Our Staff

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Abdul-Kahad Alhassan – Education Specialist

Abdul helps Worldreader’s education team and leads training design and implementation in Ghana. He has over a decade of experience working as a teacher in basic education. He enjoys teaching and believes that children should have a deep and strong foundation in reading to support their endless learning. Throughout his career, Abdul has conducted a variety of teacher training programs on pedagogy, curriculum development as well as motivational and study skills for students. He has also worked with the Ghanaian Danish Community Programme as an accounts/administrative assistant.

He studied Commerce at University of Cape Cost in Ghana and has a Diploma in accounting from Tamale Polytechnic in Ghana.

His most reflective read:

The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.

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Samuel Alomenu – Partnership Development Specialist

Samuel leads partnership development activities and scaling opportunities in West Africa. This includes working with new partners to successfully implement e-reading programs and train school project managers. He also manages media relations for Worldreader Ghana.

Sammy started a reading community in his neighborhood called Eselfone, which aimed to spread the message of self-education — to get people to pick up a book and to pick up a passion. His belief was that if only every kid were to learn to enjoy reading, their community would be a better place. He volunteered for Worldreader for a year as part of the Eselfone team.

How Reading Changed His Life:

As a child, his father would always buy him the “junior graphic” [a newspaper for young people] and ask him to learn about the world. Reading has taken to him to worlds unknown, and for him that is what all children need to be empowered with; the opportunity to feed their imagination and explore the endless possibilities in their world.

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Emmanuel Amanor – Device Processing Assistant

Emmanuel has over 4 years of experience in the education and non-governmental sectors. Prior to this role, Emmanuel was a teacher, administrator and child care assistant at OrphanAid Africa. He was recognized as an outstanding teacher and was one of the key members that started the Junior High School at Ayenya for OrphanAid Africa. He was subsequently promoted to become the Assistant headmaster of the school. He has also worked in various capacities for World Vision International and Shine On Sierra Leone.

Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana.

His favorite books include:

Arthur Miller’s “Death of A Salesman” and Chinua Achebe’s “Anthills of the Savannah”.

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Beatrice Ani-Asamoah – Operations Manager

Beatrice manages Worldreader’s custom programs in Ghana and across West Africa.This includes providing programmatic support in relation to program design, training, measuring outcomes and long-term program sustainability.

Beatrice studied Chemistry at Mount Holyoke and Chemical Engineering at UMass Amherst and worked extensively both during and after as a biomedical researcher. She spent two years working in drug development for cancer therapy at the Koch Institute at MIT, and since then has been very excited transferring her analytical skills towards managing Worldreader’s high- impact large scale projects in West Africa.

Her favorite books:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho truly transformed her. To an extent, Worldreader was her very own ‘personal legend.’

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Begoña Barinagarrementeria – Digital Assets Specialist

Begoña works in the Production Team. She has worked as a graphic designer in Spain & Mexico, in small studios and as a freelance, mainly in the publishing industry. She collaborates with a literacy organization in Mexico and has worked with teenagers in visual culture projects.

Begoña holds a Masters Degree in Visual Arts and Education from the University of Barcelona, with a thesis on the interpretation of wordless picture books.

The best books she read in 2015:

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman, Después del invierno by Guadalupe Nettel and Light Years by James Salter. She is currently reading M Train by Patti Smith.

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Joseph Botwey – Publisher Relations Manager

Joseph leads West African Angolphone Publisher an author Relations and Co-manages Turbo partners. He is the co-founder of Reflex Media, an interactive media company in Ghana. He is skilled in photography, video production and directing.

He completed film-making studies at the Academy of Screen Arts.

His favorite book:

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

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Lulu Botwey – Administrative Assistant

Lulu has joined the Finance team in Barcelona and is key to maximize the overall efficacy and productivity of the team. She is currently in her final year at the University of ESEI (Barcelona, Spain) in collaboration with Worcester University (UK) pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

For the past 6 months, she has worked with Natura Selection as an intern in their logistics department and also helping the other departments with various administrative tasks. She has volunteered for OAfrica in teaching sports and helping kids with their homework.

