Christopher Herwig | PHOTO | VIDEO | PUBLICATION DESIGN
I am a Canadian photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. I produce photos, video and layout design for NGOs, UN and government agencies, as well as magazines and newspapers worldwide. Since 1994 I have been travelling and photographing countries throughout the world. In the past decade I have been based in Central Asia and West Africa.
Through careful planning, clean compositions and a deep respect for my subjects, I strive to produce material that can best convey the messages and stories that need to be told and create a memorable connection between the viewer and the subject.
I studied photography at Langara College, publication design at Emily Carr University, and economics at Simon Fraser University. I have also taught photojournalism at the University of Liberia.
Xanthe Hinchey | VIDEO | RADIO
I am a filmmaker and broadcast journalist with strong storytelling skills who shoots and edits to high broadcasting standards. I’ve filmed in hazardous countries and under hostile conditions to get a story told.
For the past 12 years, I’ve been at BBC News, working in both television and radio. I have a wealth of experience investigating stories and am excellent at producing powerful interviews from people.
I also commissioned and assisted directing a 40 minute ob-doc for BBC 2′s This World about the United Nations’ all-female peacekeeping force in Liberia.
In 2009, I solo-investigated and solo-shot Haiti’s Lost Girls, a film about the scandal of widespread gang rape of girls in Haiti’s lawless slums. Amnesty International launched a campaign off the back of the film.
More recently, I worked on Libya’s frontlines, in Misrata and Tripoli, shooting and editing news packages and lives. I also filmed two 20 minute-long documentaries.
I’m hostile environment-trained (TOR) and own a Z1 camera with sound kit.
Kate Grace Thomas | TEXT | RESEARCH | PHOTO | TRANSLATION
I am a British/American writer, communications consultant and journalist, producing text and research for NGOs, organisations and UN agencies worldwide. I also write and edit for magazines, newspapers and publishers, often providing images and audio to be used alongside my words.
Currently based between Europe and West Africa, I’ve undertaken assignments from South East Asia to North Africa, most recently in Libya, Senegal and Liberia. I was shortlisted for The Guardian‘s Development Journalist of the Year award in 2009.
My news, features and research have been published by outlets such as BBC News, Lonely Planet, The Independent, The Times, Lonely Planet, IRIN, Monocle, Guernica Magazine, Financial Times, Rough Guides and others. I’ve been based in Europe, West Africa, South East Asia and the United States.
Whether I’m working on humanitarian or development stories, long-form storytelling, travel writing or personal documentary projects, I endeavor to draw the reader and the subject closer.
I speak French, German and some Italian, and trained as a professional French-English translator.
Jim Shannon | ART DIRECTION | WEB DEVELOPMENT | PHOTO
I was an illustrator for clients like The London Evening Standard and The Spectator before moving into art direction for advertising and design.
In 1999, I became creative director of BSA Advertising, London, before opening Giraffe in 2003 with two partners. In July 2010, I started my own agency, NGI.
I’ve worked across most sectors, on- and off-line, for clients like Allied Irish Bank, British Airways, Elizabeth Arden, French Connection, ITV, John Lewis, Kurt Geiger, Lazard, Save the Children and Stolichnaya.
In addition to my work as an art director, I’ve photographed in 41 countries worldwide and had images published by BBC News, BBC Countryfile Magazine, Cengage, Eye Books, First News, Weekend, Lonely Planet, Lonely Planet Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, The New Republic, The Observer, Real Travel, STA Travel, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out and Wanderlust.
Michael Åberg | VIDEO | AUDIO | FX
I’m a Swedish/English video editor, motionographer & musician currently based in New York.
Previously I worked as a Media Production Manager for FilmAid International and produced and edited all media work for the 2009 and 2010 fundraising galas for TrickleUp.
I lived in Indonesia for three years where, among other freelancing duties, I worked for international news broadcast and production company AsiaWorks, and for UNAIDS where I led a video production on post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia.
I have worked as a broadcast engineer for BBC Parliament and hold a HND in Sound and Video Engineering from Salford University in the UK.
Olivier Malvoisin | FILM PRODUCER | WEB DOCUMENTARIES
Based in Brussels, I am a Belgian filmmaker with extensive experience as a director, producer, camera-operator and editor. My work largely focuses on development issues and on highlighting successful projects in Europe, Africa and Asia.
In 2007, I joined the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as producer and Head of Video. Since 2009, I have been working as a freelance documentary filmmaker, mainly for the United Nations and the European Commission.
In 2011 I launched my own production company, Plexus Productions. I’m currently directing a feature film and working on a web documentary with Arte and RTBF on freedom of expression around the world.
I trained in documentary filmmaking at Ateliers Varan in Paris. I also hold a degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Political Science.
My diverse work experience includes Political and Economical advisor for the Belgian Government and I’m the author of a book on the International Monetary Fund (IMF : the visible hand). At Belgium’s National Centre for Cooperation and Development I lead various communication campaigns.
I work in both French and and English.
Paolo Patruno | PHOTO | VIDEO
I am an Italian photographer/videomaker focused on humanitarian issues and social-documentary, working with NGOs, Aid Organizations and social enterprises worldwide; I’m based in Italy.
I’m interested in documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, sustainable development, poverty.
As a social photographer I do believe images represents a powerful tool to build a stronger communication; producing visual storytelling, multimedia documentary video you can better involve the viewer.
I’m currently working on my personal long term project which aims to document the Maternity crisis in Africa, and in developing countries as well.
Mikey Leung | MULTIPLATFORM PRODUCER | WRITER
I’m a multiplatform producer, guidebook author and WordPress consultant currently based in Sydney. Most of my work on down under involves producing websites and videos for socially-constructive ventures and sustainability-minded organisations. Originally from Canada, I lived in China for three years as a tour leader with Intrepid Travel, before working as a development volunteer for a few years in Bangladesh. I speak enough Mandarin and Bengali to get me in to and out of trouble.
Adventures in ‘The Desh’ (as I lovingly call it) included riding an Enfield motorcycle from Pokhara to Teknaf, while building websites for community-based organisations. I also researched and wrote Bangladesh: The Bradt Travel Guide with my wife Belinda Meggitt during my time there, and we’ve just published the 2nd edition in late 2012 and earned me a spattering of travel writing commissions in various international outlets (CNN Traveler, INK and ACP Magazines and more). I also started a photographer collective in Bangladesh as part of my country re-visioning project called ‘Positive Light’, which earned me an invitation to speak at TEDxDhaka in October 2012.
I’m a digital storyteller, a geek and gadget freak, which means I usually spend my time helping clients leverage various forms of technology to create engaging stories and experiences online. My passion is to help the world’s aware travellers to see destinations differently, which I believe helps push economic benefit of the global travel market into the right hands.