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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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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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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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Sarah Ceriani – Publisher Relations Manager

Sarah manages our French content acquisition. She will source new partnerships with publishers, authors, and content aggregators to build the relevance and freshness of our collection. Prior to Worldreader, Sarah worked with Devex, managing relationships and engaging with development influencers and implementers across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Sarah holds a BA in International Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an LLM in Political Justice and Refugee Law from Birkbeck University, both in London.

Her favorite books include:

Le Monde Comme Il Va de Voltaire, White Teeth by Zadie Smith and Les Contes de la rue Broca from Pierre Gripari. Latest read book : A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Tanja Commike – Executive Assistant & Admin Coordinator

Tanja provides executive support to our President 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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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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Roxanne Daniels – Office Manager

Roxanne is in charge of managing the San Francisco office, ensuring that the staff has an efficient and organized environment in which to do their work. She is passionate about data analysis and design, and until recently has been putting those interests to use in her capacity as an engineer in the medical device field.

Roxanne has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Favorite authors include:

William Faulkner, Wallace Stegner, Robert Graves, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, and Kurt Vonnegut.

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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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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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Jennifer Halai – Librarian

Jenna is no typical librarian. The product of a hybrid library/computer science master’s degree program, she’s a passionate advocate for access to knowledge through digital technology. Prior to joining Worldreader, she led e-book innovation for the King County Library System, home of the most avid digital readers in the United States.

Jenna served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan and has been traveling the world and drinking chai ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Hiram College and a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.

Her favorite books are:

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, and Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.

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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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Evan Howington – Systems & Operations Manager

As a member of Worldreader’s Tech Team, Evan is developing and maintaining Worldreader’s organization-wide CRM database that connects our donors, projects and publishers across our global teams. He has a background as an early elementary classroom instructor with Teach For America on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and has seen firsthand the power of reading in the joy his students found in books that told stories about their histories and lives.

He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition, and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, where he studied the intersection of Nonprofits and Theology.

On reading:

“I realized as an adult that when my mom was reading to me and my sister when I was a kid, she was really just reading the books she wanted to read, out loud, to lull us to sleep. In retrospect, that was probably the best way to get us read to every night, even if some of the books turned out to be a bit racy. I’d like to think she skipped those parts.”

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Ivan Koomson – Operations Assistant

Ivan is responsible for executing Worldreader’s supply chain and logistics operations in Ghana. This includes inventory management and project tracking to book downloads and deployment of e-readers loaded with hundreds of books to program schools across Africa. Ivan previously worked at PEG Ghana where he led a team of data analysts to provide solar solutions to 7000 households within a year, including gathering customer insights. He is excited to use his skills to help scale Ghana’s operations and work with increased efficiency.

Ivan studied Chemical Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana where he received his Bachelor of Science.

His favorite books are:

“As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen, and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.

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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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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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Kristina Lee – Sponsorships Manager

Kristina manages the programs and partnerships that bring e-reading to communities across sub-Saharan Africa. She works to ensure that e-reading programs are designed for success and are supported as they grow.

Prior to Worldreader, Kristina worked in account and program management at marketing agencies, serving technology clients including Samsung and Intel. Her favorite activity as a child, and to this day, was going to the neighborhood library, which sparked a love for books and the exploration they afford. She taught English in Thailand, worked with children in Brazil, and finds Worldreader to be one of her most fulfilling adventures of all.

She has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Her favorite book as a child:

A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

Twitter: @kristiwl

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Ryan Lew – Operations Manager

Ryan is a member of the iPrograms 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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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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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 – Operations Assistant

Marvin is 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 was 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 – Institutional Gifts Manager

As a member of the Development Team, Heather works to identify and develop new donor engagement and fundraising opportunities for Worldreader. 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.

Ankit Pahwa- Publisher and Author Relations Manager (India)

Ankit supports strategic and programmatic needs for projects in India by maintaining the relevance and growing our Indian collection through partnerships with publishers, authors and other relevant stakeholders, while working with programs, product and tech to better understand the needs, preferences and habits of our readers. After spending around 3 years in his first publishing job, Ankit joined Toronto based eReading company Rakuten Kobo Inc. as a Vendor Manager for India. He took care of content acquisition, publisher relations and strategic alliances in the territory.

He has a Graduate degree in Business Management and a Masters in Communication Studies.

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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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Guillem Pujol – Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Guillem is in charge of ensuring a smooth and productive work environment in the Barcelona office. Passionate about politics, he worked in the Egyptian Commercial Office in Barcelona before joining Worldreader.

Guillem holds a BA in Political Science, an MsC in European Politics from the University of London, and he is currently studying a PhD in Philosophy.

Favorite authors:

Herman Melvin, J.R.R Tolkien and Michel Foucault.

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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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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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Davina Spriggs – User Experience Designer

Davina works as a user experience designer. She enjoys taking a product and optimizing it to make the user ultimately fall in love with it. At Worldreader she aims to help develop the reading applications with the goal to improve the overall experience for users of our apps. Originally from the UK, she was most recently living in Malta before relocating to Barcelona.

Davina holds a bachelors degree in Art History and an HND in Graphic Design.

Favorite books:
anything relating to travel written from a woman’s perspective

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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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