Her favourite book is Poor Economics and two of her favourite authors are Abhijit V Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

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Alexandra Bornhoft – Development Manager

As a member of the Development Team, Alex has a broad role that touches all aspects of our fundraising efforts. She coordinates with donors, our programs teams and our finance teams to ensure Worldreader donors are connected with the work they support. Alex spent time in Honduras with an international NGO working on their public health program, and most recently led the development efforts at World Savvy, a national education non-profit.

She holds a BA in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles, with a concentration in International Relations and Development.

The first books that got her excited about reading:

The Phantom Tollbooth and Watership Down.

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Nancy Brown – Senior Publisher Relations Manager

As a member of the content team, Nancy builds and manages strategic relationships with publishers and authors in North America and South Africa. Nancy contributes to maintaining the freshness, relevance and value of Worldreader’s digital library by sourcing new content in these markets. Prior to this current role, Nancy worked in our Barcelona office helping to drive forward efforts in India. Nancy spent 5 months in India, bringing on new publishing partners, growing the size of Worldreader’s Indian library considerably.

Nancy holds degrees in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Alabama.

Her favorite quote on the power of books:

“Books should be called major and become canonical when over time they provide existing individuals with live options that will help them change for the better.” Mark Edmundson

Twitter: @NancyGBBrown

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Roberta Campassi – Content Associate

Roberta works on both the Production and Content teams. She sources books in Portuguese and English and manages strategic relationships with publishers and authors in Portuguese-speaking countries as well as in South Africa.

She holds a Masters Degree in Book Studies from the University of Mainz, in Germany, and a BA in Journalism. Prior to Worldreader, Roberta worked in Brazil as a journalist, as an acquisitions editor in a publishing house and as a business development manager with an e-book producer.

“Falling in love with a book is to me one of the greatest little joys of life. I’ve recently fallen in love with Plantation Memories, by Grada Kilomba; The Business of Books, by André Schiffrin, and Tschick, by Wolfgang Herrndorf.”

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Noris Chavarria – Major Gifts Officer

Noris works with the Development team to steward and solicit our growing pool of individual major donors. Native New Yorker, Noris comes to Worldreader with over 10 years of marketing and fund development experience from local and national organizations. Nationally, he created Give OUT Day, a one-day giving campaign for LGBTQ organizations and most recently he’s developed two San Francisco-based nonprofits that build the pipeline for diversity in the tech industry with local talent.

Noris holds a BA from Tufts University in Spanish and American studies and an MA in Media Production & Digital Strategy from the New School.

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Tanja Commike – Executive Assistant & Admin Coordinator

Tanja provides executive support to our CEO and Co-Founder, David Risher, and serves as Board Liaison. She also coordinates and performs a wide variety of administrative duties across several other departments. Her background is in luxury hospitality, where she has worked in different countries for more than 10 years prior to starting a family. She feels passionately about working with and for people and creating memorable experiences, and is overjoyed at the opportunity of bringing literacy to people without access to books. She speaks German and English fluently.

Books that left a lasting impression on her:

As a child The Animals of Farthing Wood, and as a young adult Buddenbrooks, Decline of a Family.

Twitter: @tcommike

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Morgan Cordary – Development Coordinator

As part of the Development Team, Morgan is responsible for grant-writing and foundation proposals, while generally supporting the team on business development projects. She has worked and volunteered for nonprofits across the U.S. and has a passion for writing and researching with a positive social impact. Morgan holds a Master of Science in Globalization with an emphasis in qualitative & quantitative research analysis from University College London, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Louisville.

Two of Morgan’s all-time favorite books:

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut and Ubik by Philip K. Dick.

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Annya Crane – Project Manager

Annya is in charge of coordinating all aspects of the Mobile Reading to Children pilot in India, including involving key stakeholders, managing timelines and ensuring overall project success.

Until recently, Annya worked at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, coordinating large culture for development projects. Annya completed her studies in Communication, Cultural Management and International Co-operation, fields in which she worked for 5 years in Spain, Africa and South America.

Books she’s currently reading:

The autobiographical series My struggle from Norvegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard.

