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Editorial — Australia   Back to Top

Misha Ketchell


Misha has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He joined The Conversation late in 2010 and led the editorial team that launched the website in March the following year. In previous roles he was founding editor of The Big Issue Australia and editor of Crikey. He has also edited The Melbourne Weekly, worked for The Age as a reporter and feature writer and spent several years at the ABC where he was a TV producer on Media Watch and The 7:30 Report and an editor on The Drum.

Charis Palmer

Deputy Editor

Charis joined The Conversation as News Editor in 2012 after working as editor of Business Spectator, where she was also founding editor of Technology Spectator. She later served as editor of iTnews and has also run her own publishing business focused on the banking sector.

Liz Minchin

Executive Editor

Liz is a Walkley award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in newspapers, radio and online. Liz is now Executive Editor, a newly-created role that includes leading The Conversation’s national training program, which teaches pitching, writing and public engagement skills to academics and researchers; working with the senior editing team; and public presentations and outreach for member organisations. She joined The Conversation in 2012 as its first Queensland Editor.

Sunanda Creagh

Head of Digital Storytelling

Sunanda Creagh is an award-winning journalist and The Conversation's Digital Storytelling Editor. She works with The Conversation's editors and contributing academics to find fresh ways to tell evidence-based stories - through charts, video, audio, interactive time-lines or data visualisations. Previously, Sunanda has been The Conversation's FactCheck Editor, News Editor and Arts + Culture deputy editor. She began her career at The Sydney Morning Herald and worked at the Reuters bureau in Jakarta as a political correspondent before joining The Conversation in 2011.

Suzy Freeman-Greene

Section Editor: Arts + Culture

Suzy is a former features editor, news editor and arts editor at The Age, where she wrote a regular oped column for many years. She has taught journalism at the University of Melbourne, freelanced in New York and contributed to academic journals such as Meanjin.

James Whitmore

Deputy Editor: Arts + Culture

James joined The Conversation after graduating from University of Melbourne. He has been sub-editor, feature writer and wildlife columnist for Farrago, and has presented on SYN community radio.

Lucinda Beaman

Fact Check Editor

Lucinda has 13 years’ experience reporting for leading Australian and international publications and websites, with a background in financial and world news. As a journalist for The Times in Sydney, Lucinda reported on breaking Australian and foreign news for a global audience. Prior to that, she spent 10 years covering the Australian financial services sector for a range of publications, working as a reporter, editor, video producer and presenter.

Jenni Henderson

Section Editor: Business + Economy

Before starting at The Conversation Jenni worked on the Mindframe national media initiative, helping journalists report on mental illness and suicide. She has also worked for a number of years in radio, online and television journalism for the ABC and for Reuters at the Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur bureaus.

Josh Nicholas

Deputy Editor: Business + Economy

Josh joins The Conversation after stints in print, radio and online. His background in politics, philosophy and economics positions him to tackle issues from a variety of disciplines.

John Watson

Section Editor: Cities + Policy

John joined The Conversation in December 2013 as politics & society editor. After two years in that role, he took up the new position of cities & policy editor. John has worked in the news media since he decided in the mid-1980s that a life tracking elephants (in the process of gaining an honours degree in ecology) was less interesting than being a journalist in apartheid-era South Africa. His residence was soon revoked and he returned to Australia. He joined The Conversation after nearly two decades with The Age as an editor, writer and columnist.

Michael Hopkin

Section Editor: Energy + Environment

Based in Perth, Michael joined The Conversation after several years as a journalist with Fairfax, Sky News and The West Australian. Before moving to Australia from his native UK, he was a senior news and features writer for Nature.

Madeleine de Gabriele

Deputy Editor: Energy + Environment

Madeleine has been with The Conversation since 2015, working as the Arts + Culture deputy section editor until 2017. Prior to that she worked for Deakin University as a research assistant and completed a Bachelor in Media and Communications.

Fronscesca Jackson-Webb

Section Editor: Health + Medicine (Maternity Leave)

Fron joined The Conversation in March 2011 from the Australian Medical Association, where she managed the Victorian media office. She previously worked for BBC Magazines in London and Melbourne consultancy Twenty20 Communications.

Alexandra Hansen

Section Editor: Health + Medicine

Alexandra has worked in various media and journalism roles in Melbourne, London, and Jakarta. Prior to joining The Conversation she worked at Foreign Policy Think Tank, the Australia India Institute at The University of Melbourne.

Anna Evangeli

Deputy Section Editor: Health + Medicine

Anna is a specialist medical and science journalist, has edited online science news at the ABC and taught journalism at two universities. She has degrees in biochemistry and journalism, and her freelance work has appeared in outlets including the Sydney Morning Herald, New Scientist (UK) and the Financial Times newsletters. She is also an award winning blogger and travel writer.

