Our team and boards

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

Members 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.

Jane Wright

Commissioning Editor

Jane Wright has worked for a variety of Scottish newspapers including The Herald, The Daily Mail and Scotland on Sunday. In 1999, she joined The Sunday Herald and edited the magazine for eight years. Jane moved to London to launch Eurostar's new magazine, and edited several travel publications. Returning to Glasgow in 2016, she joined The Conversation in March 2017.

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.

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.

Declan Okpalaeke

Editor at Large

Declan has worked as a reporter, editor and manager at a number of Nigerian publications including The Guardian, Tell and Insider Weekly, covering health, environment, politics and business. He volunteers as adjunct/fellow at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, he was also a former Knight International Journalism Fellow. He is a winner of the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award, and pioneer president of the African Health Journalists Association.

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.

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 was managing editor of the 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.

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.

Ariel Bogle

Section Editor: Technology

Ariel joined The Conversation in 2017 following several years covering technology and science across print and radio in Australia and the USA. Previously, she was associate editor at Mashable, Sydney where she won awards for her technology coverage. She has also been associate editor with Future Tense, a joint editorial project with Slate and New America, Washington DC.

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.

Veronika Meduna

New Zealand Editor

Veronika is an award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in radio, print and digital. Before joining The Conversation, she produced and hosted a weekly science programme for New Zealand’s public broadcaster RNZ, for which she won several journalism awards, including the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s prize for best documentary. She has also contributed to other broadcasters and publications in New Zealand and internationally, including the NZ Listener, NZ Geographic, New Scientist and Deutsche Welle.

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.

Editorial — France   Back to Top

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.

Editorial — Global   Back to Top

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.

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 States   Back to Top

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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Max Landry

Chief Executive

Max helped to found The Conversation in the UK. He has a strong track record in business and internet innovation, having spent the last few years founding and running Paperstone, a leading office supplies website. If you would like to become a member of The Conversation UK or support it in some other way, please get in touch with him.

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Khalil Cassimally

Community Coordinator

Khalil has worked on science blogging networks for Nature Publishing Group. He has a keen interest in science and African policies, and has regularly blogged for Scientific American, nature.com and others.

Sarah Bassett

Deputy Community Coordinator

Before joining the UK team, Sarah worked as a broadcast journalist and producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She graduated from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales in 2015, where she was cadet and bulletin reader for National Radio News. Sarah also freelances in broadcast news.

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Anne Glover

Vice Principal, External Affairs, University of Aberdeen

Professor Dame Anne Glover is Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen. Her research background is in molecular biology and she served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission from 2012 to 2015.

John Heath

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham

John Heath is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Estates and Infrastructure at the University of Birmingham. His portfolio includes oversight of infrastructure, information and sustainability. He works with the Directors of Estates and IT across the academy to support the development and delivery of the University Strategic Framework.

Nick Lieven

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol

Nick Lieven is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Aircraft Dynamics at the University of Bristol where he also served as Dean of Engineering.

Elizabeth Treasure

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cardiff

Professor Elizabeth Treasure is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, as well as an active researcher, teacher and clinician. She was Dean and Head of the School of Dentistry and Divisional Director of the Dental Division of Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.

George Brock

Head of Journalism, City University London

Professor Brock was Head of Journalism at City University London in 2009-14 and is now a part-time professor. Prior to this, he had a long and successful career with The Times. He is a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute, chairs the IPI's British committee, and is ex-president of the World Editors Forum.

Pamela Gillies

Vice-Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Pamela has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU since 2006. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Council and has researched and written widely on HIV/AIDS, health development, and inequalities in health focussing on the potential of social action for health. Pamela was awarded the honour of CBE for services to education and public health in December 2012.

David Hogg

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Leeds University

David Hogg is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Leeds University and is responsible for developing the University’s research and innovation agenda. He is Co-Director of the N8 High Performance Computing Facility, Chair of the WUN Global Challenge on Responding to Climate Change, a director of Medilink, and a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for ICT.

Dinah Birch

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Dinah Birch is an academic and literary critic. She is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and currently serves as the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange.

David Price

Vice-Provost (Research), UCL

David Price is Vice-Provost (Research) at UCL and Professor of Mineral Physics. He is chair of the REF2014 sub-Panel for Earth and Environmental Sciences; Chair of Governors of the UCL Academy School; a Council Member of the STFC; and a non-executive Director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Vince Emery

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey

Vincent Emery is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations) and Professor of Translational Virology at the University of Surrey and holds an Honorary Professorship of Virology at UCL.

Mark Taylor

Dean, Warwick Business School

Mark Taylor is the Dean of Warwick Business School. He has outstanding credentials both in academia and in business. Mark was previously Managing Director at BlackRock and Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He is also one of the most highly cited researchers in the world.

Claire Warwick

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Durham University

Claire is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Durham. She Chairs the University’s Research Committee and has overall responsibility for the development & implementation of the University’s Research Strategy. She has a background in Digital Humanities; is a member of the advisory board for the British Library’s Labs initiative, and is the only British member of Conseil Scientifique du Campus Condorcet in Paris.

Andrew Atherton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University

Professor Andrew Atherton is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University and a Professor of Entrepreneurship. He has published extensively on entrepreneurship and in particular business start-up and government enterprise policy, and has advised and worked with policymakers and practitioners in the UK and internationally. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, Andrew has worked on and researched entrepreneurship in China since the mid 1990s.

