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Our Collaborators

Larry Hitchon – Consultant

Larry has been developing software since the early 80’s. His first professional work was developing systems for a large college bookstore chain. Other experience includes back office systems for firms in retailing, manufacturing and transportation.

He joined Amazon.com in the late 90’s when it was just a bookstore, and helped build the software to operate the company’s fulfillment centers. Larry has spent the last ten years doing cloud-based software development for startups in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

Suzanne M. Sullivan – Consultant

Suzanne has more than 17 years of program and business development expertise in transition and conflict programming across four continents. She worked for the U.S. government and the private and non-profit sectors, including Bechtel and International Relief and Development/Blumont. Suzanne has lived in the Middle East, South Asia, the Balkans, and Equatorial Africa.

She holds an M.A. in international relations from San Francisco State University and B.A. in political science from California State University, San Jose.

On reading:

“I enjoy reading historical travel to the Middle East and Africa and Russian history.”


Our Volunteers

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Doris Ashrifie

Doris is helping Team Operations in Ghana. She is studying Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Ghana.

In her own words:

Reading has always been a part of my early life. Although I never really appreciated it from the start, as I came of age, my views about the world changed and so did my attitude towards reading. I have always wanted to be a philanthropist so helping Worldreader came naturally.

Han Ei Chew

Han advises Worldreader on data analytics and research methods. He works with the research team to identify global trends in mobile reading and assess the impact that Worldreader is making through its initiatives. Han is a global expert on information communication technology for development (ICT4D) and works on technology for development projects in collaboration with the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations. He holds a PhD in Media and Information Studies from Michigan State University.

Growing up, I had an insatiable appetite for reading. It was a hunger too big for a family of little means to feed so I read anything I could get my hands on in the school and public libraries: Hans Christian Andersen, Enid Blyton, Andrew Lang…anything. Being able to read is a gift that I would like to pay forward.

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Anne Ghanem

Anne is helping the content team to reinforce our Open Library in Spanish, French and Arabic. Throughout her journey across cities and cultures, she has developed a hunger for worldwide news and a passion for closely following the evolution of international relations across countries, religions and cultures.

Anne holds a BA in Art History and Archeology from the Université de Rennes 2 (France) and a professional experience in the cultural and editing fields.

Her favorite books include:

The Giver by Lois Lowry and Le Parfum by Patrick Süskind

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Emily Grossman

Emily works with the Development team , focusing on corporate engagement. Her background spans Operations and HR at both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco.

Her favorite books:

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, to name a few!

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Hermione Ireland

Hermione has worked in publishing for longer than she admits, primarily at Dorling Kindersley as Marketing Director, working on both books and digital products. She loves working with Colin to develop Worldreader’s relationships and awareness in the UK and spends the rest of her time on her publishing consultancy, Byte Consulting, working with publishing tech start-ups and authors.

Most excited by: helping others reach books that will become lifelong favorites

Favorite book: Pride & Prejudice.

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Lucía Lavara

Lucia has joined our team in Barcelona working remotely from Madrid to help with research and networking to increase awareness in Spain as well as acquire content in Spanish.

She has a BA in Mathematics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has over 26 years of experience in Telecommunication Services, Innovation and Development of Digital Services at Telefonica R+D.

In her own words:

“From all books that I have read always I have learned anything. I have grown up with them. My favorite books are The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.”

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Alison Rich

Alison Rich is a twenty-year veteran of the Manhattan publishing business and launched Worldreader’s first chapter in New York. She is currently VP, Publishing Innovation at Penguin Random House, and was previously VP, Associate Publisher and Executive Director of Publicity at Doubleday/Nan A. Talese where she orchestrated campaigns for such bestselling authors and acclaimed authors as John Grisham, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Tina Brown, Pat Conroy, Jane Hamilton, Thomas Kenneally, Gore Vidal, Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, and countless others.

Favorite quote about the power of reading: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss

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Maisara Sassi

Maisara decided to start her gap year volunteering at Worldreader. She is supporting our Worldreader Kids program, in particular helping out with the launch of Worldreader Kids Jordan, and her main contribution is working with Arabic content. Her background also heavily pushed her to the path of humanitarian aid, as she aspires to be able to help out her struggling country, Libya, one day. She plans on starting her university studies in the fall of 2018, majoring in International relations.

Her all-time favorite books are:
The Alchemist, Persepolis and Becoming Madame Mao.

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Cameron Turner

Combining an extensive background in product research, data analysis, program management, and software development, Cameron co-founded The Data Guild in Palo Alto in 2013. Before this, he founded ClickStream Technologies in 2003, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2009. While at Microsoft, he managed the Windows Telemetry team, responsible for all inbound data for all Microsoft products and partners.

Cameron earned a B.A. in Architecture/Engineering from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Oxford University and is currently completing an M.S. in Statistics at Stanford University. He is an active member/speaker with various Bay Area tech groups: GigaOM, O’Reilly Strata, Churchill Club, SOFTECH, Young CEOs Club, The CIO Roundtable and BayCH7.

Favorite book:

“The River Why” by David James Duncan. One of those books every kid from the Northwest has to read, and stays with you for life.