Sasha Petrova

Deputy Editor: Health + Medicine

Sasha joined The Conversation in 2015 after working for the Centralian Advocate - a newspaper in Alice Springs - where she was the health and education reporter. Prior to that, she completed a Masters in Journalism and International Relations and wrote regular freelance pieces for various Australian publications.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

Prior to joining The Conversation, Amanda was a reporter and editor with The Age for 16 years, covering health, education, social policy, pop culture and the arts. She was also news and features editor for The Sunday Age, which included overseeing the paper's coverage of the 2007 federal election.

Michael Courts

Deputy Section Editor: Politics + Society

A graduate of Melbourne University's media and communications program, Michael returns to The Conversation after a successful internship on the Politics + Society desk in 2012 where he worked on the site's US elections coverage.

Claire Shaw

Section Editor: Education

Claire is former deputy editor of The Guardian's Higher Education Network. She was runner up for outstanding higher education journalism in 2014 and shortlisted for journalist of the year in the Mind media awards 2014 for her coverage around mental health in universities. She previously freelanced for CNN and the Times Educational supplement.

Sarah Keenihan

Section Editor: Science + Technology

Sarah joined The Conversation in October 2016. She previously worked as a freelance science writer and editor, in science communication and as an immunology researcher in Australia and Indonesia. She has a PhD and a Graduate Diploma in Sciences Communication.

Michael Lund

Deputy Editor: Science + Technology

Michael has been a journalist for many years and worked for the BBC, ABC and more recently as a feature writer for The Courier-Mail, based in Brisbane. He has won several awards and commendations for his work including a highly commended in the Walkley Awards. Michael has also worked as a tutor and lecturer in journalism with Queensland University of Technology. He has a long interest in science and technology and holds a BSc (hons) in Mathematics and Physics and a MSc in Pure Mathematics.

Prodita Sabarini

Jakarta Editor

Before joining The Conversation, Prodita worked for 7 years as a reporter for the Jakarta-based English daily The Jakarta Post. In 2013-2014, she was the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. As Neuffer fellow, Prodita also wrote for The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Debbie Dickinson

Head of audience engagement

Debbie Dickinson joins The Conversation having run national and international digital media campaigns, including for the Australian Government on the carbon price, and for the UK Government's UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen. She previously worked as a strategic policy advisor at London's Sustainable Development Commission, and at the Amsterdam-based non-profit, the Global Reporting Initiative.

Molly Glassey

Audience Development Manager

Molly Glassey graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a degree in Journalism, majoring in Law. Since graduating, she has worked as a features writer for Concrete Playground and was the court and crime reporter for The Warwick Daily News. She spent 2015 in Germany freelancing and studying German and Arabic. Molly returns to The Conversation after interning and working on the Arts + Culture desk in 2014.

Emil Jeyaratnam

Multimedia Editor

Emil has a background in documentary post-production and has credits on documentaries for the ABC, SBS, and BBC, amongst others. He has completed a Graduate Diploma of Journalism at La Trobe University, where he co-edited its online magazine, and after a brief stint at Business Spectator, he joins The Conversation as the Multimedia Editor.

Wes Mountain

Deputy Multimedia Editor

Wes joined The Conversation in late 2015. In the past he has written for Crikey, Junkee and the Centre for Advancing Journalism’s The Citizen. He is also a cartoonist and has had cartoons featured in the Museum of Australian Democracy’s annual best of Australian political cartoons exhibition, Behind the Lines.

Reema Rattan

Series + Specials Editor

Reema Rattan is currently on a six-month secondment to The Conversation Global, where her focus is on North and South-East Asia, and the Pacific. She joined The Conversation before the launch of the Australian site in 2011 and helped the company set up. She was Health + Medicine editor for four years before becoming the Series + Specials editor. Reema has worked in the research sector in Sydney and Melbourne, and was previously sub-editor at The Korea Times and the International Herald Tribune's local supplement in Seoul.

Editorial — Africa   Back to Top

Caroline Southey


Previously Caroline was editor of the Financial Mail in South Africa. Prior to that she worked for the Financial Times in London and Brussels in various roles over 17 years including as World Desk Editor and as a foreign correspondent covering European Union agriculture and social policy.

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

Julius was previously managing editor of a number of Kenyan national daily and weekly newspaper titles under the Nation Media Group and The Standard Group in Nairobi, among them the Saturday Nation. He was the founding editor of Drum East Africa magazine and has also worked as a senior editor in Tanzania.

