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Julien Burns – Consultant, Interim Director of Communications

Julien is a nonprofit digital strategy expert with roots in grassroots organizing and advocacy. As Director of Impact and Innovation at Fission Strategy, he leads a team of technologists and advises major nonprofits and social enterprises on advocacy, communications and fundraising strategy. Julien started his career working in HIV/AIDS advocacy with a focus on training and empowering marginalized communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and the US to have a voice in research and policy decisions.

Julien has a BA from Wesleyan University. He grew up in Vermont before making his way to New Orleans by way of New York City.

Mario Calixte – Consultant

​Mario is a consultant on the Ann-Ale project being implemented in Haiti. As an instructional designer and multimedia specialist, Mario worked on the All Children Reading – Haiti project, where he trained more than 200 teachers on basic computer skills, on how to integrate digital content and the Interactive White Board (IWB) into their curriculum to improve the reading skills of primary school kids. He worked also as an E-Learning Specialist and Web Engineer at Smartmatic.

Mario holds a BS in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech.

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.

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Muthoni Muhunyo – Publisher Relations Manager

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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Caroline Mwende – Project Coordinator

Caroline is supporting the implementation and coordination of the Anasoma Project. She is charge of its research component focusing on understanding the barriers and drivers to female readership. Caroline has previous experience managing research and innovation projects in various sectors including media and behavior change communication, agriculture and financial inclusion.

Caroline has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Maseno University, a Certificate in Customer-Focused Product and Service Design from Cornell University and a Prince2 Practitioner certification in Project Management.

Some of her favourite books include:

The Purpose-driven life by Rick Warren, Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie and the Book Thief by Markus Zusak.


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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Ruth Copans

Ruth is using her long experience in libraries to work on literacy initiatives, including the keyword project. She started working in library conservation, and ended up as a library director for her final 15 years working in the profession. During her many years working at the Scribner Library at Skidmore College, she built a rich collection of artists’ books for students to use as inspiration for their own creations.

She is thrilled to be volunteering at Worldreader because there is nothing that seems so central to her life than putting texts in the hands of readers.

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Josep Ferran

Josep has joined the team in Barcelona to help with research, networking and connecting companies and individuals to increase awareness in Spain.

He has a BA in Economics from Universitat de Barcelona and more than 30 years of experience in the Spanish bank sector at La Caixa Group.

His favorite books:

The human factor, by John Carlin, L’Illa dels 5 Fars, by Ferran Ramon-Cortes and Jo confesso, by Jaume Cabré.

Júlia Granés

Julia supports the Finance team in Barcelona. Her background over the last years is in multinational corporations offering financial, assurance and advisory services at Caixabank, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC. Across multi-sectorial clients, she has been involved in a great number of engagements, which required strong technical skills as well as resourcefulness and teamwork ability.

Julia holds a BA in Economics from University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (UPF) with a special focus on Advanced quantitative methods studies.

Her favorite books include:

Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer, Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler and Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beattie

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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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Annie Hall

As a Student Ambassador, Annie has established Worldreader programs in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. She continues to diligently work on raising funds to support projects in African schools. Networking between travel companies and clients, Annie’s mission is to bring awareness of the Worldreader impact on vacationing families. Currently Annie is a senior in high school who enjoys playing tennis on the Varsity team, singing in her school Madrigal choir, and, of course, reading.

Her favorite book is:

The Messenger, because from a young age it opened my eyes to the difference that a small effort can bring to individual lives. No matter what, there is always a way to make an impact in this world, whether big or small; all you need is determination, awareness, and a bit of creativity.

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.”

Nickson Njuguna Muiruri

Originally from Kenya, Njuguna immigrated to the United States in 2015. He served as Co-Chair of the MLIFE Foundation, a community youth-led and youth-focused organization in Kenya. Prior to his service at MLIFE Foundation, he was a community affairs aide to The Honorable Winnie K. Njuguna, Member of Parliament for Kirinyaga County in Kenya. In this position, he became recognized as a fervent advocate for women, children and people living with HIV/AIDS, thus leveraging opportunities for their long term multi-sectoral coordinated assessment and care.

Njuguna has studied Corporate Managements at Alison Learning Institute and brings in valuable experience of building partnership with minority communities in Kenya.

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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

Jessica Sanford

Jessica is Swedish/American but grew up in France. Prior to Worldreader, Jessica worked as a consultant in a communications agency in Stockholm Sweden. She has volunteered as a mentor with focus on promoting health and increasing self-esteem among children and young people in Sweden. She has a B.A in Media and Communication studies from Gothenburg University. She is currently studying a M.A in Religion in Peace and Conflict by distance from Uppsala University.

Her most recent re-read book:
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, a novel by Mark Haddon

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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.

Nina Wine

Nina’s professional background is primarily in business having worked for many years in various positions in the online payment industry as well as co-founding two small bar businesses in Barcelona. Last year she completed a masters in Global Health and aims to become more involved in the development and nonprofit sectors by working with organizations that are making a positive change in the world.

Nina currently collaborates with a local ethical banking co-op. She is an amateur triathlete, avid reader and travel fanatic.

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