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Eunice Yolanda Dsane – Programs & Communications Assistant

Yolanda manages Worldreader’s BlueBox partners across West Africa and works with teachers and students to ensure that they have consistent access to relevant digital content at all times. She also creates content, visual materials and photographs for marketing purposes and manages the logistics for community events.

Yolanda has a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana, and has spent over 5 years in marketing and customer relationship management roles.

“As a child, my parents were both teachers and they instilled the culture of reading in me, so I had always wanted to become a teacher too so that I could impact other children too. Working with Worldreader however, has given me the opportunity to impact children and teachers more than I could have ever imagined… I have read everything by Chimamanda Adichie but Americanah is my all time favorite!”

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Stephanie “Teddy” Gomes – Digital Collection Manager

Teddy has been working in the digital publishing and library related world since 2006 completing large scale digitization and distribution projects.

She holds a BA in Art History from Smith College with a minor in Urban Studies, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Currently reading:

Loads of books to her 3 year old son, especially Corduroy, The Purple Crayon, and the Little Critter series (over and over).

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Vaughn Frisby – Associate Director, Individual Giving

As part of the Development team, Vaughn connects our individual donors to our work across the globe. He also actively seeks to find new supporters for our work in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. Vaughn most recently comes from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation where he managed the major donor program; he has also spent several years working with Greenpeace and Sierra Club.

Vaughn holds an MA in International Development from Clark University and a BA in Sociology from Goucher College.

His favorite quote about reading is: “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

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Selena Garrahan – Community Manager

Selena is a member of the Communications team and manages the communication with Worldreader’s social media communities. She plays a key role in creating and editing new engaging content for our blog. She also assists with design needs for social media use and with the management of marketing campaigns.

Selena studied Business Management at Newcastle University and has international experience in marketing and business development for companies such as Coty and Elizabeth Arden.

Currently reading:

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.

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Wanjiku Gathoni – M&E Specialist

Wanjiku Gathoni Munyiri believes that Monitoring and Evaluation is an integral part of any project being implemented and is inevitable for the success of any project. She is passionate about recording results and learning lessons from any intervention.

She has an undergraduate course in Business and Information Technology and supplemented this with certificate courses in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistical Package for Social Sciences to strengthen her skill in Monitoring and evaluation. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management. She has previously worked for the United Nations- World Food Programme, African Women’s Studies Centre and for Parliament of Kenya.

Her favorite author:

Joel Osteen

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Sergio Grau – Analytics Manager

As a key member of the technology team, Sergio brings lots experience in data, software and data publishing. His team collects, store and analyze books, readership, and other data that help us increase the impact of Worldreader’s reading products. He has more than 15 years of experience in different academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Nottingham Trent University (UK), and the University of Oxford (UK).

Sergio graduated with a B.Eng. degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain), and a Specialized Master from Telecom Bretagne (France). Furthermore, he holds an M.Sc. degree in Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

Favorite children’s book: Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver by Michael Ende

Last book read: La casa by Paco Roca

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Leslie Grothaus – Associate Director, Institutional Giving in Development

Leslie leads the Development team’s work with corporations, foundations, and other institutional partners. Whether bringing new partners into the fold or building on existing relationships, she’s passionate about creating a strong, diverse network of support for Worldreader’s mission. Prior to joining Worldreader, she had career stints in the non-profit, academic, and start-up realms.

Leslie holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Pomona College and master’s degrees in East Asian Studies and Anthropology from Harvard University and Stanford University, respectively.

On her bookshelf:

Mysteries, history, cookbooks, and thrillers.

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Rachel Heavner – Global Insights Coordinator

As part of the Global Insights and Emerging Initiatives team, Rachel supports Worldreader’s mission through research, cross-team coordination, and strategic planning. Beginning her career as an Editorial Research Assistant at Hesperian Books, she later spent a year teaching English and French at a teacher training college in Northwest Tanzania where she launched a computer course and after school tutoring program.

Rachel holds a BA in International Affairs and French from Skidmore College and a Masters Degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Favorite children’s book: Daniel Pinkwater’s The Big Orange Splot.

As an adult: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.