Candice Bailey

Health + Medicine Editor

Candice worked as an investigative journalist at the Johannesburg-based civil society organisation Corruption Watch. She has also been a reporter in the newsrooms of several weekly and daily national newspapers, most recently the Sunday Independent and Johannesburg Star newspaper.

Joy Wanja Muraya

Health + Medicine Editor

Joy is a science and health enthusiast. Over the past 10 years she has worked at the Daily Nation and Standard Newspapers in Kenya as a senior health and science writer. She has a Masters of Public Health from Moi University and is a past winner of various health awards and fellowships. These included being named the African Story Challenge fellow in 2014 and best reporter awards from the Media Council of Kenya and at both media organisations she worked for.

Natasha Joseph

Education Editor

Natasha worked as news editor of City Press for three years before joining The Conversation Africa. She has freelanced for a range of publications, including Al Jazeera English, The Atlantic and The Big Issue. After obtaining her Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University in 2003, she worked for the Cape Times as a general reporter before joining the Cape Argus as news editor in 2009. She is a contributing editor to the Index on Censorship.

Ozayr Patel

Environment + Energy Editor

Ozayr previously worked as a television and online producer with a special focus on sport at independent television and online news agency, e News Channel Africa. Prior to that he was employed as a content controller for the Supersport website.

Thabo Leshilo

Politics + Society Editor

Thabo is a journalist and editor with 23 years’ experience in newspapers. He is the former editor of the Pretoria News, Sowetan, Sunday World and Business Times. His main areas of interest are human rights, education, politics, labour, transport and small business development. He is a past winner of the Sanlam Business Journalist of the Year Award (small business section). He was a 2008/2009 Nieman Fellow (Harvard University).

Charles Leonard

Arts + Culture Editor

Charles was news editor at the Mail & Guardian for four years before joining us. As a reporter, producer, news editor and executive producer with 29 years of experience, he has worked at a variety of South African publications and broadcasters including Business Day, the SABC TV, SAfm, Vrye Weekblad and the Sunday Times. He has also worked for the UK's Channel Four News. He has written extensively on arts, culture, politics and sport.

Sibonelo Radebe

Business + Economy Editor

Sibonelo has been a journalist for about 20 years with a focus on business and economic areas. He has worked for national titles in South Africa such as the Business Day, Financial Mail and The New Age. Prior to joining The Conversation Africa, he worked for the National Empowerment Fund, a South African development finance institution.

Juliet Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

At heart, Julie is a human rights proponent with a specific interest in women, leadership and governance. She has vast experience in writing and editing for both newspapers and magazines in the East African region, including titles under the Nation Media Group, the Standard Group and East Africa Magazines. She hosts a weekly political and current affairs talk show on KTN News in Nairobi and writes a weekly governance column for The Standard Newspaper. Julie studied law at the University of Sheffield in the UK and has a Certificate in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Lindiwe Malindi

Commissioning Editor

Lindiwe is a student at the University of the Witwatersrand studying towards an Masters degree in Sociology. She previously completed a Masters in Development Studies at the University of Granada in Spain. Prior to that she completed her undergraduate degree in literature and theatre, and an honour degree in African Studies at the University of Cape Town. She has worked as a workshop facilitator, copy editor and project co-ordinator in civil society.

Samantha Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East Africa

Samantha is a journalist, researcher and editor. She has extensive online media experience and has written widely on a variety of pan-African issues having previously worked for Africa Review and Mail & Guardian Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also contributed to a range of titles including the Daily Nation, the East African, the World Economic Forum and Citiscope.

Shallan Govender

Copy Chief

Shallan has over ten years’ experience in the media and corporate communications sectors. Most recently she worked as a senior sub editor at eNews Channel Africa. Prior to that she played integral roles specialising in internal communications at major firms such as Unilever, ABI and Altech. She has all round experience having worked on a range of media platforms including print, digital and broadcast.

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Didier Pourquery

Directeur de la rédaction

Diplômé de Sciences Po Paris et de l’ESSEC, Didier débuta sa carrière dans l’industrie pendant six ans. Journaliste économique à Libération puis au journal Le Monde de 1983 à 1990, il fut successivement rédacteur en chef à Sciences & Vie Économie, La Tribune, InfoMatin, Prisma Presse et L'Expansion. Directeur des rédactions de Metro en France depuis son lancement en 2002 jusqu’en 2006, il travailla ensuite sur le projet Bild France d’Axel Springer avant de prendre la direction déléguée de Libération. Rédacteur en chef puis directeur adjoint au Monde de 2009 à 2014, il est l’auteur de six ouvrages touchant au monde des affaires et des médias.

