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 – 7 men, 18 women – 72% female
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 & 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 Cruz Foundation.
Daniela Hirschfeld, regional consultant [email protected]
Daniela is a science journalist based in Uruguay. She has been writing and editing for SciDev.Net since 2005, assisting Luisa Massarani. Daniela is producer of SobreCiencia, a TV science show in Uruguay, and also press officer at the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo. For two decades she was in charge of the Science section of Búsqueda, a weekly newspaper in Uruguay, and and editor-in-chief of a magazine. Daniela was one of the 2009–2010 international Knight Science Journalism Fellows at MIT, Boston. She has been University professor in Uruguay, teaching journalism and science journalism. She is author of “Mentes en Juego”, a book that aims to show that the nerdy stereotypes about scientists are not true by profiling seven Uruguayan scientists that mix their science career with very popular hobbies.
Aleida Rueda, regional consultant, [email protected]
Aleida is a science journalist based in Mexico City. She has written about science since 2004 for several Mexican media in radio (Radio Educación, IMER), television (TVUNAM, Canal 14) and science magazines (¿Cómo ves?, QUO). She currently works for the Complex Science Center at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and writes for the digital media Salud con Lupa and Pie de Página. She has been writing for SciDev.Net since 2006 and currently, she writes, edits and produces stories in text and video. She has won several national and international awards for some of her stories and she frequently is an invited professor in several universities in Latin America. Aleida is the current president of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists.
Gabriela Arévalo, user engagement coordinator, [email protected]
Gabriela is an environmental communicator specialized in edu-communication, based in Quito, Ecuador. She has a master's degree in Interactive Digital Communication from the National University of Rosario (Argentina). She has worked as a journalist in print and digital media. She managed communication, environmental journalism and edu-communication projects as a freelance and also with organizations such as Oeco Brasil, Finding Species and CEDIF. She is the director of education for conservation of the Zoological Foundation of Ecuador, president of the Quito Environmental Education Network and coordinator of the communication table of the National Working Group of the Andean Condor.
Alejandro Portilla Navarro, digital producer, [email protected]
Alejandro is based in Costa Rica. He assists in tasks related to the digital production of the SciDev.Net gateway for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has a degree in journalism and audiovisual production from the University of Costa Rica. He has worked as a journalist in the Radio System and in the Vice-rectory of Social Action of the University of Costa Rica, and was a collaborator of the Foundation for the National Center for Science and Technology (CIENTEC). Currently works at the Latin American University of Science and Technology (ULACIT).
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.
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.
Ranjit Devraj, regional sub editor [email protected]
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 protected]
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 [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’.
Jackie Opara, regional deputy editor [email protected]
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 [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.
Julien Chongwang, regional coordinator [email protected]
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 protected]
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.