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A portrait of Wikitribune founder Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales
Founder & CEO

In addition to founding the world-famous Wikipedia and co-creating Wikia, Jimmy started the Wikimedia Foundation, the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression; and of course WikiTribune. The multi-award-winning entrepreneur hails from Huntsville, Alabama but lives in London, where WikiTribune is headquartered.

 

Orit Kopel
Co-Founder & VP of Business Development

Qualified Human Rights Lawyer, Orit is CEO of the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression, advocating for bloggers and social media users who are persecuted for speaking out online. She previously acted as Jimmy Wales’ Special Adviser for Google’s Expert Advisory Council on the ‘Right To Be Forgotten’, defending internet freedom.

 

Impossible Labs
All-round superstars

We’re eternally grateful to the team at Impossible Labs for their help getting WikiTribune off the ground, even down to letting us borrow their office until we had our own. If you’re ever in need of a world-changing digital product, check them out.

 

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Fiona Apps
Community Journalism Manager

With a background in IT, Fiona attended the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College in New York and is a veteran Wikipedia admin of over ten years’ standing. She first met Jimmy when he spoke at a Wikimedia conference in London.

 

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Charles Anderson
Consulting Editor

Charles is a New Zealand-based journalist who’s worked around the world covering everything from food crises and sex trafficking to cricket and peacekeeping. At WikiTribune, he’s working with our staff reporters and the community to ensure the stories published on WikiTribune meet our standards and ambitions.

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Miguel David
DevOps Consultant

Miguel started working at a semi-conductor factory making machines talk with the manufacturing system. He then decided to explore other countries and worked for the European Space Agency in Rome and Rackspace in London before his need of sun made him return back home to Porto, Portugal, where he passionately learns about IT infrastructure and DevOps practices.

 

George Engels

George Engels
Journalist/Producer

George is a staff reporter and producer at WikiTribune. He writes news and feature stories, films and produces online video content, and sometimes takes pictures. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, he’s been living in the UK for over seven years.

 

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Aaron Gillett
Designer

Aaron Gillett is a multidisciplinary designer with a focus on open and collaborative systems for social impact. He has extensive experience working with different organisations and individuals in Europe and Australia.

 

Rich Holman

Rich Holman
Developer

Rich has been a developer since the turn of the millennium and as such has seen just about every web trend come and go. He’s worked on hundreds of websites across many industries. The web may have changed, but fundamentals stay the same. Well built, accessible and usable websites are his passion.

 

Angela Long
Consulting Editor

Angela Long is a journalist, editor and trainer, with more than 25 years experience in the national media of Britain, Ireland and Australia. She has previously worked at The Sunday Times, Irish Times, BBC World Service and Melbourne Herald. Angela has also worked extensively online and has a MSc in cyberpsychology. She teaches digital media ethics for the University of Florida, and taught journalism and ethics in Dublin.

 

Imogen Middleton
Operations Manager

Starting out as private PA to Jimmy, Imogen rapidly became the centre of operations for WikiTribune. With her first-class degree in Business Management and wide-ranging international experience, she’s ideally placed to co-ordinate the many moving parts of a globally-minded startup.

 

Lydia Morrish
Journalist/Producer

Lydia is a staff journalist at WikiTribune, where she writes about politics, women’s and human rights, inequality, the politics of sex and more. Previously she headed up the women’s rights and political content at Konbini for over two years. In 2016, she made ‘Building Big,’ a documentary about bigorexia and male body image. Her work has also been published in publications like Dazed & Confused, Refinery29, Vice, Lyra, Banshee and Buffalo Zine. She is based in London.

Helen Platt, Jo Waters and Jo Clayton
PR Managers

Led by Helen, who has worked with Jimmy on numerous wiki-related related projects since 2014, our PR dream team comprises expert publicists who specialise in bringing stories with a social cause to the international media.

 

Thayer Prime
Tech Recruiter

Thayer’s career began back in the first dotcom boom, working as a programmer at UpMyStreet.com. After an illustrious career that included working with Tim Berners-Lee, she moved into tech recruitment and staffing, and now also acts as a strategic adviser to companies growing their tech capacity.

 

Harry Ridgewell

Harry Ridgewell
Journalist/Producer

Harry is a graduate from Cardiff University, with a diploma in Magazine Journalism. He has an interest in politics and science, having previously studied Geography at Aberystwyth University.

 

Nick Smith

Nick Smith
Developer

In 2011 Nick Smith decided to go back to university to take a degree in Computer Science, to help back up the 10 years of practical experience he had gained in PHP programming for WordPress.
In 2013 he passed the Foundation Degree for Computer Web design with distinctions & won the nationwide student of the year award, gaining more than 12 Straight A’s while teaching PHP and WordPress to help fund his education. In June 2014 he passed the BSc (Honours) Degree with a first and immediately started working for a web development business in Surrey. Previous WordPress work has included: New Scientist, National Astronomy Week, AHDB, Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents, Chub Marketing.

 

Charles Turner
Reporter/Producer

Charles Turner is an intern and reporter/producer based in New York. He is responsible for covering global affairs in ways that incorporate the community in the reporting process. He has previously reported from Myanmar, and continues to cover the country’s transition towards democracy. He is the Founder of BURMA CONNECT, an initiative in dialogue journalism, aimed at facilitating fact-based communication between the ethnic minorities of Myanmar. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera and a number of Burmese publications.

Ed Upright
Managing Editor

Ed has been an editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Vice News and When Saturday Comes magazine, in both London and New York. He’s covered everything from sport to modern day slavery, with lots of news writing and reporting in between.

 

Burhan Wazir
Consulting Editor

Burhan Wazir is an award-winning journalist who began his career at The Observer and has also worked at The Times. In 2016, he returned to London after seven years in the Middle East. He was most recently the opinion editor at Al Jazeera in Qatar. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, the New Statesman and The World Today.

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