Fabrice Rousselot

Directeur de la publication

Fabrice a passé une grande partie de sa carrière comme correspondant à l'étranger pour Libération avant d'en diriger le site web puis de devenir le directeur de la rédaction du quotidien. Il a écrit dans plusieurs magazines et collaboré à de nombreux médias internationaux. Il est aussi l'auteur de deux livres d'actualité internationale et politique et d'un roman.

Leighton Walter Kille

Rédacteur en chef, chargé notamment de la coordination internationale et technique

Leighton est l'un des fondateurs de Journalist's Resource, un projet de Harvard Kennedy School, où il fut le rédacteur en chef. Il a aussi travaillé pour le Boston Globe, le San Francisco Bay Guardian et plusieurs autres médias aux États-Unis.

Thomas Hofnung

Chef de rubrique

Après des études de sciences politiques et de journalisme, Thomas s'installe en ex-Yougoslavie au milieu des années 90, où il couvre la fin du conflit. Au début des années 2000, il rejoint le service étranger du quotidien Libération, où il suit l'actualité africaine, puis les questions de défense. Il est l'auteur de plusieurs livres consacrés aux conflits en Bosnie et en Côte d'Ivoire.

Jennifer Gallé

Chef de rubrique

Après avoir étudié la philosophie, Jennifer a travaillé pendant dix ans pour la presse quotidienne (Metro) avant de lancer son propre magazine (Paprika). Elle a coordonné une trentaine de lancements de journaux dans le monde et a également exercé comme traductrice (L'Expérience de l'invisible, 2015).

Caroline Nourry

Directrice générale

Caroline a travaillé 15 ans dans la presse spécialisée BtoB (L'Usine Nouvelle, LSA...) et grand public (Elle, Paris Match, Version Femina, Télé7Jours...) en tant que directrice de la diversification. Elle a également été directrice du développement du Groupe Sophia Publications, éditeur des revues La Recherche, Historia, L'Histoire et Le Magazine Littéraire.

Aline Richard Zivohlava

Chef de rubrique

Journaliste scientifique et auteur (livres et documentaires). Aline collabore à Marianne, au Figaro Santé et est chargée de cours à l'Institut Pratique de Journalisme (IPJ Paris-Dauphine). Ses postes précédents incluent directrice de la rédaction du magazine La Recherche et journaliste spécialisée énergie et matières premières à La Tribune, Capital et Infomatin.

Estelle Saget

Chef de rubrique

Après ses études en journalisme, Estelle collabore d'abord au cahier Sciences du quotidien Libération. En 2002, elle rejoint la rédaction de l'hebdomadaire L'Express pour y traiter les questions de santé et de médecine. En 2009, elle reçoit le premier Prix du journalisme européen en santé, qui distingue le meilleur article au sein des 28 pays de l'Union. Estelle a consacré de nombreux reportages aux avancées médicales et encouragé la prise de parole des patients dans les médias.

Sonia Zannad

Social media manager et responsable du trafic

Sonia Zannad a rejoint l'équipe The Conversation France en janvier 2016. Social media manager, elle s'occupe également de la diffusion des articles auprès des médias et de la rubrique arts et culture. Titulaire d'un master en histoire contemporaine et d'un diplôme en sciences politiques et en coaching, elle a été rédactrice et traductrice pour des institutions scientifiques et des ONG (IRD, Unicef). Depuis 2010, elle multiplie les expériences en community management et en journalisme, avec un appétit prononcé pour les sujets culturels, la psychologie et le numérique.

Clea Chakraverty

Chef de rubrique

Clea Chakraverty a rejoint l'équipe de The Conversation en septembre 2016. Journaliste-éditrice, elle contribue au site The Conversation Global où elle s'intéresse aux sujets couvrant le changement social, le féminisme, le fait religieux et l'identité, notamment en Asie du Sud. Journaliste freelance en Inde et en France, elle a auparavant collaboré à the Indian Quarterly, Le Monde Diplomatique et Les Echos. En 2013, elle a reçu la Bourse Lagardère pour un projet d'écriture sur les femmes indiennes. Titulaire d'un Master d'anthropologie à Paris Descartes, elle a plus particulièrement travaillé sur le nord-est indien.

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Fabrice Rousselot

Global Editor

Fabrice Rousselot started his career as a foreign correspondent for French national newspaper, Libération. He was US bureau chief and UK bureau chief for the daily and spent many years in the field. He then lead Liberation's website before becoming the editor in chief of the newspaper. He left Libération in 2014, and embarked on an adventure with The Conversation, contributing to the launch of The Conversation France in 2015. Fabrice has collaborated with many international magazines and media outlets. He has published one novel and two non fiction books about Pakistan and French politics.

