Meet the team:
We are a small team of journalists, digital storytellers and development workers who are excited about the power of citizen-led information to spark change and inform action.
Emily Sayer | Co-Director
Helping to keep the ship water-tight. Skilled in CSR, strategy and comms. Excited about building new solutions for social inclusivity.
Laurence Ivil | Editorial and Engagement Coordinator
Responsible for engagement & story development. Former fundraiser & family support worker. Excited about multi-platform journalism & political accountability.
Paul Myles | Editorial and Engagement Manager
Making sure reporters’ stories have maximum impact. Ex-investigative journalist for C4. Believes the best & most powerful stories come straight from the source.
Libby Powell | CEO
Responsible for keeping the ship sailing. Former development journalist & aid worker. Excited about problem-solving, tech and storytelling.
Adam Groves | Head of Programmes
Supports our project, tech & editorial teams to turn exciting ideas into great programmes. Previous adventures in new media, tech & non-profit effectiveness.
Paula Hämäläinen | Partnerships and Communications Assistant
Supports the health, growth and development of strategic partnerships and external identity. Passionate about reproductive rights, social justice and the internet.
Tobias Quinn | Software Architect
Responsible for keeping messages flowing & servers serving. Skilled in systems architecture. Excited about connecting people in difficult to reach communities.
Meet our Board
Jo O’Neill | Chairman of the Board
Jo is an Executive Director of MAP, a charity focused on health development and emergency aid in the Middle East. He has founded and led a number of community-focused charities and specialises in developing sustainable funding and public outreach strategies for growing NGOs.
Saoirse Richardson | Partnership and business development
Saoirse is a senior Project Manager for Guardian Labs at Guardian News and Media. She led on the development of the Guardian’s Global Development hub and parallel competition and has facilitated the public development of our brand since our early days.
Hazel Healy | Editorial development
Hazel is a lead Editor at New Internationalist Magazine and manages a global network of freelancer contributors, many from the global south. She offers over a decade of editorial and journalism experience to our hub team.
Professor Robert Laslett | Treasurer
Robert is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL and has a portfolio of professional and academic activities in pensions and economic regulation. He worked at the World Bank in Washington DC in the 1980s. He became a CBE in 2010, and retired as Executive Director at the Office of Fair Trading in 2012.
Meet our advisors
We are supported by a network of pro-bono advisors from across the tech, media and global development sectors.
Niels ten Oever | Technology Strategy Advisor:
Niels (@conflictmedia) has designed and implemented freedom of expression projects in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Brazil and Afghanistan.
Damon van der Linde | Media Mentor:
Damon is a multimedia journalist based in Montreal, Canada. He has reported from several different countries including Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Zambia and Malawi.
Susan Gill | Media Mentor:
Susan is a producer and director with over a decade of experience in the BBC’s politics and world news departments.
We are also grateful to for support from a team of advisors and ambassadors who represent each of the communities we have worked with:
Seray Bangura | Sierra Leone Seray joined On Our Radar through Leonard Cheshire Young Voices and has worked with his disability to become a strong rights advocate in this community. He works as a Trainer for our SMS Voices programme and has progressed from an SMS reporter to a freelancer for international press.
Arizona Smith | UK: Arizona joined On Our Radar through Kids Company. She has a special focus on youth homelessness and is an Advisor on our Mobile Lives project. She represented On Our Radar at SXSW festival in March 2015 to accept the Dewy Winburne Award for our work with young people at risk.
Samora Asere | Kenya: Samora joined On Our Radar through the Kenya Care Leavers Association. One of our most active reporters in Kenya, he covered both the Kenyan elections and the Westgate shootings with a focus on youth and instability. He now runs his own training workshops and network of peer reporters in Nairobi.