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Penelope Labram – Product Manager

Penelope helps ensure the apps and webpages Worldreader uses to serve up books are created in a way that makes it easy and engaging for readers to read. She comes from a technical background, having worked for several years at Vistaprint and worked with a variety of startups in the Barcelona area.

Penelope studied Philosophy at the University of Leeds (UK) and the Université de Nantes (France).

Currently reading:

“Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. Not as morbid as it sounds!”

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Masús Larrey Martirena – Publisher Relations Manager

Masús collaborates with the digital publishing team to increase our Spanish content. Masús was born and raised in Mexico City to parents who had emigrated from Spain. Twenty years ago she moved to Barcelona to study and has remained here ever since. She has a diverse career spanning various marketing consultancies and international companies such as Chupa Chups and Novartis.

Masús has a first degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and an MBA from ESADE, Barcelona.

Her beloved book:

“La sonrisa etrusca by Jose Luis Sampedro. I have read it ten times and always cry and laugh. It is amazing how the written word can transmit so many emotions.”

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Omega Letana – Operations Assistant

Omega holds a BA in International Studies and Linguistics from CSU Long Beach and a Masters in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.

She has volunteered and worked for various nonprofits locally and internationally and has also taught English at a public elementary school in South Korea.

Omega is fascinated with languages and is always interested in learning about other cultures.

Current Reading:

In the Country by Mia. Alvar, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein


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Ryan Lew – Operations Manager

Ryan is a member of the Programs Team, helping scale up Worldreader’s operations in San Francisco. Ryan is passionate about teaching and is highly-motivated by exciting new opportunities afforded by digital technologies to empower students and educators with access to quality books and educational materials. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MS Ecology from the University of California Berkeley, where he designed genetic assessment tools for monitoring endangered species.

Current Reading List:

Science, Faith, and Society; the Unbearable Lightness of Being; The Baobabs of Tete


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Darina Lucheva – Digital Production Manager

Darina works on the globally dispersed Content team and leads its Production sub-team in Barcelona. She oversees the production workflow of the organization, from the moment our publishers and authors share books with us until the moment their books are made available to our readers via Worldreader’s digital platforms. Liaising closely with publishing representatives and technical solutions providers, she contributes to keeping Worldreader’s digital library vibrant and compliant with industry standards.

Darina holds an MA degree in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Bradford, with a thesis on the potential of popular culture to foster peace-building in fragile contexts. She also has a BA in International Relations from the University of National and World Economy and a certificate of International and Global Studies from Bard College.

Books she can read over and over again:

Avalanche, by Blaga Dimitrova and The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Raimon Malatesta – Engineering Manager

Raimon is experienced in web development, cloud technologies and architecting complex software systems which will help the tech team improve and enhance the systems. He is a passionate software analyst and developer with more than 15 years of experience programming in various languages. Most of his previous experience has been in startups, applying Agile methodologies. Over the last years, he’s been managing multidisciplinary teams building complex and ambitious software solutions.

Raimon holds a Masters in Digital and IT Management at La Salle University at Barcelona.

His last reads are:

Orson Scott Card’s The Ender’s Game Saga.

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Shaden Masri – Production Specialist for Arabic Content

Shaden is responsible for the processing and publishing of children’s stories in Arabic for Worldreader Kids Jordan. Her previous experience includes working in the field of youth development, implementing and monitoring projects with youth focusing on civic engagement, women leadership and employability on both local and regional level, as well as Refugees economic empowerment and integration projects in Jordan. Most recently, Shaden worked with the International Republican Institute (IRI) on enhancing local governance in Jordanian cities.

She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Jordan. Currently, she is doing a Masters in Immigration Management at University Pompeu Fabra.

Current reads:

“When breath becomes air” by Paul Kalanithi.

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Felix Abrefa Mensah – M&E Fellow

Abrefa supports Worldreader’s efforts to measure and understand the impact of our work during a year-long fellowship through Atlas Corps. He has most recently worked as an M&E Officer with SABRE Trust in Ghana and has significant experience conducting M&E for educational projects focused on early primary school children. Abrefa is also the founder and director of a community-based youth-led organization called The Adolescent Sexual Health Initiative (ASHI).