Clea Chakraverty

Commissioning Editor

Clea Chakraverty joined The Conversation Global in September 2016. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist in India for Indian and French media including the Indian Quarterly, Le Monde Diplomatique and Les Echos. Her interests cover education, social change, gender issues, religion, identity and globalisation. In 2013, she was awarded the French Lagardère prize for a project on Indian women. She studied anthropology at Paris Descartes with a focus on the Himalayas.

Catesby Holmes

Commissioning Editor

Catesby has a background in magazines, having edited for Travel + Leisure and NACLA Report on the Americas. She is also a writer-reporter, focusing primarily on urban planning topics. Prior to joining The Conversation Global, Catesby worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she supported drug policy reform in Latin America. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Reema Rattan

Commissioning Editor

Reema Rattan joined The Conversation before the launch of the Australian site in 2011 and helped the company set up. She was Health + Medicine editor for four years before becoming the Series + Specials editor. She is currently on a six-month secondment to The Conversation Global, where her focus is on North and South-East Asia, and the Pacific.

Stephan Schmidt

Audience Developer

Stephan has worked for publishers in academic, corporate and cultural organisations in Germany, Japan and the US. He has written for the United Nations University website and the Ourworld magazine, and was responsible for building the UNU's social media communities.

Editorial — United Kingdom   Back to Top

Stephen Khan


Stephen Khan is The Conversation’s Editor in the UK. He was a news editor at The Guardian and previously Deputy Foreign Editor of The Independent, Scotland Editor of The Observer and also worked for The Sunday Herald in Scotland.

Jo Adetunji

Deputy Editor

Before joining The Conversation UK, Jo Adetunji worked as a reporter and editor at the Guardian, covering stories from UK knife crime to the Arab Spring. She previously edited the Guardian's health and social care networks and has also written for The Times, The Independent and Telegraph newspapers.

Matt Warren

Deputy Editor

Before joining The Conversation as Executive Editor, Matt Warren was a magazine editor and features executive on The Daily Mail.

Jonathan Este

Associate Editor

Jonathan Este spent 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor on The Independent as well as The Australian. He joins The Conversation from the Media Alliance in Australia where he specialised in media law and policy and the digital revolution in journalism.

Annabel Bligh

Business + Economy Editor

Annabel joins The Conversation from a background in broadcast journalism. She was previously a radio news show producer at digital station Monocle 24 covering a wide array of international issues.

Joel Dimmock

Senior Commissioning Editor

Joel Dimmock spent 15 years as a journalist and editor at Reuters and AFP covering the banking and fund management industries. Most recently he was writing and publishing Reuters' investment strategy news and analysis. He has also worked on the Daily Mirror news desk.

Holly Squire

Commissioning Editor

Holly joins The Conversation from a background in broadcast journalism and magazine publishing. She spent three years working as a reporter and editor on a number of business publications focusing on housing, the environment and health. Before this, she worked for the BBC as a journalist and researcher. She is based in York.

Will de Freitas

Environment + Energy Editor

Will de Freitas helped to establish The Conversation in the UK. Previously, he worked on data projects for the Guardian's Global Development website, and for three years worked in ministerial offices at Whitehall.

Laura Hood

Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

Laura worked for more than five years as a reporter and news editor for Research Fortnight, a specialist publication focusing on science, technology and higher education policy. She also worked as a reporter for Research Europe, covering French higher education policy and European policy in areas including space and innovation.

Josephine Lethbridge

Interdisciplinary Editor

Josephine joined The Conversation as Arts + Culture Editor in 2014. She has an MA in English Literature from the University in Glasgow, and is a trustee of the Queille Trust, which holds a biennial arts festival. Since autumn 2015 she has also been studying part-time towards an MSc in Science, Technology and Society at UCL.

Andrew Naughtie

International Editor

Andrew comes from a social science background, and studied and worked in the US. Before joining The Conversation, he worked on projects spanning behavioural economics, ethnography for public policy, and commercial qualitative research.

Michael Parker

Technology Editor

A journalist and photographer, Michael has covered everything from crime to culture for British newspapers and magazines, and was formerly associate editor at The Big Issue in London before leaving to write North American travel guides. He founded an IT company specialising in Linux and open source software before entering journalism.

Miriam Frankel

Science Editor

Miriam worked for four years as a reporter and news editor of Research Fortnight, a specialist publication focusing on science, technology and higher education policy. She has previously written for publications including New Scientist, Nature and Physics World. She also has a background as a PhD student in atomic physics, specialising in laboratory astrophysics.

