Who we are

SciDev CABI SIDA staff 2018

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

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

Staff gender split

49 % male, 51% female 

  • UK staff

  • Ben Deighton, managing editor, [email protected]
    Ben is responsible for overseeing SciDev.Net content, ensuring our editorial independence and the quality of our articles and multimedia products. Ben joined us in July 2017 after four years as editor of Horizon magazine. Ben has worked as a journalist since 2001 and was previously a reporter for the Reuters news agency in London and Brussels. He has a degree in French and a postgraduate diploma in journalism.
    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.

    Charles Wendo, training coordinator [email protected]
    Charles is responsible for SciDev.Net's training projects. He is a science journalist, a veterinarian and a media trainer, and has over 16 years’ experience in journalism. He worked with the New Vision newspaper in Uganda as a science writer, science editor, Saturday Vision editor and Sunday Vision editor. He also worked with the Infectious Diseases Institute of Makerere University in Uganda as a communications specialist for two years. Charles holds a master’s degree in journalism and communication, a postgraduate diploma in mass communication, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, all from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

    Sarah Hebbes, project coordinator [email protected]
    Sarah is responsible for the coordination of SciDev.Net’s science communication training programme Script, ensuring the project is delivered on time and to agreed standards. Before joining SciDev.Net in May 2018, Sarah provided freelance communication and event coordination services to a number of organisations. Prior to that she worked in the communications team of a national UK charity, as editor of the in-house magazine.
    Joseph Davis Weddi, digital producer [email protected]
    Davis 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. He has a Bachelor of IT degree and several Journalism Diplomas from institutions including  Islamic University in Uganda, Stockholm University, International Institute of Journalism Berlin and Uganda Institute of Business and Media Studies, among others. Before joining SciDev.Net in August 2017, Davis previously held editor and communications officer roles in Africa and Middle East.
    Anita Makri, freelance editorial consultant [email protected]
    Anita is a writer, editor and producer who edits SciDev.Net’s global page and acts as deputy managing editor. Prior to this, and since joining in December 2010, she was a staff editor for op-eds and special features (Spotlights) at the global office. Anita has over 15 years’ cross-sector experience in global development, health and the environment – specialising in science and policy – and has reported from Africa, Latin America and South Asia. She serves as an advisor with the Global Health Film Initiative, on the board of the Association of British Science Writers, and as a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Andrew Jack is head of curation at the Financial Times, overseeing a series of newsletters including FT Health. He has written extensively about health and pharmaceuticals, and was previously Moscow bureau chief, Paris correspondent, financial correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He 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.
    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
    Caroline McNamara
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trevor Nicholls
    Country: United Kingdom