Abrefa has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cape Coast.

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Kirimi Mitambo – Publisher Relations Manager

Kirimi describes himself as a self-motivated and innovative individual who is proactive, creative and analytical; A publishing and digital literacy professional knowledgeable in the 21st Century learning trends, research, strategy and organizational skills. A Knowledge Management and the Future of Work enthusiast. A life-long learner.

Kirimi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics (Kiswahili) and has taken online courses on Digital Marketing, and Project Management Principles and Practices.

His favorite books include:

Smart Thinking by Art Markman; Mastery by Robert Greene, and The Future of Work by Jacob Morgan

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Flavia Moroso – Technical Lead

Flavia is the technical lead for all of Worldreader’s mobile clients. She’s the one keeping it all working so our readers can read 24/7. Flavia is an avid reader and software developer. She has worked on several projects during her professional life: from gov web applications and big real-estate tailored products to small start-ups. She loves working with people, solving problems and creating solutions to make someones life better, or happier, or both!

Flavia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the UNCPA (Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina). She also holds a post graduate degree in Agile Methodologies for Software Development at La Salle University (Barcelona).

“When I read Lobsang Rampa’s “The third eye”, it made me realize that books can make you travel, and live and have amazing experiences without leaving your room. Knowing that is gold when you are a little girl who has to ask permission to do almost everything. Reading is freedom!”

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Valentina Morotti – Digital Assets Specialist

Valentina is helping the production team handle book conversion and optimization, upload books to our digital platforms, and solve upload and display problems across different platforms and clients. Prior to joining Worldreader, she worked with Spanish subscription platform 24symbols both in Europe and in the United States, where she set up the New York City office of the company and was charged with the responsibility of negotiating with US publishers for the acquisition of content in English.

She holds an M.A. in Digital Publishing from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares as well as additional courses, the most recent being the Yale Publishing Course “Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing”.

As far as stories and authors are concerned, her top 5 is:

The Great Gatsby, enduring favorite, Mrs Dalloway, Pennac and his awesome Malaussène tribe, El otoño del patriarca and Calvino’s Commento all’Orlando Furioso.

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Muthoni Muhunyo – Sr Manager, Publisher & Author Relations

Muthoni initially joined Worldreader as a volunteer and is now managing publisher relations in Kenya. “Volunteering at Worldreader was where my passion for charity met my profession. A soft spot for designing children’s storybooks not only gives me an opportunity to read them but envision children enjoying them as ebooks.”

A layout artist and publishing coach with over 10+ years of cross-border experience in the book publishing industry, Muthoni completed her studies at the Institute of Advanced Technology.

Her favorite books are:

the Bible and books by Seth Godin and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Twitter: @mmuhunyo

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Salifu Mutaru – Technology and Operations Assistant

After high school, Salifu volunteered for Worldreader Ghana to encourage students to read as part of the eselfone team. As a college student, he had the opportunity to intern with companies like JP Morgan UK, Vodafone and ArchiAfrika. In his short stay in these organizations, he prides himself on working with teams to build from scratch systems that solved real problems.

Salifu holds a BSc in Computer Science from Ashesi University College in Ghana.

His favorite books:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, for being a subtle teacher
The Great Gatsby, for being a rich Literature.
The Master Algorithm, for making Machine Learning easy to understand

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Valerie Noisette – E-reader Program Manager

Valerie has over 10 years of experience working in the education sector. In 2010, she began to work in Haiti as an Education Technical Advisor for World Vision International just a couple of months after the earthquake. In addition, Valerie has overseen a variety of small to large scale projects including: Basic Education, Literacy, ICT, Vocational Training, and Teacher Training. Valerie speaks four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Kreyol.

Valerie holds a BA in International Relations from Florida International University and an AMS Early Childhood Montessori certification from the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center.

Her favorite books is:
“A New Earth,” by Eckhart Tolle

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Austin Okoth – Programs Assistant

Austin supports a network of LEAP 2 libraries in implementing e-reading programs, in greater Western Kenya.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, and is an ardent fan of growth of language and creativity expression in English. Having worked as a teacher of English, as well as on various community-based projects in marginalized parts of the country.