Gemma Ware

Society Editor

Before joining The Conversation, Gemma worked for over five years as assistant editor at the Paris-based The Africa Report magazine where she focused on business, technology and education. She previously wrote about fundraising and UK charity policy at Civil Society Media.

Steven Vass

Scotland Editor

Steven Vass joined The Conversation in February 2014 after nearly 10 years at the Sunday Herald, first as media correspondent and then as deputy business editor, where he wrote about most aspects of business but particularly energy, the economy and the financial crisis. He previously spent several years as a VSO volunteer in Zambia and several more as a media analyst in London.

Ruth Dawson

Wales Editor

Ruth comes from a background in the Welsh media, most recently working at the South Wales Evening Post. Before this, she worked as editor of a respected automotive industry publication. She is based in Cardiff.

Stephen Harris

Commissioning + Science Editor

Stephen covers science, technology and health for The Conversation. He previously spent five years as senior reporter and special projects editor at The Engineer, the world's oldest technology magazine and professional journal.

Luke Salkeld

Commissioning Editor

Luke has worked as a journalist in the UK national press for 14 years, including a decade at the Daily Mail as a reporter and news editor. He is based in Bristol.

Paul Keaveny

Commissioning Editor

Paul has been a journalist for 16 years, working most recently as a news reporter for The Sun covering the north of England. Before that he worked as a multimedia journalist at The Press Association covering breaking news, court cases and major events. Paul began his career as a local newspaper reporter and crime correspondent and also works for the BBC. He is based in Manchester.

Emily Lindsay Brown

Cities Editor

Emily graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an MA in Philosophy and English Literature. She joined The Conversation in 2015, after gaining experience with Press Data Ltd, the St James Ethics Centre and student newspaper The Journal. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Media and Communications at the LSE.

Clint Witchalls

Health + Medicine Editor

Clint has worked as a freelance journalist for the past 15 years. He has covered health, science and technology for The Economist, Intelligent Life, Newsweek, New Scientist, The Guardian and The Independent. He also wrote a book about his year as a clinical trial "guinea pig" for the male pill called Die Pille und Ich (Rowohlt). Clint holds an MSc in creative non-fiction writing from Imperial College London.

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Maria Balinska


Previously Maria was at the BBC in London where, for 10 years, she was Editor, World Current Affairs Radio. A 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard she is also the founder of Latitude News, a digital platform that introduced new ways of covering world affairs for American audiences.

Martin LaMonica

Deputy Editor and Environment + Energy Editor

Martin has worked as a reporter and editor covering technology, science and business for more than 20 years. Before joining the Conversation, he wrote regularly for MIT Technology Review, Xconomy, IEEE Spectrum, the Boston Globe and the Guardian. He previously worked at CNET/CBS Interactive and technology publisher IDG.

Jennifer Weeks

Environment + Energy Editor

Jennifer Weeks spent the past decade as a freelance journalist covering environment, science and health for magazines and web sites. She also has worked as a Congressional aide, lobbyist, and policy analyst in Washington, DC and Boston.

Maggie Villiger

Science + Technology Editor

Maggie has a background in broadcast journalism, having worked in both public radio and television. She has a BA in neuroscience and an MA in science communication.

Jeff Inglis

Science + Technology Editor

Jeff has two decades of experience working for news organizations in Antarctica, New Zealand, Vermont, Missouri, Maine and Massachusetts. He has covered many topics in science and technology, and beyond. He has a BA in history from Middlebury College and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Bryan Keogh

Economics + Business Editor

Bryan spent the past decade writing and editing on business, finance and economics topics, most recently as the editor of a magazine in Beirut. Prior to that, he wrote about corporate finance and health from Paris and covered the debt markets for Bloomberg News in both London and New York.

Lynne Anderson

Health + Medicine Editor

Lynne Anderson has been a medical and healthcare writer and editor for more than a dozen years. Lynne covered consumer health at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she also was a bureau chief and editor. She served as director of communications at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute and also at the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Cancer Program. She has a master's degree in science, health and environmental reporting from Columbia University.

Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

Nick is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Columbia's School of the Arts. He's worked as a freelance writer and researcher as well as in politics.

Kalpana Jain

Religion + Ethics Editor

Kalpana has worked as an editor, writer and researcher at Harvard University. A 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she pursued many social justice issues as a journalist at The Times of India. Her case study on modern-day slavery is part of a Harvard course, and her book on the AIDS epidemic in India, is taught at many Indian universities. She holds a Master in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Emily Costello

Politics + Society Editor

Before joining the Conversation, Emily worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, most recently at The Salem News and the Newton TAB. She also has experience in book publishing and as a magazine writer. Emily is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Barnard College.