Tony Gallagher

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast

Tony Gallagher is a Professor of Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for planning, staffing and external affairs at Queen’s University Belfast. His main research area relates to the role of education in divided societies and he currently leads a programme of research promoting collaborative networks of schools to support school improvement and social cohesion. In his PVC role he is leading work in Queen’s on Public Engagement.

Saul Tendler

Deputy-Vice-Chancellor, University of York

Professor Saul Tendler is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at the University of York. An academic pharmacist, his research is directed towards biophysical investigation of bio-molecular systems and their interactions, primarily utilising atomic force microscopy. At York he is responsible for planning, partnerships and the international portfolio.

Jane Powell

Deputy Warden and Pro Warden, Goldsmiths, University of London

Jane is the Deputy Warden and Pro Warden for Academic Development and Internationalisation at Goldsmith, University of London. Before joining Goldsmiths in 1994, Jane trained and worked as a clinical psychologist, specialising in addiction and brain injury rehabilitation services. She has researched in both those areas extensively over the subsequent two decades.

Kevin Hetherington

Dean, The Open University

Kevin Hetherington has held a Chair in Geography at The Open University since January 2005. He is currently Dean and Director of Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. He has published extensively with recent research focussing on a number of areas including museum studies, the material remains of the past within the present and its relevance to heritage issues, and consumption and disposal.

Gill Valentine

Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield

Gill Valentine is a professor of Geography and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sheffield where she is responsible for the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research interests are focused on three interconnected areas: social identities and belonging; childhood, parenting and family life; and urban cultures and consumption. Gill has (co)authored/edited 15 books (with translations in Japanese, Chinese and Korean) and over 170 journal articles/reports. Before taking up a career in academia Gill trained as a journalist and worked for both Haymarket Publishing and BBC Wales.

Robert Parkin

Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Bradford

Robert Parkin is Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer and Professor of Mechatronics at the University of Bradford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and serves on the Innovate UK Manufuture advisory group

Todd Landman

Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Social Science, University of Nottingham

Todd Landman is Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. His main research area relates to the systematic comparative analysis of problems in the areas of development, democracy, and human rights including quantitative and qualitative political methodology.

Paul Broster

Director of Journalism, University of Salford

Paul Broster is Director of Journalism at the University of Salford. He has worked as a journalist across local, regional and national platforms for more than 20 years. As Director, he has responsibility for 400 students and an outstanding team of academics at the University's MediaCityUK campus.

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Professor Sir Paul Curran


A former NASA research scientist Paul has been Vice-Chancellor of City University London since 2010. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton. Sir Paul is Chair of the UCEA Board, Chair of the national Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration and President of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society. Sir Paul was Knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours for ‘services to higher education'.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Michael Burke

Michael is an award winning documentary film maker and television producer with extensive experience working at a senior level for all the major UK broadcasters.

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Professor Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has combined teaching, research and public engagement in her academic career: as a clinical anatomist, physical anthropologist, television and radio broadcaster, author and science journalist. She believes that the best public engagement emerges from direct interactions between researchers and “the public”. The Conversation is a prime example.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Dr Joanna Newman MBE

Dr Joanna Newman is the Secretary General of The Association of Commonwealth Universities. Joanna joined the ACU from King’s College London where she was the Vice-Principal (International). In previous positions, she was Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit and the Head of Higher Education for the British Library. In 2014, she was awarded an MBE in recognition of her work in promoting British higher education internationally.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Ziyad Marar

Ziyad Marar is Global Publishing Director of SAGE, a role he was appointed to in 2010 after having joined the company in 1989. In recent years at SAGE Ziyad has also focused on social science advocacy. He has spoken and written on this theme in various international contexts and is also a board member for the Campaign for Social Sciences. Ziyad is the author of three books combining his interests in psychology and philosophy.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Professor Colin Riordan

Colin Riordan took up the post of President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University on 1 September 2012. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, having been appointed in October 2007. As chair of the UK Higher Education International Unit, he is active in promoting and advancing the role of UK universities aboard.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Caroline Thomson

Caroline Thomson is Chair of Digital UK, the body which is responsible for digital terrestrial television and a Non-Executive Director of VITEC, CN media group and UKGI. She was the Executive Director of English National Ballet and former COO of the BBC. She is Deputy Chair of the National Gallery and a Trustee of Tullie House Gallery in Cumbria.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Adrian Monck

Adrian is a member of the World Economic Forum's Managing Board, leading the Public Engagement & Foundations. Previously, he headed the Department of Journalism at City University London, where he was also a professor. As a journalist, he spent his career with CBS News, ITN and Sky News. He is also a published author.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

Nicholas Eldred

Nicholas Eldred is a consultant general counsel, advising companies on legal, regulatory and governance issues. A qualified solicitor, he has held general counsel & secretary roles at O2uk, the BBC and Christie’s. He is a former trustee of BBC Children in Need and was until recently chairman of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust. He is currently general counsel & secretary of the Architectural Association where he is leading a major governance review.

Other Interests/affiliations that may conflict with The Conversation UK: None

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Professor Sir Eric Thomas

Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol

Professor Sir Eric Thomas is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, a position he has held since September 2001. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013 for services to Higher Education.


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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.

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