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 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.
SciDev.Net is owned by CABI, an intergovernmental organisation focussed on agriculture. In its 2017 report, it found that 44% of staff were female (44%, 2016), 38% of Executive Management Team (EMT) were female (29%, 2016), 36% of Senior Managers were female (34%, 2016). It also found that 82% of staff believed that CABI values diversity.
CABI (SciDev.Net's parent organisation) has a series of policies and strategies which support diversity, non-discrimination, and equality. These include a Code of Business Conduct which commits the organisation “to diversity in a working environment where there is mutual trust and respect … (and) to recruit, employ and promote employees on the sole basis of their ability to fulfill the requirements of the job”. This is supported by a Workplace Gender Strategy “to ensure a workplace that is free from discrimination from gender bias”. Where appropriate and possible, CABI employs staff locally to support its regional presence and to ensure that activities are sensitive to local priorities and sensitivities. The CABI Project and Programme Gender Strategy provides practical guidance on how to include gender in CABI’s projects and programmes, from identifying gender roles to ensuring gender responsiveness of the work.
In total, 80% of SciDev.Net staff are recruited from the global south.
Among our contributors 49% are male and 51% are female.
Organisationally, we try to overcome norms, expectations and cultural attitudes that build structural barriers to the participation of women and gender in science and policy and have female regional coordinators for both the Global, MENA and LAC editions of SciDev.Net.
In terms of freelancers, the regional breakdown is below.
- SSAFR – 24 men, 6 women – 20 % female
- MENA – 21 men, 17 women – 45% female
- SSAE – 10 men, 8 women – 44% female
- AP – 13 men, 23 women – 64% female
- Global – 2 men, 5 women – 71 % female
- LAC – 9 men, 25 women – 73% female
Luisa Massarani, regional coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Luisa is based in Brazil and is responsible for coordinating SciDev.Net’s freelance correspondents and other key individuals and organisations in Latin America & the 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. In Brazil, she is the head of the National Institute for Public Communication of Science and Technology at Oswaldo Crúz Foundation.
Daniela Hirschfeld, regional consultant email@example.com
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.
Martín De Ambrosio, regional consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Martín is a science journalist since 2000, and he lives in Buenos Aires. He has worked for Página/12, a national outlet (2000-2005), and Perfil (2005-2013) as subeditor; since 2013 he works as an independent journalist for several outlets such as La Nación, La Capital and SciDev.Net. He has covered five UN climate change summits, and published science outreach books. He has also given classes and workshops in Medellín, Trelew, Santiago del Estero and Buenos Aires, among others.
Caterina Elizondo, regional consultant email@example.com
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.
Bothina Osama, MENA regional coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Joel D Adriano, regional coordinator email@example.com
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.
Ranjit Devraj, regional sub editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Ranjit is an editor and in-depth writer based in New Delhi. Before joining SciDev.Net in 2010 he worked with the Inter Press Service and the United News of India agencies, specialising on science and development issues.
Melanie Sison, regional digital producer and user engagement assistant email@example.com
Melanie is a writer, editor, and digital marketer whose main focus is social development. She has worked with government agencies and international non-government organisations.
Ochieng' Ogodo, regional coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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’.
Jackie Opara, regional deputy editor email@example.com
Jackie is a Nigerian science journalist and is responsible for coordinating correspondents and coverage including the Africa Science Focus podcast from Sub-Saharan Africa for SciDev.Net. She is English-speaking and won the IDRC Science Journalism Internship award in 2014. Jackie coordinates the affairs of the Nigerian Association of Science Journalists (NASJ). As a journalist, her works have been published in various parts of the world including Africa, South Africa and the UK. She has a profound interest in science journalism and science communication, she dedicates her time to speak to universities and their vice-chancellors in Nigeria on the importance of science communication. She also moderates conference sessions, one of which is moderating at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2020) on ‘Agriculture on the front line, what the world can learn from African Scientists’.
Bernard Appiah, regional sub editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com /firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Amzath Fassassi, regional coordinator email@example.com
Amzath joined SciDev.Net in 2014, having worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation for fifteen years in various capacities. Amzath has first-hand experience of the African media landscape: he has worked for various news organisations such as Radio Senegal, Radio Nostalgie and a number of other regional news outlets.
Julien Chongwang, regional assistant editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.