His favorite book is ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Martine James Omondi – Operations Manager

Martine plays a key role in implementing and tracking Worldreader’s e-reading programs throughout Kenya. His background and experience is in Information Technology. He has worked with the United States International University, USIU Africa and Bridge International Academies. He was actively involved in IT support and management, configuration, testing, training and implementing of smartphone applications and e-readers in Kenyan low cost primary schools.

He studied Information Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

His favorite book is ‘Become a Better You’ by Joel Osteen.

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Marvin Omondi Ogutu – Programs Assistant

Marvin supports a network of LEAP 2 libraries in implementing e-reading programs, in greater Western Kenya.Previously he responsible for the implementation of the Tusome Project in Nakuru Region, Kenya. Tusome is Kenya’s National Literacy Program, meaning “Let’s read”.

Marvin has a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences Degree in Economics & Sociology, from Egerton University, Kenya.He has worked as a communications Intern at Oxfam East Africa and also a part time volunteer at Teach A Child Africa managing all alumni event planning, coordination and implementation of occasions such as reunions, career talks, annual career workshops.

Marvin is an experienced teacher trainer and has participated in implementation of early grade literacy programs.

His favorite book is:

Malcom Gladwel’s “The Tipping Point”

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Heather O’Neil – Manager, School and Library Reading Programs

As a member of the School and Library team, Heather manages Worldreader’s digital reading programs based in schools and libraries across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Worldreader, Heather oversaw resource mobilization activities at EcoAgriculture Partners in Washington, D.C. She has also worked on cholera prevention in Sierra Leone, as an HIV counselor in Detroit, a housing advocate in the Bronx, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa.

Heather holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University.

Some of her favorite books:

Love in the Time of Cholera; Long Walk to Freedom; On the Road; Americanah; Under the Banner of Heaven.

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Mar Ortega Pueyo – Accountant & Financial Analyst

Mar is an integral part of the Finance team and is the owner of all accounting, tax and financial analysis for our Spain and UK entities. She manages our audits for those entities as well as completes bookkeeping, monthly revenue and expense analysis and generally keeps the team moving by eliminating any administrative roadblocks. As a former tax consultant, Mar is experienced in accountancy and financial procedures and assists Worldreader navigate through issues on a daily basis. She has also previous experience working with children in the education sector as a volunteer.

She holds degrees in Economics and Business Administration from Pompeu Fabra University, a Masters in Tax Consultancy and an Advanced Course on Accountancy from Barcelona School of Management.

A book she always keeps at hand:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

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Giulia Pelosi – Gender Specialist

Giulia works closely with the team in Kenya on the Gender Equality in Mobile Reading pilot. As well as acting as project manager for this pilot, she works across the organization to ensure that all of our work reflects our commitment to promote gender equality. Giulia’s experience includes working with UNDP in Lesotho as Human Rights Officer and UN Women in Malawi managing projects for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

Giulia has a masters degree in Public International Law from University College London and her passion is the promotion of human rights and gender equity.

Her favorite book:

A fortune Teller Told me by Tiziano Terzani.

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Ana Prior Martín – E-book and Quality Assurance Specialist

As the Worldreader’s E-book and Quality Assurance Specialist, Ana focuses on troubleshooting the books in our collection and streamlining production processes. Ana previously worked in Germany and Switzerland as a Technical Writer and in the UK as a Production Coordinator.

She holds a masters degree in Digital Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, and her major project as part of her studies looked to improve the readability of academic e-books via the design and development of an MVP for an academic e-reading application.

The first book that hooked her into reading as a child:

The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg

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Laura Ross-Perry – Assistant Manager, Reading Programs & Partnerships

Laura has a background in global program management and volunteer coordination, and most recently spent a year living and working in Ghana as the Director of Operations for a small education NGO. There she managed and expanded peer-tutoring programs directed at furthering education for needy students in Kumasi, Ghana, and exponentially grew her love for West Africa and education and poverty-alleviation work.

She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with an emphasis on Ethnomusicology and Religious Studies.