Danielle Douez

Associate Editor, Politics + Society

Before joining The Conversation, Danielle was a communications specialist for the Southern Regional Education Board. She has written for the Miami Herald, The Alexandria Times and other publications. She holds a BA in psychology from Emory University, where she was a 2013 Community Building and Social Change Fellow.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy + Nonprofits Editor

Before joining the Conversation, Emily ran the OtherWords editorial service and reported for Dow Jones and Bloomberg in Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro and New York City. She earned an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Aviva Hope Rutkin

Big Data + Applied Mathematics Editor

Aviva Hope Rutkin was previously a reporter and editor at New Scientist. Her stories have also appeared in BBC Future, MIT Technology Review, Metro, Salon, Mashable, and on podcasts and radio. She studied neuroscience at Union College and science writing at MIT.

Kaitlyn Chantry

Education Editor

Kaitlyn is an arts advocate, theatre director, and teaching artist. Before joining The Conversation, she worked as an editor for Reviewed, a division of USA TODAY. She spent six years as a teacher and administrator for Exploration, a nonprofit academic program for 4-12th graders. She holds an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Joel Abrams

Manager, Media Outreach

Joel ran social media strategy and launched vertical sites on Catholicism and technology for The Boston Globe. He has also worked in product management and editorial positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Lycos, and CNN International.

Ari Fertig

Manager, University Relations

Ari joins The Conversation having previously helped coordinate marketing and communications at Health Care For All, a Massachusetts-based health care nonprofit. He also has experience running online and on-the-ground campaigns. Ari graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in history and philosophy.

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Joseph Skrzynski, AO

Mr Skrzynski is the Founding Partner of Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP), the pioneering direct investment fund manager in Australia. He is a Director of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, The Observership Program, the Sydney Film School, the Australian Committee of Human Rights Watch and Philanthropy Australia. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Lisa Watts

Chief Operating Officer, The Conversation.

Belinda Robinson

Belinda commenced as Chief Executive with Universities Australia - the peak body representing Australia's 39 universities - in January 2012. Belinda is a highly experienced Chief Executive of peak national organisations with an extensive background in public policy and in the private sector.

David Whiteing

David is the Group Executive, Enterprise Services, and Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. David is a highly experienced business and IT executive with a track record of delivering technology transformation in many industries, including financial services, both in Australia and overseas.

Linda Price

Group Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner Asia Pacific. Director of Australian Institute of Management Victoria & Tasmania. Previously HR and IT Director, Fairfax Media.

Peter Doherty

Nobel Laureate and Australian of the Year in 1997. Professor of Immunology, University of Melbourne and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Richard Leder

Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth specialising in Media Law and Litigation. Corrs Melbourne office Pro Bono Partner. Deputy Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Director of Australian Friends of Asha for Slums Limited. Committee member of the Melbourne Press Club and Law Council Media and Communications Committee. Member Melbourne University Centre for Media and Communications Law Advisory Board.

Terry Cutler

Principal of Cutler & Company. Deputy Chairman at CSIRO. Director at National Health Call Centre Network Ltd. Chairman at The Open Technology Foundation. Director at Multimedia University, Malaysia.

Vince FitzGerald

Member of Council, ANU. Director, Allen Consulting Group Pty Ltd. Director, ETF Securities Ltd and ETFS Metal Securities (Australia) Ltd. Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of National Board and President, Victorian State Council. Trustee, Finkel and Tuckwell Foundations, and Director of the Goulburn-Murray indigenous community’s Kaiela Institute.

Editorial board — Australia   Back to Top

Natalie Mast


Natalie Mast is the Associate Director for Research Data and Strategy at the University of Western Australia. She works predominantly in the areas of research performance, bibliometrics and university ranking systems. Natalie trained in field of political science, focusing on the influence of institutional design upon the organisation of parties and the behaviour of members in the European Parliament.

Cathy Foley


Dr. Cathy Foley is the President of Science and Technology Australia and Chief of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Foley is well known for her interests in physics, science education, women in science, science in the media and nuclear disarmament. She has been recently involved in developing the passion for science within CSIRO and renewing what it is to be a scientist.

Duncan Ivison

The University of Sydney

Professor Duncan Ivison is a Professor of Political Philosophy and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Sydney. Previously worked at the University of Toronto; University of York (UK) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU. Completed his BA at McGill University in Montreal, MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Julianne Schultz

Griffith University

Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW. Schultz is a professor at Griffith’s Centre for Cultural Research, Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School and a non-executive director of the boards of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Grattan Institute.

Martyn Hook


Prof. Dr Martyn Hook is Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, Dean at RMIT's School of Media & Communication, and Director of multi award winning iredale pedersen hook architects, a studio practice based in Melbourne and Perth dedicated to appropriate design of effective sustainable buildings with a responsible environmental and social agenda.

