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 assistant editor, [email protected]Zoraida is a science journalist based in Lima, Peru. She is a SciDev.Net correspondent since 2004, and assists the regional coordinator in edit and coordination tasks. She has worked as a science journalist since 1995 in several national and international media and she was also the Press Officer at the International Potato Center for 14 years. Currently, she gives lectures and leads workshops on science journalism for various public and private organizations.Daniela Hirschfeld, regional consultant [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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.
Caterina Elizondo, regional consultant [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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 IslamOnline.net for several years. Bothina holds a BSc in commerce from Cairo University.
Hisham Soliman, regional sub editor [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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 IslamOnline.net for several years. Nehal holds a BSc in pharmacy from Cairo University.
Saleh El Shair, regional copy editor [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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 IslamOnline.net Arabic website for several years. Wafa'a holds a BSc in journalism from Cairo University.
- South East Asia Pacific
Joel D Adriano, regional coordinator [email protected]
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.
- Sub-Saharan Africa (English)
Ochieng' Ogodo, regional coordinator [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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.
Calvin Otieno, regional digital producer [email protected] /[email protected]
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.
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