Her favorite books are:

Chaim Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev, Emma Donoghue’s Room, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and Bob Dylan’s The Lyrics

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Fernando Saltos – Graphic Designer

Fernando is a design lover, passionate about motion graphics and animation. He believes that his work should not only be an inspiring creative design, but that working holistically as a group is equally as valuable to deliver real value.

Fernando holds a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Postproduction and a Degree in Graphic Design and Audiovisual Production.

He is currently reading:
The VES Handbook of Visual Effects: Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures.

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Guillem Santapau – Front-end Developer

Guillem is a senior Web Developer and certified Agile Project Manager with a wide range of experience in web projects. With more than 8 years of experience in WordPress Front-End and Back-End implementation, he has started projects of his own as well as delivered great websites for multiple companies and institutions.

Guillem has also worked in the Media Industry in London and Barcelona as a Video Editor and Motion Graphics Specialist. He is passionate about technology & design and enjoys working in all kind of multimedia projects mixing his web and media expertise.

His most recent read:
Deep Work by Cal Newport.

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Ruth Sorby – UK Development Manager

As a member of the Development Team, Ruth has an important role in a fast-growing part of the organization. Ruth identifies and develops new donor engagement and fundraising opportunities across the UK to benefit e-reading programs in Africa, India and beyond. Ruth’s eclectic mix of experience includes roles at Lucas Industries, McLaren – the Formula One team and The University of Surrey before progressing through fundraising roles at UK charity, Action for Children.

Ruth holds a BSc in Management and Strategy from Aston University, the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma and more recently gained the Institute of Fundraising Diploma.

Ruth’s first memories of reading were:
Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, a tale that was lovingly passed on within her family across the generations.

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Greg Surh – Development Coordinator

Greg manages the Development team’s Salesforce data and is working closely on the BLUE Box program. Prior to Worldreader, Greg held stints at the Chicago History Museum, a small documentary film production organization, and the Internet Archive before landing his first fundraising position at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where he spent the previous two years supporting their donor services, development operations, and direct response fundraising program needs.

Greg holds a BA in General Humanities / English Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MA in Cultural Policy from the University of Chicago.

Book that got him hooked onto reading as a child:
The Witches by Roald Dahl

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Mawuli Tekpor – Accountant

Mawuli is a key member of the Finance team and owns our accounting and financial planning for West Africa. He is located in our Ghana office and works very closely with all teams as well as our Country Manager. He is experienced in accountancy, auditing, internal controls and financial procedures in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He previously worked with an NGO specializing in child development with programs in education, sponsorship and health in Ghana. In addition to finance, Mawuli serves as our office manager in Ghana, ensuring the team operates effectively and the office runs smoothly.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Banking and a Diploma in accounting from University of Professional Studies, Ghana. He is currently a student member of a professional accountancy body ACCA-UK.

His favorite books are:
Lessons I’ve learnt along the way’ & ‘Pathway to success’ by Mensah Otabil , ‘Love by God’ & ‘The Harvest’ by T.D Jakes and ‘The principles & power of vision’ by Myles Munroe.

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Julia Valencoso de Celis – Marketing Manager

Julia manages a range of activities within the marketing department and is responsible for brand and event management as well as PR efforts in Africa. She has experience in the consulting sector advising organizations interested in activating their CSR programs by designing and implementing their activities. She is experienced in PR, social media and event management.

She holds degrees in Tourism Management and Public Relations from the University of Barcelona, and holds a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Favorite International writer: Haruki Murakami

Favorite Spanish writer: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Twitter @juliadecelis

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Nina Wine

Nina got her undergraduate degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed a Masters in Global Health from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. Her professional background is primarily in business having worked for many years in the online payment industry as well as co-founding two small bar’s in Barcelona, however she has always had a desire to work with organizations making a positive change in the world, especially in the areas of education and technology.

During the last year and a half Nina volunteered at Worldreader in various capacities; starting off in Partnerships then assisting with the EiE Working Group and finally jumping in to help launch Read to Kids in Jordan.

She is an amateur triathlete, avid reader and travel fanatic.


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