Pauline Nestor


Pauline Nestor is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Monash University. Before this appointment Professor Nestor was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts, as well as serving as Academic Adviser to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Glenn Wightwick


Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) at UTS, Professor Wightwick is responsible for research policy development and general oversight of the University's research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation.

Merlin Crossley


Merlin Crossley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at UNSW, formerly Dean of Science and Professor of Molecular Biology. He has also worked or studied at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Harvard and Sydney. He has been recognised by numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship and the Australian Academy of Science's Gottschalk Medal. He has made significant contributions to academic administration, serving as Dean at UNSW since 2010, and previously having been Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Sydney from 2006 to 2008

Julie Willis

University of Melbourne

Professor Julie Willis is Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Capability) at the University of Melbourne. She is a Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning. She has extensive editorial and editorial board experience, including as editor of the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (2012).

Commercial and finance — Australia   Back to Top

Lisa Watts

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa leads the commercial operations of The Conversation and is responsible for funding and business development. Previously she was CEO of ArtsHub, the leading news and jobs site for the creative arts industry. Her career includes CEO of a search marketing firm, and GM of the MyCareer online employment business for Fairfax Digital. If you would like to support or partner with us to grow The Conversation, Lisa would be delighted to hear from you.

Tim Cahill

Chief Data Scientist

Tim Cahill joins The Conversation as Chief Data Scientist. He is Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology and Director at Research Strategies Australia. He was formerly Director, Research Performance and Analysis at the Australian Research Council.

Sarah Taylor

Data Scientist

Sarah Taylor has worked for over ten years with Geographic Information Systems, and in so doing has branched into database administration and software development, as well as an interesting PhD which examined the history of live music in Sydney and Melbourne. She has previously worked for the Victorian Electoral Commission, the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Deakin University, and RMIT University, and performs with music group the Taylor Project.

Paul Angel

Data Scientist

Paul joins The Conversation after completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne, where he spent many years generating and digesting large volumes of astrophysical data.

Damian Thompson

Global Coordinator

Damian came to The Conversation from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, where he worked on programs to deliver services to the agriculture sector. He previously worked as a policy adviser to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Small Business Department and joins The Conversation as the Business Development Manager.

Maria Troumboukis

Finance Manager

Maria joins The Conversation with extensive government experience, having previously worked as the Finance Manager at Arts Victoria within the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet where she was responsible for reporting and managing large multi-million dollar operating and capital budgets. A qualified CPA, she also worked in the South Australian State Government in Services SA and the Auditor-General’s Department.

Alex Cao

Management Accountant

Alex is a qualified CPA and graduated at RMIT with dual master degrees - Professional Accounting and Commerce. He worked in risk and credit management industry before joining The Conversation.

Georgina Hall

Jobs and Sponsorship Manager

Georgina studied Arts at the University of Melbourne. She started volunteering in 2010 and now works in finance and administration for The Conversation.


Technology — Global   Back to Top

James Healy

Technical Director

James studied software engineering at Swinburne University. Since then he has worked on researching network protocols and developing websites for several Australian companies and community groups.

Mark Cipolla

Senior Developer & Content Platform Project Coordinator

After finishing a degree in Multimedia Design at Monash University, Mark has worked with a number of design and development teams, including Realestate.com.au and SitePoint.

Nick Browne


Nick studied computer science at RMIT University. He has worked in Australia, India, Hong Kong and America before joining The Conversation.

Keith Pitty


Keith narrowly missed the era of punched cards whilst studying Computer Science at Sydney University. A BSc and three decades later, he enjoys developing software that positively affects society.

Eleanor Kiefel Haggerty


Eleanor studied Archaeology and Classics at The University of Queensland. She began programming shortly after finishing University. Two years and 28 countries later, Eleanor joined The Conversation.

Josh Bassett

Data Platform Technical Lead

A UNSW alumnus, Josh enjoys applying CompSci rigour to all manners of problems. Prior to joining The Conversation he worked on several large projects including the Bendigo Bank mobile app, the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Clear Grain Exchange, and the WordPress iPhone app.

James Hill


James studied computer science at UNSW. Since then his professional career has been equally split between Australia & the UK. Currently residing in London, he's joined The Conversation eager to work on meaningful software around the way we disseminate information.

Ben MacLeod

Commercial Platform Senior Developer

Taking a left turn after a BA majoring in Linguistics, narrowly avoiding a career in rock and roll, Ben studied Software Development at RMIT. He comes to The Conversation from working on the TalkBox platform at ImpactData, and is keen to contribute to shaping the future of journalism.